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Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Melvin R. Laird

Awards and Accolades

Presidential Medal of Freedom

The highest honor a U.S. President can bestow on a civilian was presented by President Richard Nixon at a White House Dinner March 28, 1974.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom was founded by President Truman in 1945 to reward meritorious service to the country.

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