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    For Decades, Recipients Were Honored with Purple Hearts Made During WWII. This Company Now Forges New Medals.

    For Decades, Recipients Were Honored with Purple Hearts Made During WWII. This Company Now Forges New Medals.

    For decades, recipients of the Purple Heart were honored with medals that had been forged during World War II, leftover stock from preparations for the invasion of that was expected to cost many American lives.

    The Truman Library Institute estimated that 495,000 were left after the war, medals that would go on to be awarded to service members and families through the Korean War, Vietnam War, and on.

    The 's Institute of Heraldry reported that sometime in the 1990s — the Defense Logistics Agency, responsible for procuring the awards, said it didn't know exactly when — officials realized that the once unimaginably large pile of medals had dwindled. DLA records are unclear on how the services honored troops in the intervening years, but in 2022, it turned to Steven Kennedy and his company, Kennedy Inc., to create versions of the medals that meet specifications from the 1930s.

    The company had been making awards for service members for a couple of decades already, honoring sacrifices that were in Kennedy's blood.

    His father, Capt. T. Frank Kennedy, landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, while his uncle, Capt. John A. Kennedy, served as the head medical officer for the Rainbow Division. He was the first American doctor to enter Dachau, according to Kennedy. They survived World War II unscathed, but his other uncle, Navy pilot Lt. Jackson W. Findling, was killed in action over the South Sea while returning to his aircraft…

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