What is the Congressional Medal of Honor?


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What branch of the military was the first to have a Medal of Honor?

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1. When did Bernard J.D. Irwin receive his Medal of Honor?

2. In 1963, Congress established how many guidelines for receiving the Medal of Honor?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Congressional Medal of Honor recognizes servicemen and women who have performed actions that go above and beyond the call of duty. These quiz questions will ask about the history and past winners of this award.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will check your understanding of the following:

  • Mary Edwards Walker
  • The most recent awarding of the medal
  • The first branch of the military to have a medal
  • Bernard J.D. Irwin

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - confirm that you have learned the most important information about the Congressional Medal of Honor
  • Distinguishing differences - identify why Mary Edwards Walker is unique from other awardees
  • Information recall - remember important facts about the Medal of Honor

Additional Learning

For more information about this topic, review the accompanying lesson entitled What is the Congressional Medal of Honor? Objectives in the lesson include:

  • Review the Civil War
  • Introduce the senator responsible for the medal's creation
  • Discuss past honorees and the deeds that earned them the medal