Purple Heart

The Purple Heart was instituted in 1782 by George Washington and is the first American decoration. Originally it was awarded for bravery in action, currently it is awarded to those wounded or killed in action, in the latter case posthumously.
An Oak Leaf Cluster is added when a previously wounded person already has a Purple Heart.
The decoration is a purple, heart-shaped badge with bronze edges. It depicts in relief a bust of George Washington wearing the uniform of a general in the Continental Army.
On the reverse side is the inscription: "For Military Merit" with the recipient's name below.
It is estimated that for World War II 1,076,245 Purple Hearts were awarded.

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Saali, Harry, P.   
Saccone, Thomas P. 06-06-1944 
Sachy, Peter   
Sadowski, Joseph John08-12-191714-09-1944 
Sage, Harold T.   
Sahli, Carl, R.   
Sahlin, Axel E., Jr. 09-04-1945 
Sahutski, Paul J.08-12-192308-12-1944 
Sakamoto, Louis Kahaulelio12-08-191323-10-1943 
Sale, Chris   
Salgo, Oscar26-12-192008-03-1945 
Salmon, Walter, J.   
Salomon, Benjamin Lewis01-09-191407-06-1944 
Salomon, Sidney A. "Sid"00-00-191321-01-2014 
Salters, Robert J. "Bob"25-02-192231-05-1999 
Salvestrini, Joseph J.26-04-191820-11-2000 
Salzarulo, Raymond P. 07-06-1942 
Sam, William J. 01-03-1945 
Samarel, Isaac 05-04-1946 
Sambanis, George 20-12-1943 
Sambano, Henry, A.   
Sampl, Harold Frances "Harry Frank" 16-02-2017 
Sanchez, Mariano 21-12-1944 
Sanders, Gafford W. 28-05-1944 
Sands, Joseph R.   
Sanford, George, T.   
Sanford, Teddy Hollis31-12-190729-12-1992 
Sansale, Ralph 12-12-1944 
Sarmiento, Pedro 03-05-1998 
Sarnoski, Joseph Raymond30-01-191516-06-1943more 
Sarsfield, Eugene Sylvester19-04-190210-07-1943 
Sass, Jacob J.   
Sato, Shukichi03-10-191503-11-1943 
Satter, Russell Keith11-11-192123-06-1944 
Saunders, Gerald, C.   
Saunders, Leroy W. 04-09-1944 
Savage, Jack Ellsworth 08-04-1945 
Savidge, Charles T. 04-07-1944 
Savino, Frank A.17-06-192417-12-2003 
Savino, Nickolas   
Savoren, William, J.   
Sawicki, Francis L.00-00-191922-12-1944 
Sawin, Alton, Jr. 22-07-2004 
Sayers, Foster Joseph27-04-192412-11-1944 
Sayeski, Frank   
Scaccia, Anthony G.14-07-191705-03-1944 
Scalapino, Ralph03-09-191628-03-1999 
Schaefer, Joseph Edward27-12-191816-03-1987 
Schaetzl, Joseph B.13-03-192427-04-2003 
Scharff, George 10-04-1945 
Schargenberg, Halbert, D.   
Schattler, Robert, L.   
Schauer, Henry09-10-191816-06-1997 
Scheaffer, Lester H. 12-09-1944 
Scheid, George D. 07-06-1942 
Schelbitzki, Frank   
Schenavar, Maxium D.06-10-192206-04-1946 
Schenk, Kenneth, R.   
Scherl, Edward Thomas00-00-192510-05-1945 
Schicker, Joseph N.   
Schickner, Donald   
Schiebinger, H. W. J.   
Schiemann, Alfred W.   
Schifferdecker, Wyman Charles18-05-192506-03-1945 
Schildroth, William H. "Bill" 17-09-1944 
Schilling, John, F.   
Schimmelpfennig, Irving R. 04-02-1945 
Schinz, Albert W.27-02-191918-01-1985more 
Schirkofsky, James Charles28-08-191830-07-1944 
Schlemmer, Delbert Zane "Zane"   
Schmid, Albert Andrew "Al"20-10-192002-12-1982 
Schmidt, August Max (Jr)17-10-191603-03-1945 
Schmidt, John, J.   
Schmieding, Casper H. 15-03-1945 
Schmitt, Aloysius H.04-12-190907-12-1941 
Schnobrich, Hermon, O.   
