The mission of the Medal of Honor Foundation is to support the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and to preserve the legacy of the Congressional Medal of Honor through education, outreach and recognition. The Foundation, 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, preserves the legacy of the Medal of Honor by promoting American values; specifically, the qualities of courage, sacrifice, selflessness, patriotism, citizenship, and integrity.

The Foundation is 100% fully funded by contributions. Strong relationships with our donors are sustained with a shared vision, passion, and trust. Donations enable the Foundation to execute the annual operating budget, meet all financial obligations, and accomplish our mission. The Foundation’s mission is not possible without the endless help of our supporters.

Donations to the Foundation directly support national initiatives to educate the public – especially youth – about the American values represented by the Congressional Medal of Honor. These initiatives include the Character Development Program (CDP), Citizen Honors Award, Ethics and Leadership programs, and Educational Scholarships.

100%of every dollar the Foundation receives is invested in programs, services, and general operations. Donations enable us to bolster efforts to sustain the legacy of the Medal of Honor through promoting its six values and create a better American society. See our annual reports for more information.

Yes. Individual donors can contribute to a specific initiative indicating the name of that event on the memo line of a check or in the notes section on the website. 

Yes. Donations made in honor of a loved one are always welcome. If you wish to make a memorial or honorary donation online, please use our online form. 

Yes. Donors have the option of remaining anonymous by selecting this option on our donor site. The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation will not, without a donor’s specific permission, share or sell a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Your donation makes it possible for us to preserve the legacy of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Tax-deductible donations can be made online via a secure server on our website or by contacting us

There are many different ways corporations can support sustaining the legacy of the Congressional Medal of Honor. To learn more about becoming a partner, please contact us.

The donation of certain items may raise significant practical and legal concerns. Please contact us directly and we can assess the situation on an individual basis. 

Donations via our online secure server are preferred. Please contact us if you desire to donate using another method.

Yes. The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Congressional Medal Honor Foundation’s tax identification number is 25-1828488.

Receipts for online donations are sent via email within minutes of the successful transaction. Please contact us anytime at 703.725.4435.

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Yes, Mary Walker was the only woman awarded the Medal of Honor at Bull Run on July 21,1861

Douglas Munro was the only Coast Guard recipient. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal, on September 27, 1942.

Since the formation of a separate Air Force in 1947 there have been eighteen recipients. Prior to 1963 members of the Army Air Corps and the Air Force were awarded the Army Medal. In 1963 the Air Force acquired its own MOH design. 

There are nineteen double recipients.

The earliest actions for which the Medal was awarded took place before the Civil War had even begun, February 13-14, 1861 in what is now Arizona. Bernard J.D. Irwin was an Assistant Surgeon in the Army when he voluntarily led a command of troops to relieve a surrounded detachment of the 7th Infantry. Irwin’s Medal was not awarded until January 24,1894, over 30 years after he had performed his deed. But on March 25, 1863 Pvt. Jacob Parrott was the first of a group of 6 men awarded the Medal for their actions in “The Great Locomotive Chase” in April 1862. They were the first ever to wear the Medal of Honor.

William Carney was the first African-American recipient. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on July 18,1863 at Fort Wagner, SC.

Originally the Medal of Honor was only presented to the enlisted, but on March 3, 1863 this was extended to officers as well.

It is illegal to buy, sell, barter, or manufacture any decorations or medals authorized by Congress for the United States armed forces.

In General.— Whoever knowingly purchases, attempts to purchase, solicits for purchase, mails, ships, imports, exports, produces blank certificates of receipt for, manufactures, sells, attempts to sell, advertises for sale, trades, barters, or exchanges for anything of value any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the armed forces of the United States, or any of the service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces, or the ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration or medal, or any colorable imitation thereof, except when authorized under regulations made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.~Title 18 U.S. Code § 704 (Public Law 113-296).

On July 25,1963 Congress established a set of guidelines under which the Medal of Honor could be awarded:

a.) while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;

b.) while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or,

c.) while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

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