The Legion of Merit was the first US decoration
created specifically as an award for citizens of
other nations, and it is the first awarded to have
different degrees to conform with other nations.
Officer of the Legion of Merit [above] -
awarded to foreign generals or admirals, high
ranking civil authorities and foreign attaches.
Chief Commander of the Legion of Merit -
awarded to chiefs of state or heads of government.
Commander of the Legion of Merit [above]-
awarded to foreign recipients who are equivalent
to a chief of staff in the United States, or to a
leader lower than a head of state.
This decoration was authorized in July 1942 and
amended in March 1955.
It is awarded to members of the United Nations
Armed Forces for exceptionally meritorious conduct
in the performance of outstanding service to the
United States. The different degrees of the Legion
of Merit are:
Legion of Merit, Legionnaire [left] - awarded
to all other eligible personnel.