How many Silver Star citations have been awarded by the United States Marine Corps?


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It is estimated that the Silver Star Citation has been awarded 100,000 to 150,000 times since its creation in 1918. The Department of Defense does not make detailed records of Silver Star recipients available to the public, but a number of independent organizations are trying to build a list.

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One detailed list comes from Doug Sterner of MilitaryTimes.com. Sterner and his team have created a database for Valor Awards issued by the Department of Defense. Sterner has confirmed 76,078 awards out of an estimated 104,928 Silver Stars awarded, as of 2015. This estimate may not account for servicemen and women that have been awarded the Silver Star on more than one occasion.

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