GEORGE PATTON: He earned a Purple Heart in World War I.

On September 26, 1918, Patton was personally leading an attack on German machine gun positions as part of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He was struck by a round that tore into his left thigh. Wounded, Patton continued to command the battle for the next hour from a shell hole and filed his report at division headquarters before being taken to the evacuation hospital. In 1932, the Purple Heart was reinstituted, and Patton was awarded the honor for his combat wounds.

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