This Memorial Day weekend, while the next several posts pay homage to all those military men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for American freedom, these specific memorabilia memorialize my grandfather.
Sgt. Joseph J. Swartz
June 7, 1907 – November 27, 1944
They also serve as pieces of American history.
Consider that it took only six weeks after my grandfather’s death for the government to draft this particular letter, despite the lack of global communication methods we have at our disposal today.
Letter from the War Secretary regarding a Purple Heart
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