legion of merit (usa)

LEGION OF MERIT
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. 3 CDO BDE Dechow, William Ernest

    SURNAME Dechow FORENAME William Ernest UNIT Royal Marines RANK Brigadier NUMBER N028526R AWARD Legion of Merit (USA) PLACE Afghanistan ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 61155, 26th February 2015, Page 3474
  2. 3 CDO BDE Dutton, James Benjamin

    SURNAME Dutton FORENAME James Benjamin UNIT Royal Marines RANK Lieutenant General NUMBER N022005F AWARD Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Knight's Commander of the Order of the Bath, Legion of Merit (USA) PLACE Iraq 2003 (CBE), 2010 (KCB), Iraq (LoM)...
  3. 3 CDO BDE Grant, Ferris Nelson

    SURNAME Grant FORENAME Ferris Nelson UNIT Royal Marines (41 Independent Commando) RANK Major (LoM), Major General (CB) NUMBER AWARD Legion of Merit (USA), Companion of the Order of the Bath PLACE Korea (SS), 1967 (CB) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 40253, 13th August 1954...
  4. 3 CDO BDE Fry, Sir Robert Alan

    SURNAME Fry FORENAME Sir Robert Alan UNIT Royal Marines RANK Lieutenant (MiD), Captain (MBE), Colonel/Acting Brigadier (CBE), Lieutenant General (KCB+LoM) NUMBER AWARD Mention in Despatches, Member of the Order of the British Empire, Commander of the Order of the British Empire...
  5. 3 CDO BDE Ordway, Christopher Norman Maurice Patrick

    SURNAME Ordway FORENAME Christopher Norman Maurice Patrick UNIT Royal Marines RANK Brigadier NUMBER N029106C AWARD Legion of Merit (USA) PLACE 2021 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION London Gazette 63695, 13th May 2022, Page 9123
  6. 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
  7. 3 CDO BDE Dunham, Mark William

    SURNAME Dunham FORENAME Mark William UNIT R.M. Deputy Commandant General RM RANK Colonel (OBE), Brigadier (LoM, CBE) NUMBER NO25922R AWARD Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Legion of Merit (US), Commander of the Order of the British Empire PLACE 2006 (OBE), Afghanistan...
  8. 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
  9. 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...
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. RANGERS Darby, William Orlando

    SURNAME Darby FORENAME William Orlando UNIT 1 Ranger Bn (C.O.) RANK Lieutenant Colonel NUMBER 0-19133 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross with oak leaf cluster, Silver Star, Legion of Merit PLACE North Africa 1943 (DSC+SS) Sicily 1943 (DSC) WW2 (LOM) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...
  18. 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...
  19. PHANTOM Allen, Frank William Alexander

    SURNAMEAllen FORENAMEFrank William Alexander UNIT2 GHQ Liaison Regiment,C.M. (Phantom) RANKMajor NUMBER214520 AWARDLegion of Merit (Degree of Legionnaire) (US) PLACEdate ? ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONborn 1.5.1910 Waterloo,Liverpool commissioned 25.10.1941 Royal Armoured Corps A Det,2 GHQLR CM...
  20. OSS Cummings, William H. (Bill)

    SURNAME Cummings FORENAME William H. (Bill) UNIT OSS Detachment 101 RANK Major NUMBER AWARD Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal PLACE Far East ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born Burma missionary, Pyinmana Agricultural School, Burma OSS father of Carol and Bruce Cummings died...
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