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Name Discussion[edit]

Why is this at Bronze Star Medal while Purple Heart is not at Purple Heart Medal? Rmhermen 21:08, Dec 8, 2003 (UTC)

I have no idea. I redirected the other one here because this article was much more complete, but I think the "Medal" part should be dropped unless that's the official name (which I'm not clear on). - Hephaestos 21:12, 8 Dec 2003 (UTC)
Looked it up in AR 600-8-22; the official name actually is "Bronze Star Medal"; paradoxically, it also lists Silver Star and Purple Heart (without the word "Medal") as official names. - Hephaestos 23:31, 13 Dec 2003 (UTC)

Because there is a bronze star device that can also be awarded in the US Armed forces. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:42, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Yep. Because of the bronze star device this medal has "medal" in its name. - Atfyfe (talk) 08:51, 2 July 2009 (UTC)

The Bronze Star Medal is the official name of the award (a decoration with or w/o the "V" device). Its referred to sometimes as a "Bronze Star" and sometimes bronze 3/16" service stars are mistaken to be Bronze Star Medals ("Bronze Stars"). The Navy and Marine Corps (manual), use Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and Purple Heart Medal for these awards and uses a "combat distinguishing device" (Combat "V") instead of "V" Device. The Combat "V" may be authorized for wear for valor or for being exposed to personal hazard involving direct participation in combat operations. The Army authorizes the "V" Device (for valor only) to be worn. Both the Army "V" Device and the Navy-Marine Combat "V" are "V" devices. The Purple Heart (Purple Heart medal) and Purple Heart Medal are the same military awards. YahwehSaves.

I have heard that there are two types of bronze star medals. One more prestigious with fewer recipients, and the other less prestigious with more recipients that the Army has been giving out more frequently. However they are both named "Bronze Star Medal.' Does anyone have any information on the latter type? If it has the same, I don't know how to distinguish it from the Bronze Star Medal for Valor to find information on it. DrLRM (talk) 20:09, 10 January 2016 (UTC)

Order of precedence[edit]

The Silver Star page says this one falls behind it in the order, yet this page says otherwise. Which one is correct? --Kevin W. 21:17, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

ATF: The order of precedence on U.S. military medals has not yet been systematically set down on Wikipedia. I have made some significant strides with the precedence of U.S. unit awards, but there remains a lot of work to be done on individual awards. Feel free to jump in and help. As to your specific question: the bronze star medal is not the next lowest award after the silver star. There are several Army and DoD awards between them, but the bronze star is the next lowest award for valor (combat) after the silver star. -- Atfyfe () 00:33, 20 August 2006 (UTC)

The order of precedence states that the Purple Heart follows the Bronze Star Medal in precedence - yet th official portrait of James Stockdale[1] shows him wearing the Air Medal before the Purple Heart. I doubt he would have gotten the precedence wrong for an official portrait.Marcerickson (talk) 02:52, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

He has it wrong or the order of precedence has changed. Take your pick. (References: or Maybe he was just more proud of his Air medal and didn't care what the official military order of precedence was (when you are awarded the Medal of Honor you can wear the uniform as you please). Here is the current Navy order of precedence just to be safe: Thanks for bringing this interesting photo to our attention. It should be posted to reddit to see if someone can't explain it. - Atfyfe (talk) 03:15, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

"...when you are awarded the Medal of Honor you can wear the uniform as you please..." Ah! Thank you! Can you please cite the reference for that? It isn't currently on the Wikipedia Medal Of Honor page.Marcerickson (talk) 03:38, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

Have posted it to reddit[2] to ID the medal on the right of the Purple Heart.Marcerickson (talk) 06:13, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

Here is a site stating that the order of precedence for the Purple Heart changed in 1985:
An amendment to the 1985 Defense Authorization Bill changed the order of precedence for the Purple Heart. It now is worn just below the Bronze Star, and just above the Meritorious Service Medals in the general order of precedence that has been established by all branches of service. (

I haven't been able to find the old order of precedence chart. The medal he has between the Bronze Star and his Purple Heart is definitely the Air Medal. I think it's a good educated guess that Admiral Stockdale's medal ordering reflects the pre-1985 change to the purple heart order of precedence. - Atfyfe (talk) 17:58, 12 August 2015 (UTC)



Is there a source that lists approximately how many recipients there are of the Bronze Star Medal? - NDCompuGeek 06:02, 15 July 2007 (UTC)

List of Bronze Star Medal Recipients (may not be complete, but claims to have almost every recipient): DrLRM (talk) 20:09, 10 January 2016 (UTC)

Orphaned references in Bronze Star Medal[edit]

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Notable recipients[edit]

The community recently decided to delete the category for recipients of the Bronze Star. I anticipate deleting the section on recipients in the article because it is inherently incomplete, constitutes original research, and suggests that some recipients are more important than others.--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 00:06, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

If it is the community's consensus to delete the section, then so be it. If the entries are uncited, then they may be removed from the article, but I suspect there is likely a cite on the subject's page. Conflating Wikipedia's notability guidelines with picking and choosing who is more important is misguided. We don't look at importance, we look at who meets the encyclopedic guidelines for inclusion. EricSerge (talk) 14:45, 12 April 2017 (UTC)
It's not OR if there is a reference present or the linked articles make the claim with references present. That the list is incomplete isn't as worrying to me as the fact that the list is getting long; I don't know if we want a separate List of Bronze Star Medal recipients as we'd have to provide prose on the distribution of the list. If the reader draws the conclusion that some awardees are more important than others is their problem, not ours. I understand that some find use in a list like this when reading about the medal itself so I'm not sure we could reasonably remove it. Chris Troutman (talk) 15:38, 12 April 2017 (UTC)
I generally do not support having sections on "notable recipients" as it, by definition, involves OR -- who determines which recipients are "more notable" than others? I would support removing this section. K.e.coffman (talk) 03:38, 13 April 2017 (UTC)

I had hoped for more discussion but am proceeding with the section removal. The following apply:

--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 15:48, 18 April 2017 (UTC)

Concur. K.e.coffman (talk) 21:47, 23 April 2017 (UTC)

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