Star is a military award
which is awarded "for distinguished gallantry
in action against an enemy of the United States
or while serving
with friendly forces against an opposing enemy force." It is the third highest award in the US military forces, and is awarded in all branches. The Silver Star is designated only for heroism
Established in 1918
as the Citation
Star, it was later redesignated in 1932
and was then allowed to be awarded retroactive
ly back to the Spanish-American War
for gallant actions.
is 1 3/8 inches wide, and is symmetrical
, with (in from the sides) 1/16 in. ultramarine stripe, 3/64 in. of white, 7/32 in. ultramarine stripe, 7/32 in. white stripe, and a center 7/32 in. stripe of red. The medal itself is shaped like a gold five-pointed. In the center of a wreath on that star is a 3/16 in. diameter
silver star. On the reverse are the words, "FOR GALLANTRY IN ACTION" in all caps.
Depending upon the branch
of the recipient, the awardee of multiple silver stars will not receive an extra medal
, but a bronze cluster
or star, or wears a silver cluster or star in lieu of five of the bronze
variant if so many should be attained.