Bronze Star Medal


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The Bronze Star Medal (BSM)/(BSV) is an award presented by the United States of America Armed Forces soldiers for bravery and acts of merit (meritorious service). Civilians serving with the United States Military forces are also eligible for this award. The Medal is made of bronze in the shape of a five-pointed star. At the center of the five-pointed star is an infused small five-pointed star. Heroic Achievement is written on the back of the star along with the recipient’s name.

  • Type:

    Military medal (Decoration)

  • Awarded for:

    Heroic or meritorious achievement or service

  • Presented by:

    United States Department of the Army, United States Department of the Navy, United States Department of the Air Force, United States Department of Homeland Security

  • Status:

    Currently awarded

  • Established:

    Executive Order 9419, 4 February 1944 (superseded by E.O. 11046, 24 August 1962)

  • First awarded:

    4 February 1944 (retroactive through 7 December 1941)

  • Last awarded:

    Currently awarded