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Congressional Medal of Honor Heroes of World War II

Not every hero earns a medal, let alone the Congressional Medal of Honor — America’s highest military award. Many heroes go unrecognized. But when someone is recognized with such a high honor, you know there is a story.

Here are the stories and details on the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines of World War II who were recognized with the Medal of Honor. Altogether, 440 Medals of Honor were awarded for service in the war. 250 of them were awarded posthumously. 301 of the heroes were in the Army, 57 were in the Navy, 81 were in the Marine Corps, and one was a Coast Guardsman.

For fascinating, inspiring details on these heroes’ actions, click on any of the links below.

The War in Europe

  • North African Campaign
    Morocco and Tunisia, November 1942 to April 1943.
  • Sicilian Campaign
    Sicily, July to August 1943.
  • Italian Campaign
    Italy, September 1943 to May 1945.
  • D-Day
    France, June 6, 1944.
  • Battles through France
    France, June 1944 to March 1945.
  • Battle of the Bulge
    Belgium, December 1944 to January 1945.
  • Final Offensive against Germany
    Belgium, Holland, and Germany, September 1944 to May 1945.


The War in the Pacific

  • Pearl Harbor
    Hawaii, December 7, 1941.
  • Bataan and Corregidor
    Philippine Islands, January to May 1942.
  • Battle of the Coral Sea
    Southwest Pacific, May 1942.
  • Battle off Savo Island
    Southwest Pacific, November 1942.
  • Buna
    New Guinea, December 1942.
  • Guadalcanal
    Solomon Islands, August 1942 to February 1943.
  • New Georgia
    Solomon Islands, June to August 1943.
  • Bougainville
    Solomon Islands, November 1943 to March 1944.
  • Other Heroes of the Solomons
    On, over, and around Buka, Kolombangara, and other Solomon Islands, 1942 to 1944.
  • Tarawa
    Gilbert Islands, November 1943.
  • Kwajalein and Eniwetok
    Marshall Islands, February 1944.
  • Saipan
    Marianas Islands, June to July 1944.
  • Guam
    Marianas Islands, July to August 1944.
  • Tinian
    Marianas Islands, July to August 1944.
  • New Guinea
    Southwest Pacific, July 1944.
  • Peleliu Island
    Palau Islands, September to October 1944.
  • Leyte
    Philippine Islands, October to December 1944.
  • Luzon
    Philippine Islands, December 1944 to July 1945.
  • Iwo Jima
    Volcano Islands, February to March 1945.
  • Okinawa
    Ryukyu Islands, April to June 1945.
  • Other Pacific War Heroes
    On, over, and around the Aleutians, the Ryukus, Samar, Kobe, Halmahera, Makin Island, Sand Island, Wake Island, the Battle of Midway, the Bismarck Sea, the Philippine Sea, and elsewhere in the Pacific Ocean, 1941 to 1945.


  • Air Corps
  • Airborne
  • Cavalry
  • Submariners

[To create this Medal of Honor information directory we used primary source materials from the U.S. Army Center for Military History. However, the official citations have been edited to make them more readable.]