Legion of Merit Medal

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Service: All Services

Instituted: 1942 and is retroactive to September 8, 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", Gold or Silver Star

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.

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