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The Bronze Star Medal, unofficially the Bronze Star, is a United States decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.

Bronze Star Medal
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The Bronze Star Medal without the "V" (Valor) device
Awarded by the United States of America
Type Military medal (Decoration)
Awarded for "Heroic or meritorious achievement or service"
Status Currently awarded
Clasps
Army and Air Force – "V" Device
  • Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard – Combat "V"
Statistics
Established Executive Order 9419, 4 February 1944 (Superseded by E.O. 11046, 24 August 1962).
First awarded 4 February 1944 (Retroactive through 7 December 1941).
Last awarded Currently awarded
Precedence
Next (higher)
Soldier's Medal
Next (lower) Purple Heart
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Service ribbon (above) – Reverse side of star (below)

The Bronze Star Medal, unofficially the Bronze Star, is a United States decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.

Whenever the medal is awarded by the Army and Air Force for acts of valor in combat, the "V" Device is authorized for wear on the medal and whenever the medal is awarded by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard for acts of valor or meritorious service in combat, the Combat "V" is authorized for wear on the medal.

Officers from the other Uniformed Services of the United States are eligible to receive this award, as are foreign soldiers who have served with or alongside a service branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Civilians serving with U.S. military forces in combat are also eligible for the award. For example, UPI reporter Joe Galloway was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" Device during the Vietnam War for rescuing a badly wounded soldier under fire in the Battle of la Drang, in 1965.

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