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If it was after the early 1940's, it was for being wounded or killed in combat.

If the individual is deceased, you can contact the military for a copy of his service record. It should record the where and when of the award.

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Q: How can you find out why a relative was awarded the Purple Heart?
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How can you find a list of men awarded the purple heart?

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