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Congressional Medal of Honor
Heroes of World War II

Not every hero earns a medal, let alone the Congressional Medal of Honor -- America's highest military award. Many heroes go unrecognized. But when someone is recognized with such a high honor, you know there is a story.

Here are the stories and details on the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines of World War II who were recognized with the Medal of Honor. Altogether, 440 Medals of Honor were awarded for service in the war. 250 of them were awarded posthumously. 301 of the heroes were in the Army, 57 were in the Navy, 81 were in the Marine Corps, and one was a Coast Guardsmen.

For fascinating, inspiring details on these heroes' actions, click on any of the links below.

The War in Europe

The War in the Pacific


[To create this Medal of Honor information directory we used primary source materials from the U.S. Army Center for Military History. However, the official citations have been edited to make them more readable.]

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