The “Badge for Military Merit” (AKA, the Purple Heart)

Spc. Christopher Halski stands tall as Lt. Col. Gregory Baine presents him with an Army Commendation Medal during an award ceremony. During his deployment, Halski earned two Purple Heart Medals, two ARCOMs, an Iraqi Campaign Medal, and a Combat Infantryman Badge.


Today marks the 230th anniversary of the Purple Heart. How much do you know about this award for valor? Check out the trivia questions below and see how well you do!

1) Until 1931, the Purple Heart was known as the _________________.

2) What three words are inscribed on the reverse side of the Purple Heart?

3) Per surviving records, what were the names of the three noncommissioned officers that received the original honor badge (Purple Heart)?

4) After its disuse following the Revolution, on what significant day was the Purple Heart revived?

5) What year was the Purple Heart extended for use by all services?

6) The Purple Heart is ranked immediately behind the ____________ in order of precedence among the personal awards.

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Good Luck!