|Medal of Honor Roll - Special Pension of $10
Act April 27, 1916
U. S. Statutes
MEDAL OF HONOR ROLL; SPECIAL PENSION OF $10. ACT APRIL 27, 1916 (39 STAT. L., 53). That there is
hereby established in the War Department and Navy Department, respectively, a roll designated as "the Army and
Navy medal of honor roll." Upon written application made to the Secretary of the proper department, and subject to the
conditions and requirements hereinafter contained, the name of each surviving person who has served in the military
or naval service of the United States in any war, who has attained or shall attain the age of sixty-five years, and who
has been awarded a medal of honor for having m action involving actual conflict with an enemy distinguished himself
conspicuously by gallantry or intrepidity, at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, and who was
honorably discharged from service by muster out, resignation, or otherwise, shall be, by the Secretary of the proper
department, entered and recorded on said roll. Applications for entry on said roll shall be made in such form and
under such regulations as shall be prescribed by the War Department and Navy Department, respectively, and proper
blanks and instructions shall be, by the proper Secretary, furnished without charge upon request made by any person
claiming the benefits of this Act.
Sec. 2. That it shall be the duty of the Secretary of War and of the Secretary of the Navy to carry this Act into effect
and to decide whether each applicant, under this Act, in his department is entitled to the benefit of this Act. If the
official award of the medal of honor to the applicant, or the official notice to him thereof, shall appear to show that the
medal of honor was awarded to the applicant for such an act as is required by the provisions of this Act, it shall be
deemed sufficient to entitle the applicant to such special pension without further investigation. Otherwise all official
correspondence, orders, reports, recommendations, requests, and other evidence now on file in any public office or
department shall be considered. A certificate of service and of the act of heroism, gallantry, bravery, or intrepidity for
which the medal of honor was awarded, and of enrollment under this Act, and of the right of the special pensioner to
be entitled to and to receive the special pension herein granted, shall be furnished each person whose name shall be
so entered on said roll. The Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy shall deliver to the Commissioner of
Pensions a certified copy of each of such of said certificates as he may issue, as aforesaid, and the same shall be full
and sufficient authority to the Commissioner of Pensions for the payment by him to the beneficiary named in each
such certificate the special pension herein provided for.
Sec. 3. That each such surviving person whose name shall have been entered on said roll in accordance with this Act
shall be entitled to and shall receive and be paid by the Commissioner of Pensions in the Department of the Interior;
out of any moneys in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, a special pension of $10 per
month for life, payable quarter yearly. The Commissioner of Pensions shall make all necessary rules and regulations
for making payment of such special pensions to the beneficiaries thereof.
Such special pension shall begin on the day that such person shall file his application for enrollment on said roll in the
office of the Secretary of War or of the Secretary of the Navy after the passage and approval of this Act, and shall
continue during the life of the beneficiary.
Such special pension shall not deprive any such special pensioner of any other pension or of any benefit, right, or
privilege to which he is or may hereafter be entitled under any existing or subsequent law, but shall be in addition
The special pension allowed under this Act shall not be subject to any attachment, execution, levy, tax, lien, or
detention under any process whatever.
Sec. 4. That in case any person has been awarded two or more medals of honor, he shall not be entitled to and shall
not receive more than one such special pension.
Rank in the service shall not be considered in applications filed hereunder.