Cased Purple Heart.

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Cased Purple Heart.

Postby Dave_Holden » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:42 pm

Here is my final item from my visit to the USA.

Purple Heart WW2 issue, unfortunately no dedication to whom and missing the brooch. I have no idea but I guess this was never issued to anyone, but again I am not sure. It appears thicker than the modern day PHs and is actually quiet heavy. A little info below courtesy of the "Military Order of the Purple Heart," :

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is a combat decoration.

The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart," was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of “combat” veterans.

Funds for welfare, rehabilitation and/or service work carried on by the organization are derived through the collection of used household items, the operation of thrift stores, through the donation of automobiles and, at the community level, The Purple Heart Violafrom the annual distribution of its official flower, the Purple Heart Viola. Violas are assembled by disabled and needy veterans, many of whom receive little or no compensation from other sources. Thus, your contribution to our programs serve are two-fold. First, they help the veterans who participate in these endeavors and, secondly, they enable the organization to do many things on behalf of hospitalized and needy veterans and their families.

Wives, mothers, daughters and adopted daughters of Purple Heart recipients are eligible to belong to the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which also does important work nationally and locally in veterans' hospitals.

Thanks again for looking :thumbsup:
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Re: Cased Purple Heart.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:51 am

Looks a nice PH Dave, aren't they a nice award in hand and quite substantial as well. Paul would be able to tell more but it's in the WW2 era 'coffin box' as they sometimes call it and would have included a ribbon bar and lapel pin. They had lots left over from WW2 so is hard to tell when or if issued. Korea even but nice and original none the less. I have a boxed example as well which I posted some time back in the medal forum. :thumbsup: Regards Mark

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Re: Cased Purple Heart.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:12 am

Dave this is what it should look like when complete. Just need to find a ribbon bar and lapel pin. Paul will help on this but the style of pin on the back of the ribbon bar is important when judging it's age as they changed it later on.
Unfortunately I don't have a closeup photo of them to show you at the moment but if needed I can do one. :thumbsup:

Regards Mark
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Re: Cased Purple Heart.

Postby Dave_Holden » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:13 pm

Thanks as always Mark - top man :thumbsup:

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