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Purple Heart w/OLC

Discussion in 'Medals, Insignia, Badges & Recalls' started by Buten42, Aug 23, 2015.

  1. Buten42

    Buten42 Member Patron  

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    If someone is hit in a firefight and meets all the requirements for the PH, but say he is wounded two more times by different enemy soldiers in the same firefight, is he then eligible for two Oak Leaf Clusters?
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Assuming the criteria listed here is accurate, I would say no based on the scenario you have given. The phrase "In any action..." implies that it is awarded if one is wounded in a specific action. I don't see how the same firefight would be considered different actions. Perhaps if they were wounded in a firefight, disengaged, then were wounded in another firefight at a later time in a different location, it could be considered different actions with the enemy.

    That's just my interpretation of the criteria. I'm sure someone else will have a more authoritative response for you. :)
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Tommy seems to have a good handle on the criteria. My reading of the documentation supports the view that a continuous firefight in which an individual suffered more than one wound would not lead to an Oak Leaf Cluster to be added to a Purple Heart. I think there needs to be separate engagements to win an OLC.
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    No problemo.
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Do you really expect the Army to follow logic and reasonableness?
     
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    Here is a more simple way to look at it: Treatment, doesn't matter if you were wounded 5 different times over 5 different days, if you only get to the hospital/ medical officer once you only get one award.
     
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    No, but Tommy seems to have a good handle on them :)
     
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    You're spot on, otherwise they would need to start using numbers on the PH like they do the Air Metal.
     

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