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August 12, 1950


JAMA. 1950;143(15):1349-1350. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910500051016

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FIRST PURPLE HEART OF THE KOREAN WAR  On July 8, 1950 at the Tokyo General Hospital (formerly called the 49th General Hospital) the first Purple Heart of the Korean War was awarded to Sergeant LeRoy Deans of Alice, Texas, a Signal Corps soldier serving with the Korean Military Advisory Group. Sergeant Deans was injured when a bridge was blown up during action with the enemy. He has recovered from his injury and has returned to duty with his organization.The award was made by Major General Edgar Erskine Hume, Chief Surgeon of the Far East Command, to whom General MacArthur has delegated the power to give this decoration. General MacArthur has been authorized by the Department of the Army to confer the same decorations for the Korean War as were given during World War II.

Brigadier General Sam F. Seeley  Col. Sam F. Seeley has been promoted to

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