Paul O. Alen

World War II
Service #6877662
RankPrivate, U.S. Army
Unit36th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron
Entered Service From
New York
Date of DeathMarch 3, 1945
Buried Plot N Row 16 Grave 16
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands

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Soldier’s Medal

The Soldiers Medal, established by Act of Congress on 2 July 1926, is awarded to a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or of a friendly foreign nation who, while serving with the United States Army, has distinguished himself or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. Reserve Component soldiers not serving in a duty status at the time are eligible. The heroic act must involve personal hazard or danger, and the voluntary assumption of risks to life above and beyond the call of duty. Saving a life in the absence of risk is not sufficient justification for this award.

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Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who after 5 April 1917 have been wounded or killed in action against an enemy of the United States or an opposing armed force, while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict, as the result of acts of enemy or hostile opposing forces, as a result of terrorist attacks or attacks on peacekeeping forces since 28 March 1973, or by friendly fire in circumstance as described above.

Soldier's Medal, Purple Heart