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Medal of Honor recipients during peacetime

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  • Henry C. Courtney (1856 - 1887)
    Peacetime Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He entered the US Navy in Illinois and served as a Seaman. His citation reads "On board the U.S. training ship Portsmouth, Washington Navy Yard, 7 Febr...
  • Floyd Bennett (1890 - 1928)
    US Navy Peacetime Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Aviator, Explorer. On May 9, 1926, he and Robert Byrd took off and made history by being the first men to fly over the North Pole. For this fea...
  • Laddie Stupka (1878 - 1946)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Fireman First Class Laddie Stupka, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroi...
  • Henry Thompson, Seaman (deceased)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Seaman Henry Thompson, United States Navy, for gallant and heroic conduct in r...
  • John Taylor (deceased)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Seaman John Taylor, United States Navy, for gallant and heroic conduct while s...

Prior to World War II, the Medal of Honor could be awarded for actions not involving direct combat with the enemy; 193 men earned the medal in this way. Most of the peacetime medals were awarded to members of the United States Navy for their actions during boiler explosions, man-overboard incidents, and other hazards of naval service.


Given in the list below are the place and date of each recipient's Medal of Honor action, as well as their rank at the time of the action. A posthumous award is denoted by an asterisk after the recipient's name.