Purple Mini US Army Replica Heart Medal - Mini Medal. Size: 3/4" wide, 2 1/2" from top of ribbon to bottom of medal. The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in, or with, the U.S. military after April 5, 1917. The Purple is a heart shaped medal within a Gold colored border, containing a profile of General George Washington. This is a high quality miniature replica and not a full size medal.
Criteria: The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces or any civilian national who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Armed Forces, has been wounded or killed in any of the following circumstances:
a) while engaged in combat against an enemy after April 5, 1917
b) while serving in combat with friendly foreign forces of the United States after April 5, 1917
c) as a result of a terrorist attack after March 28, 1973
d) as a result of military operations while serving as part of a peacekeeping force after March 28, 1973
Established: Originally established on August 7, 1782 as the Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington. Revived in 1932 by General Douglas MacArthur as the Purple Heart.
** This item is manufactured by a U.S. factory certified by The Institute of Heraldry **