and Mariners Medal
The purpose of this Registry is to collect the names of every American awarded the Purple Heart medal or equivalent for injuries sustained in battle against enemy forces.
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Sec. 1129. Purple Heart: members killed or wounded in action by friendly fire
(a) For purposes of the award of the Purple Heart, the Secretary concerned shall treat a member of the armed forces described in subsection (b) in the same manner as a member who is killed or wounded in action as the result of an act of an enemy of the United States.
(b) A member described in this subsection is a member who is killed or wounded in action by weapon fire while directly engaged in armed conflict, other than as the result of an act of an enemy of the United States, unless (in the case of a wound) the wound is the result of willful misconduct of the member.
(c) This section applies to members of the armed forces who are killed or wounded on or after December 7, 1941. In the case of a member killed or wounded as described in subsection (b) on or after December 7, 1941, and before November 30, 1993, the Secretary concerned shall award the Purple Heart under subsection (a) in each case which is known to the Secretary before such date or for which an application is made to the Secretary in such manner as the Secretary requires.
(Added Pub. L. 103-160, div. A, title XI, Sec. 1141(a), Nov. 30, 1993, 107 Stat. 1756; amended Pub. L. 105-85, div. A, title X, Sec. 1073(a)(18), Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 1901.)
1997 - Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 105-85 substituted ''November 30, 1993,'' for ''the date of the enactment of this section,'' and ''before such date or'' for ''before the date of the enactment of this section or''.
AWARD OF PURPLE HEART TO PERSONS WOUNDED WHILE HELD AS PRISONERS OF WAR BEFORE APRIL 25, 1962
Pub. L. 104-106, div. A, title V, Sec. 521, Feb. 10, 1996, 110 Stat. 309, provided that:
"(a) Award of Purple Heart. - For purposes of the award of the Purple Heart, the Secretary concerned (as defined in section 101 of title 10, United States Code) shall treat a former prisoner of war who was wounded before April 25, 1962, while held as a prisoner of war (or while being taken captive) in the same manner as a former prisoner of war who is wounded on or after that date while held as a prisoner of war (or while being taken captive).
"(b) Standards for Award. - An award of the Purple Heart under subsection (a) shall be made in accordance with the standards in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act (Feb. 10, 1996) for the award of the Purple Heart to persons wounded on or after April 25, 1962.
"(c) Eligible Former Prisoners of War. - A person shall be considered to be a former prisoner of war for purposes of this section if the person is eligible for the prisoner-of-war medal under section 1128 of title 10, United States Code."