First established during the American Civil War, the Medal of Honor is now the United States’ highest honor that can be bestowed on military members. The medal is specifically for recognizing and awarding personal acts of bravery deemed to be above and beyond the call of duty. As you can imagine, it is no small thing to receive the Medal of Honor. Today there are over 2 million active and reserve military personnel, while in all of history less than 3,500 individual service members have been awarded with the medal. It may not be possible to relate the stories of all of these recipients, but the stories of the men below give a good idea of just how epically brave you have to be awarded the Medal of Honor.