Schoeffel, Calvin, G.   
Schoengrund, Gerhardt W.11-12-191828-03-1945 
Schofield, Robert, D.   
Scholz, Donald Rudolph 07-06-1944 
Schreck, Martin N.12-12-192330-07-1990more 
Schreiber, Leroy A.13-12-191715-04-1944more 
Schroder, John H. Jr. 15-12-1945 
Schroder, Raymond W. 13-11-1942 
Schroder, Urban J. 10-02-1945 
Schroeder, Edwin W.   
Schröder, Charles H. 18-01-1945 
Schulte, Joseph O.B. "Ott"02-01-191721-11-1943more 
Schwab, Albert Ernest17-07-192007-05-1945 
Schwarzkopf Sr., Herbert Norman28-08-189525-11-1958more 
Scoglio, Albert, T.   
Scott, Estel W.02-07-191820-05-1943 
Scott, Floyd, A.   
Scott, Harold W.   
Scott, Harold, R.   
Scott, Melvin, E.   
Scott, Melvin, G.   
Scott, Norman10-08-188913-11-1942more 
Scott, Orville, B.   
Scott, Robert M. 20-09-1944 
Scott, Robert Raymond13-07-191507-12-1941 
Scott, Robert Sheldon30-11-191305-02-1999more 
Scott, Roy25-01-192506-05-2006 
Scott, Weaver N. 16-02-1945 
Scritchfield, John K.   
Scroggins, Don, E.   
Scudder, William S.17-09-191403-07-1944 
Scully, Joseph B. 28-07-1944 
Seader, Charles Edward21-01-192525-07-1944 
Seaman, Allen Lang21-12-191601-05-1944 
Sears, Bertis, C.   
Sears, Frank L.   
Sebree, Edmund Bower07-01-189825-06-1966more 
Secor, Edwin J.   
Sedlak, Martin M. 12-11-1943 
Segler, Thomas F., Jr.   
Seipel, Bernard J.   
Selbitschka, Julius C.26-08-191916-02-1945 
Selesnick, William   
Self, Leroy L., Jr. 11-06-1943 
Sellers, Charles L. 25-11-1944 
Sellers, Harold Eugene (501st PIR)00-00-192206-06-1944 
Selvaggio, Joseph A.   
Serpico, John, L.   
Serratore, John   
Sexton, Haskell G. 21-03-1945 
Seyebe, Steve 20-09-1944 
Seymour, Edward, F.   
Sganga, Joseph T.   
Sgrignuoli, Carman, J.   
Shaffer, George, W.   
Shaffett, James T.00-00-192216-12-1998 
Shames, Edward D. "Ed"13-06-1922 more 
Shank, Aaron D. 07-06-1942 
Shankey, Joseph I., Jr. 07-06-1944 
Shanley, Thomas J.B. "Tom" 10-01-2004 
Shannon, Willie D.20-05-1921 more 
Shapiro, William   
Shar, Robert, W.   
Sharp, Ernest   
Sharp, John, L.   
Sharpe, Sewell, E.   
Sharpton, Willie T. 27-08-1943 
Shaul, Horace L.16-03-192511-08-1945 
Shaum, David, F.   
Shavkey, Ralph A.28-01-192230-08-1944 
Shaw, Cliffton, E.   
Shaw, Frederick, F.   
Shaw, Herman T. 08-01-1943 
Shaw, Robert Wheeler 08-08-1945 
Shaw, Thomas Mitchell   
Shawver, Lee E. 26-09-1944 
Shea, Lawrence F.12-09-192302-04-1945 
Shear, Louis T "Louie"15-09-191528-03-2006 
Shearer, William George 25-07-1944 
Shedd, Martin B.   
Sheehy, Robert J., Sr.17-02-191616-06-2007 
Sheets, James, W.   
Shefrin, Seymour   
Shelden, Harold R. 21-09-1944 
Sheldon, Stanley W. 06-08-1944 
Shellem, Hugh T. 07-01-1945 
Shelley, Charles Frances   
Shelton, Clyde J.13-12-192211-04-1997 
Shelton, Millard  more 
Shepherd, Frankie L.   
Shepherd, Lemuel Cornick, Jr.10-02-189606-08-1990more 
Shepherd, Merril L.   
