Texas Legislative Medal of Honor
Army Master Sergeant Travis E. Watkins (2017)
Air Force Lt. Col. William Edwin “Ed” Dyess (2015)
Navy Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle (2015)
Army 2nd Lt. Darryn D. Andrews (2013)
Army Maj. Audie L. Murphy (2013)
Marine Cpl. Roy Cisneros (2011)
Army Pvt. Pedro Cano (2009)
Marine Sgt. Alfredo Cantu “Freddy” Gonzalez (2007)
Army Capt. Robert T. Edlin (2005)
Army Col. M.B. Etheredge (2003)
Army Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez (2001)
Army 1st Lt. Jack L. Knight (1999)
Army Tech. Sgt. James M. Logan (1997)
Governed by the Texas Government Code, Chapter 437 (Texas Military), Subchapter H. (Awards), the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor is the highest state military award. It is awarded by the Governor of Texas upon the passage of a concurrent resolution of the Texas Legislature.
A member of the state or federal military forces of Texas may be considered for this award, including State and National Guardsmen and members of the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment, as well as Texans who have served in active duty components of the United States armed forces. To be eligible, the service member must have been born or died in Texas, or have been a Texas resident at the time they entered military service.
The award is for service member who “voluntarily performs a deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice involving risk of life that is so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the service member for gallantry and intrepidity above the service member’s comrades. Awarding of the medal shall be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit. The medal may be awarded only on incontestable proof of performance of the deed.”
A recommendation for the award will be submitted to the Adjutant General of Texas, who will determine if the nomination meets the statutory requirements laid out in the Texas Government Code, which requires the recommendation to “give an account of the occurrence and statements of eyewitnesses, extracts from official records, sketches, maps, diagrams, or photographs to support and amplify the stated facts.”
After the legal review, the Adjutant General may submit the recommendation to the nomination committee, where it may be considered only during a Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.
The nomination committee consists of the following state officials:
- The Adjutant General (or designee)
- Lieutenant Governor (or designee)
- Speaker of the House (or designee)
- Chairs of the standing committees of the House and Senate with primary jurisdiction over military and veterans affairs
Additionally, the nomination committee may require a legislative sponsor for a recommendation to be considered. The chairs of the standing committees of the House and Senate with primary jurisdiction over military and veterans affairs will establish recommendation deadlines for each legislative session.
If the recommendation does not meet the standards for awarding the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor, the Adjutant General may determine it meets a lesser threshold for a different state award and may recommend the awarding of the Lone Star Medal of Valor or an award commensurate with the deed performed.
Do you know someone who should be considered for the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor? Please download the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor/Lone Star Medal of Valor Recommendation Datasheet and email the required and supporting documents.
You may also mail the recommendation to the following:
Adjutant General of Texas
P.O. Box 5218
Austin, Texas 79763-5218