Medal of Honor

Americas Highest Military Award

"For conspicuous gallantry, above and beyond the call of duty...."

The President, in the name of Congress, has awarded more than 3,400 Medals of Honor since the decoration's creation in 1861. For years, the citations highlighting these acts of bravery and heroism resided in dusty archives and only sporadically were printed. The U.S. Senate ordered the citations compiled and printed in 1973, and later updated and reprinted in 1979. 

19 members of Special Forces have received the Medal of Honor in Vietnam and Somalia. 

SSGT Franklin Douglas Miller was the recipient of the Medal of Honor on 15 June 1971