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All Famous Purple Heart Recipients

Updated August 8, 2018 411.2k 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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  • 1
    Albert P. Clark

    Albert P. Clark

    Commendation Medal, Air Medal
    Lieutenant General Albert Patton Clark (August 27, 1913 – March 8, 2010) was the sixth... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Andrew Goodpaster

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Bill Graham

    Bill Graham

    Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart
    Bill Graham (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca; January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Billy Waugh

    Billy Waugh

    Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal
    William "Billy" Waugh (born December 1, 1929), is a former United States Army Special Forces... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Bud Day

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Charles Bronson

    Charles Bronson

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

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    Charles L. Thomas

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Chesty Puller

    Chesty Puller

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

    Chuck Yeager

    Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal
    Charles Elwood Yeager (; born February 13, 1923) is a former United States Air Force officer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Clifford Chester Sims

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Cornelius H. Charlton

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Daniel Inouye

    Daniel Inouye

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

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    #33 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans#32 of 54 54 Famous Amputees

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    David H. Hackworth

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Donald Russell Long

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Douglas MacArthur

    Douglas MacArthur

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

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    Earl E. Anderson

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Edward A. Carter, Jr.

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Edwin H. Simmons

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Elliot Richardson

    Elliot Richardson

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

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Garfield M. Langhorn

    Garfield M. Langhorn

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Garfield McConnell Langhorn (September 10, 1948 – January 15, 1969) was a United States Army... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Gary Gordon

    Gary Gordon

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

    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 on Wikipedia
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    George S. Patton

    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 on Wikipedia

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    George Scratchley Brown

    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 on Wikipedia