This exhibit pays tribute to American aviators that were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their service during World War II. The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest decoration for valor, and is awarded for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty”. The exhibit lists the name, rank and service affiliation of 57 Army, Navy and Marine Corps aviators awarded the Medal of Honor, along with the location and dates of the action that earned them the nation’s highest military honor. More than half of these young men gave their lives in the service of their country and were awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. The display features a more detailed profile for 12 of these heroic individuals, representing a cross-section of the larger group. The profiles include a photo portrait, a narrative summary of their action in combat, and an accurate scale model of the aircraft in which they served. The accounts of their courageous actions, dedication to duty and personal sacrifices made by these young American servicemen are inspirational and provide a powerful testament to the true greatness of “The Greatest Generation”.