The Most Famous Recipients of Gallantry Awards: Celebrating Courage and Bravery

Choose the recipients you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 07:59
Get ready to be inspired by the incredible stories of heroism and valor! We at StrawPoll have curated a list of the most famous recipients of gallantry awards from across the globe, showcasing their remarkable acts of courage and bravery. Now, it's your turn to cast your vote and help us determine the ultimate ranking of these extraordinary individuals. Think we missed someone? Don't worry, you can suggest a missing option and honor their inspiring achievements. Join us in celebrating these real-life superheroes whose awe-inspiring actions have left an indelible mark in the annals of history! Vote now and let your voice be heard!

Who Are the Most Famous Recipients of Gallantry Awards?

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    Most decorated American soldier of World War II, received every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards.
    Audie Murphy in other rankings
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    Alvin York
    Copyright Underwood & Underwood · Public domain
    Received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War I, which included capturing 132 German soldiers.
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    Received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II as a conscientious objector who refused to carry a weapon but still saved the lives of 75 of his fellow soldiers.
    Desmond Doss in other rankings
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    Received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War, including saving the lives of several of his fellow soldiers while wounded.
    Robert L. Howard in other rankings
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    Fighter pilot during World War II who continued to fly despite losing both legs in a crash, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and bar.
    Douglas Bader in other rankings
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    William "Wild Bill" Donovan
    Not provided · Public domain
    Received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War I, later founded and led the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor to the CIA.
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    First pilot to break the sound barrier, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star for his actions during World War II.
    Chuck Yeager in other rankings
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    Received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II as a Marine who held off a large Japanese attack during the Battle of Guadalcanal.
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    Received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the War in Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL who sacrificed his own life to save his team.
    Michael Murphy in other rankings
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    Received the Navy Cross for his actions during the Iraq War as a Marine who led a successful attack on enemy positions despite being severely wounded.

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Ranking factors for famous recipients

  1. The level of bravery displayed during the act
    The degree of courage and heroism shown by the recipient during the situation for which they were awarded can be a key factor that can impact their ranking.
  2. Impact of the act
    The level of impact the recipient's bravery had on their mission or in saving lives can also be a significant factor to consider.
  3. Historical context
    The historical context in which the recipient performed the act of bravery can affect their legacy and notoriety.
  4. The rarity of the award
    The rarity of the award type can also be a significant consideration, as awards such as the Medal of Honor or Victoria Cross are considered as the highest accolades in their respective militaries.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous recipients of gallantry awards. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Recipient is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!

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More information on most famous recipients of gallantry awards

Gallantry awards are prestigious honors bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary courage, bravery, and selflessness in the face of danger. These awards are typically granted by governments or other organizations to recognize acts of heroism in military or civilian settings. Over the years, many notable individuals have been recipients of gallantry awards, including soldiers, police officers, firefighters, and everyday citizens who have risked their lives to save others. Some of the most famous recipients include Audie Murphy, a World War II veteran who received the Medal of Honor for his valor in combat, and Mother Teresa, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her humanitarian work. Other notable gallantry award recipients include Desmond Doss, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Okinawa, and Neil Armstrong, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his historic moon landing. These individuals serve as shining examples of the bravery and selflessness that gallantry awards seek to honor and recognize.

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