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Recipients of the
Medal of Honor

Listed by War and Branch of Service

"A total of 3,504 Medals of Honor have been awarded to 3,485 soldiers and civilians 
for 3,499 individual actions of heroism."

(A detailed explanation of these numbers is provided at the bottom of this page.)

Click on the Buttons below for a COMPLETE LIST of all recipients accredited to that war.

Military Campaigns

TOTAL

Posthumous
Awards

Army

Navy

USMC

Army Air
Corps

Coast
Guard

Air Force

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Civil
War

1522

32

Army
1198*

Navy
307*

USMC
17

- - -

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Indian
Campaigns

426

13

Army
426**

-

-

- - -

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Korea
1871

15

-

-

Navy
9

USMC
6

- - -

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Spanish-
American
War

110

1

Army
31

Navy
64

USMC
15

- - -

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Samoa

4

-

-

Navy
1

USMC
3

- - -

Philippine
Insurection

80

4

Army
69

Navy
5

USMC
6

- - -

Philippine
Outlaws

6

-

Army
1

Navy
5

-

- - -

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China
Boxer
Rebellion

59

1

Army
4

Navy
22

USMC
33

- - -

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Mexican
Campaign
(Vera Cruz)

56

-

Army
1

Navy
46

USMC
9

- - -

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Haiti
1915

6

-

-

-

USMC
6

- - -

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Dominican
Republic

3

-

-

-

USMC
3

- - -

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World
War I

119

33

Army
86

Navy
21

USMC
8*

Air Corps
4

-

-

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Haiti
1919-1920

2

-

-

-

USMC
2

-

-

-

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Nicaraguan
Campaign

2

-

-

-

USMC
2

-

-

-

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World
War II

472

273

Army
294

Navy
57

USMC
82

Air Corps
38

CG
1

-

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Korean
War

146

107

Army
93

Navy
7

USMC
42

-

-

Air Force
4

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Vietnam
War

256

161

Army
170

Navy
15

USMC
57

-

-

Air Force
14

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Somalia

2

2

Army
2

-

-

- - -

War On
Terror

13

7

Army
9

Navy
2

USMC
2

- - -

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Non Combat Valor

193

5

Army
2

Navy
185

USMC
5

Air Corps
1

- -

Unknown
Soldiers

9

9

9

*Includes 2 Civilian Awards during the Civil War
**Includes 4 Civilian Awards during the Indian Campaigns

*Medal of Honor statistics:
Medal of Honor statistics can often be confusing and even contradictory, especially if you take information from a variety of published or inter-net sources.  Usually well researched material is NOT contradictory, even when the numbers differ from source to source.  Consider the following:

"Medals of Honor have been awarded to 3,504 American Soldiers."

This statement is FALSE for several reasons.  The first is in the actual numbers:

"3,504 Medals of Honor have been awarded to 3,485 individual American Soldiers."

There are 2 additional corrections that are required of this final sentence, however.

Web Note:

The above information is a brief attempt at explaining the actual Medal of Honor numbers.  Other factors about Medal of Honor statistics are from time to time, similarly confusing or seemingly contradictory.    For instance, during World War I, one MARINE received ONLY the ARMY Medal of Honor for his heroism.  When figures regarding the MEDAL itself are presented, this would count as an ARMY award.    We know, it does get confusing.

Our emphasis at the Hall of Heroes is on the MAN behind the award, not the Award itself.  We list this brave soldier with his fellow Marines out of respect to all members of the Marine Corps.

We have prepared a DETAILED analysis of these other factors regarding common Medal of Honor statistics for your reference under our Medal of Honor History pages. 

MOH STATISTICS

Any questions not answered there we are happy to research and provide for you.  Please feel free to:

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