There are three types of Bronze Star Medal: Achievement, Merit or Valor. The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, after December 6, 1941, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States, distinguishes himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight.
History buffs will love this list of prominent Bronze Star Medal winners, which includes almost every Bronze Star Medal recipient since the award's inception, with photos. Awardees of the Bronze Star Medal are listed here alphabetically by first name. Here are also notable Purple Heart winners ...
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.. When 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.
The Bronze Star is supported by red ribbon that is accented with blue and white stripes. The medal itself is an actual bronze star that is 1 1/2 inches in diameter with a smaller superimposed star in the center. The reverse side of the medal is inscribed with the words "heroic or meritorious achievement."
There is no single list, there are too many recipients of the Bronze Star Medal. The unit I was in my last tour kept a list of all awards issued for our unit during the deployment. As an estimate I would say there were 30 Bronze Star Medals awarded in our unit in 2006–07.
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The Bronze Star Medal is a 1 ½ inch in circumscribing width star made of Bronze. Overlaid in the middle of the star is a 3/16-inch wide bronze star. All rays of both stars come together at their center line. "HEROIC OR MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT" is engraved on the reverse side. There is a space available for the recipient’s name to be engraved.
The most comprehensive list of recipients of the Bronze Star Medal is available in the form of software provided by the American War Library. After downloading and installing the software, which provides access to the library's database, click on the Medal Lists/Rosters button to access and search the list.
A "V" device is a metal 1 ⁄ 4-inch (6.4 mm) capital letter "V" with serifs which, when worn on certain decorations awarded by the United States Armed Forces, distinguishes an award for heroism or valor in combat instead of for meritorious service or achievement.. The decorations with which a "V" may be authorized differ among the military services, as well as the mann...
4. The Bronze Star Medal or device may be awarded posthumously and, when so awarded, may be presented to such representative of the deceased as may be deemed appropriate by the Secretary of the department concerned. 5. This order shall supersede Executive Order No. 9419 of February 4, 1944, entitled "Bronze Star Medal".