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SILVER STAR

The Silver Star is the fourth highest military decoration  that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is also the third highest award given for valor  (in the face of the enemy).

Siler Star 

Bauer, Carl Raymond; Sea 2/c, USN was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.  
Bondsteel, Lynford L.; PhM 3/c, USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 
Cannaday, Willard C.; BM 1/c, USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 
Gastelum, William; Sea 2/c, USN. was killed in action. He was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 
Gilcrease, William E.; Sea 2/c, USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 
Harsh, Donald E.; Sea 2/c, USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.  
 
Kinney, Charles L., Jr.; Cox., USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.  
 
Lair, Rodney B.; Lt.Cdr.; USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 
Lee, Benjamin G.; Fst.Sgt., USMC. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.  
 
Merowitz, Harold, USN, USMC was awarded the Silver Star for extraordinary heroism under fire, above and beyond the call of duty, during the rescue of a Navy Fighter Pilot shot down in the bay at Halamera Island off the coast of eastern New Guinea.
 
McCullough, Albert C.; CBM, USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.  
 
McGuire, Edmund E.; CFC, USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 
Nichols, John R.; Sea 1/c, USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942
 
Pastor, Joseph J.; Sea 2/c, USN. was killed in action. He was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.  
 
Perry, Robert J.; BM 1/c, USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 
Samuelson, Allen B.; Pfc., USMC. was killed in action.  He was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 
Snell, Ralph H.; Cox., USN. was killed in action. He was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.  
 
Solis, Abram, was awarded 2 Silver Stars. Son, Hector, has his fathers records but it did not state what he did on the ship to receive the medals.  Father died when his son was 8 years old so he never got the chance to discuss the war.  Son just wants to show his kids that when they talk about WWII that their grandfather defended our great country.
 
Stark, Joseph P.; Sea 1/c, USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 
Strickland, Lester K.; GM 3c, USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 
Tarpley, Lewis; GM 2/c, USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 
Thornton, Temple T.; PhM 3/c, USN. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 
Turner, Walton L.; Captain, USMC. was awarded the Silver Star in the Night Naval Action at Guadalcanal, November 12-13, 1942.
 

Silver Star 

 SILVER STAR

 

The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States not justifying a higher award. It may be awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S Armed Forces, distinguishes him or herself by extraordinary heroism involving one of the following actions:

  • In action against an enemy of the United States
  • While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force
  • While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party

The required gallantry, while of a lesser degree than that required for award of the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross or Air Force Cross, must nevertheless have been performed with marked distinction. Soldiers who received a citation for gallantry in action during World War I  were eligible to apply to have the citation converted to the Silver Star Medal.

The Bronze Star Medal  is another United States decoration which may be awarded for heroism, but unlike the Silver Star Medal may also be awarded for meritorious service while engaged in combat operations. When awarded for valor, the Bronze Star Medal comes with the Valor device. The Bronze Star Medal is often issued to individuals who performed notable accomplishments, but not to the level required of the Silver Star Medal. The Valorous Unit Award is considered the unit level equivalent of a Silver Star Medal.

 

 

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