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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. 

  • 1

    Bernard W. Rogers

    Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam
    Bernard William Rogers (July 16, 1921 – October 27, 2008) was a United States Army general who...  more
  • 2

    Bill Graham

    Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart
    Bill Graham (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca; January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991) was a...  more
  • 3

    Billy Waugh

    Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal
    William "Billy" Waugh (born December 1, 1929), is a former United States Army Special Forces...  more
  • 4

    Bud Day

    Defense Meritorious Service Medal, National Order of Vietnam
    George Everette "Bud" Day (24 February 1925 – 27 July 2013) was a United States Air Force...  more
  • 5

    Chesty Puller

    Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal
    Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) was a United States Marine...  more
  • 6

    Chuck Yeager

    Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal
    Charles Elwood Yeager (February 13, 1923 – December 7, 2020) was a former United States Air...  more
  • 7

    Daniel Inouye

    Bronze Star Medal, Medal of Honor
    Daniel Ken Inouye ( ee-NOH-ay; September 7, 1924 – December 17, 2012) was an American...  more

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  • 8

    David C. Jones

    National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal
    David Charles Jones (July 9, 1921 – August 10, 2013) was a United States Air Force general and...  more
  • 9

    David H. Hackworth

    Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross
    David Haskell Hackworth (November 11, 1930 – May 4, 2005) also known as Hack, was a prominent...  more
  • 10

    David Petraeus

    Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal
    David Howell Petraeus (; born November 7, 1952) is a retired United States Army general and...  more
  • 11

    Henry Fonda

    Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, Academy Award for Best Actor
    Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was an American film and stage actor with...  more

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  • 12

    Colin Powell

    Defense Superior Service Medal, Spingarn Medal
    Colin Luther Powell (; born April 5, 1937) is an American politician and retired four-star...  more

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  • 13

    Oliver Stone

    Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, BAFTA Award for Best Direction
    William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American filmmaker, director, writer and...  more

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  • 14

    Mickey Rooney

    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
    Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American...  more

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  • 15

    Douglas MacArthur

    Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal
    General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American...  more

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  • 16

    Earl E. Anderson

    National Order of Vietnam, Distinguished Flying Cross
    General Earl Edward Anderson (June 24, 1919 – November 12, 2015) was an American Marine Corps...  more
  • 17

    Eddie Albert

    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...  more

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  • 18

    Edward A. Carter, Jr.

    Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal
    Edward Allen Carter Jr. (May 26, 1916 – January 30, 1963) was a United States Army sergeant...  more
  • 19

    Edward Amy

    Bronze Star Medal, Distinguished Service Order
    Brigadier-General Edward Alfred Charles "Ned" Amy, DSO, CD (March 28, 1918 – February 2, 2011)...  more
  • 20

    Edward L. Beach, Jr.

    Bronze Star Medal, Navy Cross
    Edward Latimer Beach Jr. (April 20, 1918 – December 1, 2002), nicknamed "Ned", was a highly...  more
  • 21

    Edwin H. Simmons

    Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart
    Edwin Howard Simmons (August 25, 1921 – May 5, 2007) was a United States Marine Corps...  more
  • 22

    Elmo Zumwalt

    National Order of Vietnam, Commendation Medal
    Elmo Russell "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. (November 29, 1920 – January 2, 2000) was a United States Navy...  more
  • 23

    Ernest Hemingway

    Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Bronze Star Medal
    Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American journalist, novelist,...  more

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  • 24

    Forrest S. Petersen

    Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal
    Forrest Silas Petersen (May 16, 1922 – December 8, 1990), (VADM, USN), was a United States...  more
  • 25

    Frederick C. Weyand

    Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam
    Frederick Carlton Weyand (September 15, 1916 – February 10, 2010) was a general in the United...  more