1. Has a woman ever received Medal of Honor?
2. Who was the only Coast Guard Congressional MOH recipient?
3. How many Air Force Congressional MOH recipients are
4. How many double recipients are there?
5. Is it required to be a U.S. citizen in order to be
awarded the MOH?
6. Who was the first recipient?
7. Who was the first African-American recipient?
8. Is the Medal of Honor only awarded to enlisted personnel?
9. Is it illegal to sell the Medal of Honor?
10. What are the guidelines for which the medal could
11. What was the last action in which the MOH was awarded?
12. How many minority recipients of the MOH have been
awarded (African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American and Native-American)?
1. Yes, Dr. Mary Walker was the only woman awarded the
Congressional Medal of Honor at Bull Run on July 21,1861
2. Douglas Munro was the only Coast Guard recipient.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Point Cruz,
Guadalcanal, on September 27, 1942.
3. Since the formation of a separate Air Force
in 1947 there have been seventeen recipients. Prior to 1963 members
of the Army Air Corps and the Air Force were awarded the Army Medal.
In 1963 the Air Force acquired its own MOH design.
4. There are nineteen double recipients.
5. It is not required to be a U.S. citizen, but
you must be in the U.S. military in order to qualify for the Medal
6. The earliest actions for which the Medal was
awarded took place before the Civil War had even begun, February
13-14, 1861 in what is now Arizona. Bernard J.D. Irwin was an Assistant
Surgeon in the Army when he voluntarily led a command of troops
to relieve a surrounded detachment of the 7th Infantry. Irwin’s
Medal was not awarded until January 24,1894, over 30 years after
he had performed his deed. But on March 25, 1863 Pvt. Jacob Parrott
was the first of a group of 6 men awarded the Medal for their actions
in "The Great Locomotive Chase" in April 1862. They were
the first ever to wear the Medal of Honor.
7. William Carney was the first African-American
recipient. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on
July 18,1863 at Fort Wagner, SC.
8. Originally the Medal of Honor was only presented
to the enlisted, but on March 3, 1863 this was extended to officers
9. It is illegal to sell, wear, or manufacture
any decorations or medals authorized by Congress for the armed forces
of the United States. In General. - Whoever knowingly wears, manufactures,
or sells any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the
armed forces of the United States, or any of the service medals
or badges awarded to the members of such forces, or the ribbon,
button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration or medal, or any
colorable imitation thereof, except when authorized under regulations
made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title (18 United
State Code) or imprisoned not more than six months or both.(Title
18 United States Code. Sec. 1001, entitled "Statements or entries
generally," June 25, 1948, ch. 45, 62 Stat. 749. )
10. On July 25,1963 Congress established a set
of guidelines under which the Medal of Honor could be awarded:
a.) while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
b.) while engaged in military operations involving conflict with
an opposing foreign force; or,
c.) while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict
against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not
a belligerent party.
11. The last action in which the Medal of Honor
was awarded was Mogadishu, Somalia on October 3, 1993. The Medals
were awarded posthumously to the families of Gary I. Gordon and
Randall D. Shugart. They were members of "The Delta Force"
aka Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta.
12. There have been 87 African-American MOH Recipients.
There have been 41 Hispanic-American MOH Recipients
There have been 31 Asian-American MOH Recipients.
There have been 22 Native-American MOH Recipients.
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