Legion of Merit

noun phrase

: a U.S. military decoration awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services

Examples of Legion of Merit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His other decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merit honors and two Purple Hearts. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2023 Soon thereafter, at the White House, President Dwight D. Eisenhower awarded Lieutenant Walsh the Legion of Merit. William J. Broad, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 His father, a career Army officer who retired as a colonel, earned the Legion of Merit during World War II and moved the family to Menlo Park, Calif. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 Walsh wore the piece to the White House when President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented him with the Legion of Merit for his Triste explorations. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 27 Oct. 2023 In 1947, President Harry Truman posthumously awarded Mihailovich the Legion of Merit, the highest award given to a foreign military officer. cleveland, 17 Aug. 2023 He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit for his service. cleveland, 26 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Legion of Merit was in 1942

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“Legion of Merit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Legion%20of%20Merit. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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