Purple Heart


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Purple Heart

n.
A US military decoration awarded to members of the armed forces who have been wounded in action.

purple heart

or

purpleheart

n
1. (Plants) any of several tropical American leguminous trees of the genus Peltogyne
2. (Forestry) the decorative purple heartwood of any of these trees
3. (Recreational Drugs) informal chiefly Brit a heart-shaped purple tablet consisting mainly of amphetamine

Purple Heart

n
(Military) a decoration awarded to members of the US Armed Forces for a wound incurred in action

Pur′ple Heart′


n.
a medal awarded U.S. service personnel for wounds received in action against an enemy.
[1930–35, Amer.]

pur•ple•heart

(ˈpɜr pəlˌhɑrt)

n.
the hard purplish wood of any of several South American trees belonging to the genus Peltogyne, of the legume family, used for making furniture.
[1790–1800]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Purple Heart - a United States military decoration awarded to any member of the armed forces who is wounded in actionPurple Heart - a United States military decoration awarded to any member of the armed forces who is wounded in action
laurel wreath, medal, decoration, ribbon, medallion, palm - an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
2.purple heart - a long-acting barbiturate used as a sedative
barbiturate - organic compound having powerful soporific effect; overdose can be fatal
Translations

purple heart

n
(esp Brit inf) → Amphetamintablette f
(US) Purple HeartPurpurherz nt, → Verwundetenabzeichen nt

purple heart

n (fam) → pillola di amfetamina
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Staff Sergeant Cory Collins, two-time Purple Heart Recipient, was the sole survivor of an IED explosion on November 2, 2005 that left him with 30 broken bones in his body.
After making the determination that the victims of the Fort Hood attack are now eligible for the Purple Heart, it seems only right and fair that these soldiers also receive the benefits it traditionally entails," McHugh said in a statement Thursday.
DALLAS -- The victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting that left 13 dead and more than 30 wounded moved closer Friday to receiving the Purple Hearts many say they are due.
The Purple Heart Trail is a visual reminder on tangible turf of the long road that these soldiers traveled in order to preserve our freedom and way of life.
Purple Heart Homes will be instrumental in providing the home and helping with the makeover process.
After hearing about the work of Purple Heart Homes, Glastonbury Town Manager Richard J.
Borch, one time lawyer now focusing on his role of military historian and archivist, has put together a listing of many of the over one million servicemen and women who have earned the Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart would be awarded to officers who die in the line of duty or who suffer traumatic physical injuries as a result of a suspect's actions.
Daughter Elisabeth said: "He didn't really talk about the war, but I feel he was secretly quite proud of being honoured with the Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart was established on August 7, 1782 by General George Washington for enlisted men for "any singularly meritorious action,' Washington, who also designed the medal, issued the order from his headquarters near Newburgh, New York, where the Continental Army encamped during the final winter (1782-83) of the Revolutionary War.
Available scholarships include eight academic scholarships worth $1500 each, four vocational scholarships worth $1000 each, two military affiliation scholarships (may be used either academically or vocationally) worth $1500 each, and one Purple Heart Scholarship set at $1500, which may be used either vocationally or academically.
Elizabeth Will, an Army heraldic specialist, was named to redesign the newly-revived medal, which became known as the Purple Heart.