Medal of Honor

March 25th: National Medal of Honor Day

A Day Dedicated to Medal of Honor Recipients

–Contributed by: J. (Pittman) Younkin

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The United States Congress designated March 25th as National Medal of Honor Day. (Public Law 101-564) Started in the State of Washington, many Americans are not even aware of this holiday. “March 25th” was chosen because it was the day the first Medals of Honor were presented to six members of Andrews’ Raiders.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Medal of Honor

  1. How many Presidents have been awarded the Medal of Honor? ANSWER
  2. Which President and his son were both awarded the Medal of Honor? ANSWER
  3. What was the military rank of William Cody (Buffalo Bill) at the time he was awarded the Medal of Honor? ANSWER
  4. What war period did the first recipient serve in? ANSWER
  5. How many men have been awarded the Medal of Honor twice? ANSWER
  6. Of all the foreign born Medal of Honor recipients, which country can boast of having the most? ANSWER
  7. Has a woman ever received the Medal of Honor? ANSWER
  8. Has anyone from the U.S. Coast Guard ever received the Medal of Honor? ANSWER
  9. Were any groups excluded from receiving the Medal of Honor? ANSWER
  10. How many men were awarded the Medal of Honor at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941? ANSWER
  11. Who said, “I would rather have the blue band of the Medal of Honor around my neck than be president?” ANSWER
  12. Who is the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, when did he receive it and who presented it to him? ANSWER
  13. How many Air Force Medal of Honor recipients have there been? ANSWER
  14. Who was the first African-American recipient? ANSWER