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All Famous Purple Heart Recipients

Updated August 8, 2018 412.5k 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

    Commendation Medal, Air Medal
    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....  more
  • 2

    Andrew Goodpaster

    Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam
    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 of...  more
  • 3

    Bill Graham

    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 crash....  more
  • 4

    Billy Waugh

    Commendation Medal, Bronze Star 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 than 50 years...  more
  • 5

    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 officer, aviator, and veteran of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. He was also a prisoner of war,...  more
  • 6

    Charles Bronson

    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 officer,...  more

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  • 7

    Charles L. Thomas

    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
  • 8

    Chesty Puller

    Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star 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 Banana Wars,...  more
  • 9

    Chuck Yeager

    Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal
    Charles Elwood Yeager (February 13, 1923 – December 7, 2020) was a former United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to...  more
  • 10

    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 Vietnam...  more
  • 11

    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 near...  more
  • 12

    Daniel Inouye

    Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor
    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 the...  more

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  • 13

    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 military journalist and a former United States Army colonel who was decorated in both the Korean War and...  more
  • 14

    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 War....  more
  • 15

    Douglas MacArthur

    Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal
    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 Army...  more

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  • 16

    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 general. The youngest active duty Marine ever promoted to the rank of general and the first active duty...  more
  • 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 first class who was wounded in action during World War II. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's...  more
  • 18

    Edwin H. Simmons

    Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

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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 Inchon...  more
  • 19

    Elliot Richardson

    Presidential Medal of Freedom, Purple Heart
    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
  • 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 Special Forces soldier and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his...  more
  • 21

    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 in the...  more
  • 22

    Gary Gordon

    Achievement Medal, Commendation 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 officer...  more
  • 23

    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 States Army and the son of World War II General George S. Patton, Jr. He served in the Korean War and the...  more
  • 24

    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 States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S....  more

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  • 25

    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 general who served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he served as the senior...  more