Purple Heart
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Recipients Awarded the
Purple Heart
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Awarded The Purple Heart

Name Rank Base / Date
Awards
Alexander, Johnson L.
A1C
Purple Heart
Arrant, Wilbert B.
A2C
Purple Heart
Austin, Terry R.
A2C
Tan Son Nhut AB: 65-70
Purple Heart
Baker, Glenn
SSgt
Purple Heart
Barth, Joseph V.
1LT
Phan Rang AB: 65-66
Purple Heart
A2C
Posthumously: Tan Son Nhut AB: 4 Dec 1966
Silver Star
Purple Heart
Bezette, David B.
A1C
Phan Rang, 26 Jan 1969
Purple Heart
SSgt
Posthumously: Biên Hòa AB, 28 Feb 1968
Purple Heart
Brozek, Frank M.
A1C
Purple Heart
Sgt
Phan Rang, 26 Jan 1969. K-9 Fritz KIA
Silver Star
Purple Heart
SSgt
Ubon RTAFB: 13 Jan 1970
BSM w/Valor
Purple Heart
SSgt
Đà Nàng: 02 Sep 1972
Purple Heart
SSgt
377th SPS, TSN, 31 Jan 1968 (TET) , Bunker O-51.
Silver Star
Purple Heart
A2C
Posthumously: Tan Son Nhut AB: 4 Dec 1966
Purple Heart
A2C
Tan Son Nhut: 06 Apr 1966
Purple Heart
SSgt
Posthumously: 377th SPS, TSN, 31 Jan 1968 (TET), Bunker O-51.
Silver Star
Purple Heart
A1C
Posthumously: Phu Cat AB, 12 Feb 1971
Purple Heart
A2C
Tan Son Nhut AB, 4 Dec. 1966
Purple Heart
Dayton, Edward A.
Đà Nàng AB, 66-67
Purple Heart
Dowdell, David M.
A1C

Tan Son Nhut: 18 Feb 1968

Purple Heart
SSgt
Posthumously: 377th SPS, TSN, 31 Jan 1968 (TET), Bunker O-51.
Silver Star
Purple Heart
A1C
Posthumously: Korat RTAFB, 11 Mar 68
Airman's Medal
Purple Heart
A2C
Posthumously: Đà Nàng AB, 27 Feb 1967
Silver Star
Purple Heart
Garcia, Rudy E.
A1C

Phan Rang 22 Feb 1969

Purple Heart
Gary, Richard E.
A2C
Purple Heart
Glassman, Kenneth B.
Biên Hòa, 65-66
Purple Heart
Gudiry Jr., Leno
A1C

Phan Rang 22 Feb 1969

Purple Heart
SSgt
Tan Son Nhut AB, 4 Dec. 1966
Purple Heart
Harris, Harold
SSgt
Purple Heart
SSgt
Posthumously: 377th SPS, TSN, 31 Jan 1968 (TET) , Bunker O-51.
Silver Star
Purple Heart
A2C
Posthumously: Biên Hòa AB, 12 May 1967
BSM w/Valor
Purple Heart
Hunstiger, Timothy M.
SSgt

Phan Rang: 26 January 1969

Purple Heart
Iles, William W.
SSgt
Phan Rang: 26 January 1969
BSM w/Valor
Purple Heart
A2C
Tan Son Nhut: 4 Dec 1966 (Deceased Past President of the VSPA)
Purple Heart
SSgt
Posthumously: Đà Nàng AB, 1 Jul 1965
Silver Star
Soldier's Medal
Purple Heart
Johnson, Chancellor
SSgt
Purple Heart
A3C
Posthumously: Đà Nàng, 25 Jan 1966
BSM w/Valor
Purple Heart
Jones, Sidney
A1C
Purple Heart
Purple Heart
SSgt
Đà Nàng, 16 March 1970 (While flying over enemy positions)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart
Koger, Robert H.
A1C
Đà Nàng: 27 July 1967
Purple Heart
A1C
Posthumously: Đà Nàng AB, 21 Feb 1968
Purple Heart
A1C
Posthumously: Binh Thuy AB, 8 Jul 1966
BSM w/Valor
Purple Heart
Lesher, Henry L.
SSgt
Tuy Hoa AB: 23 Aug 1969
Purple Heart
A1C
Posthumously: Phan Rang AB: 7 Jun 1969
Purple Heart
Logan, Ronald D.
SSgt

