Kerry is one of the Senate's most decorated veterans--though he has far fewer medals than friend John McCain--and his record is impressive for an officer who spent just 10 months in Vietnam. Each of the medals below came with a matching ribbon. Kerry wore his ribbons when he testified before a Senate committee in 1971; the next day, joining hundreds of other vets, he lobbed them at the Capitol. --By Mitch Frank
What is it for? Gallantry in action
Why did Kerry get it? Kerry led three swift boats up a canal on Feb. 28, 1969, and ordered a...