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  • Description of the Silver Star including award criteria and image for referencing.

    Details of the Silver Star service medal of the United States military.

    Picture of the Silver Star medal

    Picture of the Silver Star ribbon

    Date Authorized: July 9th, 1918 (as the Citation Star); replaced with Silver Star on July 19th, 1932

    Ribbon Colors: gold; silver; blue (67118); white (67101); red (67156)

    Description (Ribbon):

    Blue-white-blue-white-red-white-blue-white-blue pattern with thinner stripes outward and equally thicker stripes inward.

    Description (Medal):

    Five-pointed gold star; laurel wreath encircling center silver five-pointed star; star joined to skeletal rectangular loop at top; reverse side contains inscription text "FOR GALLANTRY IN ACTION".

    Award Criteria:

    Individual is cited for distinctive "gallantry in action" when in service to the US Army against a foreign enemy when the US is not at war against said enemy; offered to both soldier and civilians.