In addition to the Medal of Honor award is a hierarchy of medals that can be awarded for varying acts of valor and bravery " The Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with "V" device, and Commendation Medals with "V" device. The Soldier's Medal is awarded for acts of valor that take place during peacetime, versus while in combat. Each is an example of ways Soldiers are recognized by their chain of command for documented acts of valor in combat.

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Odierno speaks with Andrew Mahoney

CSA, USO honor Soldiers for selfless service

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and other senior leaders joined the United Service Organizations in honoring Soldiers who exemplified selfless service, at the 2014 USO Gala in Washington... MORE about CSA, USO honor Soldiers for selfless service

Job well done

Sill cadre saves life; receives Soldier's Medal

FORT SILL, Okla. -- There are some dates that we remember all our lives, and for Staff Sgt. Jon King, C Company, 434th Field Artillery Detachment, April 14 is one those. On that day, he saved not... MORE about Sill cadre saves life; receives Soldier's Medal

Meritorious Service Medal

Staff Sgt. Ty Carter receives the Meritorious...

Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Ty Carter (left) receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, commander, 7th Infantry Division. MORE about Staff Sgt. Ty Carter receives the Meritorious Service Medal

Family of MOH recipient Sloat makes solemn visit to Vietnam Wall

Family of Medal of Honor recipient Sloat makes...

Family members of Medal of Honor recipient Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat made a somber visit to the Vietnam Wall where his name is etched with the tens of thousands of other fallen service members from... MORE about Family of Medal of Honor recipient Sloat makes solemn visit to Vietnam Wall

Army Vietnam veterans inducted into Pentagons Hall of Heroes

Vietnam War Soldiers inducted into Pentagon's...

Two Vietnam War Soldiers who were presented with Medals of Honor for their valor beyond the call of duty, Sept. 15, 2014, at the White House, were celebrated and inducted into the Pentagon's Hall... MORE about Vietnam War Soldiers inducted into Pentagon's Hall of Heroes

Soldier rescues woman from alligator-infested waters

Soldier rescues woman from alligator-infested...

A U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician rescued a woman from alligator-infested waters at Fort Stewart, Georgia. MORE about Soldier rescues woman from alligator-infested waters

President awards Medals of Honor to 2 Vietnam veterans

Two Vietnam War Soldiers receive Medal of Honor

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat were awarded Medals of Honor for valor in Vietnam, during a ceremony at the White House, Sept. 15, 2014. MORE about Two Vietnam War Soldiers receive Medal of Honor

CSM Bennie G. Adkins

Grueling 38-hour struggle in jungle leads to...

A battle along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in the remote A Shau Valley pitted 16 Green Berets against a division of North Vietnamese, and would belatedly earn one Soldier the highest recognition for... MORE about Grueling 38-hour struggle in jungle leads to Medal of Honor

Vietnam hero to receive posthumous MOH

Righting a 44-year-old mistake: Vietnam hero to...

For one brief, excruciatingly hopeful moment, Evelyn Sloat thought the Army officers at her door were there to tell her that her son, Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat, was coming home from Vietnam. MORE about Righting a 44-year-old mistake: Vietnam hero to receive posthumous MOH

Medal of Honor nominee reflects on Vietnam battle

Medal of Honor nominee reflects on Vietnam...

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, an Opelika, Alabama, resident, is scheduled to receive the Medal of Honor during a Sept. 15, 2014, ceremony at the White House. MORE about Medal of Honor nominee reflects on Vietnam battle

Local resident to receive Medal of Honor Sept...

President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor to Opelika, Alabama, resident and retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, Sept. 15, 2014, at the White House. MORE about Local resident to receive Medal of Honor Sept. 15

Command Sgt. Maj. BennieG. Sloat - Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat Medal of Honor graphic

Two Vietnam War Soldiers, one from Civil War to...

The White House announced Aug. 26, 2014, that Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam. First Lt. Alonzo H... MORE about Two Vietnam War Soldiers, one from Civil War to receive Medal of Honor

4th Infantry Division NCO, wounded warrior named USO Soldier of the Year

4th Infantry Division NCO, wounded warrior...

