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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 (August 27, 1913 – March 8, 2010) 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 (February 12, 1915 – May 16, 2005) was an American Army General. He served as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) from July 1, 1969 and Commander in Chief ...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 (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca; January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991) was a German-American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991 in a helicopter ...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 (born December 1, 1929), is a former United States Army Special Forces soldier and Central Intelligence Agency paramilitary operations officer who served more ...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 Everette "Bud" Day (24 February 1925 – 27 July 2013) was a United States Air Force officer, aviator, and veteran of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. He was also a ...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 (born Charles Dennis Buchinsky; Lithuanian: Karolis Dionyzas Bučinskis; November 3, 1921 – August 30, 2003) was an American actor. He was often cast in the role of a police ...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
Charles Leroy Thomas (April 17, 1920 – February 15, 1980) was a United States Army major who was a company commander during World War II. In 1997, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's ...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 (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) was a United States Marine Corps officer. Beginning his career fighting guerillas in Haiti and Nicaragua as part of the ...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 Yeager (; born February 13, 1923) is a former United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have ...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 (June 18, 1942 – February 21, 1968) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the ...more
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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 (July 24, 1929 – June 2, 1951) was a soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. Sergeant Charlton posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions ...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 Inouye ( ee-NOH-ay; September 7, 1924 – December 17, 2012) was an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. A member of ...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
David Haskell Hackworth (November 11, 1930 – May 4, 2005) also known as Hack, was a prominent military journalist and a former United States Army colonel who was decorated in both the Korean War ...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 (August 27, 1939 – June 30, 1966) 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
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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
General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States ...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 (June 24, 1919 – November 12, 2015) was an American Marine Corps general. The youngest active duty Marine ever promoted to the rank of general and the first active ...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. (May 26, 1916 – January 30, 1963) was a United States Army sergeant first class who was wounded in action during World War II. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, the ...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

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Edwin Howard Simmons (August 25, 1921 – May 5, 2007) was a United States Marine Corps brigadier general. He was a career officer who served in combat during three wars — including landing at ...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 (July 20, 1920 – December 31, 1999) was an American lawyer and public servant who was a member of the cabinet of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. As U.S. Attorney ...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. (October 12, 1930 or 1931 – February 7, 1968) was a United States Army Special Forces soldier and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for ...more
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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 (September 10, 1948 – January 15, 1969) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions ...more
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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 (30 August 1960 – 3 October 1993) 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 ...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 (December 24, 1923 – June 27, 2004) 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 ...more
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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. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a General of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the ...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 (17 August 1918 – 5 December 1978) 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 ...more