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How many Purple Hearts can you have?


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Answered 2011-12-03 22:38:51

There is no technical limit. There is currently a soldier serving in Iraq that has been awarded three and has a fourth pending. Each time you are wounded in a separate engagement, you are eligible. In past wars, though, there was an unofficial limit in that you would be removed from the theater if you received a set number of Purple Hearts. For both Korea and Vietnam this limit was three. A United States Army soldier currently holds the distinction of receiving nine Purple Hearts. Six U.S. Army soldiers and one U.S. Marine share the distinction of holding 8 Purple Hearts.

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