Please, when you discuss this good news with friends and family, remember the following:
- SFC Petry will receive the medal; he will not “win” it. Recipients consider it disrespectful to be called “winners.” It’s not a lottery.
- Even though the President awards the medal in the name of Congress, it’s not the “Congressional Medal of Honor” or the “CMH.” It’s simply the Medal of Honor. Much of the confusion probably stems from the name of The Congressional Medal of Honor Society; that’s a Congressionally-chartered society for medal recipients, not a society for recipients of a Congressional medal. The official name of the award is the Medal of Honor.
- Try not to confuse the Medal of Honor with the Presidential Medal of Freedom or the Congressional Gold Medal, neither of which are military awards for valor.
- Look over the order of precedence for American military decorations, and compare them with their counterparts in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada