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Medal Of Honor Fact Sheet


Medal of Honor Designs through history:

Navy

1862


Army

1862


Army

1896


Army

1904


Navy

1913


Navy

Current


Army

Current


Air Force

Current

Since it was established during the Civil War, the Medal of Honor has been awarded to 3,448 different heroes, including NINE unknown soldiers. Fifteen of these heroes received a SECOND MEDAL OF HONOR for a second action, and FIVE WWI Marines received two Medals of Honor (Army and Marine Corps medals) for the same action. In all, a total of 3,467 Medals have been awarded for 3,462 different acts of heroism.

The Roll of Honor includes the names of EIGHT CIVILIANS, including ONE WOMAN. Since the beginning of World War II, posthumous awards have exceeded awards to living recipients. Of 850 recipients of the Medal since the start of World War II, only 328 survived to personally wear the Medal of Honor.






WWII

Korea

Vietnam

Somalia

Iraq

Totals

Total Recipients

464

132

246

2

5

849

Posthumous

266

95

154

2

5

522

Surviving Recipients

198

38

92

0

0

328

Died Since

170

24

31

0

0

225

Living Today

28

14

61

0

0

103


The surviving 103 Medal of Honor recipients break down by war and branch as follows:




Army

Air Force

Navy

Marines

Totals

WWII

21

0

3

4

28

Korea

9

0

2

3

14

Vietnam

40

5

6

10

61




70

5

11

17

103



Breakdown by Age

Aged 50 - 59

5 Recipients

Aged 60 - 69

42 Recipients

Aged 70 - 79

21 Recipients

Aged 80 - 89

32 Recipients

Aged 90+

4 Recipients

The AVERAGE AGE of the living recipients is AGE 73.

The YOUNGEST is Gordon Roberts at age 58

The OLDEST is John Finn at age 99



Current as of July 21, 2008

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Doug is a popular author, speaker, Webmaster, and historian who has dedicated his life to preserving the stories of our Nation’s greatest heroes. He has single-handedly authored more than 22,000 web pages in his popular site at www.HomeOfHeroes.com, which receives more than 10 million hits each month. A dedicated public servant in his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado; he initiated and organized several programs to introduce Medal of Honor recipients to the community, including a series of school assemblies that brought history and inspiration to more than 32,000 youth in one day of activities. He and his wife Pam’s continuing programs resulted in the Pueblo community bidding for and hosting the Medal of Honor convention in Pueblo in September 2000. Other activities have resulted in local schools promoting and passing legislation in two states authorizing distinctive Medal of Honor license plates.



Doug is a decorated, two-tour veteran of service in RVN where he served as a squad leader in the US Army. Following discharge from active duty he spent 6 years as a member of the Montana National Guard. In 1999 Governor Bill Owens appointed Doug to the Colorado State Board of Veterans Affairs. In 2001 he was elected to a 2-year term as Chairman of the Colorado State Board of Veterans Affairs.

In 1998 the Congressional Medal of Honor Society recognized the continuing efforts of the Sterner Family when it presented Doug with its prestigious and unique Distinguished Citizens Award. More recent recognitions include the 2003 Southern Colorado Press Club’s annual Excellence in Media award, and a recent recognition by F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller for his Exceptional Service in the Public Interest for his work to protect the integrity of military awards.



"As a patriot, speaker, writer and historian you are among the best.

"The fact that Doug laughed at my jokes in Da Nang (RVN) in 1971 has nothing to do with the praise I give him.

"Okay, It helped a little."
Mr. Bob Hope



Analysis of Awards - Alphabetical Index of All Recipients

Recipients by State - Recipients by Specialty - Recipients by Ethnicity
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