Three Sample Silver Star Citations

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 CitationsSample 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.”

Final Thoughts

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.

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4 thoughts on “Three Sample Silver Star Citations”

  1. It is good that you give a lesson on how to write up these citations Chuck. I believe any leader who wants to have one of his/her soldiers receive the silver star, and they are not familiar with writing a citation, should look at this post.

    Tell me if I am wrong, but i believe if you were not sure and you contacted Chuck, I believe he would help you find the correct words.

    When a soldier deserves a silver star, they also deserve a leader who will write it correctly

  2. As I read up on Silver Star recognitions, I was amazed by two feats.

    General Douglas MacArthur earned seven silver stars which is an amazing accomplishment by one of military’s most prestigious men.

    Colonel David Hackworth earned three silver stars in the Korean war and another seven in Vietnam. I would have been proud to fight along side of this great soldier.

    It takes a first rate soldier to earn even one, a hero earns more. Thank God for our countries heroes.

    Great post Chuck.

  3. The Silver Star Citation is a great way to show appreciation for a soldier’s commitment and sacrifice in the line of duty. These are three great examples to help a commander honor one of his own. Even if you aren’t a great communicator, using one of the examples you’ve given as a starting point will get you on the right track to saying what needs to be said so that your soldier’s get the recognition and respect they so clearly deserve!

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