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Medal of Honor

US-MOH-1862aThe Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States”

Statistics

Established July 121862

First awarded American Civil War

Last awarded June 22008

Total awarded 3,465

Posthumous awards 618

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