[Medal of Honor]
[between 1941 and 1945]
1 transparency : color.
Title devised by Library staff. Also called the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.
World War, 1939-1945
No known restrictions on publication.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-69 (DLC) 93845501
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That's a cool looking medal!
Way more than "cool" going on there
I'm surprised they don't list it in the description, but this is the Army Medal of Honor.
The item below the medal is the rosette, a six-sided pin that can be worn on civilian clothes. If I understand correctly, the ribbon shown above the medal is upside down. It should be worn with 2 stars on top, 3 below. The medal of honor is no longer pinned to the tunic, as was the case when this medal was made.
Over 45 years ago, as a brand new 2nd Lieutenant, I exchanged salutes with a Major walking down the sidewalk at Aberdeen Proving Ground. As we approached one another, I noticed a light blue ribbon with small stars on his uniform. I gave him the sharpest salute I could. I'm sure that he forgot me after five paces. I still remember that moment.
Civilized Explorer is correct, the Medal of Honor ribbon is to be worn with the two stars above and three below. Additionally when the medal is worn today, it is usually worn on the blue silk ribbon with 13 stars, regardless if the recipient is wearing military dress or civilian clothing.
I remember in the '50's a guy in my tiny home town who had one of those. I was about 10, I guess, and fully in awe of him. He was a friendly dude, easy-going, and I believe he wore the rosette on special occasions--town meetings, like. He had been a tank commander in the Battle of the Bulge. I don't recall if I ever heard the story of how he won the medal. His name, I believe, was Gleason. I knew from my father what the medal meant.
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Medals & Decorations, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
Are there any active uniformed Medal of Honor winners? I wasn't aware of any currently. These days it's very hard to get without dying in battle.
Wonderful memories shared here. Thanks.
shobar tagged photo: "Congressional Medal of Honor. Award must be approved by Congress" But it's still not *called*the Congressional Medal of Honor, regardless of how often you hear it said. The correct term is... Medal of Honor. Period.
There is one living recipient of the Medal of Honor still on active duty. He received the Medal in Vietnam as an enlisted man and was called to active duty later on as an officer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Ray_Roberts