Frisco is a Purple Heart City, and August 7 is National Purple Heart Day. The Purple Heart medal dates back to the earliest days of George Washington and our new nation’s Army but was not used much between the early 1800s and the early 1930s. The U.S. Army began using it again in 1932, first in recognition for meritorious service and then for wounds received because of enemy action. Through the years, the specific eligibility requirements have evolved, and today those requirements state that the Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any military individual, who while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after 5 April 1917, has been wounded or killed because of enemy action.
There are at least thirteen former Frisco residents who were eligible for the Purple Heart.  Eleven of those were Killed-in-Action and two others, now deceased, were Wounded-in-Action.  This listing of our Veteran Heroes includes the thirteen and is just one way the Heritage Association of Frisco would like to recognize them and their families for their service and for their sacrifice.  We will continue to research our city and its family histories for others who should also be recognized and to share any new information we get.