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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
Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam, Commendation Medal
Bernard William Rogers (July 16, 1921 – October 27, 2008) was a United States Army general who served as the 28th Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and later as NATO's Supreme Allied ...more
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Bill Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart
Bill Graham (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca; January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991) was a German-American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991 in a helicopter ...more
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Billy Waugh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal
William "Billy" Waugh (born December 1, 1929), is a former United States Army Special Forces soldier and Central Intelligence Agency paramilitary operations officer who served more ...more
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Bud Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, National Order of Vietnam, Prisoner of War Medal
George Everette "Bud" Day (24 February 1925 – 27 July 2013) was a United States Air Force officer, aviator, and veteran of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. He was also a ...more
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Chesty Puller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal
Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) was a United States Marine Corps officer. Beginning his career fighting guerillas in Haiti and Nicaragua as part of the ...more
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Chuck Yeager is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom
Charles Elwood Yeager (; born February 13, 1923) is a former United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have ...more
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Daniel Inouye is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Daniel Ken Inouye ( ee-NOH-ay; September 7, 1924 – December 17, 2012) was an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. A member of ...more

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David C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal
David Charles Jones (July 9, 1921 – August 10, 2013) was a United States Air Force general and the ninth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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David H. Hackworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal
David Haskell Hackworth (November 11, 1930 – May 4, 2005) also known as Hack, was a prominent military journalist and a former United States Army colonel who was decorated in both the Korean War ...more
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David Petraeus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal
David Howell Petraeus (; born November 7, 1952) is a retired United States Army general and public official. He served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011, ...more
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Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, Academy Award for Best Actor, National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was an American film and stage actor with a career spanning five decades. Fonda made his mark early as a Broadway actor. He also appeared in ...more

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Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Defense Superior Service Medal, Spingarn Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom
Colin Luther Powell (; born April 5, 1937) is an American politician and retired four-star general in the United States Army. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security ...more

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Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, BAFTA Award for Best Direction, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American filmmaker, director, writer and conspiracy theorist.Stone won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as writer of Midnight ...more

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Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Male
Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American actor, vaudevillian, comedian, producer and radio personality. In a career spanning nine decades and ...more

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Douglas MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross
General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States ...more

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Earl E. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
National Order of Vietnam, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal
General Earl Edward Anderson (June 24, 1919 – November 12, 2015) was an American Marine Corps general. The youngest active duty Marine ever promoted to the rank of general and the first active ...more
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Eddie Albert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Bronze Star Medal, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Edward Albert Heimberger (April 22, 1906 – May 26, 2005), known professionally as Eddie Albert, was an American actor and activist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting ...more

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Edward A. Carter, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor
Edward Allen Carter Jr. (May 26, 1916 – January 30, 1963) was a United States Army sergeant first class who was wounded in action during World War II. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, the ...more
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Edward Amy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Edward Amy Bronze Star Medal, Distinguished Service Order
Brigadier-General Edward Alfred Charles "Ned" Amy, DSO, CD (March 28, 1918 – February 2, 2011) was a Canadian soldier who fought in World War II. He is one of Canada's most decorated ...more
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Edward L. Beach, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Bronze Star Medal, Navy Cross, Legion of Merit
Edward Latimer Beach Jr. (April 20, 1918 – December 1, 2002), nicknamed "Ned", was a highly decorated United States Navy submarine officer and best-selling author.During World War II, ...more
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Edwin H. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit
Edwin Howard Simmons (August 25, 1921 – May 5, 2007) was a United States Marine Corps brigadier general. He was a career officer who served in combat during three wars — including landing at ...more
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Elmo Zumwalt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
National Order of Vietnam, Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal
Elmo Russell "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. (November 29, 1920 – January 2, 2000) was a United States Navy officer and the youngest person to serve as Chief of Naval Operations. As an admiral and ...more
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Ernest Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Bronze Star Medal, Nobel Prize in Literature
Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and sportsman. His economical and understated style—which he termed the iceberg ...more

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Forrest S. Petersen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Collier Trophy
Forrest Silas Petersen (May 16, 1922 – December 8, 1990), (VADM, USN), was a United States Navy aviator and test pilot. He was one of twelve pilots who flew the North American X-15, an ...more
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Frederick C. Weyand is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal
Frederick Carlton Weyand (September 15, 1916 – February 10, 2010) was a general in the United States Army. Weyand was the last commander of United States military operations in the Vietnam War ...more