1st Division Medal of Honor Recipients
Medal of Honor Recipients
When reading a Medal of Honor citation you will often find words like: indomitable spirit, sacrifice, valor, courage, inspiration, intrepidity, sacrifice, and gallantry used to describe the recipient. It is the military’s highest award for combat valor and the most prestigious award a service member can earn. President Harry Truman, a World War I veteran, once told a gathering of World War II recipients, "I’d rather have this medal than be president." To earn the Medal, which is awarded in the name of Congress, a U.S. service member must distinguish himself conspicuously, by gallantry and intrepidity, at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, in an action that sets the individual apart from his comrades, in action against an enemy.