The Presidential Medal of Freedom is a civilian award bestowed by the President and is considered the highest civilian award in the US, along with the Congressional Gold Medal. It recognizes those individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." As far as I can tell after a quick search Steve never received one. I wonder if it is possible to petition President Obama to award him the medal posthumously.
Anyone familiar with this process?