medal of honor

The Medal of Honor (MOH) is the United States government's highest and most prestigious military decoration that may be awarded to recognize American soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, Space Force guardians, and coast guardsmen who have distinguished themselves by acts of valor. The medal is normally awarded by the President of the United States, but as it is presented "in the name of the United States Congress", it is often referred to as the "Congressional Medal of Honor".

There are three distinct variants of the medal: one for the Department of the Army, awarded to soldiers, one for the Department of the Navy, awarded to sailors and marines, as well as coast guardsmen of the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of the Air Force variant is awarded to airmen and Space Force guardians. The Medal of Honor was introduced for the Department of the Navy in 1861, soon followed by the Department of the Army's version in 1862. The Department of the Air Force used the Department of the Army's version until they received their own distinctive version in 1965. The Medal of Honor is the oldest continuously issued combat decoration of the United States Armed Forces. The president typically presents the Medal of Honor at a formal ceremony intended to represent the gratitude of the American people, with posthumous presentations made to the primary next of kin. According to the Medal of Honor Historical Society of the United States, there have been 3,526 Medals of Honor awarded to 3,507 individuals since the decoration's creation, with over 40% awarded for actions during the American Civil War. In 1990, Congress designated March 25 annually as "National Medal of Honor Day".
  1. GREEN BERETS Payne, Thomas Patrick

    SURNAME Payne FORENAME Thomas Patrick UNIT USASOC (instructor) RANK Sergeant Major NUMBER AWARD Medal Of Honor, Bronze Star with bronze "V" Device and three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with Bronze “V” device and one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster; PLACE Operation...
  2. GREEN BERETS Williams, Matthew O.

    SURNAME Williams FORENAME Matthew O. UNIT 3 SF Group (Det A-3336,Company C,3 Bn) RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER AWARD Medal of Honor, Bronze Star with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal PLACE Afghanistan 2008 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 03.10.1981, Boerne...
  3. GREEN BERETS Rose, Gary Michael

    SURNAME Rose FORENAME Gary Michael (Mike) UNIT 5 SF Group (MACV-SOG) (Hatchet Force) RANK Sergeant NUMBER AWARD Medal of Honor,Distinguished Service Cross,Bronze Star with V device PLACE Laos 1970 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Southern California entered service 1967 Special...
  4. RAIDERS Thomason, Clyde

    SURNAME Thomason FORENAME Clyde UNIT 2 Raider Bn (Company A) RANK Sergeant NUMBER 246433 AWARD Medal of Honor PLACE Makin Island 1942 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 23.5.1914 Atlanta,Georgia KIA 17.8.1942 - see Roll of Honour
  5. RAIDERS Walsh, William Gary

    SURNAME Walsh FORENAME William Gary UNIT former 2 Raider Bn RANK Gunnery Sergeant NUMBER AWARD Medal of Honor PLACE Iwo Jima 1945 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 7.4.1922 Roxbury,Massachusetts USMC April 1942 award with Company G,3 Bn 27th Marines KIA 27.2.1945 - see Roll of Honour
  6. RAIDERS Gurke, Henry

    SURNAME Gurke FORENAME Henry UNIT 3 Raider Bn (Company M) RANK Private First Class NUMBER AWARD Medal of Honor PLACE Bougainville 1943 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 6.11.1922 Neche,North Dakota KIA 9.11.1943 - see Roll of Honour
  7. RAIDERS Bailey, Kenneth Dillon

    SURNAME Bailey FORENAME Kenneth Dillon UNIT 1 Raider Bn (Company C) RANK Major NUMBER AWARD Medal of Honor,Silver Star PLACE Tulagi 1942 (SS) Guadalcanal 1942 (MOH) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 21.10.1910 Pawnee,Oklahoma DOW - see Roll of Honour