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Petraeus was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, the son of Miriam (née Howell) and Sixtus Petraeus. His mother was American and his father was a sea captain who had immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands during the initial phase of World War II.
Foreign military decorations
Gold Award of the Iraqi Order of the Date Palm
French Military Campaign Medal
Cross of Merit of the Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic, First Class
Foreign civil decorations
French Officer Order of the Legion of Honor
Order of National Security Merit Tong-il Medal
Honorary Officer Order of Australia
Non-U.S. service medals and ribbons
United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH) Medal
NATO Meritorious Service Medal
NATO Medal for Yugoslavia (with Service Star)
British Parachutist Badge
French Parachutist Badge (French: Brevet de Parachutisme militaire)
German Parachutist Badge (German: Fallschirmspringerabzeichen)