Legion of Merit Medal Anodized

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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. It may be presented to foreign personnel but is not authorized for presentation to civilian personnel.

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