The Gold Lifesaving Medal is a U.S. decoration issued by the United States Coast Guard and is awarded to those who rescue, or attempt to rescue, another person from drowning, shipwreck or other peril in the water.


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The award was first established by Act of Congress, 20 June 1874; later authorized by 14 U.S.C. § 500. The decoration is of the oldest medals in the United States and was originally established at the Department of Treasury as a Lifesaving Medal First and Class. The Department of the Treasury initially gave the award, but today the United States Coast Guard awards it through the Department of Homeland Security. They are not classified as military decorations, and may be awarded to any person.

For a list of recipients, visit the United States Coast Guard Website.

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