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Medal of Honor for the U.S. Air Force

Authorized by an Act of Congress in August 1956 and established by the Air Force in 1965.

A five-pointed star rests on a ring of laurel leaves. Within the star is the head of the Statue of Liberty surrounded by 34 stars. The star is suspended above a bar inscribed "Valor" and an eagle adapted from the Air Force coat of arms.

Department of the Air Force

Medal of Honor for the U.S. Air Force

Images of the Era: 1913-1945

Most Americans greeted the 20th century with optimism. The early decades saw economic growth and the expansion of democracy as women gained the vote. But two world wars, the Great Depression, and the nuclear age later tested such confidence.