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Purple Heart

is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of an Armed Force who, while serving with the United States Armed Services after April 5, 1917, has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded;

  1. In any action against an enemy of the United States;

  2. In any action with an opposing armed force of a foreign country in which the Armed Forces of the United States are or have been engaged;

  3. While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party;

  4. As a result of an act of any such enemy of opposing Armed Forces;

  5. As the result of an act of any hostile foreign force;

  6. After March 28, 1973, as a result of an international terrorist attack against the United States or a foreign nation friendly to the United States, recognized as such an attack by the Secretary of the department concerned, or jointly by the Secretaries of the departments concerned if persons from more than one department are wounded in the attack; or,

  7. After March 28, 1973, as a result of military operations, while serving outside the territory of the United States as part of a peacekeeping force.

  8. After December 7, 1941, by weapon fire while directly engaged in armed conflict, regardless of the fire causing the wound.

    While held as a prisoner of war or while being taken captive.

A wound for which the award is made must have required treatment by a medical officer.

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Nearly 300 police officers and civilians were honored Thursday night for their dedication to the community. The LMPD's annual awards banquet honored community members who had begun block watches and officers who had saved lives. The career of Detective Paul Oliver was also recognized.

A Reno police officer who was shot and injured in the line of duty last year received a Purple Heart, one of only 12 awarded in the city in the past 100 years. An emotional Officer Rand Hutson quickly accepted the medal as dozens of police officers filled the Reno City Council chamber on Wednesday.
On February 23, nearly 74 years later, Edward H. Mims was presented the Purple Heart Medal for the wounds he received in the crashing bomber. He was 20 years old that fateful day; he's now 83 and living in The Villages-a retirement community roughly an hour northwest of Orlando-with his wife, Sandi.
RENO — A Reno police officer who was shot and injured in the line of duty last year has received a Purple Heart, one of only 12 awarded in the city in the past 100 years. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Officer Rand Hutson accepted the medals on Wednesday at the Reno City Council chamber.
Like the spirited American competitors striving for medals in the Winter Olympics wrapping up today in South Korea, Uvalde resident Gilbert Riojas Sr. also toiled in the Asian country. But instead of Olympic gold, silver or bronze, Riojas earned a Purple Heart for his wartime service in the 1950s. Riojas is a ...
KINGWOOD — Preston County Commissioners signed a proclamation last week, making Preston a Purple Heart County. Dr. James L. McCormick, junior vice commander for the West Virginia chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, spoke to the commission about the designation. The Purple Heart is awarded to ...
Livingston County Highway Superintendent Don Higgins was at a meeting of the state's County Highway Superintendent's Association when he first learned of other counties being designated a “Purple Heart County.” When Higgins – a Marine Corps veteran and senior ride captain with the Patriot Guard ...
A Purple Heart has been returned to its rightful place after an organization tracked down the family of a Derry man who fought and died in WWII. It was an emotional moment for the family of Pvt. Peter Milton Young during the ceremony by his Manchester grave 75 years after his death. Advertisement. "It's just ...
Although it may not be widely known to many at Texas State, one the few servicewomen to have ever received a Purple Heart walks on campus among us. Marlene Rodriguez, recreational therapy senior, is a 39-year-old non-traditional student at Texas State and is one of approximately 500 women to ...


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