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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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

Army medic honored for actions in battle

Army medic honored as 'angel of battlefield'

Sgt. Kristopher Ritterhouse was honored for rushing to aid Soldiers during a battle in Afghanistan, despite having just suffered a traumatic brain injury. MORE about Army medic honored as 'angel of battlefield'

U.S. Army Africa Soldiers biggest hero receives Medal of Honor

U.S. Army Africa Soldier's 'biggest hero'...

March 18, 2014, was a day unlike any other day for Sgt. 1st Class Frederick Hinton from U.S. Army Africa's Logistics Directorate. It's the day President Barack Obama awarded his biggest hero, who... MORE about U.S. Army Africa Soldier's 'biggest hero' receives Medal of Honor

Hall of Fame inductees

Pentagon inducts 24 Medal of Honor recipients...

The newest Medal of Honor recipients -- 24 veterans who received the honor decades after their extraordinary heroism in three wars -- have been inducted into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes. MORE about Pentagon inducts 24 Medal of Honor recipients into Hall of Heroes

Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris, Master Sgt. Jose Rodella & Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia

Soldiers receive long-overdue Medals of Honor

Twenty-four U.S. Army veterans from three wars -- World War II, Korea and Vietnam -- received upgrades to the highest military decoration for uncommon bravery and gallantry at a White House... MORE about Soldiers receive long-overdue Medals of Honor

Music artist Lenny Kravitz honors uncle, Medal of Honor recipient

Lenny Kravitz honors uncle, Medal of Honor...

Before heading to the White House to honor his namesake and uncle, music artist Lenny Kravitz paused to reflect on the life and legacy of Pfc. Leonard Kravitz, who was killed in action in Korea and... MORE about Lenny Kravitz honors uncle, Medal of Honor recipient

Valor of nine selectees inspires others during Korean War - Seoul battle

Valor of nine selectees inspires others during...

Nine Soldiers who served in the Korean War will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during a March 18 ceremony at the White House. MORE about Valor of nine selectees inspires others during Korean War

Master Sgt. Rodela to receive Medal of Honor

Master Sgt. Jose Rodela to receive Medal of...

President Barack Obama announced Feb. 21, 2014 that retired Army Master Sgt. Jose Rodela will receive the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor, during a ceremony, March 18... MORE about Master Sgt. Jose Rodela to receive Medal of Honor

Erevia awards

Vietnam hero to receive Medal of Honor

The year was 1968. It was a year of war, of protests, of death. It was the year Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were both assassinated. It was also the year the Vietnam War exploded... MORE about Vietnam hero to receive Medal of Honor

Vietnam War hero to receive Medal of Honor

After more than four decades, Vietnam War hero...

Sept. 17, 1969, was a "terrible day, a hard day," said a Vietnam War veteran who will receive the Medal of Honor at the White House, March 18, 2014, for his actions on that day more than... MORE about After more than four decades, Vietnam War hero to receive Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor recipent Staff Sgt. Ty Carter speaks with Dr. Jack Obusek

Medal of Honor recipient Ty Carter waging war...

NATICK, Mass. (Feb. 24, 2014) -- Staff Sgt. Ty Carter has two words for Soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, "Get help." The Medal of Honor recipient brought this... MORE about Medal of Honor recipient Ty Carter waging war on PTSD

Valor 24 promotional graphic

President announces 24 veterans to receive...

President Barack Obama announced Feb. 21, 2014, that he will award the Medal of Honor to 24 veterans during a March 18, 2014, ceremony at the White House. MORE about President announces 24 veterans to receive Medals of Honor

Two Fort Drum Soldiers receive Soldiers Medal

Two 1st Brigade Combat Team warriors receive...

In the face of danger, some may falter, but Soldiers of the Warrior Brigade possess qualities that set them apart from the rest. Two noncommissioned officers with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th... MORE about Two 1st Brigade Combat Team warriors receive Soldier's Medal

Capt. Edward C. Allworth

Army Heritage, Education Center receives trove...

Maybe Edward A. Allworth wanted to preserve his father's legacy that included a Medal of Honor for future generations when he decided to send his dad's military items to the U.S. Army Heritage and... MORE about Army Heritage, Education Center receives trove of military medals including Medal of Honor

An undisputed American hero

Stolen valor tarnishes real sacrifices made by...

It may seem hard to fathom, but there are many who claim to have earned medals to which they are not entitled. Others say they've served in combat but never have. MORE about Stolen valor tarnishes real sacrifices made by service members

Soldiers Medal

Odierno presents Soldier's Medal to 12th...

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Thomas F. Oroho, D Company commander, 12th Aviation Battalion, received the Soldier's Medal from Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, Nov. 1, 2013, at... MORE about Odierno presents Soldier's Medal to 12th Aviation Battalion Soldier for rescue of 2 drowning people

WWII veteran receives award after 68 years

World War II veteran receives award after 68...

Serving during World War II is a remarkable achievement. Receiving an award for service 68 years later is another. MORE about World War II veteran receives award after 68 years

SA McHugh Presents Citation to Swenson

Swenson Hall of Heroes induction brings changes...

As former Army Capt. William D. Swenson was inducted into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, Oct. 16, 2013, Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced a directive to improve the Medal of Honor... MORE about Swenson Hall of Heroes induction brings changes to MOH processing

Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor at White House

Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor at...

