Everybody loves getting a medal, but this one is probably not at the top of everyone’s list.
The Purple Heart is a medal synonymous with the U.S Military.
It is awarded to those killed or wounded on or after April 5th, 1917, during service. It is the oldest award still given to military members.
During World War II, many casualties were expected from the invasion of Japan. Purple Hearts were manufactured in bulk, 500,000 to be exact.
However, the total number of American military casualties resulting from that war and the subsequent 65 years following the end of World War II didn’t nearly reach that number. 120,000 Purple Hearts were still in stock in 2003.
The medals left over from that batch created for World War II make it possible to have medals on hand for immediate award to soldiers injured in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan.
While many people would be honoured to be awarded a medal by their Nation, the Purple Heart has some stiff requirements before being awarded, requirements I’m not sure many of us would like to meet.