How many women have won the US Congressional Medal of Honor?
#112816. Asked by star_gazer. (Feb 13 10 12:56 PM)
The answer is still the same: Dr. Mary Edwards Walker is the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor, widely known as the Congressional Medal of Honor. She received it for working as a doctor and spy during the Civil War. She was held prisoner by the Confederates for four months.|
A purge of dubious awards in 1916-1917 rescinded her medal and 910 others. She refused to surrender it, and in 1977 a great-great-niece succeeded in having Pres. Carter restore it.
"The U.S. Postal Service honored Civil War Dr. Mary E. Walker, the only woman awarded the Medal of Honor, with a 20- cent first-class postage stamp in 1982."
The Congressional Gold Medal is sometimes confused with this wartime honor for "[Conspicuous] gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party."
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