Awards & Recognitions


Superintendent’s Letter for Outstanding Leadership, US Naval Academy (1968)

Honor Graduate, Marine Corps Officers Basic School (1969)

Navy Cross, Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, plus various campaign awards and unit citations


The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership, jointly awarded by the University of Virginia as its highest recognition for public service

April 9, 2014

The American Legion Distinguished Public Service Award

February 26, 2013
The American Legion

Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) Award for Advancing U.S. Business Interests in East Asia


National Association of County Veterans Service Officers Legislator of the Year Award


Marine Corps Reserve Association Frank M. Tejeda Leadership Award for Commitment to National Defense and Strong Support of the Marine Corps

April 17, 2011
Alexandria News

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Outstanding Legislator Award

July 1, 2010
Senator Jim Webb, Official Press Release

Andrew Jackson Presidential Award for Commitment to Economic Fairness, Sound Principles of Governance

April 21, 2010
Senator Jim Webb, Official Press Release

Educational Policy Institute (EPI) Award for Strengthening U.S. Workforce through Education


Atlantic Magazine, One of the World’s Brave Thinkers

October 13, 2009
Atlantic Magazine

Military Order of the Purple Heart’s (MOPH) Special Leadership Award

February 11, 2009
Senator Jim Webb, Official Press Release

Marine for Life Award

October 28, 2008
Senator Jim Webb, Official Press Release

Esquire’s Magazine’s Most Influential People of the 21st Century

September 18, 2008
By K K Ottesen, Esquire

The Military Coalition Award of Merit for Contributions to Military Families

September 9, 2008
Senator Jim Webb, Official Press Release

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Gold Medal & Citation of Merit for Exceptional Leadership on Post-9/11 GI Bill

August 15, 2008
Senator Jim Webb, Official Press Release

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Media Service Award


The US Naval Academy Class of 1968 Leadership Award


The Marine Corps Combat Correspondent Association’s Brigadier General Robert L. Denig Sr. Memorial Distinguished Service Award


The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Patriot Award


Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award


The Marine Corps League’s Military Order of the Iron Mike Award


The Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service


Esquire Magazine, Men and Women Under 40 Who Are Changing America


The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award (1984, for reporting as a war correspondent from Beirut, Lebanon in 1983)


The American Legion National Commander Public Relations Award


The Vietnam Veterans Civic Council’s Bicentennial “Outstanding Veteran Award”


Award in Jim’s Name:

The James Webb Award


Each year, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation presents a series of awards to both Marines and civilian community members, recognizing their exemplary work in advancing and preserving Marine Corps history.


The James Webb Award is named for the senator, author, and Navy Cross recipient. It is given for distinguished fiction dealing with U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life.