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