Greer in Spartanburg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
All Wars Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice, and in honor of all who served their country in time of need.
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The Purple Heart is America's oldest military decoration, It was established and designed by General George Washington on August 7, 1782, then called the Badge of Military Merit.
On February 22, 1932, the Army War Department revived this award as the "Purple Heart" and on December 3, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt extended the Purple Heart Decoration to the Navy, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard effective December 6, 1941. On November 12, 1952 the award eligibility was retroactively extended to April 5, 1917, to cover World War I.
Eligibilty requirements today for the Puprle Heart are to any member of the Armed Force or any Civilian National of the United States who while serving in any capacity with one of the United States Armed Forces, has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded in action against an enemy of the United States.
A Purple Heart will be issued to the next of kin of each person entitled to a posthumous award.
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POW * MIA
You are not forgotten
"When you go home tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today."
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The Highest award our county bestows for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.
The Medal of Honor
South Carolina Recipients
Anderson, Webster • Atkins, Thomas E. • Barker, Charles H. • Dozier, James C. • Foster, Gary Evans • Hall, Thomas Lee • Heriot, James D. • ilton, Richmond H. • Kennedy, John T. • Knight, Noah O. • Mabry, George L. Jr. • McWhorter, William A. • Smith, Furman L. • Stowers, Freddie • Villepigue, John C. • Williams, Charles Q. • Elliot, Middleton Stuart • Floyd, Edward • Howe, James D. • Kennemore, Robert S. • McGinty, John J. III • Moffett, William A. • Owens, Robert Allen • Sullivan, Daniel Augustus Joseph • Thornton, Michael Edwin • Truesdell, Donald Leroy • Watkins, Lewis G. • Wheeler, George Huber • Williams, James E.
These uncommonly courageous men hold the highest award a grateful nation bestows for valor on the battlefield. They are revered from the highest offices in the land. They should be known by the people.
Location. Touch for map. This marker is between 16th street and 17th street. Marker is in this post office area: Greer SC 29651, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Greer Area Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Ronnie Eugene Norris Remembrance Fountain (a few steps from this marker); AH-1 Cobra Helicopter (within shouting distance of this marker); M106A1 Mortar Carrier (within shouting distance of this marker); Worth Barnett Overpass (approx. half a mile away); 101 Trade Street (approx. half a mile away); Indian Boundary Line (approx. half a mile away); Stone Mortar (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greer.
Categories. • Heroes • Military • War, Korean • War, Vietnam • War, World I • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,003 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on August 30, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.