***Hello to All. I will post this here in a separate thread as I think I "hijacked" Steven M. threads about these medals. He had mentioned that he feels the PH medal is in same ranks as the Medal Of Honor. I, agree and will paste my statements from here from the "hijacked thread", Sorry again Steve, I will try make my own posts. *****
I agree with Steven M, the Purple Heart is synonymous with "Honor" to your country....especially in my Uncle's case, he received this medal the ultimate honor to your country, giving his 26 year old life.
**** I would like to start a thread about Posthumous awarded Purple Hearts.
****How many other members also have one of their Families, or another they have found on the collector market?
Here is my Family Purple Heart given to my Grandmother in about 1947. Her Son, my Mothers older brother, and my Uncle, Marvin Robert Weiner 1st Lt. Navigator, B-24 Liberator, was shot down and KIA with the whole crew over Salerneca, Greece , 1943. My Mother gave this PH to me along with all items remaining from him that she had, when I was about 7 in 1964. These items are what got me started on a lifetime of WW2 military interest and collecting.
He also chose to stay on after his 25 missions, and the 28 or 29th mission was his...and the crews last mission. Maybe not wise to stay, and pushing his luck, but very honorable. My mother told me he had the option of coming back to the states to train new airmen, but chose to stay. I have 30-40 letters he wrote to my mother, a couple guns, a "Short Snorter" about 3 feet long, a "Capri bell" a silk scarf with hand embroidered squadron insignia, and all sorts of items he sent back to my Mother after the war. I am the curator now.
Here are two nice photos of him I took out of the frame and scanned, In the crew pic, he is the one kneeling on left.
I have looked at this crew photo for close to 50 years now, and never get tired of looking at it when I do. Everything about this picture has always fascinated me, and also has made me very proud to have had such a patriot and warrior in our family. Also very proud of my Father & his Dad, my Grandfathers service, although they were not too much in the "warrior" category.
The other crew members in this photo look to be real characters, especially the look of the tall fellow on right in back, looking away from camera, and also the Captain right next to my Uncle "Buddy" I have other photos also, but this one is my favorite.
I hope you like looking at these items, and enjoy them as much as I have for many years.
"Dr.Ruby" p.s. ...You need to click crew picture a couple times to enlarge real big for details.