An Honored Veteran
A hero is a man who does what he can. — Romain Rolland
French Writer
(1866 - 1944)

Medal of Honor Recipients

When asked about their Medals of Honor, recipients often respond that they didn’t do anything anyone else wouldn’t have done. They say they wear the Medal not for themselves, but for those who never made it home. They say the Medal represents the service and sacrifice of all American service men and women.

The museum will be the only place that brings together the stories of the Medal, the recipients and the wars in which they fought. By reflecting the ideals and values that the Medal represents – courage, integrity, patriotism, leadership and sacrifice – the museum will remind us that there are nearly 3,500 real American heroes with whom we can and should identify.

These heroes hail from every walk of life and every station in life. They reflect the ethnic, cultural, economic, religious and educational diversity that is a hallmark of the American experience. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and more than a half dozen nations are represented. More than 20 percent of recipients were born outside of the United States.

Today, there are fewer living recipients than at any time since the Civil War, when the Medal was first authorized. Their average age is 71; World War II and Korean War recipients are in their 80s and 90s. That is why we feel such a sense of urgency to have the new museum and education center built in time for them to experience it.

Learn more about all the Medal recipients by exploring our searchable database, which includes more than 430 newly restored photos of recipients from the Civil War through World War I. We thank Michael J. Serpa of California for restoring these photos and for making them available to the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation.

To download a one-page breakdown of Medal of Honor recipients by conflict and by service branch, click here .


Take a virtual tour of the proposed National Medal of Honor Museum in this dynamic video featuring actor and national spokesman Gary Sinise and three Medal of Honor recipients. In addition to the design plan for the museum and education center, the video also features stunning 3-D illustrations based on designs from world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, as well as aerial views of the site on the eastern shore of Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant, SC.

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