The Purlple Heart Hall of Honor

AP:

Cpl. Robert Frink was captured in Germany during the final months of World War II. He and two comrades were forced to swap uniforms with their Waffen SS captors, lined up and shot in the back of the head.

Miraculously, the bullet entered Frink's neck and exited his cheek without shearing his spine or jugular vein. He even felt a German kick him as he lay bleeding. "Believe me, I played dead!" After his captors left, Frink fled, found some Canadian troops, and was saved.

The wound earned him a Purple Heart.

Sixty-one years later, it is earning him an entry on the "Roll of Honor," a database being compiled for a museum honoring Purple Heart recipients. When the museum, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, opens in November, visitors will be able to search out facts and stories about soldiers wounded or killed. New York officials heading the project think — though no one knows for sure — there are up to 1.7 million soldiers who belong on the list.

So they're putting out a call: If you or a family member has been awarded the Purple Heart, they want you.

More precisely, they want your information for the most comprehensive list of American military sacrifice.

"Somewhere, in every family tree, this is going to hit home," said state Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro.

The Hall of Honor is being built at a woodsy historic site north of New York City where George Washington's army camped toward the end of the Revolutionary War. It was here in 1782 that Washington created the Badge of Military Merit, which he decreed would be "the figure of a heart in purple cloth."

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There is more and here is the link to the Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

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