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13 living veterans in Effingham County have earned Purple Heart, Medal of Honor or POW Medal

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By Local Labs News Service | Oct 20, 2019

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The number of living Purple Heart, Medal of Honor, or POW Medal recipients in Effingham County, Illinois for fiscal year 2017 was 13, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Purple Heart is given to U.S. military personnel wounded or killed while serving in the Armed Forces.

The Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for military service, is bestowed on members who distinguish themselves by bravery in combat.

The POW Medal is awarded to those taken prisoner and held captive while involved in action against an enemy of the United States.

Living Purple Heart, Medal of Honor, or POW Medal Recipients in Illinois
County
Purple Heart or Medal of Honor or POW Recipients
Adams
24
Boone
10
Carroll
10
Champaign
42
Christian
14
Clark
11
Clinton
21
Coles
23
Cook
857
DeKalb
29
DuPage
152
Effingham
13
Fayette
10
Franklin
33
Fulton
13
Grundy
16
Hancock
10
Henry
18
Iroquois
10
Jackson
27
Jefferson
13
Jersey
11
Jo Daviess
10
Kane
101
Kankakee
34
Kendall
28
Knox
23
La Salle
40
Lake
152
Lee
17
Logan
12
Macon
34
Macoupin
23
Madison
102
Marion
23
McDonough
11
McHenry
73
McLean
57
Mercer
14
Monroe
14
Montgomery
11
Morgan
19
Ogle
19
Peoria
47
Perry
11
Piatt
11
Randolph
18
Rock Island
62
Saint Clair
82
Saline
12
Sangamon
65
Stephenson
21
Tazewell
38
Vermilion
25
White
12
Whiteside
18
Will
123
Williamson
37
Winnebago
89
Woodford
14

*As of fiscal year 2017

**The VA did not include data for counties where the number of living medal recipients was less than 10

Source: US Department of Veterans Affairs

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