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List of highest military decorations

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This list of highest military decorations is an index to articles that describe the highest military decoration awarded by each country in the world.

Country Image Name Date first awarded Number awarded Notes
Cruz "La Nación Argentina al Heróico Valor en Combate".jpg
Cross to the Heroic Valour in Combat 18 Last awarded in 1982
Australia The Victoria Cross for Australia 16 January 2009[1] 4 Replaced The Victoria Cross
Austria Military Merit Decoration.png
The Military Merit Decoration
বীর শ্রেষ্ঠ পদক.jpg
Bir Sreshtho 15 December 1973 7
Brazil Order of Military Merit (Brazil) 1934 820
Bulgaria Order of Bravery 1 January 1880 Date established.
Canada The Victoria Cross of Canada 2 February 1993 0 Date established.
Replaced The Victoria Cross
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Order of August First 12 June 2017 10
Colombia Order of San Mateo
Det Tapperhedskors Danmark.png
The Valour Cross 18 November 2011[2] 1
Vrijheidskruis III 3 Estland Civiel.jpg
The Cross of Liberty 24 February 1919 3,156 None has been awarded since 1925
1st Mannerheim Cross.jpg
Mannerheim Cross 22 July 1941 197 Last awarded 7 May 1945
Chevalier légion d'honneur 2.png
The Legion of Honour 15 July 1804 Conferred in five classes for military or civilian merit.
Ehrenkreuz Bundeswehr Tapferkeit 1.jpg
The Cross of Honour for Valour 6 July 2009 28 Replaced the Iron Cross due to its association with the Nazi regime.
GR Metallio Andragathias.svg
Cross of Valor Gold Cross.png
Medal for Gallantry

Cross of Valour

The Medal for Gallantry formally replaced the Cross of Valour as the top military award in 1974, but it has never been conferred.
Magyar Szent István-rend Nagykeresztje.jpg
Order of Saint Stephen of Hungary 1764-1918, 1938–1946, 2011-
Param Vir Chakra 3 November 1947 21
Medal of Valor 19 January 1948 40[3] Replacement for the Hero of Israel.
None has been awarded since 1975.[3]
Medaglia d'oro al valor militare.svg
Gold Medal of Military Valour 21 May 1793
Luxembourg Militay Medal obv.jpg
Military Medal 3 August 1945[4]
Myanmar Aung San Thiriya 1948 6
Militaire Willemsorde Ridder vierde klasse.jpg
Military William Order 30 April 1815 5,875
New Zealand The Victoria Cross for New Zealand 26 July 2007[5] 1 Replaced The Victoria Cross.
The War Cross with Sword 28 November 1941 285 A new sword is awarded each time a person, who already has the War Cross, distinguishes him- or herself in battle.[6]
Nishan-e-Haider (Left) Hilal-e-Kashmir (Right) 16 March 1957 11 On 30 November 1995, the Government of Pakistan initiated the gazette notification to declare its Hilal-e-Kashmir equivalent to Nishan-e-Haider.

All awards have been made posthumously.

Krzyż Złoty Orderu Virtuti Militari wz 1992.jpg
Order of Virtuti Militari 22 June 1792 Conferred in five classes. A wartime-only award.
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Order of the Tower and Sword 1459 The Order of the Tower and Sword, as awarded by the Portuguese government today, comes in six classes
Hero of the Russian Federation medal.png
Hero of the Russian Federation Honorific title for service to the Russian state and nation, usually connected with a heroic feat of valor; precedes all other Russian military and civil orders and medals.
St Georges Cross 1st class.jpg
Order of St. George Highest military decoration of the Russian Federation.
Laureate Cross of Saint Ferdinand 1 January 1812 336
Companion (4th Class) of the Honourable Order of Rama.svg
Order of Rama 22 July 1918 Date established.
Conferred in six classes for military merit.
United Kingdom
Victoria Cross.jpg
The Victoria Cross 26 June 1857[7] 1357[nb 1]
1354[nb 2]
United States
Medal of Honor 26 March 1863 3468[nb 1][8]
3449[nb 2]
Different types from each of the branches of the US military.

In the image, from left to right: The Army, the Coast Guard/Navy/Marine Corps, and the Air Force.

Vietnam The Military Exploit Order 15 May 1947 Individuals have recorded outstanding and brave exploits in combat, combat service, training, force building, consolidation of the all-people defense and people's security, or have sacrificed their lives heroically, setting bright examples in the whole country.
Zimbabwe The Gold Cross of Zimbabwe 3 Replaced the Grand Cross of Valour

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  1. ^ a b Total medals awarded.
  2. ^ a b Total recipients of the medal.


  1. ^ "Australian SAS soldier Mark Donaldson awarded Victoria Cross". The Australian. News Limited. 16 January 2009. Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Dronningen overrækker nyt Tapperhedskors til hjemvendt soldat". Archived from the original on 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
  3. ^ a b Shoval, Lilach. "'Heroes' from Independence War mostly gone, but not forgotten". Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Actualités - Lëtzebuerger Arméi" (in French). Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
  5. ^ "Willie Apiata receives his VC". The New Zealand Herald. 26 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
  6. ^ "Direktiv for bruk og bæring av dekorasjoner, ordener og medaljer i Forsvaret Archived 2013-09-25 at the Wayback Machine". Retrieved 2013-08-16
  7. ^ Herold, Stephen. "The First Presentation of the Victoria Cross". Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Medal of Honor Statistics". Retrieved 15 July 2013.
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