- The Medal of Honor
- The Medal of Honor is the highest
decoration for bravery awarded to
- members of the armed forces of the
United States. It is bestowed by the President, in the name of
Congress, only for a deed of supreme valor and self-sacrifice
distinguished by "gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life
above and beyond the call of duty." More often than not,
the Medal of Honor is awarded posthumously.
- President Abraham Lincoln approved
the creation of the Medal of Honor in
- 1862, and during the Civil War some
1,527 Union soldiers and sailors earned it. In all, 3,394 Medals
have been awarded. Wisconsin citizens received 62, including
the special Medal of Honor awarded by Conress to Milwaukee-born
advocate of air power Genearl William C. "Billy" Mitchell.
- Wisconsin citizens have received
the Medal of Honor in the following
- conflicts: Civil War, 21; Frontier
Wars, 7; Spanish American War, 1; Philippine Insurrection, 1;
Boxer Rebellion, 1; Mexican Campaign, 2; World War I, 2; World
War II, 15; Korea, 5; Vietnam 6.
- Erected in 1990