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Re: "Rare Purple Heart"....What Does That Mean?
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2016, 05:55:56 PM »
I think even the most "Jaded" collector will agree with that!!

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Re: "Rare Purple Heart"....What Does That Mean?
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2016, 08:15:21 PM »
Good Lord, that is spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: "Rare Purple Heart"....What Does That Mean?
« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2016, 03:28:33 PM »
Very good Question JS. Like most have said, when a Purple Heart (or any medal for that matter) is rare because of circumstance. You have an exquisite example of that.

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Re: "Rare Purple Heart"....What Does That Mean?
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2016, 06:03:54 AM »
I have a "rare" Purple Heart.  What makes it rare is that it is a first issue vintage 1932, and is "privately engraved".  All Purple Hearts from this time frame were officially engraved.  This particular medal is an exception to that.  The medal number is 7383.

OK, just to be totally honest, this Purple Heart appears to have had the original engraving removed, and the very elaborately engraved with a name. 

I cannot find any indication that this person was ever awarded a Purple Heart.  I am not even sure which one of the soldiers I have identified with this name is responsible for this.

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Re: "Rare Purple Heart"....What Does That Mean?
« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2016, 07:35:11 AM »
Well it does appear that the medal may have been tampered with, the period and the style are beautifully done. The hand does look familiar, it may by recognizable by other collectors.
Whichever is the case, it is a fine example!  :)
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Re: "Rare Purple Heart"....What Does That Mean?
« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2016, 04:26:21 AM »
Definitely been messed with.  Also notice that the brooch is an open clasp style, and the medal has been reribboned.

This one continues to be a real challenge for me.  I love a challenge.

This medal is # 7383.  PH # 7380 was recently identified, and it was associated with AGO # 7414.  I am "hoping" that the association between PH #s and AGO #s remains, and that PH #7383 would relate to AGO # 7417.  This is a long shot, but it seems to be my best option to identify the original recipient of this medal.  I do not know who AGO # 7417 is associated with, since AGO cards cannot be searched by number.

Like I said, a real challenge.


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Re: "Rare Purple Heart"....What Does That Mean?
« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2016, 01:15:11 PM »
Ed.....I am no longer amazed at the length a researcher will go to find the answer. I have so many pages of research that finally lead to an answer....thank goodness.
Keep on my friend...you will find the "pot o' gold".
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Re: "Rare Purple Heart"....What Does That Mean?
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2016, 03:35:27 PM »
OK, I have another one that has got to hit the rare meter pretty hard...

The Purple Heart awarded in WWII to Navy Pharmacist's Mate William Patrick Hitler.

This serviceman was wounded in action, but I cannot find out the circumstances of his injury.  He joined the US Navy in 1944, after being denied acceptance into the armed forces of the United States for 3 years.

You have probably guessed what the rarity factor is all about, his surname.

William Patrick Hitler was the nephew of der Fuhrer, and the son of Alois Hitler Jr.  Alois Jr. was the half brother of Adolf.

No idea if the Purple Heart is named, or where it is at this point.

William Hitler changed his surname to Stuart-Houston after the war.  He passed away in 1987.

 

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