| Awarded only 3,428 times in
history of the nation, the country's highest honor, the Medal of Honor,
was awarded to two men of the 43rd Bomb Group,
Jay Zeamer, Jr. and Joseph R. Sarnoski.
Army Regulation 600-8-22 , 25 February 1995
a. The Medal of Honor [Army], section 3741, title 10, United States
Code (10 USC 3741), was established by Joint Resolution of Congress, 12
July 1862 (amended by acts 9 July 1918 and 25 July 1963).
b. The Medal of Honor is awarded by the President in the name of
Congress to a person who, while a member of the Army, distinguishes
himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the
risk of his life or her life above and beyond the call of duty while
engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while
engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing
foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in
an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United
States is not a belligerent party. The deed performed must have been
one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly
distinguish the individual above his comrades and must have involved
risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of the service
will be exacted and each recommendation for the award of this
decoration will be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.