Medal of Honor

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Medal of honor awarded to Private Wilbur F. Moore of Co. C, 117th Illinois Infantry Regiment / Library of Congress

Medal of Honor

Valor on the Battlefield

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The Medal of Honor, created during the Civil War, is the United States' highest military decoration for acts of valor in combat. Presented by the president in the name of Congress, it is the American armed forces' oldest continuously issued combat decoration. To date, almost half of the more than 3,400 medals have been presented to U.S. service members who fought in the Civil War.