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.

 Total1ArmyNavyMarinesCoast GuardAir ForceCivilian
Civil War1,5221,196305174
Noncombat, 1865–187013112
Indian Wars (1861–1898)4264224
Korea (1871)1596
Noncombat, 1871–18991061042
Spanish-American War110316415
Samoa413
Philippines806956
China5942233
Noncombat, 1901–1910491462
Philippines (1911)615
Mexican Campaign (1914)561469
Haiti (1915)66
Noncombat, 1915–191688
Dominican Republic33
World War I12495218
Haiti (1919–1920)22
Nicaragua (1927–1933)22
Noncombat, 1920–1940171151
World War II46432457821
Korean War13687742
Vietnam War247160165714
Somalia (1993)22
War on Terror (Iraq, Afghanistan)8521
Unknown Soldiers99
Total3,4662,4047452971148
1. These totals reflect the total number of Medals of Honor awarded through May 2, 2011. Nineteen men received a second award, and 5 of these double awardees received both the Army and Navy Medals of Honor for the same action.
Sources: The Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Web: www.cmohs.org and Home of Heroes. Web: www.homeofheroes.com/moh/history/history_statistics.html .
Active Duty Servicewomen by Branch of Service and Rank, 2001Military PersonnelService Academies
Military Personnel
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