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The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, which took the form of a heart made of purple cloth, the Purple Heart is the oldest military award still given to U.S. military members – the only earlier award being the obsolete Fidelity Medallion. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located in New Windsor, New York.

Purple Heart
Awarded by United States Armed Forces
Type Military medal (Decoration)
Eligibility Military personnel
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"
Status Currently awarded
Description Obverse profile of George Washington
Statistics
First awarded February 22, 1932
Total awarded Approximately 1,910,162 (as of June 5, 2010)
Precedence
Next (higher) Bronze Star Medal
Next (lower) Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Purple Heart BAR.svg
Reverse of Purple Heart Medal and Purple Heart Service Ribbon

The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, which took the form of a heart made of purple cloth, the Purple Heart is the oldest military award still given to U.S. military members – the only earlier award being the obsolete Fidelity Medallion. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located in New Windsor, New York.