(a)The Secretary concerned shall determine whether or not each applicant is entitled to have such person’s name entered on the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard Medal of Honor Roll. If the official award of the Medal of Honor to the applicant, or the official notice to such person thereof, shows that the Medal of Honor was awarded to the applicant for an act described in section
1560 of this title, such award or notice shall be sufficient to entitle the applicant to have such person’s name entered on such roll without further investigation; otherwise all official correspondence, orders, reports, recommendations, requests, and other evidence on file in any public office or department shall be considered.
(b)Each person whose name is entered on the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard Medal of Honor Roll shall be furnished a certificate of service and of the act of heroism, gallantry, bravery, or intrepidity for which the Medal of Honor was awarded, of enrollment on such roll, and, if such person has indicated such person’s desire to receive the special pension provided by section
1562 of this title, of such person’s right to such special pension.
(c)The Secretary concerned shall deliver to the Secretary a certified copy of each certificate issued under subsection (b) in which the right of the person named in the certificate to the special pension provided by section
1562 of this title is set forth. Such copy shall authorize the Secretary to pay such special pension to the person named in the certificate.
Pub. L. 102–83, § 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted “Secretary” for “Administrator” after “the” in two places.
1975—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 94–169, § 106(42), substituted “such person’s” for “his” wherever appearing, and “such person” for “him”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 94–169, § 106(42), substituted “such person” for “he” and “such person’s” for “his” wherever appearing.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 94–169, § 106(43), struck out “by him” after “certificate issued”.
1963—Subsecs. (a), (b). Pub. L. 88–77inserted references to the Coast Guard.
1961—Pub. L. 87–138struck out “entitling holder to pension”, after “Certificate” in section catchline.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 87–138substituted “have his name entered on the Army, Navy, and Air Force Medal of Honor Roll” for “the benefits of this subchapter”, and “have his name entered on such roll” for “special pension under this subchapter”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 87–138inserted provisions relating to the enrollee’s indication of desire to receive pension.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 87–138required the copy to set forth the right of the person named in the certificate to the pension.
Effective Date of 1975 Amendment
Pub. L. 94–169, title I, § 106,Dec. 23, 1975, 89 Stat. 1017, provided that the amendment made by that section is effective Jan. 1, 1976.
Effective Date of 1961 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 87–138effective Sept. 1, 1961, except that it shall not apply with respect to applications under section
1560 [formerly 560] of this title made prior to Sept. 1, 1961, by anyone who fulfilled the qualifications prescribed by subsec. (b) of such section
1560 [formerly 560] at the time such application was made, see section 4 ofPub. L. 87–138, set out as a note under section
1560 of this title.
Transfer of Functions
For transfer of authorities, functions, personnel, and assets of the Coast Guard, including the authorities and functions of the Secretary of Transportation relating thereto, to the Department of Homeland Security, and for treatment of related references, see sections
557 of Title
6, Domestic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Reorganization Plan of November 25, 2002, as modified, set out as a note under section
542 of Title
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