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MEDAL, MILITARY
[Personal Symbol]


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Accession Number: 1973.148.1

Physical Description: .1) Purple Heart Medal. Purple enameled heart within a bronze border bearing profile head in relief of George Washington in his Continental Army Uniform. Above the heart is the shield of Washington?s coat of arms between two sprays of leaves in green enamel. On the reverse, below the shield and leaves without enamel is a raised bronze heart. The medal is suspended by a rectangular-shaped loop with corners rounded from a silk-moiré ribbon of pansy purple and white. Two bronze oak-leaf clusters mounted on ribbon. .2) Rectangular-shaped metal pin wrapped in purpled silk-moiré, with white edges. Shaft pin hinged to back. Two bronze oak-leaf clusters mounted to front. .3) Narrow, horizontally oriented brass bar with purple and white cloisonné on front. Round metal mount protruding from back. .4) Blue vinyl covered flat elongated award case, hinged at back. Border of gold leaf fleur-de-lis and waving line design. Yellow silk lining.

History of Object: [from Caroline Elwess, archivist at Park University in Parkville, MO] George Robb was a graduate of what was then known as Park College. He received his undergraduate degree in 1912. He then went on to receive a Master's degree from Columbia. George's brother T. Bruce Robb (1885-1966) also attended Park College. George and Bruce spent a total of 8 years at Parkville, MO, and graduated in the same year. Before spending four years at Park College, they both spent four years at Park Academy, a high school level education center. While the boys were in Parkville, MO, the Robb family remained in Assaria, KS. While serving in WWI, George Robb was assigned to the 369th Infantry Regiment, an African American regiment comprised of New York National Guardsmen from Harlem. The unit was known as the "Harlem Hellfighters." Originally from Assaria, KS, Robb later moved to Salina, KS. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for events during WWI. Robb was also awarded this purple heart, after 1932, for events during WWI.

Date: 1932

Dimensions (in cm): 16.70 (H) 9.10 (W) 3.00 (D) Measurement given is that of the case (.4). .1) L: 7.5 cm W: 3.6 cm D: 1.2 cm .2) L: 3.5 cm W: 1 cm D: 0.7 cm .3) L: 1.6 cm W: 1.3 cm D: 0.5 cm

Marks/Inscriptions: .1) [inscribed on reverse] MILITARY / MERIT / GEORGE S. ROBB // .4) [embossed on top] PURPLE HEART //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Assaria (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Saline County (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: France
    Use, Place of: Salina (Kan.)
    Individual: Robb, George Seanor, 1887-1972
    Business / Organization: United States. Army
    Theme/topic: Medal of Honor
    Theme/topic: World War, 1914-1918
    Business / Organization: Military
    Business / Organization: U.S. Army
    Theme/topic: Purple Heart
    Business / Organization: New York (State). National Guard

Status: Cataloged

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