Sylvanus Thayer Award
September 04,2004


The Sylvanus Thayer Award is an annual award presented by the United States Military Academy at West Point. Named after the fifth superintendent at the academy, the award was created to honor a non-West Point graduate who embodies the motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.” Previous recipients have included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, Omar Bradley, Ronald Reagan, Barbara Jordan, and Walter Cronkite. Recipients of the Thayer Award receive a medal and their name inscribed on a memorial plaque in the West Point cadet dining hall. The Thayer Award is currently on display at the Dole Institute of Politics.