President Barack Obama honored former Army Capt. William D. Swenson with the Medal of Honor, Oct. 15, 2013, at the White House, citing his extraordinary heroism in the Battle of Ganjgal, in Kunar... MORE about Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor at White House

WWII veteran, Medal of Honor recipient laid to rest

WWII veteran, Medal of Honor recipient laid to...

Retired Master Sgt. Nicholas Oresko was honored at a public funeral service, Oct. 10, 2013, in Paramus, N.J. Oresko died Oct. 4, at the age of 96, and was the oldest living World War II veteran and... MORE about WWII veteran, Medal of Honor recipient laid to rest

Soldier to posthumously receive Silver Star, Polish medal for heroism

Soldier to posthumously receive Silver Star...

Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis is to posthumously receive the Silver Star and Poland's Armed Forces Gold Medal for heroism that saved the life of a Polish officer. MORE about Soldier to posthumously receive Silver Star, Polish medal for heroism

WWII Army veteran, MOH recipient Nicholas Oresko dies

World War II Medal of Honor recipient dies at...

The Army and the nation are mourning the passing of World War II Army veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Nicholas Oresko, who died Oct. 4, 2013. He was 96 years old. MORE about World War II Medal of Honor recipient dies at 96 years old

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes

What actions or characteristics describe a hero? Would you recognize a hero if he or she were standing next to you or speaking with you? MORE about Heroes come in all shapes and sizes

10th Mtn Soldier to receive Medal of Honor

First Army officer from operations in Iraq...

Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson will be presented the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Oct. 15, 2013, making him the sixth living recipient of the nation's... MORE about First Army officer from operations in Iraq, Afghanistan to receive Medal of Honor

Bronze Star presentation

Instructor earns 4th Bronze Star

Sgt. 1st Class John Melson was honored at Fort Benning, Ga., Aug. 23, 2013, as he was presented the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for valor, for his actions more than four years ago... MORE about Instructor earns 4th Bronze Star

Vanguard medic answers call, saves lives

'Vanguard' medic answers call, saves lives

Spc. Tyler Ivester was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, with Valor Device, Aug. 1, 2013, for saving the lives of four of his fellow Soldiers after their vehicle was struck by an improvised... MORE about 'Vanguard' medic answers call, saves lives

Vanguard infantryman lives to tell the tale

Vanguard infantryman lives to tell the tale

"All I could think about was my mom and my sister," said U.S. Army Spc. Marcos Fernandes, an infantryman with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat... MORE about Vanguard infantryman lives to tell the tale

Valor: US Soldier saves boy from drowning

Valor: US Soldier saves boy from drowning

CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines valor as the strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness or personal bravery. MORE about Valor: US Soldier saves boy from drowning

MOH recipient Staff Sgt. Carter inducted into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

MOH recipient Staff Sgt. Carter inducted into...

Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter, the most recent Medal of Honor recipient from Operation Enduring Freedom, was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, Aug. 27, 2013, just a day after he received the... MORE about MOH recipient Staff Sgt. Carter inducted into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter Medal of Honor

Staff Sgt. Ty Carter receives Medal of Honor at...

Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter became the second Soldier to receive the nation's highest military award for extraordinary gallantry and selfless actions during the Battle of Kamdesh at Combat Outpost... MORE about Staff Sgt. Ty Carter receives Medal of Honor at White House

Carter in Afghanistan

In aftermath of Keating: MOH nominee Carter...

After defeating a Taliban force seven to eight times their size, half of the Soldiers of "Black Knight" Troop were wounded and eight were dead. Medal of Honor nominee Staff Sgt. Ty Carter... MORE about In aftermath of Keating: MOH nominee Carter gets help for PTSD

Return to COP Keating: Second Soldier to receive MOH from desperate battle

Return to COP Keating: Second Soldier to...

On Oct. 3, 2009, at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan, a day then-Spc. Ty Carter would remember as the "worst day" of his life, the Soldier's actions in helping to save the life of a... MORE about Return to COP Keating: Second Soldier to receive Medal of Honor from desperate battle

Medal of Honor addresses the public

Lewis-McChord Soldier to be awarded Medal of...

The room hummed with the steady clicks of camera shutters as Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter and his wife, Shannon, were the center of attention during a press conference at the Joint Base... MORE about Lewis-McChord Soldier to be awarded Medal of Honor

Overwatch near Dahla Dam

Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for COP...

President Barack Obama announced July 26, 2013, that Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the Medal of Honor next month for his "conspicuous gallantry" in Afghanistan. MORE about Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for COP Keating

Soldier saves teens from burning vehicle

Soldier saves teens from burning vehicle

Thanks to Staff Sgt. Michael Peters and his wife, Debra, a car full of teens who hit a tree head on, are on the road to recovery. MORE about Soldier saves teens from burning vehicle

New York Army National Guard sergeant recognized for courage under fire

N.Y. Guard Soldier recognized for courage under...

New York Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua Young was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, July 19, 2013, in a ceremony at the Glenville, N.Y., Armed Forces Reserve Center. MORE about N.Y. Guard Soldier recognized for courage under fire

1-228th Aviation Regiment crew rescues 9 stranded off Honduran coast

1-228th Aviation Regiment crew rescues 9...

A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew with the 1-228 Aviation Regiment at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, was dispatched July 2, 2013, to the Caribbean Sea to help locate two Americans, one... MORE about 1-228th Aviation Regiment crew rescues 9 stranded off Honduran coast