Valor Awards

Recipients in our database have recieved the following awards:

Navy Cross

Authorized February 4, 1919, the Navy Cross was the Navy's third highest award for combat heroism and other distinguished services. On August 7, 1942, Congress made the Navy Cross a combat only decoration with precedence over the Distinguished Service Medal, making it the Navy's second highest award ranking below only the Medal of Honor. It shares its position with the Army's Distinguished Service Cross and the Air Force Cross.

6949 citations available out of an estimated 6941 ever awarded.

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

Established in 1970, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal is awarded by the Secretary of Defense for exceptionally meritorious service to the U.S. while assigned to a Joint Services Activity in a position of great responsibility.

424 citations available out of an estimated 500 ever awarded.

Air Medal

For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight or for a single act of heroism against an armed enemy. Established in 1942, the Air Medal is awarded for meritorious achievement in aerial operations, for heroic acts in aerial operations against an armed enemy, or for merit in operational activities. During the Vietnam War, for instance, a single award of the Air Medal denoted participation by ground troops in a requisite number of "Combat Air Assaults".

35 citations available

Distinguished Service Cross

The DSC is our Nation's second highest award for military valor, behind only the Medal of Honor. The Distinguished Service Cross was established in 1918 to honor heroism of the highest degree that did not quite merit the Medal of Honor. The Navy Cross (Navy, Marines & Coast Guard) and the Air Force Cross all join the DSC as our Nation's second highest military award.

13463 citations available out of an estimated 13466 ever awarded.

Legion of Merit

Authorized in 1942, the Legion of Merit was the first U.S. decoration created specifically to honor citizens of other nations' service to the United States. The medal is awarded to members of the United Nations Armed Forces for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States.

13392 citations available

Army Commendation Medal

The Commendation Medal is awarded by local commanders, requiring the signature of an officer in the grade of O-6, allowing for a broad interpretation of the criteria for which the medal may be awarded.

88 citations available

Silver Star

The Silver Star is the third highest U.S. combat-only award. Established in 1918 as the Citation Star, in 1932 a provision allowed servicemen to receive it retroactively. It has been awarded for actions as far back as the Spanish-American War.

72632 citations available out of an estimated 104928 ever awarded.

Marine Corps Brevet Medal

The Brevet Medal was considered to be the equivalent of the Navy Cross, although in precedence it ranked just behind the Medal of Honor since those receiving it had received field commissions as Marine Corps officers, under combat conditions, and had performed feats of distinction and gallant service. In 1940, the medal was declared obsolete, since the concept of brevet commissions was phased out of the United States military to be replaced by temporary and field commissions.

23 citations available out of an estimated 23 ever awarded.

Coast Guard Medal

Established in 1949, the Coast Guard Medal holds the same level of prominence as the Soldier's Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Medal, and Airman’s Medal. It is awarded for heroic actions in a non-combat situation or setting.

323 citations available

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

Navy Distinguished Service Medal is awarded for exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility.

1264 citations available out of an estimated 1500 ever awarded.

Airman's Medal

Established in 1960, the Airman's Medal holds the same level of prominence as the Soldier's Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. It is awarded for heroic actions in a non-combat situation or setting.

250 citations available

Navy and Marine Corps Medal

The Navy and Marine Corps Medal was established by an act of Congress on August 7, 1942. The decoration may be awarded to service members who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguish themselves by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.

2568 citations available

Soldier's Medal

The Soldier's Medal was established in 1926 and denotes acts of heroism in a non-combat situation. It is awarded for heroic actions on behalf of fellow soldiers or civilians.

2805 citations available

Bronze Star

Authorized on February 4, 1944, the Bronze Star Medal is awarded to members of all branches of military service. The medal may be awarded either for meritorious service or for combat actions, in which case the "V" device is attached.

894 citations available

Medal of Honor

Presented by the President in the name of Congress, the Medal of Honor is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon any American.

3507 citations available out of an estimated 3476 ever awarded.

Air Force Cross

The Air Force Cross was established in 1960 to honor heroism of the highest degree that did not merit the Medal of Honor. Previously airmen of the Army Air Corps were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for such actions. The medal became an exclusive award of the United States Air Force to replace the Army award for members of their own branch of service. The Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross all join the Air Force Cross as the second highest U.S. military award.

195 citations available out of an estimated 195 ever awarded.

Army Distinguished Service Medal

The Army Distinguished Service Medal is awarded for exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility.

5250 citations available out of an estimated 4993 ever awarded.

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal is awarded for exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility.

619 citations available out of an estimated 779 ever awarded.

Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded to U.S. and Foreign military personnel and civilians who have displayed extraordinary heroism while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States, in military operations involving conflict with a foreign force, or while serving with a friendly nation engaged in armed conflict against a force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

17775 citations available