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The First Purple Heart
In 1931, Army Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur revived George Washington’s Badge of Military Merit. He came up with a new design and authorized its use for soldiers wounded in action: the Purple Heart.
Guess which soldier received the first one?
Here’s a hint: someone once said this about MacArthur’s dad, the hilariously-named Arthur MacArthur:
“He was the most flamboyantly egotistical person I had ever seen, until I met the son.”
MacArthur had lobbied heavily for all the medals he received, especially the Medal of Honor, which he eventually got.
Douglas MacArthur, recipient of Purple Heart #1.