Purple Heart – US Military Decoration – Sabaton History 027 [Official]

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  • Sabaton History says:

    Purple Heart Day is celebrated on the 7th of August, and while we usually don't seek anniversary dates to publish our episodes on, this one lined up pretty well. In any case, this episode is not about a song or a person, but about the origin story of a military decoration. We personally think that this worked out pretty well, and we hope that you do too! If you do, please consider supporting us on Patreon so we can continue making more videos like this one -> https://www.patreon.com/sabatonhistory

  • Interesting how an old song got rewritten for what I see as one of the most memorable tracks of Primo Victoria

    I like how the chorus has a bit of a melancholic atmosphere to it, to emphasize that this medal isn't awarded to just any soldier, but one who is willing to give his own life to save that of others. It still gives me chills whenever I listen to it.

  • "Just give them a 0.50 cents purple medal so they keep fight for our cause (but only if they are physically wounded)" -Some rich bastards americans capitalists somewhere in the past

  • Steffen Mikkelsen says:

    I hope that Sabaton at some point, will make an official Sabaton version of the Area51 cover song of Fields of Verdun. if for no other reasons than it would be hilarious.

  • I’m fortunate enough to have my Great Uncles Purple Heart from WWII.
    While I know not what he did to be awarded it, I do know that this small piece of metal and fabric must have an amazing story tied to it.

  • I wonder sometimes, despite as a country whom both love and hate war, love veterans, and support their fellow men and women, why then we haven't had a real average joe who rose through the ranks and knows how bad war is, and how bad the average american has it both inside and outside it's country. knows the rich are always using themselves and others to serve them. Why then, have they never really had people who either fought against injustice be it foreign or domestic (like bernie has in the many protests back then.) why we never had a real man who didn't have riches behind them is beyond me.

  • Felipe Barrera says:

    This is why you gents are amazing. Always learning something new, and this episode is no exception. Thank you for another awesome episode.

  • The pantagon thinks PTSD is "treatable"!? My god… In that case losing a leg shouldn't qualify for the purple heart, after all you can "treat" it by getting a prosthetic. Absolutely ridiculous.

  • Interesting fact is that we haven’t minted purple heats since WWII because we minted so many in preparation for the invasion of Japan.

  • I live about 10-15 minutes away from where major Andre was hanged. They turned where he was held into a revolutionary war themed steakhouse.

  • I earned mine August 11th, 2007, in Baghdad. I still have a piece of the 107 mm rocket that almost got me, kept at home. To this day, I still get headaches and sleep trouble from the blast and bits of concrete that hit my head.

  • We salute those who have given their lives and minds to protect this great country of America.

    Thank you for everything, you brave Souls.

  • TheCptnOf Fail says:

    My grandfather received two purple hearts around 2007 . might have been earlier. I remember the sentiment around that being "it's about time."
    If I remember correctly he was with the marines as a cook and got hit by shrapnel on Guadalcanal, and shot on Okinawa.
    He also was witness to the pearl harbor attack, though he was stationed a few miles inland.
    Interesting episode, Never knew the history behind the medal.

  • Александръ Монархистъ says:

    Should we wait an episode of Sabaton History about The Attack of Dead Men?
    I'm from Voronezh, Russia. Dead Men were from 226 Zemlyansk regiment. Zemlysnsk is the place near Voronezh. We are waitimg for your performance in our city!!!

  • They should make it a medal for all civilized (western) countries! It is so iconic that every wounded soldier fighting for freedom deserves one!

  • It took that long to exhaust the stockpile they had set up just for the hypothetical Japan invasion
    Shows the difference between a "World War" and "normal" wars. And their expectations of how a land invasion of Japan would go down.

  • i cant think of a name says:

    I know a lot of people don't like the U.S, particularly the modern country, but it's awesome to see Sabaton make a song about honouring our fallen, and it's nice to see people from around the world appreciate our country for the good things we've done. I understand not liking the U.S. from a foreign perspective, but it's great to see people are grateful for what we have given to their countries in the past.

  • Can you do one on the Mannerheim Cross, that has 192 recipiants. Could have been cool 🙂 also about swedish speaking-finnish regiment IR 61

  • I can't place my words but im so happy that the soliders who died or got injured are remembered as heroes.
    This episode brought me to tears.

  • Mmm Byzantine mosaics good choice I really want a Rome concept album that begins with its rise to power and ends with the end of the often over looked Byzantines

  • Whiterun Guard says:

    Tbh I think they should make the Purple Heart available to the allies of the United States, my father who was serving the British military was injured whilst aiding an American ally. God bless the troops who serve the United Kingdom and United States.

  • I can't wait for more good stories behind the songs you guys make. I randomly met Joakim at the bus-station I used to live because it's close to the airport OSL (Oslo Airport) and I think Joakim went to far. It was a starstruck moment for sure! I've been a sucker for military history and one of the reasons I want to be a history teacher myself! Keep up the amazing music! m/

  • We need a video for "In The Name of God". I expect it to be an interesting topic with minefields to be tackled by Sabaton History.

  • Ronald Smallwood says:

    One of my most prizes possessions is my uncle's Purple Heart. Mom inherited it from her parents and I from her. Uncle Tom was a bomber engineer who was killed after being shoot down and captured in WW2.

