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United States (1776 - present, Republic)

The history of decorations in the United States can be traced back to the American Revolution. The very first American medal was one struck to honor George Washington. These medals were large plaques, very unlike the medals we know today. In 1780, the Andre Medal was presented by the Congress. This was a first medal to be worn around the neck. But in August 1782, the Badge of Military Merit was established by George Washington, which was the first real medal to be awarded to all enlisted service men that would applicate for it. This Badge would become the model for the Purple Heart, established on February 22nd 1932.

The 80 year’s that followed, did not see the establishment of any new decoration, although the United States were part of two major conflicts, the War of 1812 and the War with Mexico. A certificate of Merit was established in 1847, but was not accompanied with a medal. In 1861 the Navy Medal of Honor was established, followed in 1862 by the Army Medal of Honor.

Nearly twenty following years, this was all that remained. Although in 1880 the Navy and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals were established, now other medals were installed during the Spanish-American War....

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Highest Decorations

Texas Legislative Medal of HonorIn the database: 3
Issued:unknown
Medal of Honor - Army (MoH)In the database: 337
Issued:324
Medal of Honor - Navy/Marine Corps (MoH)In the database: 145
Issued:140
Medal of Honor - Air ForceIn the database: 0
Issued:unknown
Medal of FreedomIn the database: 161
Issued:unknown

Medals for Merit and Bravery (Not Orders)

Joint Service Commendation MedalIn the database: 3
Issued:unknown
Oklahoma Distinguished Service CrossIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
New York Conspicuous Service CrossIn the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Rhode Island CrossIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)Distinguished Service Cross
In the database: 1207
Issued:5076
Navy CrossIn the database: 3995
Issued:3963
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)In the database: 859
Issued:unknown
Silver Star Medal (SSM)In the database: 3270
Issued:unknown
Legion of Merit - US MilitaryIn the database: 684
Issued:unknown
Legion of Merit - Chief Commander (LoM - CC)Legion of Merif - Chief Commander (LoM-CC)
In the database: 30
Issued:unknown
Legion of Merit - Commander (LoM - C)In the database: 107
Issued:unknown
Legion of Merit - Officer (LoM - O)Legion of Merit - Officer
In the database: 152
Issued:unknown
Legion of Merit - Legionnaire (LoM)Legion of Merit - Legionnaire
In the database: 26
Issued:unknown
Air Force Cross (AC)In the database: 3
Issued:3
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)In the database: 358
Issued:unknown
Distinguished Service Medal - Navy/USMCIn the database: 186
Issued:unknown
Distinguished Service Medal - Air ForceIn the database: 18
Issued:unknown
Soldier's Medal (SM)In the database: 64
Issued:unknown
Bronze Star Medal (BSM)In the database: 3526
Issued:unknown
Mariner's MedalIn the database: 2
Issued:6635
Air Medal (AM)In the database: 2035
Issued:unknown
Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM)In the database: 54
Issued:unknown
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (NMCCOM)In the database: 59
Issued:unknown
Air Force Commendation MedalIn the database: 13
Issued:unknown
Navy Letter of CommendationIn the database: 12
Issued:unknown
Navy and Marine Corps Medal (NMCM)In the database: 17
Issued:unknown
Certificate of MeritIn the database: 7
Issued:unknown

Campaign and Service Awards

World War I Victory MedalIn the database: 131
Issued:unknown
Armed Forces Reserve MedalIn the database: 14
Issued:unknown
Air Force Longevity Service AwardIn the database: 33
Issued:unknown
Korean Service MedalIn the database: 75
Issued:unknown
Yangtze Service MedalIn the database: 9
Issued:unknown
Second Nicaraguan Campaign MedalIn the database: 10
Issued:unknown
Marine Corps Reserve RibbonIn the database: 4
Issued:unknown
Army of Occupation of Germany MedalIn the database: 24
Issued:unknown
Philippine Campaign MedalIn the database: 6
Issued:unknown
Army Reserve Achievement MedalIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Army Overseas Service RibbonIn the database: 4
Issued:unknown
Silver Citation StarIn the database: 43
Issued:unknown
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM)In the database: 6
Issued:unknown
Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)In the database: 5
Issued:unknown
Mexican Service MedalIn the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Army of Occupation MedalIn the database: 89
Issued:unknown
Navy Occupation Service MedalIn the database: 24
Issued:unknown
Marine Corps Expeditionary MedalIn the database: 19
Issued:unknown
Navy Expeditionary MedalIn the database: 2
Issued:unknown
China Service Medal - Navy and Marine CorpsIn the database: 38
Issued:unknown
American Defence Service MedalIn the database: 487
Issued:unknown
Women's Army Corps Service MedalIn the database: 5
Issued:unknown
American Campaign MedalIn the database: 800
Issued:unknown
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign MedalIn the database: 828
Issued:unknown
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign MedalIn the database: 660
Issued:unknown
Merchant Marine Atlantic Warzone MedalIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
World War Two Victory MedalIn the database: 1253
Issued:unknown
Merchant Marine Victory MedalIn the database: 5
Issued:unknown
Typhus Commission MedalIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Good Conduct Medal - ArmyIn the database: 551
Issued:unknown
Good Conduct Medal - NavyIn the database: 16
Issued:unknown
Good Conduct Medal - Marine CorpsIn the database: 44
Issued:unknown
Selected Marine Corps Reserve MedalIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Naval Reserve MedalIn the database: 8
Issued:unknown
Merchant Navy Combat BarIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
National Defense Service Medal (NDSM)In the database: 105
Issued:unknown
Vietnam Service Medal (VSM)In the database: 32
Issued:unknown

