South Carolina Council and Chapters Makes Presentation to the National Medal of Honor Museum

The Military Officers Association of America, South Carolina Council and Chapters, on Saturday, August 8, 2015, presented a donation of $3,500 to the building fund of the new National Medal of Honor Museum. The museum will be a prominent 110,000-square-foot facility consisting of three buildings and a meditation chapel located on Patriots Point along the Charleston, SC waterfront. MOAASC Council President Dale Ellenburg of Anderson met with Chapter Presidents and MOAASC members from across the Palmetto State to present the check to Medal of Honor recipient, Major General James E. Livingston, USMC, Retired of Summerville, SC, who accepted on behalf of the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation’s building fund.
At the conclusion of the presentation the Foundation’s Communications Officer, Jeff Jacobs, announced…” Thanks to a private foundation that has asked to remain anonymous, the donations you have made today will be matched dollar-for-dollar.”
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MOAASC Council President COL Dale F. Ellenburg, USA, Retired left, presents the check to Medal of Honor recipient Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC, Retired.
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MOH Recipient Major General James E. Livingston, USMC, Retired (center) accepts check from the Military Officers Association of America South Carolina Council and Chapters on behalf of the MOH Museum Foundation.
This National Medal of Honor Museum is long overdue. We need a place that reminds us about the significance of the Medal, the sacrifices of its recipients and its meaning for all. We need a place that encourages each of us to consider how the values embodied by the Medal relate to our own lives.

To become part of this meaningful and worthy cause your and your chapters’ tax-deductible donations in support of the new museum and education center, can be made to the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation and sent to: Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, P.O. Box 309, Mount Pleasant, SC 29465-0309.
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Conceptual drawing of the National Medal of Honor Museum on Charleston Harbor, USS Yorktown forefront.

History of the Medal Of Honor

The Medal of Honor is known as the Pyramid of Honor: the hierarchy of military awards for gallantry, valor and heroism. The Purple Heart forms the base. At the top is the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest medal for valor in combat. It is unique in every way: It is the only military medal that is worn around the neck. Its recipients are the only individuals whom the President salutes as a matter of custom. The Medal is awarded by the President, in the name of Congress, to U.S. military personnel for: “Conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty.”
Since the first Medal of Honor was awarded in March 1863, more than 25 million men and women have served during our nation’s conflicts. To date, 3,512 Medals of Honor have been presented to 3,492 service men and to one woman. Nineteen men received two Medals – 14 of them for two separate actions and five received both Army and Navy Medals of Honor for the same action. Today, there are 79 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
The appearance of the Medals of Honor has not changed significantly since they were first designed during the Civil War. The original designs featured:
  • Inverted five-point stars.
  • Laurel leaves that symbolized victory and oak leaves that stood for strength
  • Thirty-four stars represented the number of stars on the American flag, including the 11 Confederate states
  • Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and war, stood inside the circle of 34 stars. The owl on her helmet symbolized wisdom. The shield she wields in one hand represents the U.S. Coat of Arms. The male figure cowering before her and holding snakes stands for “discord.”
  • The Navy version of the Medal is suspended from an anchor. The Army version is suspended from an eagle holding cannons and cannonballs in its talons

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Since 1944, all Medals have been attached to a light blue moiré silk ribbon with 13 white stars formed into three chevrons at the center.
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That same year, the Army made some revisions to the design of its Medal: The laurel leaves formed a wreath surrounding the star and the image of Minerva conquering “discord” was replaced with Minerva’s head. The stars were replaced with the inscription, “The United States of America.” And the Medal was suspended from an eagle holding in its talons a bar inscribed with “VALOR.”
The Air Force Medal, first awarded in 1965, features the head of the Statue of Liberty engraved in the center and encircled by 34 stars. A laurel wreath surrounds the inverted star, which is suspended from an adaptation of the thunderbolts of the Air Force Coat of Arms. A bar inscribed with “VALOR” sits above the thunderbolts.
Help ensure that these stories remain a source of inspiration for generations to come and give America’s Heroes a home.

A Good Resource Website

Here is the latest web site that (in this case constructed by the Army) is available as a resource for military families, retirees, veterans, as well as persons, businesses, or community organizations (veterans or otherwise). Great site, user friendly just follow the tabs (links) and a wealth of information will be available to the user on the subject of their selection. Covers a wide gamut of areas and subjects.
Dale F Ellenburg
President, MOAASC Council of Chapters
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Published On - 9/1/15