Do You Know These Military Medals and Ribbons?

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About This Quiz

Military medals and ribbons are the great honors that are bestowed upon our military heroes. Those who fight in service of our country deserve more than ribbons, but by decorating our soldiers we show the amazing contributions they have made to the United States. In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of the most famous awards.

Medals and ribbons must be displayed _____ ?

Medals and ribbons must be displayed in proper order. This order is in regard to the precedence of the award.

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What is the highest ranking medal?

The Medal of Honor is the highest-ranking medal. There is a different style of medal for the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.

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The Purple Heart medal is purple and ______ ?

The Purple Heart is a stunning medal, with a purple ribbon and purple and gold heart. It is given to soldiers who lose their lives or are severely injured​.

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Just below the Distinguished Service Medal is the ______ ?

The Silver Star is a prominent medal that ranks below the Distinguished Service Medal. The Silver Star comes in many different incarnations.

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The ________ Medal is awarded to soldiers who perform an exceptionally meritorious service.

The Distinguished Service Medal is given to someone who performs exceptionally well at an important task. Occasionally, this medal is given to someone outside the military.

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What is the color of the Medal of Honor?

The Medal of Honor is light blue in color, and has several stars upon it. The medallion itself is different for all three Medals of Honor.

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What earns a Star Medal?

Exceptional bravery will earn someone a Star Medal. The Silver Star is the highest of the Star Medals.

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What is just below a Distinguished Service Medal?

The Bronze Star is just below the Distinguished Service Medal. And, similar to the Silver Star, there are many incarnations of the Bronze Star.

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How many times has the Congressional Medal of Honor been bestowed?

The Congressional Medal of Honor has been bestowed over 3,000 times. It was introduced in 1861.

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Who presents the Medal of Honor?

The president is the one who presents the Medal of Honor. It is for someone who goes "above and beyond the call of duty."

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What is the color of the Navy Cross?

The distinguished Navy Cross is dark blue and white. Upon the medallion, there is the image of a ship.

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Decorations have been used since ____?

Military decoration has been popular since ancient times. The Egyptian Old Kingdom was known to have military decorations.

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Was the Medal of Honor awarded to the Unknown Soldiers.

It's true. The Medal of Honor was awarded to the Unknown Soldiers of the U.S. It was also awarded to the Unknown Soldiers of U.S. allies in World War I.

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The first Medal of Honor was issued to someone in the ______ ?

The first Medal of Honor was a Navy Medal of Honor. It's one of the oldest medals in history, only surpassed by the Purple Heart.

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Can members of the Coast Guard receive the Congressional Medal of Honor?

The Coast Guard can officially receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. They were granted this right in 1963.

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What ranks just below the Medal of Honor?

The Distinguished Service Cross ranks just below the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was established in 1918.

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Who awards the Distinguished Service Medal?

The secretary of each branch of the armed services will award the Distinguished Service Medals. The first to receive​ this prestigious award were the Allied Army commanders.

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What ranks just below the Silver Star?

The Legion of Merit ranks just below the Silver Star. It was first issued in 1942 by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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What is given for "extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight?"

The Distinguished Flying Cross is given for "extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight." It was first issued in 1926.

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The Soldier's Medal is a ____ award.

The Soldier's Medal is a non-combat award. It is given to Army soldiers who display heroism while not on the battlefield.

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What is the Air Force's equivalent of the Soldier's Medal?

The Airmen's Medal is the Air Force equivalent of the Soldier's Medal. It was first issued in 1960.

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Who established the Purple Heart?

George Washington established the Order of the Purple Heart. That makes it the oldest U.S. military decoration.

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Which U.S. president won the Medal of Honor?

Teddy Roosevelt won the Congressional Medal of Honor. This was awarded posthumously for his efforts in the Spanish-American War.

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Must you salute someone who has won the Medal of Honor?

There is nothing that states that you must salute someone who won the Medal of Honor. But you probably should!

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What's the highest civilian medal in the U.S.?

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian medal that one can receive. It's presented by the president.

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How many living Medal of Honor recipients are there?

There are 73 living Medal of Honor recipients. Of these, 51 earned their medals in Vietnam.

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Who won the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

Rosa Parks was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by President Bill Clinton. This took place in 1996.

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How much do Medal of Honor recipients get paid per month?

Medal of Honor recipients get paid $1,259 a month. It doesn't seem like much, but every little bit helps.

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What is the highest award in the Navy?

The Navy Cross is the highest award in the Navy. The first one was issued in 1942.

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What is comparable to the Medal of Honor for public safety officers in the United States?

The Medal of Valor is for public safety officers in the United States. It is comparable to the importance of the Medal of Honor in the military.

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Military decorations are often ______ ?

Military decorations are often illegally replicated and worn. This could lead to serious consequences such as jail.

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Which of these is a class of award?

These are all classes of awards given. Orders of merit can also be awarded.

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Military awards are used primarily for ____ ?

Military awards are intended for ornamentation. They are a sign of status and achievement.

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Did the Romans have military decorations?

The Romans certainly had military decorations. Along with them, the Egyptians and Celts did as well.

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In terms of wearing decorations, ________ .

Multiple decorations are worn at the same time. They come in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes. Stars, circles and crosses are the most common.

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