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.
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After the Battle: The Later Lives of Medal of Honor Recipients
The post-war lives of Civil War Medal of Honor recipients and the sometimes circuitous routes they took to receiving our nation’s honor
Medal of Honor Recipient Melvin Morris Visits Morris Island
Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Melvin Morris visits Fort Wagner battlefield and reflects on his connection to the first African American soldier...
Medal of Honor Recipient Britt Slabinski Visits Fredericksburg
War on Terror Medal of Honor recipient Britt Slabinski reflects on the universal connection between soldiers, regardless of the war in which they...
Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams Visits Gettysburg
World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams reflects on the sense of duty felt by soldiers, whether during the Civil War or in the...
Behind the Scenes: Capturing the Stories of Three Modern Medal of Honor Recipients
Take a peek behind the scenes with the historians, filmmakers, photographers, designers and editors who helped make these the Brothers In Valor...
Joseph H. De Castro
Joseph H. De Castro made history as the first Hispanic to earn the Medal of Honor— the United States’ highest military decoration for valor in combat...
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