On my way home tonite from a day volunteering at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, I heard that DDT had accepted a Purple heart from a wounded veteran. He then proceeded to make a complete ass of himself (like he usually does).
I never got to obtain one during my service. I spent the Vietnam War 45 - 90 feet under the Montana prairie or at 30,000 feet in an EC-135 over the Central USA. Oh well. Very few people were awarded medals for heroism during the "Cold War" in Europe.
However, here's someone who really earned one:
My Dad at Guadalcanal with the 1st Marine Division in 1942 at age 25.
He carried Japanese steel in his body until the day he died at 93.
DDT knows absolutely nothing of sacrifice or just what "earning" a Purple Heart means. Perhaps some other veteran will offer him a Silver Star, a Navy, Army or Air Force Cross or, heaven forbid, their CMH because "they believe in him."
Give me strength.
Do not demean my Father's Silver Star or Purple heart with words like "I always wanted one of these."
No, you didn't. You did not serve. You were never in Harm's way. You did not sacrifice anything. You
never were in any position to "earn" any decoration for heroism or sacrifice from the Armed Forces. You have no idea what any military decoration or award (even those not earned in combat) mean to the recipient.
I'm sorry that the veteran who gave you his medal doesn't seem to know either, but maybe I'm being uncharitable and should thank him for his sacrifice and service ........ Maybe not.