Can You Name These US Military Medals From An Image?

By: Craig

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So you think you know a Purple Heart from a Medal of Honor ​or a World War II Victory Medal from Bronze Star. Here is your chance to see how much you really know about U.S. Military Medals.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have either been wounded or killed while serving their country. This is the oldest award given by the U.S. military.

Awarded for acts of valor, this is the second-highest distinction a member of the U.S. Navy can receive.

Awarded for acts of valor, this is the highest distinction a member of the U.S. Army can receive.

First established in 1942, the Air Medal is awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement by airmen in the U.S. Military. Notable recipients of this medal include Buzz Aldrin and John McCain.

Created on an order from President Roosevelt in 1943, this medal recognized the service of the women of the Women's Army Corps or the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

This medal is given to members of the U.S. Marine Corps that have fought on foreign territory or operated on foreign territory under circumstances that merit recognition and for which no other medal is awarded.

This is the highest medal given in the U.S. Army for non-combat related heroism. Twenty-eight of these were awarded to Army staff members after Sept. 11, 2001, for their heroism during the attack on the Pentagon.

This is the highest medal given in the U.S. Air Force for non-combat related heroism. It was first awarded in 1960.

This medal is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces for 'Gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States.' It is the third-highest distinction in the land.

Awarded to those members of the Coast Guard who distinguish themselves with heroic acts not linked to any form of military action.

Awarded for acts of valor, this is the highest distinction a member of the U.S. Air Force can receive.

Awarded for acts of valor, this is the second-highest distinction a member of the U.S. armed forces can receive.

This medal is awarded to members of any armed force of the United States for having performed a service exceptionally, and distinguished themselves while undertaking a great responsibility in their duty.

Authorized in 1942, this medal is given to members of the U.S. armed forces for 'Exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.' It may also be awarded to military officials and members of foreign governments.

This medal is given to pilots for 'Heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.' This need not necessarily be during wartime, in fact, Charles Lindbergh received the medal in 1927 for his trans-Atlantic flight. The most ever received by one pilot is the 13 awarded to World War II fighter ace Colonel Francis S. "Gabby" Gabreski.

This medal is awarded by the Department of Defense to any individual in the U.S. military for outstanding achievements (non-combat related) or meritorious service. It can also be awarded to non-Americans

This medal is awarded to members of the U.S. Air Force who perform meritorious achievements or service and distinguish themselves.

Created in 1964, this medal is awarded to U.S. Air Force personnel for 'Accomplished sustained individual combat mission readiness or undertaken the preparedness for direct weapon-system employment.' It is awarded for 24 months of continuous duty.

This is one of the longest-serving medals in the U.S. armed forces. The Navy version was first awarded in 1869. This medal is given for three years of 'honorable and faithful' service in the U.S. Navy. During war, this changes to one year.

This medal is given for three years of 'honorable and faithful' service in the Air Force. During war, this changes to one year.

This medal is given for three years of 'honorable and faithful' service in the U.S. Coast Guard for reserve personnel.

This medal is awarded to members of the U.S. Coast Guard who perform meritorious achievements or service and distinguish themselves.

This medal was given to members of the U.S. armed forces who served in either Europe, Africa, or the Middle East for the period between December 7, 1941 and March 2, 1946.

This medal was awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who served between December 7, 1941 and March 2, 1946. It was given to those who served one year in the U.S. and a minimum of 30 days outside the U.S.

This medal was awarded to Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel who served in and around China both before and after World War II.

This medal is awarded to members of the Reserve and National Guard who have performed three years of duty without disciplinary action.

This medal is given to members of the U.S. Navy who have fought on foreign territory under circumstances that merit recognition and for which no other medal is awarded

This medal is given for three years of 'honorable and faithful' service in the U.S. Army. During war, this changes to one year.

This medal was awarded between 1964 and 2014. It was given to Navy reserve personnel, first for four years of service, but in 1997, this dropped to three years.

Awarded for acts of valor, this is the second- highest distinction a member of the U.S. Air Force can receive.

This medal is awarded to members of the U.S. Coast Guard for having performed a service exceptionally and distinguished themselves while undertaking a great responsibility in their duty.

This is generally awarded to senior officers of the U.S. armed forces for 'Superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility.'

This is the highest medal given in the U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy for non-combat related heroism. John F. Kennedy received this medal during his service in World War II.

This medal is awarded to members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who perform meritorious achievements or service in a joint duty capacity.

This is the fourth-highest medal awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement in the U.S. Armed Forces. It can also be awarded to civilians in service, for example, combat photographers.

This medal is awarded to any individual in the U.S. military for meritorious service or achievement.

Established in 1988, this medal is awarded to members of the U.S. Airforce who despite certain meritorious achievements, did not qualify for an Air Medal.

This medal was awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who served between September 8, 1939 and December 7, 1941.

This medal is given for three years of 'honorable and faithful' service in the Air Force for reserves.

This medal is given for three years of 'honorable and faithful' service in the U.S. Coast Guard.

This medal is given to Marine Corp reserve personnel for three years active duty without disciplinary procedures against their name.

Any member of the U.S. military who was a prisoner of war is eligible for this medal, although their actions during that time must have been honorable.

This medal is given for three years of 'honorable and faithful' service in the U.S. Marine Corps. During war, this changes to one year.

This medal is awarded for 'Meritorious service or achievement in either combat or noncombat situations based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature but which does not warrant a Commendation Medal or higher.'

Created in 2007, this medal is awarded to U.S. Air Force personnel who have participated in air or ground combat.

This medal was given to members of the Coast Guard who performed heroic actions during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

This medal is awarded members of the U.S. Army who perform meritorious achievements or service and distinguish themselves.

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