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  • Legion of Merit Executive Order 9260 –Oct 29, 1942 
  • Reprimanded General to Be Awarded US Medal Retired South Korean Major-general Han Chul-yong, former commander of the 5679 Intelligence Unit, who was reprimanded for accusing the Ministry of National Defense of ignoring warning reports prior to the June 29 West Sea clash, is to be awarded the US "Legion of Merit." A ministry source said that it had opposed the award as Han had been reprimanded over the incident, but the USFK had replied this was not related to that and a presentation ceremony would be held soon. Nov 02
  • Colonel Carl Eifler has died aged 95  - Set up and commanded Detachment 101, the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS) unit operating behind the lines in Burma during the Second World War. Awarded the Air Medal and the Legion of Merit for his bravery.
  • Posthumous medal awarded to reservist Amy Huther and the family of Major Robert Raneri accepted a Legion of Merit Medal, which was being awarded posthumously to Raneri, her late fiance. The medal, the highest peacetime award that a soldier can receive, was given to Raneri, 37, for his over 17 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserves. Framingham Metro West Daily News, MA March 2003
  • Posthumous medal awarded to Cheshire's Sgt. Petithory The U.S. military's highest peacetime honor was presented posthumously to Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel H. Petithory who was killed at the age of 32 in Afghanistan on Dec. 5, 2001, after a U.S. bomb missed its intended target and struck American troops and Afghan anti-Taliban fighters. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart after his death for his actions in Afghanistan. The friendly-fire incident also claimed the lives of Staff Sgt. Brian C. Posser of California and Master Sgt. Jefferson D. Davis of Tennessee, and left 19 American troops injured. The Legion of Merit award was approved by Congress on July 20, 1942, and an executive order establishing the award was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Oct. 24, 1942. The award may be presented for wartime endeavors; the peacetime medal is presented to those whose service is recognized as "an extremely difficult duty performed in an unprecedented and clearly exceptional manner," according to information about the award. The first recipient of the medal was a Navy nurse, Lt. Ann Agnes Bernatitus, who was honored for her work during the World War II campaign on Bataan and Corregidor from December 1941 to April 1942. The Legion of Merit is the first award ever to be presented to non-American military personnel. Foreign recipients of the honor include Nationalist China's Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and Maj. Stephan M. Dobrowalski of the Polish army. North Adams Transcript, MA - 27 May 2003

  • Maj. Gen. Albert Bartlett "A.B." Crowther has died aged 104 Albert Bartlett "A.B." Crowther, a recipient of the French Legion of Honor was 104. Crowther's military decorations also include the Legion of Merit and the Military Valor Cross of the Italian government. San Antonio Express-News Apr 03
  • Late WWII POW Honored With Medal in Ark For more than two years as a prisoner of war in Germany, Ewell Ross McCright secretly recorded and saved a precious piece of history - information that would help expose Nazi atrocities and connect veterans and their families with the past. The World War II bombardier filled four ledgers with the backgrounds and war injuries of 2,194 soldiers. He hid the records under floorboards in one POW camp and secretly carried them with him in place of food on a forced 34-mile march to another camp. Nearly 60 years after McCright was freed and 14 years after his death, his family received the Legion of Merit medal in honor of the risky but valuable work he performed. "Because of (McCright's ledgers) veterans have found former POW roommates, adult children have felt connected with their fathers' pasts and 11 former POWs have received Purple Hearts," said U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark, who lobbied for the posthumous honor and presented McCright's sister, Marie Hall of Benton, with the medal. miami.com 22 Oct 04

  • UMNS# 04541-James Townsend, retired Air Force chaplain, dies The Rev. James (Jim) E. Townsend, 73, who was instrumental in establishing the first endowed professorship for pastoral care at United Methodist-related Africa University in Zimbabwe, died Nov. 16 in Nashville, Tenn. He also served in Korea, Germany and Vietnam during his 20 years as a United Methodist chaplain. During his service in the military, he was twice awarded the Legion of Merit, the nation's second highest service medal; the Air Force Commendation Medal and National Service Defense Medal. For his service in the Vietnam War, he received the Bronze Star Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with five Campaign Stars, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal and the Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and three Oak Leaf Clusters. wfn.org 18 Nov 04