Phan Rang 22 Feb 1969

BSM w/Valor
Purple Heart
Capt
Posthumously: Biên Hòa AB: 31 Jan 1968
Air Force Cross
Purple Heart
McBride, Thomas G.
A1C
Đà Nàng: 04 Mar 1971
Purple Heart
Menefee, Bobby L.
A1C
Purple Heart
Meyer, James D.
A1C
Udorn RTAFB: 3 Oct 72
Purple Heart
SSgt
Posthumously: Binh Thuy AB, 4 Feb 1968
Purple Heart
SSgt
Posthumously: Tan Son Nhut AB: 31 Jan 1968
Purple Heart
A2C
Posthumously: Tuy Hoa AB, 7 Sep 1967
Purple Heart
Murphy, David M.
SSgt
Purple Heart
A1C
Posthumously: Biên Hòa AB: 31 Jan 1968
Purple Heart
Myers, David
Udorn RTAFB: 13 Oct 1972
Purple Heart
Palmatier, Richard
A1C
Pleiku AB: 22 Apr 1966

Purple Heart
Perkins, Charles W.
A2C
Purple Heart
Perez, Ron
SSgt
Đà Nàng AB: 24 March 1967
Purple Heart
A2C

Tan Son Nhut AB, 4 Dec. 1966

Silver Star
Purple Heart
Press, Robert (Bob) - K9
A1C
Biên Hòa AB: 31 Jan 1968 (K9 Diablo X313 was KIA)
Purple Heart
Redmond, Glenn D.
SSgt

Phan Rang: 26 January 1969

Purple Heart
A2C
Posthumously: Tan Son Nhut AB, 4 Dec 1966
Purple Heart
A2C
Tan Son Nhut AB, 4 Dec. 1966
Purple Heart
Smith, Dennis
Binh Thuy in 1967-1968, K-9
BSM w/Valor
Purple Heart
Timmons, Robert E.
A1C
Phan Rang: Apr-Jun 1969
Purple Heart
Valasquez, Rafel Jr.
SSgt
Phan Rang: 26 January 1969
Purple Heart
A1C
Biên Hòa : 12 May 1967
Purple Heart
SSgt
Posthumously: Phu Cat AB, 12 Feb 1971
Purple Heart


The Purple Heart

The Purple Heart Medal today, is the modern form of the original Purple Heart established by General George Washington in 1782, and is conferred on any person wounded in action while serving with the armed forces of the United States. It is also awarded posthumously to the next of kin of personnel killed or having died of wounds received in action after April 5, 1917.

Award: The Purple Heart is awarded for combat action only, to any member of the Armed Forces killed or wounded in an armed conflict. Second and subsequent awards of the Purple Heart are denoted by a gold star for Navy and Marine Corps personnel and by an oak-leaf cluster for Army and Air Force personnel.

Design: Designed by Elizabeth Will and modeled by John R. Sinnock. The heart-shaped medal, one of the best known and also one of the most beautiful of our decorations. The inner heart on the obverse is of purple plastic (originally enamel), and the sculptured outer heart of gold-colored metal. On the purple heart General Washington is shown in profile, facing left, in a relief also of gold-colored metal. Above this heart is Washington's coat of arms, and enamel shield of white with two horizontal bands of red, and above them three red stars with sprays of green leaves on either side of the shield.
      The reverse of the medal is entirely of gold-colored metal, including the shield and leaves. Within the sculptured outer heart and below the shield is the inscription, set in three lines, "For Military Merit," with a space below for the recipient's name.

Ribbon: The Ribbon is deep purple with narrow white edges.

History: Originally established by GEN George Washington on 7 AUG 1782, at Newburgh on the Hudson, New York, as an award for outstanding military merit, or the 'Badge of Merit'. The decoration was in the form of an embroidered, heart-shaped badge of purple cloth and only three non-commissioned officers received the Order at that time. Though never officially abolished it was not again awarded for almost one hundred and fifty years.
      Upon its revival in 1932, as the Purple Heart, the decoration was to be awarded to members of the US Army in two categories:

For being wounded in action in any war or campaign under conditions which entitle the wearing of a wound chevron.

        • "For those persons who perform any singularly meritorious act of extraordinary fidelity or essential service."

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an Executive Order which provided that the Purple Heart would be made available to members of all the US Armed Services who were wounded in action. Since then the Purple Heart has become one of the most highly respected decorations of the US Armed Forces. The decoration holds a very unique position in that it can be earned in only one way, by being wounded. An attendant requirement is that the wound must have been received as a direct result of enemy actions.

 

 

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