There is no greater service to the nation than giving one’s life for one’s country. For those who gave what President Abraham Lincoln called in his Gettysburg Address the “last full measure of devotion,” the United States honors them on Memorial Day.
The holiday falls on the last Monday of May. It was originally called Decoration Day and began in the years following the Civil War. The name was changed to Memorial Day, and it became a federal holiday in 1971.
On this Memorial Day, 24/7 Wall St. pays tribute to some of the most decorated war heroes in our nation’s history. We created our list from information obtained from the military branches as well as government sources.