The United States Army Medal of Honor
The Nation's Highest Award for Valor
I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade.
“The Medal of Honor epitomizes the very best of what America stands for and honors the gallant individuals who have received it. These special people represent the very heart and soul of America...These gallant souls, in their heroism and their humility, epitomize the nobility of service to country and of service above self... Americans for all times will treasure the gifts that these brave warriors have given to all of us so selflessly.”
Former President George H. W. Bush,
Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, 2003