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Meritorious Service Medal Winners List

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Updated June 14, 2019 18k views 17 items

List of Meritorious Service Medal winners from every year the award has been given out. All Meritorious Service Medal winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the Meritorious Service Medal award are listed along with photos for every Meritorious Service Medal winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the Meritorious Service Medal award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the Meritorious Service Medal are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of Meritorious Service Medal winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of Meritorious Service Medal winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one.

This list includes the most memorable and well-known Meritorious Service Medal winners of all time. Anybody who won the Meritorious Service Medal usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the Meritorious Service Medal-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the Meritorious Service Medal, so most of the famous Meritorious Service Medal winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorite MSM winners.  

This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won Meritorious Service Medal?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. Use this fact-based list to make one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion. List items include John McCain, William T. Lord and many additional items as well. 
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Barbara E. McGann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
Barbara E. McGann is a retired Rear Admiral.
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Carol C. Elliot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
Carol C. Elliot is a retired Army Officer.
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Gary Gordon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
Gary Ivan Gordon (30 August 1960 – 3 October 1993) was a master sergeant in the United States Army and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. At the time of his death, he was a non-commissioned ...more
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George Patton IV is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
George Smith Patton IV (December 24, 1923 – June 27, 2004) 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 ...more
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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (née Murray December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. One of the first programmers of the ...more
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James N. Rowe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
James Nicholas "Nick" Rowe (February 8, 1938 – April 21, 1989) was a United States Army officer and one of only 34 American prisoners of war to escape captivity during the Vietnam War. ...more
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Joan Marie Engel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
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 McCain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician and military officer, who served as a United States senator from Arizona from January 1987 until his death. ...more

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John Shalikashvili is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
John Malchase David Shalikashvili (Georgian: ჯონ მალხაზ დავით შალიკაშვილი, IPA: [ʃalikʼaʃvili]; June 27, 1936 – July 23, 2011) was a United States Army general who served as Supreme Allied ...more
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Jonas Salk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
Jonas Edward Salk (; October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York ...more

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Joseph Kittinger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
Joseph William Kittinger II (born July 27, 1928) is a retired colonel in the United States Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. His initial operational assignment was in fighter aircraft, then he ...more
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Kathleen Paige is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
Rear Admiral Kathleen K. Paige was the Program Director, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), the sea-based element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) under development by the ...more
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Linda J. Stierle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
Linda J. Stierle is a Nurse and a retired  Brigadier General.
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Lloyd Rowland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
Lloyd Rowland retired as the Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). As Deputy Director he assisted the Director in formulating policy and managing agency ...more
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Pat Tillman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
Patrick Daniel Tillman (November 6, 1976 – April 22, 2004) was an American football player in the National Football League (NFL) who left his sports career and enlisted in the United States Army ...more

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Ronald F. Marryott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
Rear Admiral Ronald F. Marryott (February 18, 1934 – June 4, 2005) was the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy from 1986 to 1988. He served as president and CEO of the George C. ...more
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William T. Lord is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Meritorious Service Medal Winners List
Lt. Gen. William T. Lord (born c. 1955) was the Chief of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Prior to ...more