Tarkio was named a Purple Heart City January 11, 2017, and signs were recently put up at the three entrances into town. Allen-Schiffern American Legion Post #199 Commander Tim Morehouse, left, worked hard to make Tarkio a Purple Heart City to recognize the many Tarkio servicemen who received the Purple Heart, including Charlie Jones, right. Charlie received two Purple Hearts while serving in the Vietnam War, as well as the Silver Star for gallantry in action and the Bronze for heroic achievement. The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military.