This photo shows President Lyndon Johnson wearing a medal that I can't ID:

LBJ wearing some medal
(LBJ, Westmoreland, and Air Force One. ¿In New Orleans?)

LBJ supposedly won the Silver Star in WW2, but that looks different:

      WW2 Silver Star

So, what is that medal on LBJ's lapel?

Update: The original image is apparently an AP photo. And AP says:

...Army Chief of Staff Westmoreland had just arrived and will address the American Legion Convention Tuesday evening on Sept. 10, 1968 in New Orleans,Los Angeles. No explanation for (the) medal on Johnson's lapel. ( AP Photo)

(Emphasis added.)

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    The silver star lapel pin can be seen above the unidentified medal on LBJ's lapel Oct 7, 2018 at 0:49

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It's the medal of the American Legion:

American Legion

According to the notes that accompany the picture on the AP website, the photograph was taken:

... after President Johnson's address to the national convention of the American Legion Tuesday afternoon,September 10, 1968.

JBJ was famously a member of the American Legion, and was awarded the Legion’s Distinguished Service Medal in 1968.

Similar lapel badges are still available to members of the American Legion.

The silver star lapel pin:

Silver Star lapel pin

can be seen above the Legion medal on LBJ's lapel

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