Order of Military Merit (Brazil)

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Order of Military Merit
Order of Military Merit 2nd class insignias (Brazil) - Tallinn Museum of Orders.jpg
Grand officer insignia
Awarded by Brazilian Army
Country Brazil
TypeState Order
EligibilityMembers of the Brazilian Army or foreign armies[1]
Awarded forDistinguished service to Brazil[1]
Established11 June 1943
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Ribbon bar of the order

The Order of Military Merit (Portuguese: Ordem do Mérito Militar) is an award of the Brazilian Army, established on 11 June 1943 by President Getúlio Vargas. The order is presented in five grades and recognizes distinguished service and exceptional contributions to Brazil by members the Brazilian Army and the armies of friendly nations.[1]

The grades, in descending order, are:[1]

  • BRA Ordem do Merito Militar Gra-cruz.png Grand Cross
  • BRA Ordem do Merito Militar Grande Oficial.png Grand Officer
  • BRA Ordem do Merito Militar Comendador.png Commander
  • BRA Ordem do Merito Militar Oficial.png Officer
  • BRA Ordem do Merito Militar Cavaleiro.png Knight

Notable recipients[edit]


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  2. ^ "Biografia General Kaúlza de Arriaga". Academia da Força Aérea. Retrieved 6 December 2012. Grande Oficial da Ordem de Mérito Militar (Brasil)
  3. ^ "USA and Foreign Decorations of Dwight D Eisenhower". Dwight D Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. National Archives and Records Administration (United States Government). Archived from the original on 18 November 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2012. Brazil: Order of Military Merit, Grand Cross (June 19, 1946)
  4. ^ http://www.vconline.org.uk/allan-e-ker-vc/4587307651
  5. ^ George Washington Cullum, Edward Singleton Holden, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, Volume 9, 1950, page 133
  6. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/998146/army-chief-becomes-first-asian-to-receive-brazils-coveted-order-of-merit-award/
  7. ^ Patterson, Michael Robert (27 June 2003). "Lemuel Cornick Shepherd, Jr., General, United States Marine Corps". Arlington National Cemetery Website. Retrieved 6 December 2012. Brazilian Order of Military Merit, Degree of Grand Officer, 1959
  8. ^ "In Memoriam. General Walter Bedell Smith. 5 October 1895 – 9 August 1961". Studies Archive Index, Volume 5, Issue 4. Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence (United States Government). 1 July 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2012. •Brazil: Order of Military Merit, degree of Grand Officer