CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS For the Medal of Honor
TITLE 32--NATIONAL DEFENSE
CHAPTER V--DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
PART 578--DECORATIONS, MEDALS, RIBBONS, AND SIMILAR DEVICES
32CFR578.4 Medal of Honor Regulations:
Sec. 578.4 Medal of Honor.
(a)Criteria. The Medal of Honor, established by Joint Resolution of Congress, 12 July 1862 (amended by Act of 9 July 1918
Incontestable proof of the
performance of theservice 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
surrounded by a laurel wreath in green enamel, suspended by two links from a bar bearing the inscription ``Valor'' and
surmounted by an eagle graspinglaurel 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 circumscribingdiameter, with a fan-shaped ribbon insert showing white stars, is included for wear on civilian
(c) Medal of Honor Roll. The Medal of Honor Roll was established by Act of
Congress, April 27, 1916, as amended, 38 U.S.C. 560.
It provides that each Medal of Honor awardee may have his name entered on the Medal of Honor Roll. Each person whose name
is placed on the Roll is certified to the Veterans' Administration as being entitled to receive a special pension of $100 per
month for life, payable monthly by that agency. Thepayment 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 is or may thereafter be entitled. A written application
must be made by the awardee to have his name placed on the Medal of Honor Roll and to receive the special pension. For Army
personnel, proper blanks and instructions shall be furnished without charge upon request to The Adjutant General, Department
of the Army, Washington, DC 20314, Attention: AGPB-AC. The application must bear the full personal signature of the applicant.
(d) Additional benefits.
(1) Air transportation: See AR 96-20 (Army Regulations pertaining to Air Transportation).
(2) Sons of winners of the Medal of Honor, otherwise qualified for admission to the United States Military Academy,
will not be subject to quota requirements (see annual catalog, United States Military Academy).
(Sec. 3741, 70A Stat. 215; 10 U.S.C. 3741)
[21 FR 7672, Oct. 6, 1956, as amended at 29 FR 527, Jan. 22, 1964; 35 FR
9279, June 13, 1970]
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