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purple heart

any of several tropical American leguminous trees of the genus Peltogyne
2. the decorative purple heartwood of any of these trees

Purple Heart

U.S. medal awarded to those wounded in military action. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
See: Bravery
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Vigness obtain his Purple Heart Medal, especially knowing how many years he and his family spent seeking to obtain it, said Rounds.
Chief Galligan was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medal for his service during World War II--marked by the further distinction of having survived the Bataan Death March and 3 1/2 years as a prisoner of war at a series of Japanese camps.
Purple heart OK'd for police officers: The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday approved the creation of a Purple Heart medal to honor officers killed or severely injured in the line of duty.
LABOUR MP Kevan Jones has won a pledge from Gordon Brown to look seriously at the possibility of a Purple Heart medal for soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Any false verbal, written, or physical claim to the Purple Heart Medal, by an individual to whom it has not been awarded, is a federal felony offense.
The facility, once fully completed with museum and visitor center, will honor more than 800,000 Purple Heart medal recipients and their service to this country.
Douglas Norman receives the Purple Heart medal from Major Gen.
Future US president JFK was awarded a Purple Heart medal for getting an injured crewman to shore after the boat was hit by a Japanese destroyer in 1943.
Service members will receive the traditional Purple Heart medal, while civilian employees and contractors will receive the new Secretary of Defense Defense of Freedom medal, right.
The process was begun by a Vietnam veteran who tossed a Purple Heart medal into the cement foundation at the Memorial, which is now the most visited individual site in the Capitol.
Harvey received a Silver Star Medal, the militarys third-highest personal decoration for valor in combat, as well as a Purple Heart Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, among other awards.
During the Vietnam War, he received numerous citations and commendations including the Bronze Star with Valor, the Purple Heart medal for wounds received during battle,and Combat Infantry Badge.