Before 1918 the Medal of Honor was the ONLY medal a soldier, sailor or marine could receive.   Many men performed heroic acts, but their heroism wasn't recognized with a medal because, though the act showed courage, it did not compare to the kind of bravery   reserved for award of the Medal of Honor.  This led to the creation of new medals, to be awarded for varying degrees of heroism.

 

Distinguished Service Medal (1918)
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Distinguished Service Cross (1918)

 

 

Silver Star  Medal (1918)
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Legion of Merit (1942)
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Distinguished Flying Cross (1926)
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Soldiers Medal (1926)
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Bronze Star Medal (1942)
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This new series of medals, arranged in an order based on the degree of heroism required to receive it, became known as the PYRAMID OF HONOR.  All of them were "medals of honor" in that they honored the heroism of individual soldiers, but there was only one MEDAL OF HONOR. In the Pyramid of Honor, it was the highest award any soldier, sailor, or Marine could ever receive.

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