Military Decorations For Valor


This page may be used by children to learn about
our nation's two highest military decorations for valor.

Each branch of the service has their own medals for
the first and second highest decoration.




Medal Of Honor
"above and beyond the call of duty"



Army

Navy and Marine Corps

Air Force



The Nation's Second Highest Medal
"extraordinary heroism not justifying
the Medal of Honor"


Army Distinguished
Service Cross

Navy and Marine Corps
Navy Cross

Air Force
Air Force Cross





"Go for Broke!"

The Nisei were awarded the following decorations




Medal of Honor
24




Army Distinguished
Servie Cross
52


Distinguished
Service Medal
1



Silver Stars
560
(28 with Oak-leaf clusters)


Legions of Merit
22





Soldier's Medals
15


Bronze Stars
4,000



Purple Hearts 9,486
Oak Leaf Cluster to Bronze Star 1,200
one for each award over the first award








Presidential Unit Citation 8
the nation's top award
for combat units



French Croix de Guerre
12


Palm to Croix de Guerre
2 for second award of the medal



OTHER DECORATIONS


2 Italian Crosses for Military Merit [Croce Al Merito Di Guerra]

2 Italian Medals for Military Valor [Medaglia De Bronzo Al Valor Militare]

36 Army Commendations

87 Division Commendations






This Web Page was created by and
is maintained by Paul D. Henriott
Last updated 19 October 2012