legion of merit (usa)

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The Legion of Merit (LOM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The decoration is issued to members of the eight uniformed services of the United States as well as to military and political figures of foreign governments.

The Legion of Merit (Commander degree) is one of only two United States military decorations to be issued as a neck order (the other being the Medal of Honor), and the only United States military decoration that may be issued in degrees (much like an order of chivalry or certain Orders of Merit), although the degrees including a neck ribbon are only awarded to non-U.S. nationals.

The Legion of Merit is seventh in the order of precedence of all U.S. military awards and is worn after the Defense Superior Service Medal and before the Distinguished Flying Cross.[8] In contemporary use in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Legion of Merit is typically awarded to Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Space Force general officers and colonels, and Navy and Coast Guard flag officers and captains occupying senior command or very senior staff positions in their respective services. It may also be awarded to officers of lesser rank, senior warrant officers (typically in command positions at the rank of chief warrant officer 5), and to very senior enlisted personnel (typically in the rank of command sergeant major and sergeant major of the Army in the Army, fleet master chief petty officer and master chief petty officer of the Navy in the Navy, command chief master sergeant and chief master sergeant of the Air Force in the Air Force, command chief master sergeant and senior enlisted advisor of the Space Force in the Space Force, and sergeant major of the Marine Corps in the Marine Corps), but these instances are less frequent, typically by exception, and the circumstances vary by branch of service.
  1. USACAPOC Barger, Ferdinand Ora, Jr.

    SURNAME Barger FORENAME Ferdinand Ora, Jr. UNIT Advisory Team 2 (PsyOps officer,attached),Justpao,Hq,MACV RANK Lieutenant Colonel NUMBER 070262 AWARD Legion Of Merit PLACE Vietnam 1968 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION See roll of honour
  2. SCOUTS AND RAIDERS Baldock, Charles W.

    SURNAME Baldock FORENAME Charles W. UNIT U.S.N. Scout boat (USS Charles Carroll) RANK Ensign NUMBER 0-244231 AWARD Legion of Merit with V device PLACE North Africa 1942 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION resided Shreveport, Louisiana
  3. NCDUs Darroch, James William

    SURNAME Darroch FORENAME James William UNIT U.S.N.R. NCDU (attached USS USS Brant) RANK Lieutenant NUMBER AWARD Navy Cross, Legion of Merit PLACE North Africa 1942 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Albany,California born 4.2.1912 Kewanee,Illinois 21.11.1936 married Rose Claire (nee...
  4. NCDUs Brekke, Marshall L.

    SURNAME Brekke FORENAME Marshall L. UNIT U.S.N. NCDU- RANK Lieutenant NUMBER 0-117931 AWARD Legion of Merit with V device PLACE Southern France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  5. SEALS Trani, Frederick Eugene,Jr

    SURNAME Trani FORENAME Frederick Eugene,Jr UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 2 RANK Lieutenant NUMBER 0-669618 AWARD Silver Star,Legion of Merit with V device,Bronze Star with V device PLACE South Vietnam 1967 (SS) 1968 (LOM) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DOW - see Roll of Honour
  6. SEALS Erskine, Donald Kim

    SURNAME Erskine FORENAME Donald Kim UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 6 + NSWG 2 (C.O.) RANK Lieutenant + Commander NUMBER AWARD Silver Star, Legion of Merit PLACE Grenada 1983 (SS) 1994-96 (LOM) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Seal Team 6 WIA 25.10.1983 Grenada NSWG 2 (C.O.) January 1994-June 1996
  7. GREEN BERETS Heinz, Roger William

    SURNAME Heinz FORENAME Roger William UNIT 5 SF Group (HQ and HQ Company - Chaplain) RANK Major NUMBER 481320462 AWARD Legion of Merit,Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster,Air Medal,Army Commendation Medal PLACE South Vietnam 1969 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  8. GREEN BERETS Gore, Calvin Thomas

    SURNAME Gore FORENAME Calvin Thomas UNIT 5 SF Group (MACV-SOG) RANK Major NUMBER 260540720 AWARD Legion of Merit,Bronze Star with 2 oak leaf clusters,Air Medal,Army Commendation Medal PLACE South Vietnam ADDITIONAL INFORMATION killed 1972 - see Roll of Honour
  9. GREEN BERETS Hurley, Patrick R.

