The Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the United States’ highest military award for valor in action, presented to those who have demonstrated gallantry and intrepidity, at the risk of their lives, above and beyond the call of duty. These distinguished individuals are set apart by their integrity and deep love of country, their courage and sacrifice. Since it was first awarded in 1863, 3,535 Medals of Honor have been bestowed on our nation’s bravest.

By remembering and honoring the sacrifice of the Recipients, by sharing the stories and values inherent in them, we understand the responsibility and potential within each one of us to inspire the world.

Search the Society’s database of all Medal of Honor Recipients

Read the Museum’s profiles of Recipients from World War II