purple heart

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A badge of honor awarded by the U.S. military to soldiers who were wounded or killed while serving their military duty. The medal was the first U.S. army decoration, established in 1782 by George Washington. The current design depicts Washington's profile at the center of a purple heart with bronze borders.

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"Purple Heart medal, May 6, 2005" by Sobi3ch is licensed under Public Domain.

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