  • You know, MacArthur would make a good subject for a Sabaton song, from "I shall return" to "just fadeaway". Heck, call it American Caesar. And slip in a few riffs from Jimmy Webb's MacArthur Park to make a few of us laugh.

  • I am a medal collector (I have been longer than I have been a fan of Sabaton), I really appreciate this video a lot. I think medals can tell a hell of a story without the veteran being there to tell it. Sadly, I see far too many wind up in the trash or in the hands of ungrateful grandchildren who don't care about what granddad did in the war and who would sell them for next to nothing, I'll gladly take them to preserve their history and stories if I can. Someone has to care about veterans in this country.

    I gave Hannes a cased WW2 era Purple Heart after their show in Houston, TX. I gave every member of the Swedish War Machine a medal that is mentioned in a song or has significance to a song or event. I gave four that Lauri Törni earned [Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Iron Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross], Tommy got an Order of the Red Star [for Hill 3234, each Soviet soldier at the battle received one of these awards]), I hope they liked them! 😀

    Thanks for the excellent video guys, the Operation Downfall order of Purple Hearts is largely unknown by a lot of Americans.

  • To sacrifice life and limb for your country. There is no greater gift a man or woman can give for their people. Thank you to all who earned this medal, you’re all heroes and an inspiration for every coming generation.

  • Honestly, I think that there should be a decoration for soldiers that received ptsd, not something like the Purple Heart, but something along the lines

  • My great grandfather earned a Purple Heart taking a Japanese bullet in the Phillipines during WW2. Prior to this he had earned a Bronze Star clearing out a Japanese machine gun nest. Fortunately he recovered from his wound and lived a long, happy life, passing away only a few years ago. 🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲

  • Albin Andersson says:

    Ok now for the real mystery. Millions of sabaton fans in the world. But the channel is still not past 200k subscribers.
    Historical channels like scoolagladiatoria lyndybeige skallagrim and shadiversity has been forced to work from the ground up but this channel should have had a million subscribers the first month.

  • Darryll Devine says:

    FOR SABATON: Some Veteran friends introduced your group and songs to a Disabled American Veterans meeting not long ago and also advised us of the Sabaton History clips which are surprisingly factual with all the altered versions that exist out there. Needless to say we are in the process of getting albums and doing our own analysis of each song (no complaints to date). Though prior to my own era (having served 1971-1995 in the Air Force with multiple combat tours), I have always been miffed at few actually know that that iconic Marine Memorial of the flag raising at Iwo Jima in world war 2 was actually for a publicity shot since some commanders wanted a larger more visible flag displayed. The first group of Marines actually braved enemy sniper fire to get their flag hoisted…but to the masses are all but forgotten. Probably the best article can be found here: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/raising-flag-iwo-jima-story-one-most-famous-photos-all-time-26421 Would love to see that original group remembered and immortalized in song. Thank you not just for your great band, but for reminding so many of history. Salute.

  • My family tried hard to get my great grandpa a Purple Heart as he was shot in the pacific. However the marine corps never would budge as he never went to a field hospital for his wound. To my great grandpa, I don’t think he cared much. He was just happy to have made it home alive and always said the real heroes were the one who never returned home

  • I was literally just listening to this song and then I see this video was posted 2 days ago (from when I posted this comment) good timing Sabaton! Stay metal and rock on!!

  • not a fan of your music but I really appreciate how you engage a larger audience and entertain them, whilst also teaching history.
    Plus, your choruses are so epic and catchy.
    I find myself singing along by the end of each video.

  • Ghostly Trooper says:

    The last time I saw my grandfather (He served in Korea) I played that song with him. That song reminds me of him… He past away last year.

  • American Nationalist says:

    i decided to take out my grandfathers purple heart out while watching this. Its quite emotional now that hes gone.

  • honor and bless ALL wounded warriors. thank you for shedding your blood on our unworthy behalf.
    addendum when the medal was recreated in 1932 all soldiers that had recieved would certificates during ww1 were retroactively eligible for purple hearts. i have the honor of being custodian to one of these awarded to ww1 veteran george covey. thank you for your service and sacrifice george.

  • and if those wounded of mind and spirit are deemed not eligible for the purple then there should be a separate award for such wounds, for wound they are indeed.

  • PTSD should definitely be a reason for the Purple Heart. My father suffers from PTSD from his years in service and trust me he's still wounded.

  • I have received the purple Heart while fighting in the 101st in Paktika, Afghanistan in 2010. Its awesome to understand the history of something you have earned. Thank you for the music you bring. Cant wait till October, when i see you guys at the Agora

  • Didn't know the history of the Purple heart was that complex in a way. I often would look at my grandfather's medals he earned in Vietnam and Iraq and the Purple heart he earned in Vietnam always stood out (He actually was supposed to earn two but the document was lost and the government didn't recognize it.). Actually I didnt even know there was a day for purple hearts till now. Awesome episode as always though!

  • Pls make a video, when you're alrdy discovering "Old songs" how your old song "Shadows" came to be 😀

    It was basically alrdy "war history" but of a fictional one, was that THE song, that triggered you guys to steer towards Warstories? 😀

  • Thank you to all the ladies and gentlemen living and dead who fought for our country and all you that are living with wounds that may never heal thank you again

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