Sgt. Andrew Mahoney, a native of Laingsburg, Michigan, who was recently named the United Services Organization Soldier of the year, has shaped himself into an invaluable non-commissioned officer in... MORE about 4th Infantry Division NCO, wounded warrior named USO 'Soldier of the Year'

Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, Special Forces legend dies at 70

Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, Special...

Medal of Honor recipient, Vietnam prisoner of war and Special Forces legend Jon R. Cavaiani lost his long battle with a bone marrow disorder July 29, 2014, passing away at 70 years old, in... MORE about Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, Special Forces legend dies at 70

Medal of Honor recipient Pitts

Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts: Bonds will...

"The value of serving in the unit and in combat resides in the relationships we have with people. It doesn't reside in the medals," said former Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts. MORE about Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts: Bonds will never be broken

Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts inducted into Hall of Heroes

Medal of Honor recipient Pitts inducted into...

Former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes July 22, 2014, the day after receiving the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama for his bravery in combat at... MORE about Medal of Honor recipient Pitts inducted into Hall of Heroes

Former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts receives Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor recipient Pitts: 'It is their...

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to former Staff Sgt Ryan M. Pitts during a White House ceremony July 21, 2014. MORE about Medal of Honor recipient Pitts: 'It is their names, not mine'

Silver Star awarded to 95-year-old Army veteran

Silver Star awarded to 95-year-old Army veteran

Retired Lt. Col. Ralph W. Kuethe, 95, was awarded a Silver Star medal in Conmy Hall at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, July 11, 2014, 70 years after serving in World War II. MORE about Silver Star awarded to 95-year-old Army veteran

Ranger named Special Operations Medic of the Year

Ranger named Special Operations Medic of the...

On Oct. 5, 2013, Rangers from B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, were a month in to their 18th battalion deployment, since 2001, to Afghanistan. MORE about Ranger named Special Operations Medic of the Year

Former Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for fierce battle in Afghanistan

Former Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for...

"This award isn't about what I did; it's about what we did as a team," former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts said, about being selected for the Medal of Honor for actions on July 13, 2008, when an... MORE about Former Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for fierce battle in Afghanistan

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Ryan Pitts to receive Medal of Honor for combat...

The White House announced today that former Staff. Sgt. Ryan Pitts will receive the Medal of Honor for his combat actions during an enemy engagement in Wanat, in the Waygal Valley of northeastern... MORE about Ryan Pitts to receive Medal of Honor for combat actions in Afghanistan

Remembering Audie Murphy

One of America's most decorated Soldiers...

Soldiers gathered at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., June 20, 2014, to pay tribute to one of the Army's most decorated Soldiers, Audie Murphy, on the day of his birth. MORE about One of America's most decorated Soldiers honored graveside on his birthday

Valor walk, Community honor First Team Medal of Honor Trooper

Grandson, community honor 'First Team' Medal of...

It was 64 years ago in 1950, when John Peña's grandfather, Master Sgt. Mike C. Peña, the platoon leader with Company F, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, paid the ultimate... MORE about Grandson, community honor 'First Team' Medal of Honor trooper's sacrifice with Valor Walk

Legendary Korean War veteran visits battlefield after 63 years

Legendary Korean War veteran visits battlefield...

Retired Col. Ramon M. Padilla, a Korean War veteran, visited Hill 296 in Yeoju, South Korea, June 5, 2014, to reminisce about his participation in a battle there 63 years ago. MORE about Legendary Korean War veteran visits battlefield after 63 years

Burgett shares stories of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment

D-Day vets remember 'Jumpin' Joe' Beyrle

With the tricolor of French, American and British flags draped in the windows, parades of vintage military vehicles and ceremonies in villages across the region, Normandy is abuzz with celebration... MORE about D-Day vets remember 'Jumpin' Joe' Beyrle

Big Red One Soldiers participate in Carentan memorial dedication

'Big Red One' Soldiers participate in Carentan...

Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division, alongside troops from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 75th Ranger Regiment, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, the 10th Special Forces Group, as... MORE about 'Big Red One' Soldiers participate in Carentan memorial dedication

101st Airborne at Cole Monument unveiling

D-Day hero posthumously honored in Normandy

Municipality leaders, veterans and residents gathered to remember a local legend June 5, 2014, unveiling a new site and monument dedicated to a D-Day hero of the 101st Airborne Division, in... MORE about D-Day hero posthumously honored in Normandy

Former Sgt. Kyle White inducted into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

White inducted into Pentagon's Hall of Heroes

Medal of Honor recipient former Sgt. Kyle White honored six fallen service members, and all those who have paid the ultimate price in Operation Enduring Freedom, as he was inducted in the... MORE about White inducted into Pentagon's Hall of Heroes

Former sergeant receives Medal of Honor for Afghanistan actions

White becomes 10th Soldier to receive Medal of...

Former Sgt. Kyle Jerome White was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony May 13, 2014, making him the sixth living Army recipient, and the 14th service... MORE about White becomes 10th Soldier to receive Medal of Honor since 9/11

Medal of Honor recipient's former commander...

Values are defined as a person's principles or standards of behavior. From private to general, those who serve in the Army are expected to live by its core values -- loyalty, duty, respect... MORE about Medal of Honor recipient's former commander recalls his heroism

2014 Secretary of the Army Awards honor military, civilian personnel

Soldier, civilian employees honored with 2014...

Army civilian Carl E. Marchlewicz didn't even think twice before running into a burning home to rescue six children. He was among 12 people honored during the 2014 Secretary of the Army Awards. MORE about Soldier, civilian employees honored with 2014 SecArmy Awards

Three Soldiers credited with rescue on Black River

Three Soldiers credited with rescue on Black...

What had been planned as an evening of fishing for three 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Soldiers, turned into a courageous, yet bittersweet, rescue on a local river. MORE about Three Soldiers credited with rescue on Black River

Col. Everett Spain receives the Soldiers Medal

Boston Marathon hero awarded Soldier's Medal

Many Americans have seen the shaky photos and videos taken when the bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013. Among the many people who went to the aid of the... MORE about Boston Marathon hero awarded Soldier's Medal

SMA presents Soldiers Medal to Fort Leonard Wood Soldier

SMA presents Soldier's Medal to Fort Leonard...

When Staff Sgt. Isaac Diaz threw a Soldier out of a live-grenade training bay and protected him with his body from the blast, he said he was just doing what any of his training range cadre would do... MORE about SMA presents Soldier's Medal to Fort Leonard Wood Soldier

Medal of Honor to be accepted in memory of six who perished

Medal of Honor to be accepted in memory of six...

Former Sgt. Kyle J. White said that when he accepts the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama in a few weeks, he will do so in honor of the five Soldiers and one Marine "who gave their... MORE about Medal of Honor to be accepted in memory of six who perished

Sgt. Timothy Gilboe receives back his life-saving body armor

Shot at point-blank range, Soldier gets back...

Sgt. Timothy Gilboe said he is alive not only because of the armor that stopped a bullet in its tracks, but also because of his squad leader who paid the ultimate price that day in Afghanistan... MORE about Shot at point-blank range, Soldier gets back life-saving body armor

173rd Airborne paratrooper to receive Medal of Honor

173rd Airborne paratrooper to receive Medal of...

The President of the United States released a statement today announcing a former paratrooper from the 173rd Airborne Brigade will receive the nation's highest military honor at a White House... MORE about 173rd Airborne paratrooper to receive Medal of Honor

Sgt. Kyle Jerome White in March 2014

Former sergeant to receive Medal of Honor for...

Former Army Sgt. Kyle Jerome White will receive the Medal of Honor during a May 13 ceremony at the White House, President Obama announced, April 15, 2014. MORE about Former sergeant to receive Medal of Honor for Afghanistan actions