Presidential Medal of Freedom

joint-highest civilian award of the United States, bestowed by the President

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award given by the President of the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".[1] The award is not limited to U.S. citizens and, while it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel and worn on the uniform.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom

It was established in 1963 and replaced the earlier Medal of Freedom that was established by President Harry S. Truman in 1945.

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  1. Executive Order 9586, signed July 6, 1945; Federal Register 10 FR 8523, July 10, 1945

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