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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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I was honored to present the Purple Heart medal as well as other service medals to Staff Sergeant Shelton, an award long overdue, said Portman.
Owned by a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat, Faust Appliance Repair and Service has the distinction of being a service-connected disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB).
Blanchard, who is a Purple Heart Medal recipient, led a team of five Marines through security operations that included destroying weapons caches while serving in Iraq.
At another ceremony in San Antonio, his parents were presented with a Purple Heart medal, given to all US servicemen wounded or killed.
During the war, Yonehiro also received a Purple Heart medal.
BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN -- SPC Garratt Williams, a multi-channel transmission systems operator maintainer, A Company, 392nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, received a Purple Heart Medal and Combat Action Badge on July 16 after being injured by small arms fire while traveling in a Chinook in the southern part of Afghanistan.
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.
He is a four-time recipient of the military's Purple Heart Medal and is now doing all he can to comfort those returning from the battlefields overseas.
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.