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The Silver Star 


Silver Star Medal

Silver Star Medal (80-G-K-14476).

The Silver Star Medal (SSM) is the successor award to the so-called Citation Star ( a 3/16-inch diameter silver star later worn on the World War I Victory Medal's ribbon) established by an Act of Congress on 9 July 1918. On 19 July 1932, the Secretary of War approved the conversion of the Citation Star to the SSM with the original silver star incorporated into the center of the new medal.The Silver Star Medal was authorized by Congress for the U.S. Navy on 7 August 1942 for presentation to personnel for gallantry in action not warranting the award of a Medal of Honor or Navy Cross.                        

Published:Wed Mar 14 15:17:14 EDT 2018