Purple Heart is earned, not won, on battlefield
In the Oct. 23 News, a photo caption regarding the World War II experiences of Marine Cpl. Edward J. Lattuca Sr. stated in part, “He won a Purple Heart during one campaign.”
One wins a stuffed bear at the county fair, or wins money playing Lotto, or wins a trophy at a car show. A Purple Heart is not a prize. When worn on the uniform, it indicates to others that the bearer has shed blood facing the enemy. The degree of injury is not as important as is the acknowledgement of one’s willingness to go in harm’s way. All those who die on the battlefield are posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. Scant praise for the ultimate sacrifice.
Semper fidelis, Cpl. Lattuca.