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63 STAT.] 81ST CONG. , 1ST SESS.-CH. 393-AUG. 4 , 1949 535 abandonment of personal property occurring incident to their service, or to replace such personal property in kind, if the damage to or loss, destruction, capture, or abandonment of property shall not have been caused in whole or in part by any negligence or wrongful act on the part of the claimant, his agent, or employee, and shall not have occurred at quarters occupied by the claimant within the continental United States, excluding Alaska, which are not assigned to him or otherwise provided in kind by the Government. (b) No claim shall be settled under this section unless presented Time limitation. in writing within one year after the accident or incident out of which such claim arises shall have occurred, if such accident or incident occurs in time of war, or if war intervenes within one year after its occurrence, any claim may, on good cause shown, be presented within one year after termination of the war. (c) Any such settlement made by the Secretary, or his designee, under the authority of this section and such regulations as he may prescribe hereunder, shall be final and conclusive for all purposes, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary. (d) Such appropriations as may be required for the settlement of claims under the provisions of this section are authorized. Coast Guard appropriations shall be available for the settlement of claims by the Secretary or his designee under the provisions of this section. § 491. Medal of honor The President may present, in the name of Congress, a medal of honor to any person who, while in the service of the Coast Guard, in action involving actual conflict with the enemy, or in the line of his profession, distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intre- pidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty and without detriment to the mission of his command or to the command to which attached. The design of this medal shall be the same as that of the Navy medal of honor. § 492. Distinguished service medal The President may present, but not in the name of Congress, a distinguished service medal of appropriate design, with accompanying ribbon, together with a rosette or other device, to be worn in lieu thereof, to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard, distinguishes himself by exceptionally meritorious serv- ice to the Government in a duty of great responsibility. § 493. Coast Guard medal The President may present, but not in the name of Congress, a medal to be known as the Coast Guard medal, of appropriate design, with accompanying ribbon, together with a rosette or other device to be worn in lieu thereof, to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard, distinguishes himself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. § 494. Insignia for additional awards No more than one medal of honor, distinguished service medal, or one Coast Guard medal shall be issued to any one person; but for each succeeding deed or service sufficient to justify the awarding of a medal of honor, distinguished service medal, or Coast Guard medal, the President may award a suitable emblem or insignia to be worn with the decoration and a corresponding rosette or other device. § 495. Additional pay for holders of medals Each enlisted man in the Coast Guard who is awarded a medal of honor, a distinguished service medal, or a Coast Guard medal shall be