WHAT IS THE HALL OF VALOR?
The Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff. All recipients in the database are verified by source material such as official award citations, narratives and/or synopses from individuals or records from the National Archives. The Hall of Valor is an ongoing project. It is a monumental effort to identify the half-million men and women who received the highest U.S. military awards, in addition to the millions of others who received other awards.
WHAT MEDALS ARE IN THE HALL OF VALOR?
Military Times is adding medals in accordance with their place in the order of precedence. The database currently includes all recipients of the Medal of Honor and all of the second-tier valor awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross and Air Force Cross. We are in the midst of a multi-year effort to identify recipients of Silver Star and below. For these awards, absence of a name should not be considered evidence that an individual did not receive an award. Track our progress on our Awards page.
HOW DO I GET AN AWARD ADDED TO THE DATABASE?
To have a name added, please send official documentation (citation, narrative and/or synopsis) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The database is updated frequently, but please be patient as records must be vetted and may not be posted immediately.
HOW DO I FIND MILITARY RECORDS?
Part of the National Archives, the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis is the repository of millions of military personnel, health and medical records of veterans of all services from the 20th century. (Records prior to World War I are located in Washington, D.C.) For information on how to submit a request for records, visit the following site: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/. If you are unsuccessful in your attempts to locate records, please contact us.
HOW DO I USE IT?
You can search the database by typing in a name, conflict or any term that might be found in the individual's citation into the search box on the front page or at the top of all Hall of Valor pages. You can also search broader categories such as conflict and branch of service by using the navigation at the top of each page. If you have any more questions about our search features, visit our Search Tips page.
WHAT VALOR AWARDS CAN YOU SEARCH FOR?
Currently the database has citations from conflicts since the Civil War. We are currently building our database of citations for the Global War on Terrorism. If you have any information, please contact us
NOTE ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS:
MilitaryTimes.com recently updated its policy on displaying private information. We no longer show Social Security Numbers in any citation in our database. If you do find a citation that contains a SSN, please let us know.
Doug Sterner, curator
Maneet Asthana, maintenance
John Bretschnieder, graphics