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TITLE
Medal of Honor
 
DESCRIPTION
Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor consists of: "A gold five pointed star, each point tipped with trefoils, 1 ˝ inches wide, surrounded by a green laurel wreath and suspended from a gold bar inscribed 'VALOR', surmounted by an eagle. In the center of the star, Minerva’s head surrounded by the words 'UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.' On each ray of the star is a green oak leaf. On the reverse is a bar engraved 'THE CONGRESS TO' with a space for engraving the name of the recipient.
The medal is suspended by a neck ribbon, 1 3/8 inches wide, Bluebird 67117. A shield of the same color ribbon with thirteen White stars, arranged in the form of three chevrons is above the medal. The service ribbon is 1/38 inches wide with five White stars in the form of a 'M'."
United States Army regulations
 
CONTEXT
"The Medal of Honor is awarded by the President, in the name of Congress, to a person who, while a member of the Army, distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of the service will be exacted and each recommendation for the award of this decoration will be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit."
United States Army regulations
 
CREDIT
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution