Breast Star, Legion of Honor -- Grand Officer, James H. Doolittle


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The Legion of Honor (French: Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur) is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802. The Order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees of increasing distinction: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross). Although technically membership in the Légion is restricted to French nationals, foreign nationals who have served France may receive a distinction of the Légion. Therefore James H. Doolittle was an eligible recipient of the award.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Donated by Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle (USAF, Ret.)


Overall: Silver


Approximate: 6.4 × 6.4 × 1.3cm (2 1/2 × 2 1/2 × 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin


Physical Description

The star (or plaque) of the Légion. A five-armed "Maltese Asterisk" (similar to a Maltese Cross) in silver, with a cluster of rays between each arm. The obverse central disc features the head of Marianne, surrounded by a ring bearing the words "République Française" (French Republic) and the motto "Honneur et Patrie."


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