Medal of Honor and Military History

The Medal of Honor is our Nation’s highest medal for valor.  It is a symbol of courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, citizenship and patriotism.  The Medal of Honor has been awarded to over 3,500 of our nation’s bravest soldiers since 1863.

The Medal of Honor is generally presented to recipients by the President of the United States.  It is presented with an accompanying citation setting forth the action for which it was received and the recipient's name is added to the official Roll of Honor maintained by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Each award is attributed to the state at which its recipient entered military service.  Medals have been credited to every state of the United States except Alaska.  During World War II, however, one soldier received the Medal for heroism on the battlefields of Alaska. Thus, every state does have a unique association to the Medal.

This is a reference site that thousands visit every day to research military citation protocol, award recipients bios, stories of real heroes and military history. Above you will find quick links into the major sections of our site: Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Heroes Stories, Medals and Awards, and Flag of Freedom.

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Index of Major Military Awards

We continue to review and verify the content on this website. To that end, here is our index of major military awards in one PDF document - 680+ pages searchable by name, branch, conflict and award.

Recipients of Major US Military Awards

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Below you will find quick links into the major sections of our site: Medal of Honor - Service Cross - Silver Star - Heroes Stories - Medals and Awards - Flag of Freedom.

Medal of Honor

There are over 3,519 Medal of Honor recipients in our database.

You can search this database by name, state, branch of service, or conflict.

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The Service Cross

There are 3 branches of distinction: Army, Navy, Air Force. Search our database here by war/conflict and name.

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Silver Star

The Silver Star Medal is the United States' third highest award exclusively for combat valor in all branches of service.

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The Flag of Freedom

This is a popular section of our site describing the proper protocol for displaying and honoring the flag, as well as the evolution of the wording of Pledge of Allegiance.

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Heroes Stories

This is our collection of stories compiled by Doug Sterner, former administrator of this website and a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor.

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Medals and Awards

This is a pictorial collection of military medals and awards. Each branch of service has seven levels of medals and awards, known as the Pyramid of Honor.

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Celebrate Medal of Honor in March

The United States Congress has designated March 25th of each year as National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients.  (Public Law 101-564) 

The date of March 25th was chosen to highlight this special day because it was on March 25, 1863, that the first Medals of Honor were presented to six members of Andrews' Raiders.