Wound Stripe - United States

United States

In World War I United States soldiers received stripes called Wound Chevrons. These looked exactly the same as Overseas Service Chevrons, but were always gold and worn on the right arm. (At that time the brown Overseas Chevron was worn on the left sleeve. Today its redesigned successor, the Overseas Service Bar, is worn on the right sleeve. Service Stripes are now worn on the left sleeve.) In 1932 the Wound Chevron was replaced by the Purple Heart, and World War I veterans could apply for the new medal.

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