Other Conflicts - Silver Star - El Salvador
The Silver Star Medal is the United States' third-highest award exclusively for combat valor and ranks fifth in the precedence of military awards behind the Medal of Honor, the Crosses (Distinguished Service Cross/Navy Cross/Air Force Cross), the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (awarded by DOD), and the Distinguished Service Medals of the various branches of service. It is the highest award for combat valor that is not unique to any specific branch; it has been bestowed by the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines. It may be given by any one of the individual services to not only their own members, but to members of other branches of service, foreign allies, and even to civilians for "gallantry in action" in support of combat missions of the United States military.
Covert Actions - 1987
From 1983 to 1992, twenty-one members of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps were killed while serving in covert actions as military advisors in El Salvador. Because their involvement in the conflict with pro-Cuban, Marxist forces was highly classified and denied at all levels of government, the sacrifice of these and others who served in El Salvador went un-recognized until 1998 when, at last, these American heroes were recognized for their service under combat conditions. One of these heroes was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.
* Indicates Killed in Action (KIA), Missing in Action (MIA), Prisoner of War (POW), or Died Non-Battle (DNB)