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. 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
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 including five years and seven months as a POW in North Vietnam. Day was a recipient of the Medal of Honor and ...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. He appeared in more than 300 ...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