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Silver Star
Silver Star

The Silver Star medal consists of: "A gold star, 1 1/2 inches in circumscribing diameter with a laurel wreath encircling rays from the center and a 3/16 inch diameter silver star superimposed in the center. The pendant is suspended from a rectangular shaped metal loop with rounded corners. The reverse has the inscription 'FOR GALLANTRY IN ACTION.'
The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of [alternating] stripes of Ultramarine Blue, White and Old Glory Red."
United States Army regulation
"The Silver Star is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Army, is cited for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in 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, must nevertheless have been performed with marked distinction."
United States Army regulation
Courtesy of Yeiichi (Kelly) Kuwayama