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On this day in 1782, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, creates the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver.
Washington’s “Purple Heart" was awarded to only three known soldiers during the Revolutionary War: Elijah Churchill, William Brown and Daniel Bissell, Jr. The “Book of Merit” was lost, and the decoration was largely forgotten until 1927, when General Charles P. Summerall, the U.S. Army chief of staff, sent an unsuccessful draft bill to Congress to “revive the Badge of Military Merit."
In 1931, Summerall’s successor, General Douglas MacArthur, took up the cause, hoping to reinstate the medal in time for the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. On February 22, 1932, Washington’s 200th birthday, the U.S. War Department announced the creation of the “Order of the Purple Heart.
(Source: This Day In History)
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Calvin Dunlap was born May 5, 1858 in Delaware Township. He was raised in the township and later operated a sawmill. Dunlap became a proprietor of a planing mill located on West William Street near the H.V. Railroad, which he used for shipping. He was a successful business man, not particularly involved in politics, but closely connected to the growth and development of Delaware. In 1876, he married Mary Converse and they had a family together. The family portrait has Calvin and Mary, their children Jenny, Ivy, Raymond, Earl, George, Wealthy, Hattie, Clarence, Mary, Opha, Calvin and Ralph.
(Source: The Historian: Edition 84 Volume 3)
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