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thedrifter
04-21-03, 11:40 AM
Hundreds may receive Purple Heart, nation's oldest military medal <br />
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By Jeff McDonald <br />
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER <br />
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April 20, 2003 <br />
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They gave up hands and feet, their good health and more...

Choppergunner
04-21-03, 12:06 PM
I believe I read somewhere that the Purple Heart was first awarded to those who were sent on missions where they were not expected to return.

The first Purple heart went to a enlisted man...I forget his name.
From then on, a 'purple heart' was worn on the sleeve of a wounded in action warrior.

Since then the medal has been awarded for less then honorable reasons I admit; but, overall I believe today it is a symbol of heroism under fire in which you were wounded.

Semper Fi
Pat Hayes
RVN 2 tours