Purple Heart Day 2022
Reported By SPC D.McKenzie
On February 1932, General Order #3 was signed by General Douglas MacAruther to create the modern day Purple Heart. By December of 1942, executive Order 9277 by President Roosevelt authorizes the Purple Heart for all branches of service and authorizes posthumous awards, back dated to 6 December 1941. In February, 1984, Executive Order 12464 authorizes the Purple Heart to be awarded for acts of terror as well as for wounds or death resulting from US Armed Forces personnel acting as part of a peacekeeping force outside of the United States or its territories.
In 2015, The department of Defense extends the eligibility for the Purple Heart to those wounded or killed by certain kinds domestic terrorist activities.
Within the 3rd Infantry Division Realism Gaming unit, the Purple Heart is achieved "to soldiers who, while engaged in an official combat operation are wounded in combat and successfully finish the mission while in a position of leadership."'
Today we honor those who put their lives on the line. In the French trenches of WWI, the Belgium forests of WWII, Jungles of Vietnam, and the Deserts of the Global War on Terror.