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For the Breasts of Heroes: Medals for Bravery

November 12, 1987

Total Awards Through Dec. 31, 1986 Army: 2,342 Navy: 743 Marine Corps: 295 Air Force (a): 16 Unknowns:

United States(b): 4

Foreign (c): 5 TOTAL: 3,406 (a) First Air Force awards made during Korean War. Prior awards to Army aviation personnel included in Army totals. (b) "Unknown soldiers" of World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. (c) By special legislation to unknowns of France, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy and Romania. Awards by Eras and Conflicts

Marine Air Coast Era/conflict Army Navy Corps Force Guard Total Civil War (Union) 1,196 307 17 1,520 Indian Campaigns, 1861-98 423 423 Korea, 1871 9 6 15 Spanish-American War, 1898 30 64 15 109 Philippines/Samoa, 1899-1913 70 12 9 91 Boxer Rebellion, 1900 4 22 33 59 Vera Cruz, 1914 46 9 45 Haiti, 1915 6 6 Dominican Republic, 1916 3 3 World War I 89 21 8 (4)* 118 Haiti, 1919-20 2 2 Nicaragua, 1927-33 2 2 Peacetime, by era: 1865-70 12 12 1871-98 101 2 103 1899-1911 1 48 2 51 1915-16 8 8 1920-40 2 15 1 (1)* 18 World War II 294 57 81 (38)* 1(a) 433 Korea, 1950-53 78 7 42 4 131 Vietnam, 1964-73 155 14(b) 57 12 238 Subtotal 2,342 743 295 16 1 3,397 Plus unknowns: 9 Total 3,406

* Awards to Army Air Corps personnel; included in Army totals. (a) Posthumous award to petty officer in charge of landing craft supporting U.S. Marine Corps forces, Guadalcanal, Sept. 27, 1942. (b) Includes award to commanding officer of USS Liberty for actions defending his ship in Eastern Mediterranean during six-day war, June 8-9, 1967. Living recipients of the Medal of Honor (as of Jan. 31, 1987; by era/conflict)

Marine Air Coast Era/Conflict Army Navy Corps Force Guard Total World War I 4 1 5 Nicaragua, 1932 1 1 SQUALUS rescue, 1939 1 1 World War II 85 15 20 (11)* 120 Korea 18 2 11 31 Vietnam 53 9 12 8 82 Total 160 28 44 8 240

* Army Air Corps; included in Army totals

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