Shepherd, Wendell H. 09-02-1945 
Sher, Leo   
Sherer, Leon   
Sheridan, Carl Vernon05-01-192526-11-1944 
Sherman, William E. 22-09-1944 
Shields, Robert D.02-08-192017-01-2010 
Shiffer Jr., George E.15-08-192208-04-1945 
Shifflet, Fred Burnam (Jr.) 03-03-1943 
Shigihara, Takeshi29-11-192117-07-1944 
Shimer, David, H.   
Shimoskie, Joseph, Sr.   
Shirley, Orlin L.   
Shirokane, Kizo09-03-191916-04-1945 
Shively, John, H.   
Shivers, John, M. Jr.   
Shockley, William Ralph04-12-191831-03-1945 
Shorey, Edward T.00-00-191801-08-1944 
Shorey, Ralph, L.   
Short, James, R.   
Short, Max 11-11-1944 
Short, William Edward29-04-192206-08-1945 
Shorter, Paul R.  more 
Shotwell, Gordon S. 24-03-1945 
Shoup, Curtis F.11-01-192107-01-1945more 
Shoup, David Monroe30-12-190413-01-1983more 
Show, Sanford, E.   
Showers, Orville Hartly, Jr.19-10-192325-07-1944 
Shrader, Byron Glen07-05-192022-07-1943 
Shrader, Stewart Willis31-05-1921  
Shull, William Odell25-09-191530-05-1995 
Shunstrom, Charles Merton26-11-192004-12-1972more 
Shurter, Robert Allison, Jr.00-04-192100-07-1979more 
Shurtleff, Dwight K. 06-12-1944 
Shurtz, Guy F. 02-03-1945 
Sibbett, Frank T.31-10-192123-06-1944 
Sicignano, Joseph J. 12-10-1944 
Sieger, Erwin, J.   
Sienkiewycz, Andrew   
Sigler, Franklin Earl06-11-192420-01-1995 
Silva, Albert17-04-191425-06-1944 
Silverthorn, Merwin Hancock22-09-189614-08-1985more 
Simard, Naubert Oliver, Jr. 30-07-1944 
Simmons, Donald, R.   
Simonds, George William 04-07-1944 
Simons, Gerald C.07-04-190903-08-1944 
Simons, Malcolm E. "Mal"08-04-192126-01-2016 
Simpson, Joseph, E.   
Sims, Jack 14-04-1945 
Sinclair, John, R.   
Singlestad, Sylvester Donald00-00-1917 more 
Singleton, Thomas, F.   
Sinyard, Kingery, E.   
Sirotkin, Marvin 02-10-1944 
Sisk, Wayne A. "Skinny"04-03-002213-07-1999 
Siska, Paul, J.   
Sitton, Horace A. 12-12-1943 
Sitzlar, Newton A.   
Skaggs, Jack C.16-11-192012-10-2010 
Skaggs, Luther, Jr.03-03-192306-04-1976 
Skelly, Thomas Mc Far 11-03-1945 
Skibski, Alphonse, I.   
Slagle, Ira Lee (Jr.)05-07-192217-05-1945 
Slane, Francis J. 07-06-1944 
Slater, Frank Olga19-12-192012-11-1942 
Slater, Harold K. "The Duke"00-00-191905-04-2011 
Slaton, James Daniel02-04-191225-02-1961 
Slaughter, Chester C.   
Slaughter, Orvan S. 22-11-1943more 
Slaughter, William Basil16-09-191919-12-1944 
Slaughter, William H.   
Slaughter, Willis Richard24-08-189502-01-1981more 
Slauson, Robert M. 02-08-1944 
Sleeth, William N. 09-02-1945 
Slensker, William 02-07-2012 
Sloan, Marvin Earl23-09-192011-12-1944 
Sloper, Robert Arnold "Bob"03-08-192021-12-1944 
Sly, Warren Berkely00-00-191613-09-1944 
Smart, James L. 04-06-1942 
Smiley, Spencer J. 11-07-1944 
Smith Dale H    
Smith, Allen E. 02-10-1944 
Smith, Charles, F.   
Smith, Clarence E. 05-03-1945 
Smith, Clarence Leonard00-00-192408-04-1945 
Smith, Claud, L.   
Smith, Earl J. 06-06-1944 
Smith, Ernest Everett22-09-192323-10-2010 
Smith, Everett, C. 11-08-1944 
Smith, Foster, S.   
Smith, Fred, M.   
