About Us

Purple Heart Originals was inspired by my Marine Corps husband SSGT James H. Gularte. As a Vietnam Veteran who received 4 Purple Hearts, Jim has been creating one-of-a-kind Honor Cans as gifts for his fellow service members since 2011. Witnessing how a can that has been customized for their personal experience in the service is so very touching. Recipients are moved by the recognition and thrilled by having an authentic ammo can that is ALL about them.

It is in witnessing this touching human interaction, that Purple Heart Originals was founded – to bring appreciation to those who have given back to all of us who enjoy our freedom.

At Purple Heart Originals, we purchase actual government issued ammo cans that are manufactured in the United States for the U.S. Military and used by the U.S. Military. Then we refurbish the ammo cans and turn them into Honor Cans. The cans come to us with a whole lot of bumps, scratches and dents – and in some cases, covered in desert sand, a bit of rust and other debris. We hand-sand, hand-paint them, wrap the handles with survival cord, put felt pads on the bottom and make them ready to display a recipient’s cherished service past.

Here’s our first shipment of Ammo Cans. What an exciting moment!



Charlene Brisson,
President, Purple Heart Originals LLC.