Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest award given to members of the United States Military. It is given to people who show a lot of bravery in wartime. Because of this, many people who get the Medal of Honor die earning it. It was first given in 1863 during the American Civil War.
The Medal of Honor has been given to 3,458 different people, including
- Dakota L. Meyer, who is the youngest and most recent living recipient
- Nicholas Oresko, who is the oldest living recipient
- Jacob Parrott, who was the first man to be awarded the medal in 1863
- Mary Walker, who was the first and only woman awarded the medal.
According to holders of the Medal of Honor, it is harder to wear it than to earn it.
- Air Force
- Congressional Medal of Honor Society (CMOHS), "Archive Statistics"; retrieved 2012-12-24.
- Medal of Honor News, "Veterans Day parade NYC 2011: Youngest Medal of Honor recipient meets oldest living recipient," November 11, 2011; retrieved 2012-12-24.
- CMOH, "Frequently Asked Questions"; retrieved 2012-12-24.
- Smith, John. "It's Harder To Wear The Medal Of Honor Than To Earn It," Spartanburg Herald-Journal (South Carolina). October 29, 1972; Brady, Patrick. "Harder to wear Medal of Honor than to earn it" at MySanAntonio.com, November 17, 2010; retrieved 2012-12-31.
Other websites [change]
- Congressional Medal of Honor Society website
- Medal of Honor at the United States Army Center of Military History