Did Joe Biden's uncle Frank really win the Purple Heart? POTUS' story has few gaping holes

Did Joe Biden's uncle Frank really win the Purple Heart? POTUS' story has few gaping holes
Joe Biden went on to say that his uncle, Frank H Biden, was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in World War II despite any proof to back the statement (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images and NCA US Department of Veterans/website)

DOVER, DELAWARE: In a statement made on December 16, President Joe Biden mentioned that his uncle, Frank Biden, had allegedly received the Purple Heart for his services during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. However, there is no proof of the award and important aspects of the account are reportedly out of order chronologically.

In order to connect with his audiences, the 80-year-old commander-in-chief frequently embellishes or makes up personal experiences. During entirely unscripted remarks to soldiers in Delaware, he revealed his most recent tale. “My dad, when I got elected vice president [in 2008], he said, ‘Joey, Uncle Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge.’ He was not feeling very well now — not because of the Battle of the Bulge, but he said, ‘and he won the Purple Heart and he never received it. He never got it. Do you think you could help him get it? We will surprise him,'” the president recalled. “So I got him the Purple Heart. He had won it in the Battle of the Bulge. And I remember he came over the house and I came out and [my father] said, ‘Present it to him, okay?’ We had the family there,” Biden went on, according to New York Post.


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US President Joe Biden has claimed that his uncle was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in World War II ( Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

“I said, ‘Uncle Frank, you’ve won this and I wanted to —’ and he said, ‘I don’t want the damn thing.’ No, I’m serious, he said, ‘I don’t want it.’ I said, ‘What’s the matter, Uncle Frank? You earned it.’ He said, ‘Yeah, but the others died. The others died. I lived. I don’t want it.'” The tale was reportedly presented by Biden to illustrate the humility of soldiers, however, the available information suggests it is allegedly untrue. More than six years before his son was chosen as vice president, Joseph R Biden Sr died in September 2002. Biden was recently trolled on social media for calling himself the vice president.

Who was Biden’s Uncle?

Frank Biden's obituary and gravestone allegedly fail to mention him as a Purple Heart recipient. Additionally, no one by that name is listed in a partial registry of known Purple Heart recipients, though this database is not extensive. The Nexis database and the Factba.se archives of Joe Biden's public utterances do not contain any prior references to Frank Biden getting the Purple Heart which honors injured and dead troops. Interestingly, Joe Biden’s brother and uncle were both named Frank. His uncle, Frank H Biden died in 1999.

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