Smith, Furman L.11-05-192531-05-1944 
Smith, George P.11-01-192302-12-1943 
Smith, Gilbert F.31-03-192105-03-1944 
Smith, Hubert D.00-00-192117-07-1942 
Smith, Jack E. 01-08-1943 
Smith, Kenneth Guy "Ken"08-06-191420-10-1947more 
Smith, Leo, A.   
Smith, Leonard L.27-04-191704-06-1942 
Smith, Mack H. 01-08-1943 
Smith, Marion L.25-09-191313-12-1989 
Smith, Neal H. 17-12-1944 
Smith, Odell 24-12-1944 
Smith, Paul Henry   
Smith, Ray Clifford, Jr. 21-11-1944 
Smith, Richard E.12-09-192115-05-2011 
Smith, Robert Arthur08-06-191614-06-1942 
Smith, Robert Eugene "Gene"26-02-191722-06-1944more 
Smith, Robert J. 16-11-1943 
Smith, Robert S.   
Smith, Robert V.07-01-192602-02-1945 
Smith, Stanley Edward16-03-192423-05-1944 
Smith, Talbert A. 07-06-1944 
Smith, Walter M. 12-04-1945 
Smith, William H. (Jr.)  more 
Smith, William W.27-03-191910-02-1952 
Snead, William, B.   
Snively, Harold Lee31-10-192530-01-1960more 
Snodgrass, William "Bill" G.00-00-192502-01-2014 
Snowman, Kenneth A.12-06-1911  
Snyder, Arnold George31-12-192217-12-1944 
Snyder, James Roy 03-11-1944 
Snyder, Walter E., Jr.08-07-192011-04-1945 
Sockut, David   
Sokol, Jerome, G.   
Sokolowski, Anthony, S.   
Soland, Penn, D.   
Solano, Joe02-12-192213-02-2013 
Solberg, Robert L.21-10-1922 more 
Soley, Glen, N.   
Solmes, Stanley, F.   
Somers, Jack Benjamin12-01-192224-11-1942 
Somers, Leroy, C.   
Sorensen, Richard Keith28-08-192409-10-2004more 
Sorenson, Freddie A.   
Sorrell Philip F    
Soule, Gladwin, C.   
Sousley, Franklin Runyon19-09-192521-03-1945 
Sowden, Everett E.   
Sowell, Fred, J.   
Spahr, Kimball22-09-1916 more 
Spakes, Howard   
Spalding, John M.17-12-191406-11-1959 
Spalding, William Nelson00-00-1922  
Spangler, Edward Franklin "Eddie"03-10-192101-06-1945 
Spanier, Saul   
Spano, Vincent, R.   
Sparks, Edward M.07-11-191605-03-1944 
Sparks, Harold Royce10-11-192130-07-1943 
Sparks, Willard Gail07-08-192522-02-1945 
Specker, Joe C.10-01-192107-01-1944 
Speier, Herman   
Spell, William, P.   
Spendolini, John00-00-190813-09-1944 
Spiller, Morgan, L.   
Spinelli, Dominic V.00-00-192314-04-1945 
Sporre, William C.   
Spreeman, Carlyle Willis03-03-192108-06-2002 
Springer, Charley, B.   
Springle, Carl, J.   
Springsteen, Gordon L. 04-03-1945 
Sprinkle, John D. 10-07-1943 
Sproul, Archibald A.   
Sproul, Thomas, W.   
Spruill, Troy, H.   
Spurrier, Junior James14-12-192225-02-1984more 
Squires, John C.19-05-192523-05-1944 
Stack, John R. 27-11-1943 
Stacy, Dale, E.   
Stahlhut, Wesley, L.   
Stambaugh, Jack R. 22-11-1943 
Stander, Lawrence G.   
Stanford, James A. 16-12-1944 
Stanley, Jack W.   
Staples, Frank L.11-06-191623-05-2007 
Stargardt, Clifford, H.   
Starkey, Ralph   
Starr, Harold, R.   
Stauffer, Fred, H.   
Stavola, Frank R. 29-08-2014 
Stavola, John, T.   
Staycer, Carl00-00-1921  
Steciw John    
Steele, Harold B.   
Steele, Robert C. 08-02-1945 
Steelman, Fred D., Jr. 01-08-1944 
Stein, Herman E.   
Stein, Russell, D.   
