The Hall of Valor is the world’s largest public database of American military award citations, collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor. All recipients in the database are verified by source material such as official award citations, narratives and/or synopses from individuals or records from the National Archives. The Hall of Valor Project is ongoing. It is a monumental effort to identify the half-million men and women who received the highest U.S. military awards, in addition to the millions of others who received citations for their service to the United States of America.

Doug Sterner, Contributing Editor and Curator of the Military Times Hall of Valor, discusses the origin of the Medal of Honor and how valor awards have evolved over the years.