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All Famous Purple Heart Recipients

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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. Clark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Lieutenant General Albert Patton Clark was the sixth superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Andrew Goodpaster is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam, Distinguished Service Medal
Andrew Jackson Goodpaster was an American Army General. He served as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe from July 1, 1969 and Commander in Chief of the United States European Command from ...more
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Bill Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart
Bill Graham was an American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991 in a helicopter crash. He fled from Germany and, in 1941, from France to escape the ...more
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Billy Waugh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal
William "Billy" Waugh, is a retired American Special Forces Sergeant Major and Central Intelligence Agency Paramilitary Operations Officer who served more than 50 years between the ...more
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Bud Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, National Order of Vietnam, Prisoner of War Medal
George Everett "Bud" Day was a United States Air Force colonel and pilot including five years and seven months as a POW in North Vietnam. Day was a recipient of the Medal of Honor and ...more
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Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Purple Heart, Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites
Charles Bronson was an American film and television actor. He starred in films such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Rider on the Rain, ...more
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Charles L. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
Major Charles Leroy Thomas was a United States Army officer who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions while a company commander during the capture of Climbach, France in ...more
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Chesty Puller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal
Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller was a United States Marine Corps lieutenant general and one of the most decorated members of the Marine Corps. Puller is one of two servicemen to ever be ...more
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Chuck Yeager is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom
Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager is a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have traveled ...more
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Clifford Chester Sims is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Clifford Chester Sims Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
Clifford Chester Sims was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.
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Cornelius H. Charlton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Cornelius H. Charlton Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
Cornelius H. Charlton was a soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. Sergeant Charlton posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions near Chipo-ri, South Korea on June ...more
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Daniel Inouye is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Daniel Ken "Dan" Inouye was a Medal of Honor recipient, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a United States Senator from Hawaii, a member of the Democratic Party, and the ...more
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David H. Hackworth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal
Colonel David Haskell Hackworth, also known as "Hack," was a highly decorated United States Army soldier, having received 24 decorations for heroism in combat during the Korean and ...more
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Donald Russell Long is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Donald Russell Long Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
Donald Russell Long was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.
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Douglas MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross
Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the ...more
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Earl E. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
National Order of Vietnam, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal
General Earl Edward Anderson, the youngest active duty Marine ever promoted to the rank of General and the second active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a 4-star rank, became ...more
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Edward A. Carter, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor
Edward Allen Carter, Jr. was a United States Army Staff Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during March 1945 during World War II. He was one of seven African-American ...more
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Edwin H. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit
Edwin H. Simmons was a United States Marine Corps brigadier general. He was a career officer who served in combat during three wars — including landing at Inchon and fighting at the Chosin ...more
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Elliot Richardson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Presidential Medal of Freedom, Purple Heart, Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service
Elliot Lee Richardson was an American lawyer and politician who was a member of the cabinet of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. As U.S. Attorney General, he was a prominent figure in ...more
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Eugene Ashley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Eugene Ashley, Jr. Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
Eugene Ashley, Jr. was a United States Army Special Forces soldier and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.
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Garfield M. Langhorn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Garfield M. Langhorn Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
Garfield McConnell Langhorn was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.
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Gary Gordon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal
Gary Ivan Gordon was a Master Sergeant in the United States Army and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. At the time of his death, he was a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army's ...more
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George Patton IV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal
George Smith Patton, IV was a major general in the United States Army and the son of World War II general, George S. Patton, Jr.. He served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
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George S. Patton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal
George Smith Patton, Jr. was a United States Army general, who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of WWII, but is best known for his leadership ...more
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George Scratchley Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam, Commendation Medal
George Scratchley Brown was a United States Air Force general who served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he served as the senior military adviser to the President ...more