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.

Better Late Than Never

Learn about two Civil War Medal of Honor recipients – Andrew Jackson Smith and Alonzo Cushing – and their long-winding journeys to the Medal of Honor...

Edward Ratcliff's Legacy

This past summer, we joined brother Damon and Edward Radcliffe brothers on a journey through their extraordinary ancestor’s footsteps, visiting the...