President Biden’s Purple Heart Story – Truth or Tale?

The US-EU Summit held in the Cabinet Room of the White House was an important diplomatic meeting. However, it also featured an interesting anecdote from President Joe Biden.

A Familiar Tale

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President Biden has a habit of sharing a particular story that has raised eyebrows and skepticism.

The Purple Heart Claim

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In this narrative, President Biden claimed to have awarded his uncle Frank a Purple Heart for his valor during the Battle of the Bulge.

A Shifting Timeline

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What makes this story intriguing is that the timeline keeps changing.

In a previous version, Biden claimed to have given his uncle the Purple Heart while serving as Vice President.

Fact-Checking the Tale

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According to The New York Post, no evidence supports this claim, and the timeline doesn’t add up.

Chronological Inconsistencies

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Biden’s father, Joseph R. Biden Sr., passed away in 2002, six years before Joe was elected Vice President. His uncle, Frank Biden, died in 1999.

Biden’s Version of Events

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Biden’s recollection of the story is as follows: “My dad, when I got elected vice president…he said, ‘Joey, Uncle Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge.’”

The Missing Purple Heart

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According to the President, his uncle was awarded a Purple Heart, but it was never presented to him.

Biden’s Heroic Gesture

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In his story, Joe Biden describes how he made it his mission to find and present the Purple Heart to his uncle as a surprise.

The Family Gathering

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The President reminisces about the moment he handed the Purple Heart to his uncle, surrounded by their family.

A Rejected Honor

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In a surprising twist, Biden recalls his uncle’s refusal to accept the Purple Heart, stating, “I don’t want the d*** thing.”

The Reason for Rejection

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Uncle Frank’s reasoning for refusing the Purple Heart is deeply touching. He felt unworthy because others had died while he survived.

A Familiar Refrain

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President Biden shared this same story again in a town hall event with veterans in December.

The Question of Truth

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The persistent retelling of this story raises questions about its accuracy and the President’s propensity for embellishing the truth.

A Curious Tale Amid Diplomacy

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While the US-EU Summit focused on international relations and diplomacy, the President’s story added an unexpected and curious angle to the proceedings.


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The US-EU Summit was undoubtedly a significant event in international politics.

Still, President Biden’s penchant for storytelling and the recurring tale of the Purple Heart added a unique and thought-provoking element to the event.

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