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Definition of the Congressional Medal of Honor from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Congressional Medal of Honor

 
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the highest military award in the US. It was established in 1862 and given by the US Congress for special personal courage. A total of 125 were given in World War I, 433 in World War II, 131 in the Korean War and 239 in the Vietnam War. compare Purple Heart