The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in the United States Armed Forces in a combat theater, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement or by meritorious service not involving aerial flight.
From time to time, we all need a little assistance in articulating the accomplishments of our Soldiers. Today’s post contains my 5 Sample Bronze Star Medal Citations. Feel free to use any of these citations as a starting point for writing your own Bronze Star citations.
-For exceptionally meritorious service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant Walter’s outstanding dedication to duty during combat operations in Iraq as Bravo Company XO and Transition Team Staff and Maneuver Adviser contributed to the overwhelming success of the Command’s mission. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the 2nd Battalion 112th Infantry, the PAANG and the United States Army.
-For meritorious achievement during ground operations against hostile forces in Iraq from 22 July 2009 to 16 August 2009. SSG Matthews, at great risk to his life, crossed open terrain which was under heavy fire and led friendly forces back to a point of relief for his Platoon. By his courageous actions, SSG Matthews saved the lives of many of his Soldiers. SSG Matthews actions reflect distinct credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
-For exceptionally meritorious achievement and heroic actions under hostile fire while actively engaging Anti-Iraqi forces in combat. SPC Hunter displayed selfless service, absolute courage and extreme valor as a Soldier committed to stabilizing and securing Iraq for its people. SPC Hunter’s actions bring great credit upon him, the 56th SBCT and the United States Army.
-For exceptionally meritorious service during Operation Enduring Freedom. CPT Harris’s outstanding dedication to duty during combat operations in Afghanistan contributed to the overwhelming success of the ISAF mission. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the ISAF forces, his unit and the United States Army.
-For exceptionally meritorious service while assigned as the Brigade S3 during operations in Kosovo. Major Connor’s outstanding performance, expertise and contributions were instrumental to the Brigade’s overall success during sustainment operations. His actions reflect distinct credit upon him, the 55th HBCT and the United States Army.
– For exceptionally meritorious achievement while assigned as the Battalion S4 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. First Lieutenant Holmes’ work ethic and technical expertise were instrumental to the battalion’s successful combat support and stability operations. His actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon him, the 4th Infantry Division and the United States Army.
About the Bronze Star
What I wanted to take is take a brief moment to educate you about the Bronze Star Medal. Here are a few quick facts about it:
- It was established in February 1944
- It can be awarded for heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone
- When you receive the award for heroism, it comes with a V device (for valor)
- It was proposed by Colonel Russell Reeder in 1943
- COL Reeder claimed that combat troops needed an award similiar to the Air Medal that pilots received, in order to improve morale
- The medal was designed by Rudolph Freund
- The Soldiers’ Medal is the next higher award and the Purple Heart is the next lower award
In summary, the Bronze Star is an important award for recognizing meritorious service and acts of meritorious service for Soldiers deployed in a combat zone. It is a coveted award normally reserved for officers and senior NCOs, but can be awarded to lower ranking Soldiers, too. If you have a good Bronze Star Citation that you would like to share with the rest of our community, just leave a comment below to do so.
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