Medal of Honor Recipients
Officially called the Congressional Medal of Honor, it is the nation's highest military award for “uncommon valor” by men and women in the armed forces. It is given for actions that are above and beyond the call of duty in combat against an armed enemy. The first medal was awarded on March 25, 1863. More than 3,450 men have been awarded the medal, as well as one woman, Dr. Mary Walker, a surgeon in the Civil War. Recipients of the medal are awarded $400 per month for life, a right to burial at Arlington National Cemetery, admission for them or their children to a service academy (if they qualify and quotas permit), and free travel on government aircraft. In May 2011, there were 110 Medal of Honor recipients living.
|Total1||Army||Navy||Marines||Coast Guard||Air Force||Civilian|
|Indian Wars (1861–1898)||426||422||—||—||—||—||4|
|Mexican Campaign (1914)||56||1||46||9||—||—||—|
|World War I||124||95||21||8||—||—||—|
|World War II||464||324||57||82||1||—||—|
|War on Terror (Iraq, Afghanistan)||8||5||2||1||—||—||—|
|Active Duty Servicewomen by Branch of Service and Rank, 2001||Military Personnel||Service Academies|
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