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Silver Star

noun, U.S. Army.
a bronze star with a small silver star at the center, awarded to a soldier who has been cited in orders for gallantry in action, when the citation does not warrant the award of a Medal of Honor or the Distinguished Service Cross.
Also called Silver Star Medal. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Silver Star

U.S. military decoration awarded for gallantry in action, originally (1918) a small badge worn on the ribbon of a campaign medal; as a distinct medal, it was established Aug. 8, 1932.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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