Congressional Medal of Honor Society
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society of the United States of America is perhaps the “most exclusive organization” in our country…it is certainly one of the most unique. Its small membership includes men of all races, social classes and economic levels. They range in stature from 5’2″ to 6’7″, in age from 27 to 96, and they live in all areas of our Country. No amount of money, power or influence can buy one’s rite of passage to this exclusive circle, and unlike almost any other organization, this group’s members hope that there will be no more inductees. Beyond this attitude towards recruitment, about all they have in common is a passionate love for the United States of America and the distinct honor of wearing our Nation’s highest award for military valor, the Medal of Honor.
On August 5, 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation sent to him by Congress chartering the CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR SOCIETY. The purposes were clearly spelled out in its charter (which can be found in Title 36 U.S.C., Chapter 33).
The objectives and purposes of the Society are as follows:
- To form a bond of friendship and comradeship among all holders of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
- To protect, uphold and preserve the dignity and honor of the medal at all times and on all occasions.
- To protect the name of the medal and individual recipients of the Medal from exploitation.
- To provide appropriate aid to all persons to whom the medal has been awarded, their widows or their children.
- To serve our country in peace as we did in war.
- To inspire and stimulate our youth to become worthy citizens of our country.
- To foster and perpetuate Americanism.