The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration an American servicemember can receive for outstanding heroism and bravery in battle. It is bestowed by the President upon a soldier in any of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty."
The Medal of Honor has been awarded to 3,459 servicemembers.
At least 16 Jewish soldiers have been awarded the medal.
War in Afghanistan
Sources: Jewish Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor;
Seymour "Sy" Brody;
Bryan Rigg, Flamethrower, Fidelis Historia, (March 19, 2020).
Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
National Museum of American Jewish Military History.