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How Well Do You Know Military Medals and Honors?

By Kaukab Jhumra Smith
Maryland Newsline
Tuesday, April 5, 2005

1. What is the highest military award bestowed by the U.S. Armed Services?

Distinguished Service Cross
Legion of Merit
Medal of Honor
Silver Star

2. Which president's profile appears on the Purple Heart?

Abraham Lincoln
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Andrew Jackson

3. Which president signed the Prisoner of War medal into law?

Ronald Reagan
Lyndon Johnson
Richard Nixon
John F. Kennedy

4. Which of the following is not true of the Vietnam Service Medal?

It was established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965.
It is awarded to all members of the armed forces who served in Vietnam and contiguous waters and airspace from July 3, 1965, to March 28, 1973.
It is awarded only to service members killed in Vietnam and contiguous waters and airspace from July 3, 1965, to March 28, 1973.
It can be given to those who received another award for serving in Vietnam between July 1958 and July 1965 – but only if they give up the first award.

5. The Cold War has no recognition awards associated with it.


6.  Military personnel killed or injured in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks received Purple Hearts. What did civilian employees of the Department of Defense generally receive?

Certificates of recognition
Defense of Freedom Medal
Presidential Citizens Medal

7. Which of the following is not true of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal?

It was authorized along with the Iraq Campaign Medal by President Bush on Nov. 29, 2004.
It is only available to Air Force personnel.
It cannot be awarded to anyone who received the Global War of Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for the same period of service.
Its ribbon reflects the colors of the new Afghan flag and allied forces’ flags.

8. What do former First Lady Nancy Reagan, chef Julia Child and former intelligence chief George Tenet hold in common?

Distinguished Civilian Service Award
Belief in astrology
Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Presidential Medal of Freedom

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