Some recipients of the Silver Star during World War II include George S. Brown, Bud Day, Hugh J. Addonizio and Joseph B. Anderson, Jr. The U.S. military awarded almost 80,000 Silver Stars to American soldiers that fought in World War II.
Those who earned the Silver Star during World War II went on to a variety of occupations, including politics. Though now deceased, Hugh J. Addonizio became the mayor of Newark, Henry Bellmon became governor and senator from Oklahoma, and Charles E. Bennet served as a congressman from Florida. Silver Star recipients Max Cleland and Duke Cunningham, still alive as of July 2015, have retired from politics. Max Cleland once served as a U.S. senator from Georgia from 1997 to 2003, and Duke Cunningham was a congressman from California from 1991 until 2005.
Many Silver Star recipients continued their military careers after the war. Some of them include Michael J. Dugan, George A. Joulwan, Curtis LeMay and Lyman L. Lemnitzer. Both Lemnitzer and Joulwan served as Supreme Allied Commanders, while Dugan acted as a U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff in 1990.
Audie Murphy earned the Silver Star during World War II and became a cowboy actor after he separated from the military.