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    Congressional Space Medal of Honor

    presented by President Ronald Reagan, May 19, 1981

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    "...John Young, in a space flight career spanning two decades, has demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership, courage, and technical skill. The success of each of his five critical space flight missions has made a major contribution to human progress in the exploration and utilization of space."

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    Congressional Medal of Honor
    Young is the seventh astronaut to receive the award. Authorized by Congress in 1969, the award recognized "any astronaut who in the performance of his duties has distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious efforts and contributions to the welfare of the Nation and mankind."

    Young was presented a NASA Distinguished Service Medal at the same time as the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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    "A truly unique double-award to an outstanding astronaut."
    - Evans E. Kerrigan, "The NASA Space Medals", page 22

    moh "Those guys should get a Congressional Medal of Honor. There's no doubt in my mind they put their lives on the line on this flight."
    - unknown test pilot at Edwards AFB after the STS-1 landing

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