Silver Star

The Silver Star is awarded to any member of the United States Armed Forceswho while serving in any capacity distinguish themselves by gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States or while serving with friendly forces against an opposing armed enemy force.

This decoration was created in 1932 and was made retrospective back to the Spanish-American War of 1898. It is awarde for combat action only and ranks as the third highest valor decoration of the United States.