List of awards and nominations received by Wesley Clark

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Wesley Clark in full uniform, which displays his U.S. military awards and honors

The following is a list of awards and honors awarded to Wesley Clark. These include awards and decorations of the United States Army, civilian awards, international honors, and knighthoods.

Awards and honors[edit]

U.S. Military decorations[edit]

Each "Oak Leaf Cluster" or "Service Star" denotes an additional bestowal of the same award or in the case of some campaign medals, one campaign star is awarded.

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters)[1]
  • For Bosnia service
  • Joint Staff, end of tour
  • For service at U.S. Southern Command
  • For service as Commander of the Kosovo conflict
  • For service as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster)[2]
  • 1st Cavalry Division 1994
  • Upon retirement 2000
Silver Star ribbon.svg Silver Star[3]
  • 1970
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (with three oak leaf clusters)[4]
  • Shape 1979
  • D.A. Staff 1983
  • MJC 1986
  • MJC 1991
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star (with one oak leaf cluster)[5]
  • 1969
  • 1970
Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart[6]
  • 1970
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster)[7]
  • 1977
  • 1985
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster)[8]
  • 1969
  • 1974
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Citation[9]
  • 2000
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with service star)[10]
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal (with three service stars)[11]
Bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal (with one campaign star)
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon[12]
Army Overseas Service Ribbon.svgAward numeral 3.png Overseas Service Ribbon (with award numeral 3) [13]
Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge[14]
US Army Airborne basic parachutist badge.gif Parachutist Badge[15]
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger Tab[16]
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge[17]
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge [18]

Civilian awards[edit]

Presidential Medal of Freedom (ribbon).png Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2000 [19]
White House Fellowship, 1975 [20]
Legacy of Leadership Award, 1999 [21]
Lady Liberty Award for National Security and World Peace, 2000 [22]
Balkan Peace Award, 2001 [23]
Secretary of State's Open Forum Distinguished Public Service Award, 2001 [24]
Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award, 2011 [25]


The United States Constitution prohibits government officials from accepting titles of nobility from foreign governments without Congressional approval, but no such prohibition exists on private citizens. However, the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act gave such approval in certain circumstances, subject to the approval of "the employing agency."[26] The following are inductions into orders that are categorized as orders of knighthood or chivalry, or orders in which knight is the lowest rank:

Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire [27]
French Commander of the Legion of Honor [28]
Dutch Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Orange-Nassau, with Swords [29]
Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg [30]
Belgian Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold [31]
Grand Officer of the Military Order of Italy [32]
Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Grand Cross [33]
French National Order of Merit Officer
Portuguese Grand Cross of the Medal of Military Merit [34]
Order of Merit of Poland Commander's Cross with Star [35]
Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic [36]
Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Grand Cross [37][38]
Estonian Order of the Cross of the Eagle First Class [39]
Moroccan Grand Cordon of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite [40]
Argentinian Order of May of Military Merit[41]
Cross of Merit of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic First Class [42]
Latvian Order of Vesthardes Rex Grand Commander [43]
Silver Order of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia Commander's Cross[44]

International honors[edit]

Meritorious Service Cross (Canada)[45]
Bulgarian Madarski Konnik Medal [46]
Commemorative Medal of the Minister of Defence of the Slovakian Republic First Class [47]
Spanish Military White Grand Cross [48]
Albanian Skanderbeg Medal [49]
Croatian Order of Duke Trpimir with Ribbon and Star [50]
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Vietnam Campaign Medal [51][52][53]