Stein, Tony30-09-192101-03-1945 
Steinberg, Herman 21-11-1944 
Steinhauer, Forest15-08-191614-09-1944 
Steinke, William W.00-00-192009-04-1944 
Stelle, Russell, H.   
Stephens, Otto K. 06-12-1944 
Stephens, Troy I.   
Stephenson, Wilson, M.   
Sterling, Paul D. 16-04-1945 
Stevens, Charles, P.   
Stevens, George   
Stevens, Johnny Jr. 12-07-2007 
Stevenson, Alfred B.17-07-192610-07-1959 
Stever, John, A.   
Stewart, Edward F. 28-03-1945 
Stewart, Eldredge, A. Jr.   
Stilwell, Richard Giles "Vinegar Joe"24-02-191725-12-1991more 
Stiner, Gordon M. "Stinky"19-05-191421-12-1944 
Stinnett, Burley, J.   
Stinson, John D. 11-04-1945 
Stinson, Ken K.   
Stinson, Paul G. 27-10-1944 
Stociw, John   
Stokes, Freeman H.28-02-192204-02-1986 
Stokke Aaron    
Stokke, Eugene Ivan "Gene"03-08-192417-01-2012 
Stoll, Richard, W.   
Stone, Calvin R.   
Stone, George, T.   
Stone, Joseph V. 20-11-1944 
Stone, Robert, L.   
Stone, Todd G.06-01-192428-11-1944 
Stone, Wilford   
Stookey, Donald L. 05-03-1944 
Stopka, John P. 14-01-1945 
Stott, Frederick A. "Fireball"21-08-191701-12-2006 
Stout, Doyle A.   
Stovall, William Howard, Jr. "Bud"00-03-192331-12-1944more 
Strabala, Patrick Joseph 29-04-1945 
Strader, John L.   
Strand, Luverne J. 30-07-1944 
Strank, Michael10-11-191901-03-1945 
Stratton, J. W.   
Strayer, Robert Lytle02-03-191018-12-2002more 
Streczyk, Philip25-11-1918 more 
Stribling, John Monroe 14-05-1944 
Strobel, Harvey, H.   
Strong, Emmett L.19-10-192118-11-1944 
Strull, Donald, G.   
Stryker, Stuart S.30-10-192424-03-1945 
Stuart, John Neil00-00-191900-00-1983 
Stubbs, Virgil, J.   
Stuckey, John Frederick16-12-191911-11-2011 
Stuebner, Herbert A.20-08-191931-01-2005 
Stull, Lester, E.   
Stunek, Raymond Frank20-01-1925  
Sturges, Francis F. 06-12-1942 
Styskal, Edward   
Suda, David L.11-07-191624-05-1944 
Suerth, Herbert J.28-10-192414-10-2017more 
Suess, Sheldon O. 11-04-1945 
Sullivan, Cletus, B.   
Sullivan, Daniel Jeremiah17-01-192315-09-1944 
Sullivan, James W. 21-09-1944 
Summers, Harrison C.12-07-191803-08-1983 
Sunada, Albert M.19-03-191731-10-1944 
Sundt, Harald S.   
Supsinskas, Joseph   
Sutherby, William A.17-08-190719-03-1945 
Sutherland, Robert, M.   
Sutter, Paul J. 12-05-1944 
Suttle, Denville Doyle28-04-191613-04-1945 
Sutton, Jay21-08-192111-01-1945 
Sutton, Karl E. 14-04-1945 
Suzawa, Jiro19-04-192305-12-1944 
Svendsen, Theodore Q. 04-07-1944 
Swanson, Wallace A. 16-06-2004more 
Swartz, Arthur J.12-06-192105-03-1944 
Swatko, Anthony, J.   
Sweeney, John Thomas   
Sweet, Herbert J.08-10-191918-06-1998more 
Sweetwood, Ray, G.   
Swendroski, Joseph, G.   
Swenson, Lyman Knute23-10-189213-11-1942more 
Swett, James Elms15-06-192018-01-2009more 
Sykora, Roy J. 06-01-1944 
Syverson, Douglas W.03-08-191715-09-1997more 
Szelugoski, Walter 24-03-1943 
Szewczyk, Stanley00-00-191313-08-1944 
Szmyt, Thaddeus J.27-08-191809-05-1996more 
Szyman, Robert R.   
Szymanski, Benjamin D. 29-09-2014 

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