Although no government sites are available, some private organizations update their online lists as recipients receive military medals. The website WW2 Awards has a list of more than 2,600 recipients as of May 2015.
The government awards the Bronze Star Medal to Army members who show exemplary actions during armed conflicts. In World War II, documented acts of heroism made officers or soldiers eligible to receive the decoration. A soldier from a foreign military who fought alongside Americans can also receive the award.
President Franklin Roosevelt created the Bronze Star with a 1944 executive order at the suggestion of Col. Russell Reeder.