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The Marine Corps Brevet Medal was a military decoration created in 1921 to recognize those Marine officers who had received a brevet rank from 1861 to 1915. During those years, officers were not eligible to receive the Medal of Honor, so feats of distinction and gallant service in combat were instead recognized by a brevet promotion. While mirroring the Medal of Honor in appearance, it was considered equal to the Navy Cross. Notable recipients include: Smedley Butler, John Twiggs Myers, Wendell Cushing Neville, David Dixon Porter, and Littleton Waller.

Read more about the Marine Corps Brevet Medal. For previous articles, see Archive.