Medal of Honor Law and Legal Definition

Medal of Honor is the highest U.S. military decoration. It is awarded for bravery and valor in actions above and beyond the call of duty.

The following is a federal statute referring to the term:

According to 10 USCS § 3741, the President may award a medal of honor of appropriate design, with ribbons and appurtenances, to a person who, while a member of the Army, distinguished himself/herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty-

1) while engaged in an action against an enemy of the U.S.;

2) while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or

3) while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the U.S. is not a belligerent party.