Who received the most Purple Heart Medals (9) during his military service?
Albert Luke Ireland (born February 25, 1918 – died November 16, 1997) was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps who was wounded five times during World War II in the Pacific and four times during the Korean War in Korea. He received nine Purple Heart Medals which is the most awarded to a single individual of the United States Armed Forces. The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military.
Ireland was born in Cold Spring, New York. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1941 after serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the same year. Ireland's military awards also include two Bronze Star Medals and campaign and service medals with eight battle stars. In 1953, Ireland was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps after being wounded in the leg, hand, neck, and face.
A section of New York State Route 301 was named after Ireland on August 20, 2002. Ireland is buried in a cemetery in Cold Spring, N.Y.