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Local Marine receives Purple Heart at ceremony in Beckley

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Beckley native Marine, Cpl. Jason Clyburn, will be awarded the Purple Heart in a ceremony at American Legion Post 32 Beckley native Marine, Cpl. Jason Clyburn, will be awarded the Purple Heart in a ceremony at American Legion Post 32

 A Marine who was injured in combat three years ago received the Purple Heart in his home town on Purple Heart day. 

Cpl. Jason E. Clyburn was wounded while he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.  On Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 he was awarded the Purple Heart at a ceremony that was held at American Legion Post 32 on S. Kanawha St. in Beckley, WV.  Members of the Department of West Virginia American Legion and the Military Order of the Purple Heart were on had to present the medal to Cpl. Clyburn.

 Aug. 7 is also known as Purple Heart Day, because the medal was established on Aug. 7 1782.  It was originally called the "Badge of Military Merit."  Gen. George Washington ordered the creation of the badge to recognize meritorious performance of duty by enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.  In 1931 and 1932, Gen. Douglas MacArthur commissioned a redesign of the medal, which became the Purple Heart.  An executive order in 1942 authorized the award to be issued only for receiving wounds and also extended the decoration to all branches of service.

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