Silver StarSilver Star - World War II - Navy

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.

Due to the sheer number of WWII awards of the Silver Star (nearly 100,000 Army awards alone) we ask for your patience as we build this area of the database. You will find a listing of all known recipients for the Silver Star in our INDEX of MAJOR AWARDS.

To date we have identified nearly 1,000 Navy Silver Star recipients, a number we believe comprises only about 10% of the total World War II awards. Linked below is the text for the nearly 150 citations we have thus far obtained.

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Silver Star Index

We estimate that the number of Silver Stars awarded for World War I to present is somewhere 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 for online visitors. Here 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 search terms - name, branch of service, war/conflict.