Five facts about the Medal of Honor

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National Medal of Honor Day, held annually on March 25th, was established by Congress to recognize those who have been awarded the nation’s highest military decoration for valor in action against enemy forces. Homes For Our Troops honors these Medal of Honor Recipients on this day and every day for their courageous acts of bravery and service.

Here are some facts you might not know about this military honor:

  • According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, there have been over 3,500 brave individuals who have received the Medal of Honor since the decoration’s inception in 1861. Nineteen of the Medal of Honor Recipients have received the medal twice.
  • There are three different versions of the Medal of Honor —one each for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Marines and Coast Guardsman receive the Navy version. Douglas Albert Munro is the only Coast Guardsmen to receive the Medal of Honor to date. Munro received his medal posthumously for evacuating 500 Marines off Guadalcanal under enemy fire during World War II.
  • On March 25, 1863, Army Private Jacob Parrott received the first Medal of Honor for his actions during the Great Locomotive Chase during the Civil War.
  • There are eight civilians who have received the Medal of Honor. The civilian recipients were all from the Civil War era, including the only woman to receive the medal, Mary Edwards Walker, a surgeon for the Union Army.
  • Since 9/11, twenty eight service members have been awarded the Medal of Honor for action in Iraq and Afghanistan, eleven of them posthumously.