Elmer “Pete” Hunt a Purple Heart Recipient

Elmer “Pete” Hunt a Purple Heart Recipient

On Purple Heart Day, August 7th, Osceola History pays tribute to a local businessman who served his country and the community he called home for sixty-two years. After serving in World War II, Elmer “Pete” Louis Hunt, born in 1923 in New York, came to Kissimmee, Florida. The youngest of five sons born to Homer and Lena Hunt, the family moved to Oviedo before 1940. […]

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Purple Heart Day: August 7

Purple Heart Day: August 7

Honoring Private 1st Class Oscar Lee Padgett August 7 is Purple Heart Day. The Purple Heart is presented to those killed or injured while serving with the United States military. Gen. George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, created the Badge of Military Merit on August 7, 1782. The first Badge of Military Merit was awarded to three Revolutionary soldiers in 1783. The award later […]

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