A picture of a Medal of Honor on top of an American flag
Shannon Rae

Medal of Honor

Valor on the Battlefield

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.

John M. Whitehead

BIOGRAPHY | Chaplain John M. Whitehead was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery and selflessness during the Civil War, carrying, comforting and...