Award Winners 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
Albert P. Clark 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
Andrew Goodpaster 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
Bill Graham 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
Billy Waugh 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
Bud Day 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 who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, including five years and seven months as a ...more

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Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Charles Bronson 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
Charles L. Thomas 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
Chesty Puller 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
Chuck Yeager 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
Daniel Inouye 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
David H. Hackworth 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
Douglas MacArthur 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
Earl E. Anderson 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
Edward A. Carter, Jr. 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
Edwin H. Simmons 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
Elliot Richardson 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
Gary Gordon 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
George Patton IV 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
George S. Patton 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 World War II, but is best known for his ...more

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George Scratchley Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
George Scratchley Brown 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

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George Watson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
George Watson Distinguished Service Cross, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart George Watson was a private in the United States Army who was killed in action during World War II. He was one of seven African-American soldiers to receive the Medal of Honor for their actions ...more

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Greg Amira is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Greg Amira Bronze Star Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Purple Heart

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J. R. Salzman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
J. R. Salzman Iraq Campaign Medal, Purple Heart, Best Outdoor Sportsman ESPY Award Darrell "J.R." Salzman 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 ...more

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James Anderson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
James Anderson, Jr. Medal of Honor, Purple Heart Private First Class James Anderson, Jr was a United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism while serving in Vietnam in February 1967. When his Medal of Honor was ...more

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James N. Rowe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
James N. Rowe American Patriot Award, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal James Nicholas "Nick" Rowe was a United States Army officer and one of only 34 American prisoners of war to escape captivity during the Vietnam War. Colonel Rowe was credited with ...more

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James Stockdale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
James Stockdale Prisoner of War Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal James Bond Stockdale was a United States Navy vice admiral and one of the most-highly decorated officers in the history of the U.S. Navy. Stockdale led aerial attacks from the carrier USS ...more

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Jason Dunham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Jason Dunham Combat Action Ribbon, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart Jason Lee Dunham was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps who was awarded the Medal of Honor while serving with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines during the Iraq War. While on a patrol in ...more

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Jedh Colby Barker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Jedh Colby Barker Medal of Honor, Purple Heart Jedh Colby Barker was a United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Vietnam War in September 1967.

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Jerrell Hudman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Jerrell Hudman Purple Heart

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John A. Wickham, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
John A. Wickham, Jr. National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal John Adams Wickham, Jr. is a retired United States Army general who served as the U.S. Army Chief of Staff from 1983 to 1987.

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
John F. Kennedy Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Jane Addams Children's Book Award, American Campaign Medal John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from ...more

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John H. Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
John H. Pruitt Medal of Honor - Navy, Croix de guerre, Purple Heart John Henry Pruitt 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 posthumously for his actions ...more

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John J. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
John J. Kelly Medal of Honor, Croix de guerre, Purple Heart John Joseph Kelly 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 Blanc Mont Ridge, France during ...more

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John K. Singlaub is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
John K. Singlaub National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal John Kirk Singlaub is a highly-decorated former OSS officer and a retired Major General in the United States Army, and a founding member of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was a joint ...more

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John Kerry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
John Kerry Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Silver Star John Forbes Kerry is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. He has served in the United States Senate, and was chairman of the Senate Foreign ...more

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John McCain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
John McCain Combat Action Ribbon, National Order of Vietnam, Prisoner of War Medal John Sidney McCain III was an American politician and naval officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death. He previously served two terms in the United ...more

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John P. Bobo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
John P. Bobo Combat Action Ribbon, National Order of Vietnam, Medal of Honor John Paul Bobo was a United States Marine Corps second lieutenant who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Vietnam War on March 30, 1967.

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John R. Deane, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
John R. Deane, Jr. Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam, Distinguished Service Medal John Russell Deane, Jr. was a highly decorated United States Army officer with the rank of General. He served as commander of the United States Army Materiel Command.

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John R. Fox is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
John R. Fox Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor John Robert Fox was an American soldier who was killed in action when he deliberately called for artillery fire on his own position, after his position was overrun, in order to defeat a German ...more

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John William Finn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
John William Finn Medal of Honor, Purple Heart John William Finn 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 his actions during the ...more

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Jon R. Cavaiani is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Jon R. Cavaiani National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor Jon Robert Cavaiani 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 Vietnam War.

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Joseph Kittinger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Joseph Kittinger Vietnam Campaign Medal, United States Aviator Badge, Distinguished Flying Cross Joseph William Kittinger II is a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. Following his initial operational assignment in fighter aircraft, he participated in ...more

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Lawrence Joel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Lawrence Joel Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Silver Star Lawrence Joel was a United States Army Sergeant First Class who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. While serving in Vietnam, as a medic with the rank of Specialist Five assigned to 1st ...more

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Leslie Allen Bellrichard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Leslie Allen Bellrichard Medal of Honor, Purple Heart Leslie Allen Bellrichard 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 Vietnam War.

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Lewis William Walt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list All Famous Purple Heart Recipients
Lewis William Walt National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Lewis William Walt, also known as Lew Walt, was a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who had served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. During World War II he ...more