Medal of Honor

Awarded for bravery and valor "above and beyond the call of duty," the Medal of Honor is the highest military honor in the United States.

Although various medals and certificates of merit were distributed by the U.S. military from the Revolution through the Mexican War, medals were originally interpreted as signs of European pomp. It wasn't until the Civil War that first the Navy and then in short order the Army instituted the Medal of Honor for those who distinguished themselves through service. Recipients have included Charles Lindbergh and Chuck Yeager.

Definitions of Medal of Honor
  1. noun
    the highest U.S. military decoration awarded for bravery and valor in action `above and beyond the call of duty'
    synonyms: Congressional Medal of Honor
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    type of:
    decoration, laurel wreath, medal, medallion, palm, ribbon
    an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
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