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Albert Luke Ireland
Born (1918-02-25)February 25, 1918
Died November 16, 1997(1997-11-16) (aged 79)
Place of birth Cold Spring, New York
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Royal Canadian Air Force
United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1941-????
Rank Staff Sergeant
Battles/wars
Awards
  • Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart (9)
  • Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star
  • Albert Luke Ireland (February 25, 1918 - November 16, 1997) was a United States Marine Corps Sergeant noted for being the recipient of nine Purple Hearts, the most ever awarded to a single individual. He was awarded them for five actions in the Second World War - serving in the Pacific theatre - and four more during the Korean War.[1][2] He was born in Cold Spring, New York, and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941, prior to joining the marines. In addition to his Purple Hearts - the last of which we was awarded in July 1953 - he earned eight battle stars, a Bronze Star, and two individual citations.[1] He left the military that year, having been wounded in the leg, hand, neck and face during his final action in Korea.[1]

    A section of New York State Route 301 was named in Ireland's honor on August 20, 2002.[3][4] He was laid to rest in a cemetery of his home town, Cold Spring.

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