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Old 30 December 2010, 09:48 AM   #1
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Medal of Honor question

Not sure if this is the right place to post this question, but I'll ask it anyway. Recently I was looking at some museum photos of Eddie Rickenbacker and Douglas Macarthur's uniforms and medals, and I noticed the various devices (oak leaf clusters, palms, stars, etc.), that denoted multiple awards of the same medal. So this idle thought crossed my mind: If a person won 2 Medals of Honor, is there a special device to be worn on the ribbon to show that, or would it just be a regular oak leaf cluster or star or whatever?
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Hi,

According to a wellknown "Free Encyclopedia" website:
"In the rare cases (19 thus far) where a service member has been awarded more than one Medal of Honor, current regulations specify that an appropriate award device be centered on the Medal of Honor ribbon and neck medal. To indicate multiple presentations of the Medal of Honor, the U.S. Army and Air Force bestow oak leaf clusters, while the Navy Medal of Honor is worn with gold award stars."
"Nineteen men have been awarded the Medal of Honor twice. Five of these men were awarded both the Army and Navy Medal of Honor for the same action. Since February 1919, no single individual can be awarded more than one Medal of Honor for the same action although a member of one branch of the armed forces can receive the Medal of Honor from another branch, if the actions for which it was awarded were under the authority of the said branch. The maximum number of Medals of Honor earned by any service member has been two."

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