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Medal of Honor facts for kids

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The Medal of Honor is the highest award given to members of the United States Military. It is given to people who show a lot of bravery in wartime. Because of this, many people who get the Medal of Honor die earning it. It was first given in 1863 during the American Civil War.

The Medal of Honor has been given to 3,458 different people, including

  • Dakota L. Meyer, who is the youngest and most recent living recipient
  • Jacob Parrott, who was the first man to be awarded the medal in 1863
  • Mary Walker, who was the first and only woman awarded the medal.
  • Leslie H. Sabo Jr., who is the most recent person to receive the medal in 2012.

According to Medal of Honor recipient Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady who flew more than 2,500 combat missions over Vietnam and helped rescue more than 5,000 wounded, "it is harder to wear it than to earn it".


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