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Grand Strand Chapter and Unit 354

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, March 19, 2017
1. Grand Strand Chapter and Unit 354 Marker
Inscription.
On August 7, 1782, the Badge of Military Merit was first announced to the Continental Army at the Headquarters in Newburgh, NY. Designed by Washington in the form of a purple heart, it was intended as a military order for soldiers who displayed unusual gallantry in battle or extraordinary fidelity and essential service. After the Revolutionary War. the Badge of Military Merit fell into disuse although it was never officially abolished.

In 1932, the United States War Departme authorized the new Purple Heart Medal for soldiers Whnhed previously received either a Wound Chevron or the Army Wound Medal. At that time, it was also determined that the Purple Heart Medal would be considered the official “successor decoration” to the Badge of Military Merit.

From the Evening Sentinel
Thursday, September 22, 1932
Purple Heart Associatian of United States Formed
First Chapter Organized Last Night at Gathering of Veterans
at State Armory in Ansonia, Connecticut
The Purple Heart Association of the United States was formally organized last night at a meeting held at the state armory. Election of officers took place, Frank J. Cushner of Ansonia being chosen Commander; Stephen M. Honas of Shelton Vice Commander; Edward J. Oufty of Shelton secretary; Patrick F. Reidy of Ansonia,
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By Michael Herrick, March 19, 2017
2. Grand Strand Chapter and Unit 354 Marker
treasurer, and William J. Burke, Derby, sergeant at arms.

Pvt. Frank J. Cushner WWI, USMC, is credited as the founding father of the Military Order Purple Heart Organization
 
Location. 33° 39.671′ N, 78° 55.721′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Farrow Parkway and South Kings Highway, on the right when traveling north on Farrow Parkway. Touch for map. Located in the Warbird Park next to Myrtle Beach International Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Combat Wounded Veterans (here, next to this marker); 354th Wing Inactivation (a few steps from this marker); Archaeological and Historical Data (a few steps from this marker); Wall of Service (a few steps from this marker); 354th Fighter Group History (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II (within shouting distance of this marker); Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (within shouting distance of this marker); LTV A-7 Corsair II (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
 
Categories. Military
 
Grand Strand Chapter and Unit 354 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 19, 2017
3. Grand Strand Chapter and Unit 354 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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