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Criteria: The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of an Armed Force who, while serving with the U.S. Armed Services after 5 April 1917, has been wounded or killed, or a who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded.

More than 1200 Purple Heart were awarded to men of the 508th. 

Some of these awards applied to fatal wounds and are documented in the individual listings under the Roll of Honor.

Many other awards were made to men whose wounds were so severe that they were evacuated from the battle zone.  Still others were awarded to troopers who recovered from their wound and were returned to battle, perhaps to earn still another Purple Heart in subsequent actions.

NOTE:  We are compiling a list of Purple Heart awards for men of the 508th other than those recorded on the 508th Roll of Honor. We would gladly accept names of other recipients to be posted here.  Please contact the Jumpmaster to submit names (recipient must have been in 508th, please!).

SOURCE CODES: ANL - Association Newsletter BIO - Biography BLA - Blair: Ridgway's Paratroopers BOR - Boroughs: "The Devil's Tale" CAS - Casualty list
CEM - Grave stone inscription COM - Rex Combs personal notes CON - Boroughs: "508th Connection" DEV - Devils Digest DEW - DeWeese Diary DIS - Discharge papers
FAM - Family reported GAV - Gavin "On To Berlin" GEM - George Miles GIS - Stoeckert: "We Served Proudly - The Men of HQ1" GO-## - General Order [number] HAC - Hospital Admission Card
ITS - Irving T. Shanley JMK - Jos. M Kissane JWB - Jewish Welfare Board MEM - Memoir of veteran MIL - Milkovics: "The Devils Have Landed" MR - Company Morning Report
NWS - Newspaper account PIK - David Pike book OPR - Operations Report ROH - Roll of Honor UNK - Unknown VET - Veteran reported
WHB - Barrett: "My Story, Every Soldier Has A Story"          

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