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Legion of Merit Winners

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List of Legion of Merit winners; people honored/groups honored with this award/distinction since its inception. Listed alphabetically but can be sorted by any column. The Legion of Merit, also known as the LOM is an award of the United States Armed Forces that is given out for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The decoration is issued to members of the seven uniformed services of the United States, but it is mostly given to military and political figures of foreign governments. There are different types of Legion of Merit award. The first, the Commander degree, is one of only two United States military decorations to be issued as a neck order the other one is the Medal of Honor and it is the only United States decoration which may be issued in award degrees. The list of the Legion of Merit winners features every single person who taken home the medal since its inception in the 1940s, around the time of World War II.
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Albert P. Clark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Lieutenant General Albert Patton Clark (August 27, 1913 – March 8, 2010) was the sixth superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Barbara E. McGann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal
Barbara E. McGann is a retired Rear Admiral.
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Ben Moreell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
World War I Victory Medal, John Fritz Medal, Legion of Merit
Admiral Ben Moreell (September 14, 1892 – July 30, 1978) was the chief of the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Yards and Docks and of the Civil Engineer Corps. Best known to the American public as the ...more
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Benny Gantz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Legion of Merit
Benjamin "Benny" Gantz (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין "בֵּנִי" גַּנְץ; born 9 June 1959) is an Israeli politician. He served as the 20th Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense ...more
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Bernard W. Rogers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam, Commendation Medal
Bernard William Rogers (July 16, 1921 – October 27, 2008) was a United States Army general who served as the 28th Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and later as NATO's Supreme Allied ...more
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Bhumibol Adulyadej is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Royal Victorian Chain, Legion of Merit
Bhumibol Adulyadej (Thai: ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช; RTGS: Phumiphon Adunyadet; pronounced [pʰūː.mí.pʰōn ʔā.dūn.jā.dèːt] (listen); see full title below; 5 December 1927 – 13 October 2016), ...more
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Billy Waugh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal
William "Billy" Waugh (born December 1, 1929), is a former United States Army Special Forces soldier and Central Intelligence Agency paramilitary operations officer who served more ...more
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Bjarne Øen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Bjarne Øen King's Medal of Merit, Legion of Merit
Bjarne Øen (6 November 1898 – 20 September 1994) was a Norwegian pilot, military officer and Lieutenant General of the Royal Norwegian Air Force. During World War II he played a central ...more
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Brian Edmund Baker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Order, Croix de guerre
Air Marshal Sir Brian Edmund Baker (31 August 1896 – 8 October 1979) was an officer of the Royal Air Force who served in both World Wars. He was a flying ace in World War I credited, in ...more
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Bud Day is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, National Order of Vietnam, Prisoner of War Medal
George Everette "Bud" Day (24 February 1925 – 27 July 2013) was a United States Air Force officer, aviator, and veteran of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. He was also a ...more
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Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Air Medal, NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal
Buzz Aldrin (born January 20, 1930) is an American engineer and a former astronaut and fighter pilot. Aldrin made three spacewalks as pilot of the 1966 Gemini 12 mission, and as the Apollo Lunar ...more

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Carol C. Elliot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit
Carol C. Elliot is a retired Army Officer.
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Chesty Puller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal
Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) was a United States Marine Corps officer. Beginning his career fighting guerillas in Haiti and Nicaragua as part of the ...more
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Chuck Yeager is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom
Charles Elwood Yeager (; born February 13, 1923) is a former United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have ...more
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David C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal
David Charles Jones (July 9, 1921 – August 10, 2013) was a United States Air Force general and the ninth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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David H. Hackworth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal
David Haskell Hackworth (November 11, 1930 – May 4, 2005) also known as Hack, was a prominent military journalist and a former United States Army colonel who was decorated in both the Korean War ...more
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David Petraeus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal
David Howell Petraeus (; born November 7, 1952) is a retired United States Army general and public official. He served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011, ...more
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David Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Public Welfare Medal, Legion of Honour, Presidential Medal of Freedom
David Rockefeller (June 12, 1915 – March 20, 2017) was an American banker who served as chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He was the oldest living member of the third ...more

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Earl E. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
National Order of Vietnam, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal
General Earl Edward Anderson (June 24, 1919 – November 12, 2015) was an American Marine Corps general. The youngest active duty Marine ever promoted to the rank of general and the first active ...more
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Edward L. Beach, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Bronze Star Medal, Navy Cross, Legion of Merit

Honored For: Salt and steel

Edward Latimer Beach Jr. (April 20, 1918 – December 1, 2002), nicknamed "Ned", was a highly decorated United States Navy submarine officer and best-selling author.During World War II, ...more
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Edwin H. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit

Honored For: Dog Company Six

Edwin Howard Simmons (August 25, 1921 – May 5, 2007) was a United States Marine Corps brigadier general. He was a career officer who served in combat during three wars — including landing at ...more
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Edwin Hubble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, Bruce Medal, Franklin Medal
Edwin Powell Hubble (November 20, 1889 – September 28, 1953) was an American astronomer. He played a crucial role in establishing the fields of extragalactic astronomy and observational ...more

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Elmo Zumwalt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
National Order of Vietnam, Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal
Elmo Russell "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. (November 29, 1920 – January 2, 2000) was a United States Navy officer and the youngest person to serve as Chief of Naval Operations. As an admiral and ...more
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Forrest S. Petersen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Collier Trophy
Forrest Silas Petersen (May 16, 1922 – December 8, 1990), (VADM, USN), was a United States Navy aviator and test pilot. He was one of twelve pilots who flew the North American X-15, an ...more
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Frank Whittle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Charles Stark Draper Prize, Legion of Merit
Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, (1 June 1907 – 9 August 1996) was a British Royal Air Force air officer. He is credited with single-handedly inventing the turbojet engine. A patent was ...more