President Eisenhower speaking to the 210 Medal of Honor recipients at the White House May 30, 1958.
Photo credit National Park Service
The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the United States Congress on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States." Read more
The Medal of Honor has evolved in appearance since its creation in 1862. The present Army medal consists of a gold star surrounded by a wreath, topped by an eagle on a bar inscribed with the word "Valor." The medal is attached by a hook to a light blue moiré silk neckband. There is a version of the medal for each sub-cabinet component of the Department of Defense: the Department of the Army, Department of the Navy, and Department of the Air Force. Read more
|Sgt. Gary Rose, an Army medic who was involved in secret operations in Laos during the Vietnam War. |
After years of lobbying from members of his unit, he will be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Credit Joe Buglewicz for The New York Times
|Colonel Charles Kettles|
Pentagon Hall of Heroes Ceremony
The Pritzker Military Library's Executive Producer, Ed Tracy, hosts live, monthly interviews with recipients of the Medal of Honor. Each program can be seen online at The Pritzker Military Library.