Army & Navy - MEDALS: Not Only Gallantry

Last week the Navy announced its first award of the newest U.S. medal, the Legion of Merit, to Chief Nurse Anna Bernatitus for "courageous and outstanding performance of duty during the Manila-Bataan campaign, December 1941 to April 1942." The week before, President Roosevelt had awarded the Legion of Merit to an ally, Brigadier General Amaro Scares Bittencourt, onetime Brazilian military attache in Washington.

Authorized by Act of Congress last July the newest U.S. medal is "a five-pointed American star, of heraldic form, in red and white enamel, centered with a constellation...

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