US Military Medals by Order of Precedence

The Medal of Honor is the highest military award for valor in combat given to the armed forces of the United States.

Pictured below are the three tiers of additional medals awarded for valor to members of all branches of U.S. Military Service. They are listed in order of their precedence, with the most distinguished awards at the top of the order.

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To view all 7 levels of awards by branch of service, click here and select the branch of service.

Distinguished Service Cross

There are three forms of this award.

  1. Army and Army Air Corps
  2. Navy Cross
  3. Air Force Cross

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Defense Distinguished Service Medal All Branches

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

All Branches of Service

Distinguished Service Medal

There are four forms of this award.

  1. Army
  2. Air Force
  3. Navy and Marines
  4. Coast Guard