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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.

Operation Allied Force

Kosovo 1999Operation Allied Force was a 78-day NATO operation in efforts to degrade and damage the military and security structure that Yugoslavian President Milosevic had used to depopulate and destroy the Albanian majority in Kosovo.

During that period more than 38,000 sorties were flown without the loss of a single American life. During air operations over the region two American aircraft were shot down and for heroic and successful operations, numerous awards of the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Bronze Stars were awarded to US Pilots, Air Force Pararescuemen (PJs), and other Search and Rescue personnel.

In addition, awards were also presented to airmen engaged in offensive operations against enemy surface-to-air missile sites, as well as MiG aircraft on the ground.

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Silver Star Index

We estimate the number of Silver Stars awarded for World War I to Present is between 100,000 and 150,000. You will find recipients of the Silver Star listed alphabetically on our website within conflict.

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Index of Major Awards

Home of Heroes continues to update our website content. Our Major Military Awards List is a resource that can help you find a recipient of a major award. This information is provided in a PDF document which enables you to search the content by several terms - name, branch of service, war/conflict.

Major Military Awards List (PDF)