Purple Heart Medal


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The Purple Heart (PH) Medal is awarded to those wounded or killed while serving the United States Military on or after 5th April 1917. The death or injuries caused by friendly fire. The Medal is in the shape of a heart and purple enamel at the center, with an image of George Washington at the center of the purple enamel. At the top is a white shield with red stars and white stripes flanked by laurel springs.

  • Type:

    Military medal (Decoration)

  • Awarded for:

    Being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces

  • Presented by:

    United States Department of the Army, United States Department of the Navy, United States Department of the Air Force, United States Department of Homeland Security

  • Eligibility:

    Military personnel

  • Status:

    Currently awarded

  • First awarded:

    22 February 1932

  • Total recipients:

    Approximately 1,910,162 (as of 5 June 2010)