Military Decorations For Valor
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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.
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Medal Of Honor
"above and beyond the call of duty"
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Army

Navy and Marine Corps

Air Force
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The Nation's Second Highest Medal
"extraordinary heroism not justifying
the Medal of Honor"
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Army
Distinguished Service Cross

....Navy and Marine Corps....
Navy Cross

Air Force
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"Go for Broke!"
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The Nisei were awarded the following decorations
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Medal of Honor 
21 including one wartime 
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Distinguished Service Crosses
52

Distinguished Service Medal
1
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 Silver Stars....... 560
(28 with Oak-leaf clusters)

.......Legions of Merit......
22 .
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.Soldier's Medals.
15 

Bronze Stars
4,000
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Purple Hearts
9,486
.1,200 Oak Leaf Cluster to Bronze Stars.
for second award of the medal

Presidential Unit Citation
the nation's top award for combat units
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12
French Croix de Guerre
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Palm to Croix de Guerre 
for second award of the medal


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OTHER DECORATIONS
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     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
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Stars and Strips Forever  March
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