The Silver Star Medal is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States, or while engaged in military operations involving conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The level of gallantry required, while of a high degree, is less than that required for the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross or Navy Cross.
What I want to do in today’s post is share three Sample Silver Star Citations. Please keep in mind that these are not REAL Silver Star citations. These are citations I created on my own after reading and viewing many real Silver Star Citations online. These citations are simply designed to show you what a Silver Star Citation might look like. Once again, they are not real.
Sample Silver Star Citation # 1
“While serving as Platoon Leader in direct combat against the enemy during Operation Enduring Freedom, 2LT Chase Daniels personally cleared two enemy positions while attempting to recover two of his wounded Soldiers. By using hand grenades and precision shooting, 2LT Daniels personally killed seven enemy Soldiers and recovered both of his wounded personnel, despite being shot in the leg. His actions reflect distinct credit upon himself, the 3rd Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
Sample Silver Star Citation # 2
“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Platoon Sergeant of a Mechanized Infantry Platoon during Operation Desert Storm. After being pinned down by the enemy, SFC James Duke dismounted his Bradley Fighting Vehicle, along with 10 of his Soldiers to clear an enemy position. During the attack, SFC Duke personally destroyed three enemy positions with hand grenades and maneuvered his squad sized element to wipe out a bunker with three machine guns. His actions reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.”
Sample Silver Star Citation # 3
“For exceptionally valorous achievement as an Infantry Squad Leader for a Joint Task Force in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On 23 May 2012, Sergeant Christopher Edwards led his Squad in an assault against a platoon sized element of enemy forces. Utilizing direct fire, grenades, and calling for mortar support, SGT Edwards successfully killed 22 enemy combatants from extremely close range. As the remaining enemy forces retreated, SGT Edwards captured important INTEL, including two POWs. Through his distinct accomplishments and actions reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.”
Once again, these are three fictitious Sample Silver Star Citations that you can use as a starting point for submitting one of your Soldiers for the Silver Star Award. If you’re planning on doing that, make sure you educate yourself about the requirements. You can sit down with your S1 to learn more, and you can check out additional sample citations online.
On the other hand, if you’ve been awarded the Silver Star personally, or know of some good examples, please share your sample awards by leaving a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.