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LETTER: Chapter 608 gives thanks for efforts


Chapter 608, Military Order of the Purple Heart thanks the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, A. G. "Chip" Davis, Carol Springer, and Thomas Thurman, for proclaiming Aug. 6 to 10, 2007, as Purple Heart Week.

Aug. 7 was the anniversary of the establishment of the Badge of Military Merit by Gen. George Washington in 1782, now known as the Purple Heart Medal awarded to personnel killed or wounded in combat l.

When General Washington created it, it was the nation's sole decoration and the highest award. To award unusual bravery and service General Washington established an Order of Valor, which, except for the Cross of St. George of Russia, is the oldest known decoration for gallantry and the first to be truly democratic .

Since its creation, other decorations have supplanted the Purple Heart in rank, but it remains exclusive in a special way. It goes only to those wounded or killed in battle, and enemy action alone determines its award.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur stated in his biography, "It is a true badge of courage..."

Alfonso Santillan, Jr. Commander and

Major John R. Tapia. Ph.D.

Chapter 608, Dewey

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