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All Famous Purple Heart Recipients

Updated August 8, 2018 412.7k views88 items

This is a list of famous Purple Heart recipients since the inception of the honor awarded to wounded or killed US soldiers. Photos are included for almost every well-known Purple Heart recipient. Recipients of the Purple Heart in every year are listed here alphabetically for the sake of navigability and convenience.

This list of Purple Heart honorees contains military heroes  like Andrew Goodpaster and Richard J. Buck, covering Purple Heart Medal soldiers from a variety of conflicts, covering Purple Heart recipients in WW2 as well as Korean War Vietnam recipients. Vietnam and many more wars also saw injured or deceased soldiers earning the military honor.

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    George Watson

    Distinguished Service Cross, Medal of Honor
    George Watson (1915 – March 8, 1943) was a United States Army private who gave his life rescuing several soldiers from drowning at sea during World War II. In 1997, he was awarded the Medal of Honor,...  more
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    Greg Amira

    Bronze Star Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
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    J. R. Salzman

    Iraq Campaign Medal, Purple Heart
    Darrell "J.R." Salzman (born 1979) is a champion logroller and an Iraq War veteran. ESPN has called him "among the preeminent outdoors athletes" of the last decade.Salzman grew up in Hayward,...  more
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    James Anderson, Jr.

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Private First Class James Anderson Jr. (January 22, 1947 – February 28, 1967) was a United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism while serving in Vietnam in February...  more
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    James N. Rowe

    American Patriot Award, Bronze Star Medal
    James Nicholas "Nick" Rowe (February 8, 1938 – April 21, 1989) was a United States Army officer and one of only 34 American prisoners of war to escape captivity during the Vietnam War. Colonel Rowe...  more
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    James Stockdale

    Prisoner of War Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross
    James Bond Stockdale (December 23, 1923 – July 5, 2005) was a United States Navy vice admiral and aviator awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, during which he was a prisoner of war for over...  more
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    Jason Dunham

    Combat Action Ribbon, Medal of Honor
    Jason Lee Dunham (10 November 1981 – 22 April 2004) was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions while serving with 3rd Battalion 7th...  more
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    Jedh Colby Barker

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Jedh Colby Barker (June 20, 1945 – September 21, 1967) was a United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Vietnam War in September...  more
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    Jerrell Hudman

    Purple Heart
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    John A. Wickham, Jr.

    National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal
    John Adams Wickham Jr. (born June 25, 1928) is a retired United States Army general who served as the United States Army Chief of Staff from 1983 to 1987....  more
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    John F. Kennedy

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Jane Addams Children's Book Award

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    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from January...  more

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    John H. Pruitt

    Medal of Honor - Navy, Croix de guerre
    John Henry Pruitt (October 4, 1896–October 4, 1918) was a United States Marine during World War I and is one of only 19 people who received two Medals of Honor. The Medals of Honor were presented...  more
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    John J. Kelly

    Medal of Honor, Croix de guerre
    John Joseph Kelly (June 24, 1898 – November 20, 1957) was a United States Marine who was awarded both the Army and Navy Medals of Honor for his heroic actions on October 13, 1918, at the Battle of...  more
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    John K. Singlaub

    National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal
    John Kirk Singlaub (born July 10, 1921) is a highly decorated former OSS officer, a founding member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and a retired major general in the United States Army. ...  more
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    John Kerry

    Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart
    John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is an American politician who served as the 68th United States Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served...  more

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    John McCain

    Combat Action Ribbon, National Order of Vietnam
    John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician and military officer, who served as a United States senator from Arizona from January 1987 until his death. He...  more

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    John P. Bobo

    Combat Action Ribbon, National Order of Vietnam
    For the former Arkansas State University football coach, see John Bobo.John Paul Bobo (February 14, 1943 – March 30, 1967) was a United States Marine Corps second lieutenant who posthumously received...  more
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    John R. Deane, Jr.

    Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam
    John Russell Deane Jr. (June 8, 1919 – July 18, 2013) was a highly decorated United States Army officer with the rank of General. He served as commander of the United States Army Materiel Command....  more
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    John R. Fox

    Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal
    John Robert Fox (May 18, 1915 – December 26, 1944) was a United States Army first lieutenant who was killed in action after calling in artillery fire on the enemy during World War II. In 1997, he was...  more
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    John William Finn

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    John William Finn (24 July 1909 – 27 May 2010) was a sailor in the United States Navy who, as a chief petty officer, received the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for...  more
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    Jon R. Cavaiani

    National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal
    Jon Robert Cavaiani (August 2, 1943 – July 29, 2014) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the...  more
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    Joseph Kittinger

    Vietnam Campaign Medal, United States Aviator Badge
    Joseph William Kittinger II (born July 27, 1928) is a retired colonel in the United States Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. His initial operational assignment was in fighter aircraft, then he...  more
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    Lawrence Joel

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Lawrence Joel (February 22, 1928 – February 4, 1984) was a United States Army soldier who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. While serving in South Vietnam as a medic with the rank of specialist...  more
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    Leslie Allen Bellrichard

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Leslie Allen Bellrichard (December 4, 1941 – May 20, 1967) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in...  more
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    Lewis William Walt

    National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal
    Lewis William Walt (February 16, 1913 – March 26, 1989), also known as Lew Walt, was a United States Marine Corps four-star general who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War....  more