The Medal of Honor was first awarded to Army Soldiers during the Civil War. Since then, it has become the most esteemed decoration any branch of the military can bestow, marking acts of profound courage and self-sacrifice under fire. In its 150-year history, barely more than 2400 Medals have been awarded, many of them posthumously.

Use this interactive timeline to meet heroic Medal of Honor Recipients and explore the history and heritage of the decoration created to honor them.

In partnership with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, the Museum presents Living Histories, firsthand accounts of great danger and even greater bravery.