Legion of Merit Medal

In stock

Service: All Services

Instituted: 1942 (retroactive to 8 Sept 1939)

Criteria: Exceptionally merit­orious conduct in the per­formance of outstanding services to the United States

Devices: Army/Air Force: Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster; Navy/Mar­ine Corps/Coast Guard: Bronze Letter “V” (for valor), Gold, Silver Star

Notes: Issued in four deg­rees: Legionnaire, Officer, Commander & Chief Commander to foreign nationals

Authorized by Congress on July 20, 1942 for award to members of the Armed Forces of the United States for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service. Superior performance of normal duties will not alone justify award of this decoration. It is not awarded for heroism but rather service and achievement while performing duties in a key position of responsibility.

The name and design of the Legion of Merit were strongly influenced by the French Legion of Honor. The medal is a white enameled five-armed cross with ten points, each tipped with a gold ball and bordered in red enamel. In the center of the cross, thirteen stars on a blue field are surrounded by a circle of heraldic clouds. A green enameled laurel wreath circles behind the arms of the cross. Between the wreath and the center of the medal, in between the arms of the cross are two crossed arrows pointing outward.

More Information
BrandMedals of America
Copyright © 2019 Medals of America. All rights reserved.