Was the recipient wounded in action or killed in action? It is fairly easy to research a recipient who was KIA . The US Army Adjutant Generals office automatically authorized the award of the Purple Heart when the AGO Report of Death was received in their office.WIA's are much more difficult depending on the information you have in hand. There is no master list of General Orders awarding the Purple Heart medal . The General Orders for WIA's are scattered by command and awarding authority and are very difficult to get at unless you already know certain information up front.