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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 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 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 Father of the Navy's Seabees, Moreell's ...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 was the Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces.

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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 was a United States Army general who served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, and later as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander in Chief, United ...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 is the King of Thailand. He is also known as Rama IX, as he is the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty. Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world's longest-serving ...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, is a retired American Special Forces Sergeant Major and Central Intelligence Agency Paramilitary Operations Officer who served more than 50 years between the ...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 was a Norwegian pilot and military officer. During World War II he played a central role in building up the Royal Norwegian Air Force in Canada and the United Kingdom. In 1929, ...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 KBE CB DSO MC AFC was an officer of the British Royal Air Force who served in both World Wars. He was a flying ace in World War I credited, in conjunction with ...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 Everett "Bud" Day was a United States Air Force colonel and pilot who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, including five years and seven months as 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 is an American engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set ...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 was a United States Marine Corps lieutenant general and one of the most decorated members of the Marine Corps. Puller is one of two servicemen to ever be ...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 "Chuck" Yeager is a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have traveled ...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 was a U.S. Air Force general and 9th 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 Colonel David Haskell Hackworth, also known as "Hack," was a highly decorated United States Army soldier, having received 24 decorations for heroism in combat during the Korean and ...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 AO is a retired American military officer and public official. He served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011, until his resignation on ...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 is an American banker and philanthropist who served as chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He is the oldest living member of the Rockefeller family and ...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, the youngest active duty Marine ever promoted to the rank of General and the second active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a 4-star rank, became ...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 Edward Latimer Beach, Jr. was a highly decorated United States Navy submarine officer and best-selling author. During World War II, he participated in the Battle of Midway and 12 combat patrols, ...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 Edwin H. Simmons was a United States Marine Corps brigadier general. He was a career officer who served in combat during three wars — including landing at Inchon and fighting at the Chosin ...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 was an American astronomer who played a crucial role in establishing the field of extragalactic astronomy and is generally regarded as one of the most important 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. was an American naval officer and the youngest man to serve as Chief of Naval Operations. As an admiral and later the 19th Chief of Naval Operations, ...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 Vice Admiral Forrest S. Petersen was a United States Navy aviator and test pilot.

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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, OM, KBE, CB, FRS, Hon FRAeS was an English Royal Air Force engineer air officer. He is credited with single handedly inventing the turbojet engine. A patent was ...more

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Frederick Browning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Service Order, Mentioned in dispatches, Legion of Merit Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Arthur Montague 'Boy' Browning GCVO, KBE, CB, DSO was a British Army officer who has been called the "father of the British airborne forces". He was ...more

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Frederick C. Weyand is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal Frederick Carlton Weyand was a United States Army general. Weyand was the last commander of U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War from 1972 to 1973, and served as the 28th U.S. Army Chief ...more

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George Patton IV is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal George Smith Patton, IV was a major general in the United States Army and the son of World War II general, George S. Patton, Jr.. He served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

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George S. Patton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal George Smith Patton, Jr. was a United States Army general, who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of World War II, but is best known for his ...more

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George Scratchley Brown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam, Commendation Medal George Scratchley Brown was a United States Air Force general who served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he served as the senior military adviser to the President ...more

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George Stevens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Film, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Director George Stevens was an American film director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer. Among his most notable films are A Place in the Sun, Shane, Giant, and The Diary of Anne Frank.

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Hyman G. Rickover is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Congressional Gold Medal, Enrico Fermi Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom Hyman George Rickover was a United States Navy admiral who directed the original development of naval nuclear propulsion and controlled its operations for three decades as director of Naval ...more

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James L. Holloway III is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
National Order of Vietnam, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal James Lemuel Holloway III is a retired United States Navy admiral and naval aviator who was highly decorated for his actions during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. After the ...more

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James N. Rowe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
American Patriot Award, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal James Nicholas "Nick" Rowe was a United States Army officer and one of only 34 American prisoners of war to escape captivity during the Vietnam War. Colonel Rowe was credited with ...more

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James Stockdale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Prisoner of War Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal James Bond Stockdale was a United States Navy vice admiral and one of the most-highly decorated officers in the history of the U.S. Navy. Stockdale led aerial attacks from the carrier USS ...more

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Joan Marie Engel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Clarion University Distinguished Alumni Award, Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal Rear Admiral Joan Marie Engel held the position as the 18th Director of the Navy Nurse Corps from September 1994 to August 1998. She concurrently served as deputy commander for personnel ...more

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John A. Wickham, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal John Adams Wickham, Jr. is a retired United States Army general who served as the U.S. Army Chief of Staff from 1983 to 1987.

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John Baker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Service Medal, Mentioned in dispatches, Legion of Merit General John Stuart Baker, AC DSM was an Australian army general. Entering the Australian Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1954, he rose to the most senior position in the Australian Defence ...more

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John Frederick Boyce Combe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
John Frederick Boyce Combe Distinguished Service Order, Mentioned in dispatches, Legion of Merit Major-General John Frederick Boyce Combe CB DSO & Bar was a British Army officer before and during World War II. He was twice awarded the DSO for his service in the Western Desert Campaign ...more

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John K. Singlaub is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal John Kirk Singlaub is a highly-decorated former OSS officer and a retired Major General in the United States Army, and a founding member of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was a joint ...more

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John L. Throckmorton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam, Distinguished Service Medal General John Lathrop Throckmorton was born in Kansas City, Missouri on February 28, 1913. After graduating from Culver Military Academy in 1931 he attended and graduated from the United States ...more

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John McCain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Combat Action Ribbon, National Order of Vietnam, Prisoner of War Medal John Sidney McCain III was an American politician and naval officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death. He previously served two terms in the United ...more

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John R. Deane, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam, Distinguished Service Medal John Russell Deane, Jr. was a highly decorated United States Army officer with the rank of General. He served as commander of the United States Army Materiel Command.

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John Shalikashvili is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal John Malchase David Shalikashvili was a Polish-born United States Army general who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Supreme Allied Commander from 1993 to 1997. He was born in ...more

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Jon R. Cavaiani is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor Jon Robert Cavaiani was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.

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Joseph Kittinger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Vietnam Campaign Medal, United States Aviator Badge, Distinguished Flying Cross Joseph William Kittinger II is a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. Following his initial operational assignment in fighter aircraft, he participated in ...more

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Kathleen Paige is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal Rear Admiral Kathleen K. Paige was the Program Director, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, the sea-based element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System under development by the Missile Defense ...more

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Leonard F. Chapman, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit Leonard Fielding Chapman, Jr. was the 24th Commandant of the Marine Corps and served in that capacity from 1968 to 1972. He was a World War II combat veteran, and was decorated for his actions ...more

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Lewis William Walt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Lewis William Walt, also known as Lew Walt, was a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who had served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. During World War II he ...more

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Linda J. Stierle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Legion of Merit Winners
Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal Linda J. Stierle is a Nurse and a retired  Brigadier General.