Purple Heart Recipients

The history of the award known as the Purple Heart dates back to the American Revolution and General George Washington. At a time when moral among the soldiers under General Washington’s charge was at an all-time low, the future President of the United States created a way to boost moral by establishing the Badge of Military Merit. It is this award that served as the precursor to the Purple Heart.

It was Washington’s desire to have this award remain a permanent one. However, upon the end of the Revolutionary War, this award was all but forgotten. It was not until 1932 that the Purple Heart was created in keeping with the wishes of General Washington.

This page will recognize the Oneonta High School alumni who, through their commitment and sacrifice, have received this honor.

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Number of Veterans: 60

Class of Picture Student Name Branch of Service Conflict Rank RIP
Patrick Delaney Vietnam War CWO2
Jack Anthony Oliver Korean War PVT 9/6/1952
Hilton L Mitchell Korean War SFC
John Francis Donlin Korean War SFC 1/23/1952
Adrian Gregory Blanchard Jr WWII SGT 11/30/1950
Richard Paul Anderson Korean War PVT 6/5/1953
Edward John Roman Korean War CPL 8/27/1951
Herbert W Blanchard WWII
Gilbert Wright WWII 1Lt 1/30/1944
David Forrest Wilber WWII 1Lt 4/19/1945
Francis E Waterman WWII SSGT 6/13/1943
Louis S Super WWII SSGT 6/27/1944
Joseph H Speranzi WWII SSGT 11/9/1942
Frank Smith WWII PFC 11/6/1944
Rober C Schaffer WWII SSGT 8/18/1944
Nicholas C Rosher WWII SSGT 6/24/1944
Earle Jaye Robinson WWII SM 12/24/1943
Edward R Reynolds WWII TSgt 12/21/1944
Ernest S Price WWII TSgt 7/31/1944
Douglas Leroy Platt WWII PFC 7/6/1944
George Pappageorge WWII CPL
James Nilo WWII PVT 6/11/1944
Ivan G Nichols WWII SGT 8/23/1944
William Gage Moody WWII PFC 3/1/1945
John Allen Miller WWII PFC 7/1/1943
William W Merithew WWII PFC 12/7/1941
Lloyd S Mayo WWII CPT 5/28/1945
Ralph T Marino WWII PFC 4/21/1945
Henry E Markle WWII SSGT 7/7/1944
Owen J Jones WWII 1Lt 2/22/1945
Fred Davis Hodges WWII 2Lt 7/28/1943
David W Hodges WWII 1Lt 2/11/1945
Frederick R Heck WWII SSGT 5/13/1945
Robert T Hardy WWII PVT 11/4/1945
George Grosse WWII MM 3/1/1942
John E Goodrich WWII LTjg 3/21/1945
Harry W Georgeson WWII PVT 9/22/1944
Allen B Every WWII PVT 12/28/1944
William F Drew WWII 2Lt 11/9/1944
Emerson H Dedrick WWII MAJ 3/24/1945
Lewis J Cope WWII CPL 10/16/1945
Herbert P Cawley WWII PVT 6/21/1944
Robert G Caulkins WWII PVT 10/7/1943
Willaim D Cargill WWII SGT 3/9/1945
John F Bruce Unknown WWII PFC 4/27/1945
Richard C Brown WWII 2Lt 3/24/1945
John F Brienza WWII PFC 12/9/1944
Frank E Bond Jr WWII PFC 6/11/1944
Anthony Amitrano WWII PFC 9/4/1944
Sam Bertuzzi WWII unknown
Michael Hassick Vietnam War Unknown October 16, 2016
R. "Dick" Harrington Vietnam War
John Harrington Vietnam War CWO2 2013
Robert A. Wiedeman Vietnam War Unknown 2/25/1968
Leon E. Waters Vietnam War Unknown 2/24/1968
Donald A. Rittlinger Vietnam War Unknown 12/22/1968
Richard G. Kohland Vietnam War Lance Corporal 10/10/67
Arthur D. Elmandorf Vietnam War Specialist Fourth Class 7/10/1968
Burdette D. Townsend, Jr. Vietnam War CWO2 6/20/1972
James C. Wheeler Vietnam War Specialist Fourth Class 5/20/1970