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The Silver Star Medal was awarded only for heroism in combat. In the medal hierarchy it ranks after the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross (or Navy Cross) which are also only given for heroism in combat and before the Bronze Star Medal (either a heroism or meritorius service medal). This is a high honor for any serviceman. Occasionally people will ask this question because they have a campaign ribbon or other decoration with small 1/4 inch stars attached that are either bronze or silver in color. These stars indicate the number of times the decoration was awarded or the number of campaign's the recipient participated in. A bronze star equals 1 and a silver star equals five bronze stars

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Q: Why were Silver Stars awarded in World War 2?
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How many Silver Stars were awarded in World War 2?

Approximately 50,000 Silver Star Medals were awarded in WWII.

How many bronze stars were awarded in World War 2?

The total number of Bronze Star Medals awarded during World War 2 is unknown. The 82nd Airborne alone was awarded 2,478 Bronze Stars. The medal was created in 1944.

How many Silver Stars were awarded in Vietnam War?

Try "American War Library" and "Statistics about the Vietnam War."No comprehensive list exists.

What Medal was Nathaniel Quentin awarded during World War 2?

Silver Star

What does a small silver star on a World War 2 ribbon mean?

It was awarded for Gallentry in Action.

How many silver stars given in World War 2?


How do you find a list of Silver Star winners for World War I?

The Silver Star was not awarded in World War 1. There was what was called a Citation Star given out in that era (beginning in 1918). Check the National Archives. A link can be found below.

Was there money awarded with the silver star in World War 2?

The only award that has a monetary compensation attached to it is the Medal of Honor.

How many Congressional Medals of Honor were awarded in World War I and World War 2 and Vietnam?

World War 1: 124 awardedWorld War 2: 464 awardedVietnam: 246 awardedBringing a total of 834 medals awarded.

Were there more victora crosses awarded in world war 1 or world war 2?

The VC was awarded 634 times in WW-1.

How many people were awarded the distinguished flying cross in World War 2?

During the Second World War, 20,354 DFCs were awarded.

What were battle stars given out for in World War 2?

These battle stars were usually awarded as a means of recognition that a person in service was in a particular battle or a series of campaigns . A distinction should be made when referring to a Silver or Bronze star which is given in recognition of courage or valor in battle . ~ see related link below .

What do three stars on a World War 2 submariner's pin represent?

Submarine Combat Pins were awarded during WWII to submarines and the crew when they completed a successful war patrol. The pin itself was awarded for the first success and a star for each following successful patrol. Three stars would represent four successful patrols.

What was the highest precedence medal awarded in World War 1?

The VC (628 awarded) and the Medal of Honor (124 awarded).

What medals where awarded in world war 1?

the Iron cross was one of the medals awarded in ww1.

Was Gene Limbaugh awarded silver star Gulf War?

Try the American War Library. They might be able to help.

Who was awarded the purple heart during World War 2?

According to National Geographic magazine (November 2008) there were approximately 964,409 Purple Hearts awarded in the second world war.

What medals was Eddie Rickenbacker awarded for World War 1?

he was a great war hero

Why was Hitler awarded the iron Cross in World War 1?

he wasn't awarded the iron cross award its a lie

Did soldiers receive the purple heart during World War 1?

The first Purple Heart was awarded on February 22, 1932. This was many years after World War I had ended, however, there were an estimated 320,500 purple hearts awarded to veterans of World War I.

How many stars are on the world war 2 memorial?

4,000 gold stars are on the wall because they symbolize the world war 2.

What were the requirements for being awarded three Bronze Stars in World War 2?

If you are referring to Bronze Service Stars, then your loved one served in three Campaigns during WW 2. Richard V. Horrell WW 2

What does a World War 2 EAME Theater Ribbon with 4 bronze stars represent?

The ribbon is awarded to military personnel involved in WWII in the European Theater. The four bronze stars mean the person participated in four campaigns during that war. A campaign is a major operation usually involving many Army divisions. This is not to be confused with the bronze star medal ... awarded to someone for valor on the battlefield.

Is Sgt Lanath Lee Wells recipient of Silver Star in Korean War?

There is no comprehensive listing of Silver Stars.

How many Medals of Honor were awarded during World War 1?

96 US Medals of Honor were awarded for WWI.

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