32 CFR Sec. 578.9
 TITLE 32--NATIONAL DEFENSE
SUBTITLE A--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
CHAPTER V--DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
SUBCHAPTER F--PERSONNEL
PART 578--DECORATIONS, MEDALS, RIBBONS, & SIMILAR DEVICES

 Sec. 578.9  Medal of Honor.
     (a) Criteria. The Medal of Honor (10 U.S.C. 3741) was established 
by Joint Resolution of Congress, July 12, 1962 (amended by Act of July 
9, 1918 and Act of July 25, 1963) is awarded by the President in the 
name of Congress to a person who, while a member of the Army, 
distinguished himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and 
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty 
while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while 
engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing 
foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in 
an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United 
States is not a belligerent party. The deed performed must have been 
one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly 
distinguish the individual above his comrades and must have involved 
risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of the service 
will be exacted and each recommendation for the award of this 
decoration will be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit. 
Eligibility is limited to members of the Army of the United States in 
active Federal military service.
    (b) Description. A gold-finished bronze star, one point down, 1\9/
16\ inches in diameter with rays terminating in trefoils, surrounded by 
a laurel wreath in green enamel, suspended by two links from a bar 
bearing the inscription "Valor" and surmounted by an eagle grasping 
laurel leaves in one claw and arrows in the other. In the center of the 
star is the head of Minerva surrounded by the inscription "United 
States of America." Each ray of the star bears an oak leaf in green 
enamel. On the reverse of the bar are stamped the words "The Congress 
To." The medal is suspended by a hook to a ring fastened behind the 
eagle. The hook is attached to a light-blue moired silk neckband, 1\3/
16\ inches in width and 21\3/4\ inches in length, behind a square pad 
in the center made of the ribbon with the corners turned in. On the 
ribbon bar are 13 white stars arranged in the form of a triple chevron, 
consisting of two chevrons of 5 stars and one chevron of 3 stars. A 
hexagonal rosette of light-blue ribbon \1/2\ inch circumscribing 
diameter, with a fan-shaped ribbon insert showing white stars, is 
included for wear on civilian clothing.
    (c) Medal of Honor Roll. The Medal of Honor Roll was established by 
Act of Congress, April 27, 1916, as amended by 38 U.S.C. 1562. It 
provides that each Medal of Honor awardee may have his or her name 
entered on the Medal of Honor Roll. Each person whose name is placed on 
the Medal of Honor Roll is certified to the Veterans Administration as 
being entitled to receive a special pension of $1000 per month for 
life, if the person desires. Payment will be made by the Veterans 
Administration beginning as of the date of application thereof (38 
U.S.C. 1562). The payment of this special pension is in addition to, 
and does not deprive the pensioner of any other pension, benefit, 
right, or privilege to which he or she is or may thereafter be 
entitled. The awardee will submit a DD Form 1369 (Application for 
Enrollment on the Medal of Honor Roll and for the Pension Authorized by 
the Act of Congress) to have his or her name placed on the Medal of 
Honor Roll and to receive the special pension. The application will 
bear the full personal signature of the awardee, or in cases where the 
awardee cannot sign due to disability or incapacity, the signature of 
the awardee's legally designated representative, and be forwarded to 
Commander, USA HRC (see Sec. 578.3(c)). Applicant will receive a DD 
Form 1370A (Certificate of Enrollment on the Medal of Honor Roll).
    (d) Additional benefits. (1) Supplemental uniform allowance. 
Enlisted recipients of the Medal of Honor are entitled to a 
supplemental uniform allowance. (See AR 700-84.)
    (2) Air transportation for Medal of Honor awardees. (See DOD 
Regulation 4515.13-R.)
    (3) Commissary privileges for Medal of Honor recipients and their 
eligible family members. (See AR 600-8-14.)
    (4) Identification cards for Medal of Honor recipients and their 
eligible family members. (See AR 600-8-14.)
    (5) Admission to U.S. Service Academies. Children of Medal of Honor 
awardees, otherwise qualified, are not subject to quota requirements 
for admission to any of the U.S. Service Academies. (See U.S. Service 
Academies annual catalogs.)
    (6) Exchange privileges for Medal of Honor recipients and their 
eligible family members. (See AR 600-8-14.)
    (7) Burial honors for Medal of Honor recipients are identical to 
those who become deceased while on active duty. (See AR 600-8-1 and AR 
600-25.)





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