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The Silver Star, officially the Silver Star Medal, is the United States military's third-highest decoration for valor in combat. The Silver Star is awarded primarily to members of the United States Armed Forces for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States.

Silver Star
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Awarded by United States Armed Forces
Type Military medal (Decoration)
Awarded for "Gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States"
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
First awarded 1932
Precedence
Next (higher) Army – Army Distinguished Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps – Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force - Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard - Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, Uniformed Public Health Service - Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal
Next (lower) Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Air Force – Defense Superior Service Medal
Coast Guard - Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Achievement Medal
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Silver Star Service Ribbon
Army Captain Gregory Ambrosia receiving the Silver Star from Navy Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Silver Star, officially the Silver Star Medal, is the United States military's third-highest decoration for valor in combat. The Silver Star is awarded primarily to members of the United States Armed Forces for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States.