A Navy Corpsman Receives A Purple Heart. He Didn’t Think He Deserved It

A Navy Corpsman Receives A Purple Heart. He Didn’t Think He Deserved It

Joseph Hardebeck, a senior Navy corpsman, is greeted by his daughters Zoey, 9, and Adalie, 7, after receiving the Purple Heart at an award ceremony at Southern California

About 1.8 million people have received the Purple Heart for being wounded or killed in combat. A recent recipient says many merit the award but feel their injuries were too minor to pursue it.

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