The War Memorial Center
THE WISCONSIN MEDAL OF HONOR EXHIBIT
Civil War – Vietnam War
ANY NATION THAT DOES NOT HONOR ITS HEROES
WILL NOT LONG ENDURE.
The Congressional Medal of Honor is our nation’s highest military decoration. Presented to over 3,500 total recipients since the Civil War, 64 with roots in Wisconsin. The War Memorial Center is honoring those recipients, each one with an individual story to tell of courage and sacrifice. It is our privilege to share their stories in hopes that they will inspire us all to reach our potential.
GALLANTRY IN ACTION. INTREPIDITY.
Above and beyond the call of duty. Risk of life. Selflessness. Exemplary action. Unwavering devotion. Conspicuous gallantry. Extraordinary heroism. The words enshrined with the Medal of Honor citations capture the best of what it means to be human.
ARTHUR MACARTHUR JR.
The eagle perched at the top of the medal is a traditional symbol of the United States.
A light blue ribbon, a color of valor, is embroidered with 13 stars for the 13 original colonies.
A simple profile of Minerva, the Helmeted Goddess of Wisdom and War, rests in the center of the medal.
Dark green oak clusters located in each of the star’s five points represent strength.
The wreath of laurel leaves, a symbol of victory, was added in 1904.