Air Medal


: a U.S. military decoration awarded for meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight

Examples of Air Medal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fortson received the Air Force Achievement Medal and an Air Medal with a ‘C’ Device, indicating service or achievement performed under combat conditions. Julie K. Brown, Miami Herald, 10 May 2024 Getty Images/iStockphoto Knepper posthumously received a Purple Heart and an Air Medal, the site said. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 9 May 2024 The Air Medal is a military decoration of the U.S. Armed Forces, established by an executive order that was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on May 11, 1942. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 28 Aug. 2023 Dietrich, who retired in 2021 as a lieutenant commander, earned a Bronze Star and an Air Medal in combat and had 1,250 hours of flight time. Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2023 He was awarded an Air Medal for his efforts on Nov. 11, 1986, during the rescue of two people after their single-engine Cessna crashed in Lake St. Clair, Ontario, Canada. Staff, Hartford Courant, 7 Nov. 2022 Previous honors: Davis has received the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Air Medal. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2023 Additionally, Brown was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. Dominique Barchus, Women's Health, 27 Jan. 2023 Hubbard received a second Air Medal after the rescue of five fishermen from the waters off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey on Jan. 16, 1992. Staff, Hartford Courant, 7 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Air Medal was in 1942

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“Air Medal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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