On 16 March 2016, we were contacted by a good citizen named Mr. Randy Mudge, who had found a Purple Heart Challenge Coin while on a cruise ship within his cabin’s safe. Due to the initials on the coin, Purple Hearts Reunited was able to find its owner.
James P. Daley is a retired Brigadier General in the National Guard of the United States and former commander of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
Daley originally enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1966 and served in the Vietnam War where he was wounded on 09 March 1967. He would enlist in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1975 and later be commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1977. Daley was promoted to Brigadier General December 27, 2001.
Awards he has received include the Bronze Star Medal with combat valor device, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the National Defense Medal with service star, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with award numeral 2, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, the Vietnam Civil Actions Medal, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Excellence in Competition Badge.
BG Daley now serves as a Rock County Circuit Court Judge in Wisconsin.
This is the first Challenge Coin Purple Hearts Reunited has ever returned.