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All Famous Purple Heart Recipients

Updated August 8, 2018 411.8k 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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  • Albert P. Clark1

    Albert P. Clark

    Commendation Medal, Air Medal
    Lieutenant General Albert Patton Clark (August 27, 1913 – March 8, 2010) was the sixth...  more
  • Andrew Goodpaster2

    Andrew Goodpaster

    Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam
    Andrew Jackson Goodpaster (February 12, 1915 – May 16, 2005) was an American Army General. He...  more
  • Bill Graham3

    Bill Graham

    Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart
    Bill Graham (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca; January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991) was a...  more
  • Billy Waugh4

    Billy Waugh

    Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal
    William "Billy" Waugh (born December 1, 1929), is a former United States Army Special Forces...  more
  • Bud Day5

    Bud Day

    Defense Meritorious Service Medal, National Order of Vietnam
    George Everette "Bud" Day (24 February 1925 – 27 July 2013) was a United States Air Force...  more
  • Charles Bronson6

    Charles Bronson

    Purple Heart, Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites
    Charles Bronson (born Charles Dennis Buchinsky; Lithuanian: Karolis Dionyzas Bučinskis;...  more

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  • Charles L. Thomas7

    Charles L. Thomas

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Charles Leroy Thomas (April 17, 1920 – February 15, 1980) was a United States Army major who...  more
  • Chesty Puller8

    Chesty Puller

    Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal
    Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) was a United States Marine...  more
  • Chuck Yeager9

    Chuck Yeager

    Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal
    Charles Elwood Yeager (February 13, 1923 – December 7, 2020) was a former United States Air...  more
  • Clifford Chester Sims10

    Clifford Chester Sims

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Clifford Chester Sims (June 18, 1942 – February 21, 1968) was a United States Army soldier and...  more
  • Cornelius H. Charlton11

    Cornelius H. Charlton

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Cornelius H. Charlton (July 24, 1929 – June 2, 1951) was a soldier in the United States Army...  more
  • Daniel Inouye12

    Daniel Inouye

    Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor
    Daniel Ken Inouye ( ee-NOH-ay; September 7, 1924 – December 17, 2012) was an American...  more

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  • David H. Hackworth13

    David H. Hackworth

    Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross
    David Haskell Hackworth (November 11, 1930 – May 4, 2005) also known as Hack, was a prominent...  more
  • Donald Russell Long14

    Donald Russell Long

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Donald Russell Long (August 27, 1939 – June 30, 1966) was a United States Army soldier and a...  more
  • Douglas MacArthur15

    Douglas MacArthur

    Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal
    General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American...  more

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  • Earl E. Anderson16

    Earl E. Anderson

    National Order of Vietnam, Distinguished Flying Cross
    General Earl Edward Anderson (June 24, 1919 – November 12, 2015) was an American Marine Corps...  more
  • Edward A. Carter, Jr.17

    Edward A. Carter, Jr.

    Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal
    Edward Allen Carter Jr. (May 26, 1916 – January 30, 1963) was a United States Army sergeant...  more
  • Edwin H. Simmons18

    Edwin H. Simmons

    Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

    Honored ForDog Company Six

    Edwin Howard Simmons (August 25, 1921 – May 5, 2007) was a United States Marine Corps...  more
  • Elliot Richardson19

    Elliot Richardson

    Presidential Medal of Freedom, Purple Heart
    Elliot Lee Richardson (July 20, 1920 – December 31, 1999) was an American lawyer and public...  more
  • Eugene Ashley, Jr.20

    Eugene Ashley, Jr.

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Eugene Ashley Jr. (October 12, 1930 or 1931 – February 7, 1968) was a United States Army...  more
  • Garfield M. Langhorn21

    Garfield M. Langhorn

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Garfield McConnell Langhorn (September 10, 1948 – January 15, 1969) was a United States Army...  more
  • Gary Gordon22

    Gary Gordon

    Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal
    Gary Ivan Gordon (30 August 1960 – 3 October 1993) was a master sergeant in the United States...  more
  • George Patton IV23

    George Patton IV

    Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross
    George Smith Patton IV (December 24, 1923 – June 27, 2004) was a major general in the United...  more
  • George S. Patton24

    George S. Patton

    Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal
    George Smith Patton Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a General of the United...  more

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  • George Scratchley Brown25

    George Scratchley Brown

    Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam
    George Scratchley Brown (17 August 1918 – 5 December 1978) was a United States Air Force...  more