Medal for Merit[mĕdˈəl]
Medal for Merit definition by Webster's New World
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a U.S. military decoration awarded civilians for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services
Medal for Merit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A decoration awarded by the United States to civilians for outstanding service in peace or war.