1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 30, 2020 6:23 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Why is a Purple Heart revoked or rescinded?

    Darlene Marchina Wayfarer

      I am transcribing Purple Heart recipients. I have transcribed several awardees that include notations that the award has been revoked or rescinded. Under what circumstances would this situation happen?

        • Re: Why is a Purple Heart revoked or rescinded?
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Marchina,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          Without knowing about the time period, branch of service, individual circumstances, and records involved, it is difficult to say with certainty.  Current Army Regulation 600–8–22 Personnel-General Military Awards states on page 9, that “Once an award has been approved, the same command may revoke the award if facts subsequently determined would have prevented original approval of the award had they been known at the time of approval.” 

          Therefore, if the awards were revoked, it may be that a determination was made about the facts of the case that did not meet the requirements for the award to be given to the soldier.  Current Army criteria for awarding Purple Hearts begin on page 24 of the same regulation.  Please note that these rules have changed over time through diverse executive orders, laws, and regulation changes.


          We hope this information is helpful.


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