Awards 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 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 ...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 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 ...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, is a retired American Special Forces Sergeant Major and Central Intelligence Agency Paramilitary Operations Officer who served more than 50 years between the ...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 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 ...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 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 ...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 "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 ...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 "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 ...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 was a U.S. Air Force general and 9th 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 Colonel David Haskell Hackworth, also known as "Hack," was a highly decorated United States Army soldier, having received 24 decorations for heroism in combat during the Korean and ...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 AO is a retired American military officer and public official. He served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011, until his resignation on ...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 was an American film and stage actor with a career spanning five decades. He made his Hollywood debut in 1935, and his career gained momentum after his Academy Award-nominated ...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 is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. ...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 is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and military veteran. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and ...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 was an American actor of film, television, Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. Beginning as a child actor, Rooney's career spanned nearly nine decades and continued until shortly ...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 Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the ...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, the youngest active duty Marine ever promoted to the rank of General and the second active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a 4-star rank, became ...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, known professionally as Eddie Albert, was an American actor and activist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1954 for his performance ...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. was a United States Army Staff Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during March 1945 during World War II. He was one of seven African-American ...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 was one of Canada's most decorated soldiers. He died on February 2, 2011, in the Camp Hill hospital, Halifax, aged 92.

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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. was a highly decorated United States Navy submarine officer and best-selling author. During World War II, he participated in the Battle of Midway and 12 combat patrols, ...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 H. Simmons was a United States Marine Corps brigadier general. He was a career officer who served in combat during three wars — including landing at Inchon and fighting at the Chosin ...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. was an American naval officer and the youngest man to serve as Chief of Naval Operations. As an admiral and later the 19th Chief of Naval Operations, ...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 was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public ...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 Vice Admiral Forrest S. Petersen was a United States Navy aviator and test pilot.

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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 was a United States Army general. Weyand was the last commander of U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War from 1972 to 1973, and served as the 28th U.S. Army Chief ...more

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George S. Patton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal George Smith Patton, Jr. was a United States Army general, who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of World War II, but is best known for his ...more

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George Scratchley Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam, Commendation Medal George Scratchley Brown was a United States Air Force general who served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he served as the senior military adviser to the President ...more

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Greg Amira is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Greg Amira Bronze Star Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Purple Heart

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James L. Holloway III is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
National Order of Vietnam, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal James Lemuel Holloway III is a retired United States Navy admiral and naval aviator who was highly decorated for his actions during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. After the ...more

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James N. Rowe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
American Patriot Award, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal James Nicholas "Nick" Rowe was a United States Army officer and one of only 34 American prisoners of war to escape captivity during the Vietnam War. Colonel Rowe was credited with ...more

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James Stockdale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Prisoner of War Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal James Bond Stockdale was a United States Navy vice admiral and one of the most-highly decorated officers in the history of the U.S. Navy. Stockdale led aerial attacks from the carrier USS ...more

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John A. Wickham, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal John Adams Wickham, Jr. is a retired United States Army general who served as the U.S. Army Chief of Staff from 1983 to 1987.

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John K. Singlaub is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal John Kirk Singlaub is a highly-decorated former OSS officer and a retired Major General in the United States Army, and a founding member of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was a joint ...more

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John Kerry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Silver Star John Forbes Kerry is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. He has served in the United States Senate, and was chairman of the Senate Foreign ...more

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John L. Throckmorton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam, Distinguished Service Medal General John Lathrop Throckmorton was born in Kansas City, Missouri on February 28, 1913. After graduating from Culver Military Academy in 1931 he attended and graduated from the United States ...more

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John McCain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Combat Action Ribbon, National Order of Vietnam, Prisoner of War Medal John Sidney McCain III was an American politician and naval officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death. He previously served two terms in the United ...more

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John R. Fox is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor John Robert Fox was an American soldier who was killed in action when he deliberately called for artillery fire on his own position, after his position was overrun, in order to defeat a German ...more

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John Shalikashvili is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal John Malchase David Shalikashvili was a Polish-born United States Army general who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Supreme Allied Commander from 1993 to 1997. He was born in ...more

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Jon R. Cavaiani is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor Jon Robert Cavaiani was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.

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Joseph Kittinger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Vietnam Campaign Medal, United States Aviator Badge, Distinguished Flying Cross Joseph William Kittinger II is a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. Following his initial operational assignment in fighter aircraft, he participated in ...more

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Leo Kunnas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Leo Kunnas Bronze Star Medal, Stalker Award for Best Estonian Novel Leo Kunnas is an Estonian former military officer and a science fiction writer. After graduating from the Finnish National Defence Academy 1994, Kunnas was the commander of the Defence Forces ...more

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Leonard F. Chapman, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit Leonard Fielding Chapman, Jr. was the 24th Commandant of the Marine Corps and served in that capacity from 1968 to 1972. He was a World War II combat veteran, and was decorated for his actions ...more

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Lewis William Walt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Lewis William Walt, also known as Lew Walt, was a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who had served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. During World War II he ...more

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Lucius D. Clay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Grand Cross 1st Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Distinguished Service Medal, Hoover Medal General Lucius Dubignon Clay was an American officer and military governor of the United States Army known for his administration of occupied Germany after World War II. Clay was deputy to ...more

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Michael A. Monsoor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Combat Action Ribbon, Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor Michael Anthony Monsoor was a United States Navy SEAL who was killed during the Iraq War and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Monsoor enlisted in the United States Navy in 2001 and ...more

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Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Commendation Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. was a United States Army general. While serving as Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, he led all coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War. Born in ...more

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Oliver North is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Silver Star Oliver Laurence "Ollie" North is a political commentator and television host, military historian, New York Times best-selling author, and a former United States Marine Corps lieutenant ...more

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Omar Bradley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom Omar Nelson "Brad" Bradley was a United States Army field commander in North Africa and Europe during World War II, and a General of the Army. From the Normandy landings through the ...more

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Paul Fussell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award, National Book Award for Arts and Letters, Bronze Star Medal Paul Fussell was an American cultural and literary historian, author and university professor. His writings cover a variety of topics, from scholarly works on eighteenth-century English ...more

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Paul Ray Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Bronze Star Medal Recipients
Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart Paul Ray Smith was a United States Army Sergeant First Class who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. While serving with B Company, 11th Engineer ...more