Purple Heart medal bestowed on Sergeant Cornelius H. Charlton

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The Purple Heart award is a heart-shaped medal within a gold border, 1 inch (35 mm) wide, containing a profile of General George Washington. Above the heart appears a shield of the coat of arms of George Washington (a white shield with two red bars and three red stars in chief) between sprays of green leaves. The reverse consists of a raised bronze heart with the words FOR MILITARY MERIT below the coat of arms and leaves. The ribbon is 1 inch (35 mm) wide and consists of the following stripes: (3 mm) white 67101; (29 mm) purple 67115; and (3 mm) white 67101.
Topic
African American
Korean War, 1950-1953
Military
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Issued by
United States Army, American, founded 1775
Received by
Sergeant Cornelius H. Charlton, American, 1929 - 1951
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ray R. and Patricia A.D. Charlton in memory of Cornelius H. Charlton
Medium
metal, enamel, bronze, ribbon
Dimensions
Purple Heart Medal (2.1): 3 3/8 × 1 9/16 × 3/8 in. (8.6 × 4 × 1 cm)
Case (2.2) - Closed: 1 3/8 × 3 9/16 × 6 9/16 in. (3.5 × 9 × 16.7 cm)
Case (2.2) - Open: 7 × 3 9/16 × 6 7/8 in. (17.8 × 9 × 17.5 cm)
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Sergeant Cornelius H. Charlton Collection
Classification
Awards and Medals
Exhibition
Double Victory: The African American Military Experience
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 053
1952
Type
medals
Object number
2013.165.2.1-.2