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History of the greatest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the US military

History of the greatest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the US military

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  • CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR
  • ABOUT THE AWARD
    • upon an individual serving in the Armed Forces The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against the enemy which can be bestowed of the United States
    • It is generally presented by the President in the name of Congress
    • 1st military decoration formally authorized by our government
    • President Harry S. Truman said that he would have rather won the Medal of Honor then become President of the United States
  • HISTORY OF AWARD
    • Senator James Grimes introduced a bill on December 21, 1861 for the award
    • President Abraham Lincoln signed the bill into law in July of 1862
    • The Medal of Honor was created to inspire sailors in the Navy to distinguish themselves in combat
    • Although it was created for the Civil War, Congress made it a permanent decoration in 1863
    • A total of 3,427 have been awarded to date
  • THREE TYPES OF MEDALS
  • NAVY, MARINES, COAST GUARD
    • First Medal of Honor
    • Original simple star established in 1861
    • 745 presented to Navy personnel
    • 294 to Marines
    • 1 to Coast Guard, Douglas Munro for service in WW II
    • A wreath version was designed for the Army in 1904
    • Jacob Parrot received 1st in March 1862 for his actions in “The Great Locomotive Chase”
    • 2,362 have been awarded to Army personnel
    • The highest of all armed services
    ARMY
  • AIR FORCE
    • Designed in 1963 and adopted in 1965
    • first awarded to Bernard F. Fisher in 1967 for actions in Vietnam
    • the Air Force has had 16 recipients to date
  • AWARDS BY BRANCH OF SERVICE
  • MEDALS BY MAJOR CONFLICT
  • DR. MARY WALKER
    • Only woman to ever win the Medal
    • assistant surgeon in the Union army
    • captured and held as a POW by the South
    • President Johnson signed citation on January 11, 1865
    • Postal stamp=1982
  • RECENT AWARDEES
    • MSgt. Gary Gordon, Army sniper team leader
    • SFC. Randall Shugart, Army sniper team member
    • Killed in action in Somalia on Oct. 3, 1993
    • Volunteered to provide cover fire to protect downed US helicopters until help arrived
    • Killed undetermined number of Somali attackers while the downed helicopter crew was rescued.
    • Killed when their ammo ran out
    • President Clinton said, “These men died in the most courageous and selfless way any human being can.”
  • CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR SOCIETY
    • Formed in 1946
    • Uphold the integrity of the Medal of Honor
    • Remember those who received the CMH
    • Provide aid to widows and children of deceased honorees
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