Who Is The Only President To Receive A Purple Heart?
John Fitzgerald Kennedy is the only president in the United States of America who received the Purple Heart award for his bravery and patriotism for the country.
John F Kennedy served as the 35th president of the United States.
However, he received the Purple Heart award on 12th June 1944 as a soldier.
Apart from Purple Heart, the United States authority also awarded Kennedy the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.
Why John F Kennedy Was Awarded The Purple Heart Award?
During World War II, JFK joined the United States Naval Reserve.
On the Pacific front, he was responsible for commanding a motor torpedo boat against Japanese forces.
In the Solomon Islands campaign, his crew was attacked and his PT-109 was sunk by a Japanese destroyer. The Japanese destroyer was Amagiri.
His shipmates were about to die when John F Kennedy showed his intelligence and bravery. He saved their lives.
However, while doing the job, his back was badly injured.
For too many months, he was hospitalized at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
For his courage in saving his shipmates’ lives, later, the United States authority awarded him the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and for his severe injuries, they awarded him Purple Heart.
Apart From Purple Heart, Which Are The Other Awards John F Kennedy Received?
- Navy and Marine Corps Medal
- American Defense Service Medal
- American Campaign Medal
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
- World War II victory medal