Question Regarding a Purple Heart
A casual conversation with a friend jogged an old memory, and compelled this inquiry.
I remember seeing, as a youth, a Purple Heart medal received by the father of one of my boyhood friends. The gentleman was a WWII vet and, as I remember it, a Navy veteran.
Also as I remember it, the bust (or profile) of Washington in the center of the medal was made not of the customary gold (or gold plated metal), but of a white material, something appearing akin to alabaster.
I cannot remember seeing such a specimen since. Is my memory playing tricks on me? Were some Purple Hearts so produced because of a shortage of materials during the war? Did the fact that he was Navy personnel have significance?
Any insights you might be able to provide will be appreciated.