Legion of Merit Award

  • Legion of Merit Award is a military award of the United States Armed Forces given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding services and achievements.
  • It is awarded to members of the seven uniformed services of the United States as well as to military and political figures of foreign governments.
  • The previous Indian recipients of the award include Field Marshal KM Cariappa (1950) and Satyawant Mallana Srinagesh (1955).
  • Why in news?
    • US President has presented the prestigious Legion of Merit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    • Prime Minister received this award for his initiatives in elevating the U.S.-India strategic partnership.
  • Along with Prime Minister, the award was also presented to Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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