Letter: In Brief

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Sir: Your leading article of 31 December compared the French Legion d'Honneur and our Medal of Honor (not "Congressional Medal of Honor" although Congress must approve any award) with British honours bestowed in the New Year list. Rather, the Medal of Honor is comparable to the Victoria Cross. As I recall the criteria for its award - which must be confirmed by two eye-witnesses superior in rank to the nominee - the soldier, sailor, airman or marine must have exhibited conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty under fire in action against the enemies of the United States.