A US military decoration, ranking below the Silver Star and above the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for exceptional performance of services to the US.
- Powell received two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, a Soldier's Medal and the Legion of Merit.
- Along the way, he earned the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross and 16 Air Medals.
- Gordon was awarded the Legion of Merit for his leadership there.
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Syllabification: Le·gion of Mer·it
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