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The Purple Heart 1782 1932

IN INTEREST OF BATTLE, GAS AND WOUND VICTIMS

OFFICIAL ORGAN MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART, INC.

VOL. IV, NO. 3 10 Cents a Copy APRIL, 1942

Patriot Esley, Jr. - Age 18 - Purple Hearter

WE SALUTE THIS MONTH: PATRIOT Benjamin Franklin Esley, Jr., age 18, probably the most wounded veteran of any war! Active member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Baltimore Chapter, No. 122, Military Order of the Purple Heart, claims the unusual honor and distinction of having, as one of its active members, Private First Class "Frank" Esley, Junior, already a veteran of World War II, having been wounded 110 times during the sneak attack by the slant-eyed children of ignoble ancestry at Pearl Harbor, while serving on an anti-craft machine-gun. Private Esley, who was born on January 24, 1924, enlisted January 6, 1941, when he was but 16 years of age. He is still serving Uncle Sam as a member of Battery "A," -*-th Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft), in Hawaii. On December 7, 1941, when he was but 17 years, 11 months of age, Private Esley was wounded four times by machine-gun bullets, which went through his neck and chest, and also 106 times by shrapnel, of which 104 particles penetrated his chest. Not only is Private Esley the youngest Patriot in the Military Order of the Purple Heart, but apparently he is also the first [Veteran] of World War II to be enrolled as a member of [the] National Organization. Patriot [Esley] is probably the MOST WOUNDED VETERAN [of any] war, for history does not record any soldier having been wounded 110 times in one day, without "Going West."

Patriot Esley's mother, who resides in Baltimore, is becoming a member of the Auxiliary Unit, and thereby is the first World War II Auxiliary member. Patriot Esley took the membership Obligation Monday, March 30, 1942, just before returning to his station from furlough. [*]Censored


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