Award Winner Bronze Star Medal Recipients

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History buffs will love this list of prominent Bronze Star Medal winners, which includes almost every Bronze Star Medal recipient since the award's inception, with photos. Awardees of the Bronze Star Medal are listed here alphabetically by first name. Here are also notable Purple Heart winners and pro athletes who served in the military

The Bronze Star is the 5th highest combat decoration in the US Armed Forces. It is awarded for acts of heroism or merit under combat, and can be awarded to members of any of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Bernard W. Rogers and Billy Waugh are two examples of the honored military award recipients on this list. Army members have been awarded the medal since the award was created in 1944, which means there have been medal winners since World War Two, up through the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq. 

These army, air force, and other military heroes showed extreme bravery in dire combat situations, thus earning an award for their service. Check out this Bronze Star recipient list to see who have dedicated their lives to protecting the USA. Featuring WWII Bronze Star recipients and more, this list has it all. 

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Bernard W. Rogers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
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Bernard William Rogers was a United States Army general who served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, and later as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander in Chief, United States European Command. Besides the Distinguished Service Cross, his decorations included the Defense ...more

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Bill Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
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Bill Graham was an American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991 in a helicopter crash. He fled from Germany and, in 1941, from France to escape the Holocaust. At age ten he settled in a foster home in the Bronx, New York. Graham graduated from DeWitt Clinton ...more

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Billy Waugh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
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William "Billy" Waugh, is a retired American Special Forces Sergeant Major and Central Intelligence Agency Paramilitary Operations Officer who served more than 50 years between the U.S. Army's Green Berets and the CIA's Special Activities Division. ...more

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Bud Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
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George Everett "Bud" Day was a United States Air Force colonel and pilot who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, including five years and seven months as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Day was a recipient of the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross. As of 2013, he ...more

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#9 on Famous People Whose Last Name Is Day

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Chesty Puller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
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Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller was a United States Marine Corps lieutenant general and one of the most decorated members of the Marine Corps. Puller is one of two servicemen to ever be awarded five Navy Crosses. He fought guerrillas in Haiti and Nicaragua, and participated in battles of World War II ...more

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#3 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

#113 on The Most Influential People of the Second World War

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Chuck Yeager is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
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Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager is a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have traveled faster than sound. Yeager's career began in World War II as a private in the United States Army Air Forces. After ...more

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Daniel Inouye is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
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Daniel Ken "Dan" Inouye was a Medal of Honor recipient, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a United States Senator from Hawaii, a member of the Democratic Party, and the President pro tempore of the United States Senate from 2010 until his death in 2012, making him the highest-ranking ...more

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#21 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

#144 on The Most Influential People of the Second World War

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David C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
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David Charles Jones was a U.S. Air Force general and 9th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ...more

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