  • Brig General awarded Legion of Merit medal Gen. James F. Marshall of Shawnee was officially pinned with the Legion of Merit medal. The Legion of Merit medal was awarded to Marshall in the degree of officer for revolutionizing Air National Guard support to war-fighting commands through dozens of initiatives. news-star.com 11 Jan 05
  • World War II vet gets replacements for medals stolen by home burglars A highly decorated 86-year-old World War II veteran said he felt violated when burglars slipped into his Reno home in January and made off with his prized medals, including a Bronze Star with Combat V and his Legion of Merit award. Salvia said he’s most proud of the Bronze Star with Combat V, earned while he was captain of a destroyer mine sweeper on Jan. 7, 1945. Of the eight other destroyers in the squadron, three were sunk by the Japanese, he said. He also covets his Legion of Merit medal, earned while working as an adviser to Argentina for the Navy for four years. Other medals replaced include: the Commendation medal, World War II Victory medal, American Defense Service medal with one bronze star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal with one bronze star, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medal and the National Defense Service medal. rgj.com 3 Jul 04
  • Lives to remember: Pilot had 'vast experience' and a passion for flying When Glenn Alden Leister joined the Army in 1956, he thought it was for six months. He ended up staying for 26 years.  Leister was a retired Army lieutenant colonel and a master Army aviator. During his service, he was awarded numerous medals. He flew two tours of duty in Vietnam and earned 19 Air medals, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and a Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster. But in addition to courageous flying, Leister worked to better his craft and its students. He received a Legion of MeritLegion of Merit for developing procedures used in air traffic control, flight advisory and flight assistant to users of national airspace. newsadvance.com 18 Mar 06
  • Coast Guard honors its own for Hurricane Katrina rescues Almost 100 of the U.S. Coast Guard's pilots, engineers, divers, ship captains and crews who helped with Hurricane Katrina rescues were honored for their actions. The highest honors, the Legion of Merit, went to Capts. David R. Callahan and James D. Bjostad, both assigned to the Mobile Coast Guard base. Callahan commands the Aviation Training Center and Bjostad leads Sector Mobile. "I'm in charge of the boats. He does the planes," Bjostad said. Petty Officer Jay Leahr of Cincinnati, Ohio, received the Distinguished Flying Cross, for rescues on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Leahr, a rescue swimmer, recalled flying 11 sorties into the Gulfport area, saving people who had not evacuated from apartments. timesdaily.com 12 May 06
    • Coast Guard honors heroes of Katrina The highest of the four awards presented -- the Legion of Merit -- went to Capt. David Callahan, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center, and Capt. James Bjostad, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Mobile. They received the award for their outstanding leadership in the aftermath of Katrina. The Distinguished Flying CrossMeritorious Service Medal was pinned on 13 Coast Guard members, and 61 service members received the Air Medal. All Coast Guard stations involved in the Katrina effort are credited with making a total of 33,544 rescues, according to officials. Normally, in an average year, the entire Coast Guard saves about 5,500 people. al.com 13 May 06
  • Capt. David Elliott is presented with the Legion of Merit Elliott earns Legion of Merit, a rare honor for reservists David Elliott is exceptional among many outstanding individuals who have retired from the service. When he retired from the Naval Reserves at 51 after 38 years (eight on active duty and 30 in the Reserves), he was awarded the Legion of Merit. A captain in the reserves, Elliott began designing a volunteer unit of engineers that could go in after Marines had cleared an area in Iraq and analyze the local situation, especially if a plane had been shot down. The impetus for the unit was to improve survivability of both personnel and equipment.  The work that led to Elliott's receiving the Legion of Merit came out of this first idea as well as his work at Raytheon. What Elliott wanted to do was to make the Navy work more like a business - more efficient, less wasteful - by using its resources to the maximum capacity. It is very rare for a reservist to be given that award - the sixth highest among U.S. military awards. Only two other reservists have received the award in the past 22 years. Elliott's Legion of Merit came from the kind of heroism that occurs not necessarily on the front lines of battle but in everyday life. His citation says it all: "Captain Elliott's extraordinary vision, dynamic leadership and inspiring devotion to duty highlights the culmination of 30 years of honorable and dedicated service and has reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Reserve." winfieldcourier.com 23 Feb 08
  • Top honour for Pakistan navy officer The US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael G Mullen presented Pakistani Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir with the Legion of Merit medal in recognition of his efforts in promoting bilateral co-operation in regional maritime and security affairs. These efforts allowed US and coalition vessels to successfully conduct maritime security operations within the Bahrain-headquartered US Fifth Fleet's area of operation. Pakistan became the first regional country to lead one of three coalition maritime task forces when it commanded Bahrain-based Command Task Force (CTF) 150, from April to August last year. As members of this task force, Pakistani navy ships operate as part of CTF-150 in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. Coalition forces conduct maritime security operations under international maritime conventions to ensure security and safety in international waters so that all commercial shipping can operate freely while transiting the region. CTF 150, established near the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, is comprised of naval ships from numerous other coalition nations, including Germany, France, the UK and the US. gulf-daily-news.com 29 Jan 07
  • Lt. Gen. Kim Jin-hoon, former commanding general of South Korean Army's special forces, was conferred the US Legion of Merit, Army General Kim Awarded US Medal Lt. Gen. Kim Jin-hoon, former commanding general of South Korean Army's special forces, was conferred the Legion of Merit, a top U.S. military decoration, by U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. B. B. Bell Saturday, according to the Army. The U.S. military honored Kim's contributions to enhancing the alliance between South Korea and the United States when he served as the special forces commander between November 2005 and October 2007, the service said. koreatimes.co.kr 9 Mar 08

  • C7F Presents Former JMSDF Chief with Legion of Merit Vice Adm. Doug Crowder, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, presented retired Vice Adm. Kazunari Doke with the Legion of Merit during a ceremony held aboard the 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) March 14. Doke, who served as commander in chief, Self Defense Fleet, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) from March 2006 to March 2007, said he was excited to receive such a high honor. During his time as commander in chief of the Self Defense Fleet for the JMSDF, Doke participated in more than 20 bilateral fleet and command post exercises, including ANNUALEX and Keen Edge, which covered a wide range of operational scenarios. Additionally, he oversaw the JMSDF's inaugural participation in multilateral exercises with the April 2006 Goodwill Exercise, which helped strengthen the security cooperation between Japan and its neighbors. news.navy.mil 14 Mar 08
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