De Fleury Medal
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As the Corps of Engineers implemented the U.S. Army Regimental System, the senior Engineer leadership sought a method for the Corps to honor those individuals who have provided significant contributions to Army Engineering.
The Army Regimental System was developed to emphasize the history, customs, and traditions of the Corps; so MG Daniel R. Schroeder, then Commanding General of Fort Leonard Wood and US Army Engineer School Commandant, wanted an award that would tie in with the beginnings of the nation and the Army Corps of Engineers.
The Engineer Regiment adopted the de Fleury Medal as an award because of the values demonstrated by the man for whom it was struck – values of special meaning to Engineer Soldiers. It is understood that the de Fleury Medal was the first Congressional Medal struck, if not the first medal authorized.
On the obverse of the medal is a Latin inscription meaning: "A MEMORIAL AND REWARD FOR COURAGE AND BOLDNESS". In the center appears the image of a helmeted soldier standing amidst the ruins of a fort, holding in his right hand an unsheathed sword, and in his left the staff of the enemy's flag, which he tramples underfoot.
On the reverse, again in Latin: "FORTIFICATIONS, MARSHES, ENEMIES OVERCOME". In the center the fortress at Stony Point is depicted with both turrets and a flag flying. At the base of the hill are two shore batteries, one of which is firing at one of six vessels on the Hudson River. Beneath the fort is the legend: "STONY POINT CARRIED BY STORM, JULY 15, 1779".
Levels of de Fleury Medals
The Engineer Regiment makes four award levels of the de Fleury Medal.
- The STEEL Medal may be presented to an individual whose selfless service provided to the Engineer Regiment as it supports the Army to assure mobility, enhance protection, enable expeditionary logistics, and build capacity in order to provide commanders with the freedom of action needed to win full spectrum operations in an era of persistent conflict.
- The BRONZE Medal may be presented to an individual who has rendered significant service or support to an element of the Engineer Regiment.
- The SILVER Medal may only be awarded to an individual who has rendered outstanding and significant support or service to the Engineer Regiment.
- The United States Army Chief of Engineers awards only one GOLD medal each year to an individual who exemplifies boldness, courage, and commitment to a strong national defense.
Presentation of the de Fleury Medal, to those individuals meeting established criteria, was started by the Engineer Regiment as the move of the Engineer School from Fort Belvoir, Virginia to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri was completed in 1989. The gold medal presentation is the highlight of the annual Engineer Regimental Dinner held at Fort Leonard Wood each spring.
Gold Medal recipients
1989 – The Honorable John O. Marsh, Jr. Secretary of the Army
1990 – The Honorable Robert W. Page Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
1991 – GEN Maxwell R. Thurman, USA Retired
1992 – GEN Andrew J. Goodpaster, USA Retired
1993 – LTG Emerson C. Itschner, USA Retired
1994 – Mr. John B. Mahaffey Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army
1995 – LTG Frederick J. Clarke, USA Retired
1996 – SMA Leon L. Van Autreve, USA Retired
1997 – LTG John W. Morris, USA Retired
1998 – Mr. Allen M. Carton
1999 – The Honorable Ike Skelton Congressman, State of Missouri
2002 – MG Richard S. Kem, USA Retired
2003 – Honorable Daniel K. Inouye Senator, State of Hawaii
2004 – COL Edward C. Gibson, USA Retired
2005 – LTG Daniel R. Schroeder, USA Retired
2007– LTG Elvin R. “Vald” Heiberg III, USA Retired
2008– LTG Robert B. Flowers, USA Retired
- AEA Awards Army Engineer Association
- de Fleury History and list of Gold Medal recipients Army Engineer Association