from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A decoration awarded by the United States to civilians for outstanding service in peace or war.
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She was the first woman awarded the Medal for Merit (1947).
On this day, Anna Rosenberg was the first woman to receive the Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian award and the first woman awarded the Medal for Merit in 1947.
Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Donald Dack, 66, of Ilion, received a Medal for Merit and a Conspicuous Service Star for his service during the Vietnam War.