NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR
Purple Heart Hall of Honor seeks recipients
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is conducting a nationwide effort to
register Purple Heart recipients in the museum's database.
So far, 70,000 recipients have been registered since the Hall of Honor
opened in New Windsor, N.Y., in November, but organizers hope to enroll as
many as 1.5 million, said Sergio Morales, a member of the museum's board of
Hall visitors can access the list of Purple Heart recipients on the museum's
15 computers that chronicle photos and stories about those who have earned
The Defense Department does not keep an official database of Purple Heart
recipients. Hall of Honor organizers hope their efforts will create as
complete a list as possible of those who have earned the medal to ensure
they are not forgotten, Morales said.
To register with the Hall of Honor, recipients must prove they received the
medal by submitting the appropriate official documentation, including a
DD-214, DD-215, WD AGO-53-55, General Orders or a Letter of Transmittal,
Hall officials also requested recipients send a written narrative of how
they earned their medal, any newspaper articles written about them receiving
the medal, and any photographs of them while in the service.
Although it's not required, recipients can also tape an interview at the
Hall of Honor chronicling their service and the events that led to their
Purple Heart. An unedited copy of the DVD is given to the recipient, while
an edited version is kept at the Hall and stored with that individual's
record, Morales said.
Recipients can contact the Hall of Honor at (845) 561-1765 and
1-877-28HONOR, or on its Web site.
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