Executive Order 517
The presentation of a Medal of Honor to any enlisted man in the Naval Service, as awarded by section 1407 of the Revised Statutes and the act of March 3, 1901, and also to officers whenever the same may be authorized by law, will always be made with formal and impressive ceremonial.
The recipient will, when practicable, be ordered to Washington, D. C., and the presentation will be made by the President as Commander-in-Chief, or by such representative as the President may designate.
When not practicable to have the presentation at Washington, the details of time, place, and ceremony will be prescribed by the Secretary of the Navy for each case.
In time of war the presentation will be made by the commander-in-chief of the fleet, or the squadron or division commander.
- The White House,
- October 19, 1906.