    SURNAME Hurley FORENAME Patrick R. UNIT 1 SF Operational Detachment - Delta RANK Sergeant Major NUMBER AWARD Legion of Merit,Bronze Star with V PLACE Persian Gulf 1991 (Op.Desert Storm) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION killed - see Roll of Honour
  10. US PARAS Haugen, Orin Doughty

    SURNAME Haugen FORENAME Orin Doughty UNIT 511 Parachute Infantry Regiment (Commanding Officer) RANK Colonel NUMBER 0-018254 AWARD Silver Star,Legion of Merit,Air Medal PLACE Philippines 1945 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DOW - see Roll of Honour
  11. FRANCE Bigeard, Marcel

    SURNAME Bigeard FORENAME Marcel UNIT SOE RANK Sous Lieutenant NUMBER AWARD Distinguished Service Order (GB),Croix de Guerre (Fr),Medaille de la Resistance (Fr),Legion of Merit - Commander (US) PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 14.2.1916...
  12. GREEN BERETS Deeks, Robert H.,Jr

    SURNAME Deeks FORENAME Robert H.,Jr UNIT 5 SF Group (Det A-562,2 Bn) RANK Sergeant First Class NUMBER AWARD Legion of Merit PLACE Somalia 1993 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  13. COASTWATCHERS Clemens, Warren Frederick Martin

    SURNAME Clemens FORENAME Warren Frederick Martin UNIT Coastwatcher,Solomon Islands RANK Major NUMBER AWARD Military Cross,Legion of Merit (US) PLACE Solomon Islands 1942-43 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 17.4.1915 Aberdeen,Scotland son of Warren and Blanche Clemens educated...
  14. DAMBUSTERS Gibson, Guy Penrose

    SURNAME Gibson FORENAME Guy Penrose UNIT 617 Squadron,R.A.F.O. RANK Wing Commander NUMBER 39438 AWARD Victoria Cross,Legion of Merit (Commander) (US) PLACE Germany (Dams) 1943 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  15. GREEN BERETS Griffin, Craig Alan

    SURNAME Griffin FORENAME Craig Alan UNIT 1 SF Group (HQ and HQ Company) RANK Sergeant Major NUMBER AWARD Legion of Merit,Meritorious Service Medal (x4),Army Commendation Medal (x3) PLACE dates ? ADDITIONAL INFORMATION died - see Roll of Honour
  16. GREEN BERETS Puckett, Ralph,Jr

    SURNAME Puckett FORENAME Ralph,Jr UNIT 10 SF Group RANK Major NUMBER AWARD Distinguished Service Cross,Silver Star (x2),Bronze Star (x3),Legion of Merit (x3),Air Medal (x10) PLACE South Vietnam ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 8.12.1926 Tifton,Georgia graduated USMA,West Point...
  17. SEALS Wagner, Robert Kay

    SURNAME Wagner FORENAME Robert Kay UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 1 RANK Storekeeper First Class NUMBER AWARD Legion of Merit with V device,Bronze Star with V device PLACE South Vietnam 1968 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  18. GREEN BERETS Quamo, George

    SURNAME Quamo FORENAME George UNIT 5 SF Group (MACV-SOG-CCN) (CO FOB 3) RANK Major NUMBER 0-55328806 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with V device with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak...
  19. GREEN BERETS Robinson, Ricky Lee

    SURNAME Robinson FORENAME Ricky Lee UNIT 10 SF Group (Company A,2 Bn) RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER AWARD Legion of Merit PLACE Iraq 1994 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION killed - see Roll of Honour
  20. GREEN BERETS Barclay, Paul Neil

    SURNAME Barclay FORENAME Paul Neil UNIT 10 SF Group (Company A,2 Bn) RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER AWARD Legion of Merit PLACE Iraq 1994 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION killed - see Roll of Honour
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