Wounded and Passed-Away Awards

Purple HeartIn the database: 5375
Issued:unknown

War and Service Decorations Armed Forces

Army CommendationIn the database: 15
Issued:unknown
Senior Parachutist BadgeIn the database: 3
Issued:unknown
Air Force Presidential Unit CitationIn the database: 3
Issued:unknown
Meritorious Unit CommendationIn the database: 4
Issued:unknown
Rifle ExpertIn the database: 19
Issued:unknown
Pistol SharpshooterIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Expert BadgeIn the database: 40
Issued:unknown
Sharpshooter BadgeIn the database: 53
Issued:unknown
Marksman BadgeIn the database: 69
Issued:unknown

War and Service Decorations Army

Expert Infantryman BadgeIn the database: 11
Issued:unknown
Glider BadgeIn the database: 10
Issued:unknown
Ranger TabIn the database: 10
Issued:unknown
Special Operations BadgeIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Army Excellence in Competition RifleIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Combat Infantryman BadgeIn the database: 710
Issued:unknown
Combat Medical BadgeIn the database: 31
Issued:unknown
US Army Parachute BadgeIn the database: 221
Issued:unknown

War and Service Decorations Air Force

Gliderpilot WingIn the database: 6
Issued:unknown
Navigator WingIn the database: 25
Issued:unknown
Aviation Gunners BadgeIn the database: 16
Issued:unknown
Senior Pilot WingIn the database: 3
Issued:unknown
Cheney AwardIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Command Pilot BadgeIn the database: 36
Issued:unknown
Bombardier WingIn the database: 16
Issued:unknown
WASP WingIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Pilot WingIn the database: 260
Issued:unknown
Observer WingIn the database: 6
Issued:unknown
Aviation BadgeIn the database: 5
Issued:unknown

War and Service Decorations Navy

Submarine Combat Patrol InsigniaIn the database: 33
Issued:unknown
Combat Action RibbonIn the database: 86
Issued:unknown
Navy Aviator WingIn the database: 93
Issued:unknown
U.S. Navy/Marines Air Crew InsigniaIn the database: 2
Issued:unknown
USMC Basic Qualification BadgeIn the database: 22
Issued:unknown
Submarine Officer BadgeIn the database: 36
Issued:unknown
Navy/Marine ParachutistIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Submarine Combat AwardIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Surface warfare officerIn the database: 56
Issued:unknown
Navy/Marine Corps Unit CommendationIn the database: 4
Issued:unknown

Commemorative- / Jubileemedals

Prisoner of War MedalIn the database: 102
Issued:unknown
Chaplain's Medal for HeroismIn the database: 4
Issued:4
Battle of the Bulge Commemorative MedalIn the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Normandy Campaign MedalIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
American Legion's Distinguished Service MedalIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Congressional Gold Medal - AcesIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Congressional Gold Medal - WASPIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown

Merchant Marine Medals

Combat Bar (Merchant Navy)In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Atlantic War Zone Medal (Merchant Navy)In the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Pacific War Zone Medal (Merchant Navy)In the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Expeditionary Medal (Merchant Navy)In the database: 2
Issued:unknown

Civilian Decorations

Outstanding Civilian Service AwardIn the database: 3
Issued:unknown
Presidential Letter of GratitudeIn the database: 8
Issued:unknown
Selective Service MedalIn the database: 3
Issued:unknown
Wallenberg MedalIn the database: 2
Issued:unknown
Order of St. George bronze medalIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown
Medal for MeritIn the database: 2
Issued:unknown

Other decorations U.S. Navy

Navy RiflemanIn the database: 4
Issued:unknown
Amphibious Force InsigniaIn the database: 1
Issued:unknown