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All Silver Star Recipients

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Complete list of Silver Star recipients since its inception. Photos are included for almost every Silver Star winner. Recipients of the Silver Star in every year are listed here alphabetically, but you can sort this Silver Star list by any column.

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  • 26

    John L. Throckmorton

    Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam
    General John Lathrop Throckmorton (February 28, 1913–February 13, 1986) was born in Kansas City, Missouri on February 28, 1913. After graduating from Culver Military Academy in 1931 he attended and...  more
  • 27

    John McCain

    Combat Action Ribbon, National Order of Vietnam
    John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician and military officer, who served as a United States senator from Arizona from January 1987 until his death. He...  more

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  • 28

    John R. Deane, Jr.

    Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam
    John Russell Deane Jr. (June 8, 1919 – July 18, 2013) was a highly decorated United States Army officer with the rank of General. He served as commander of the United States Army Materiel Command....  more
  • 29

    Johnny Checketts

    Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Flying Cross
    John Milne "Johnny" Checketts, (20 February 1912 – 21 April 2006) was a New Zealand flying ace of the Second World War, who was credited with the destruction of ​14 1⁄2 enemy aircraft, three...  more
  • 30

    Joseph Kittinger

    Vietnam Campaign Medal, United States Aviator Badge
    Joseph William Kittinger II (born July 27, 1928) is a retired colonel in the United States Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. His initial operational assignment was in fighter aircraft, then he...  more
  • 31

    Keith Payne

    Distinguished Service Cross, Victoria Cross
    Keith Payne, (born 30 August 1933) is an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry "in the presence of the enemy" awarded to members of the British and...  more
  • 32

    Lawrence Joel

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Lawrence Joel (February 22, 1928 – February 4, 1984) was a United States Army soldier who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. While serving in South Vietnam as a medic with the rank of specialist...  more
  • 33

    Lewis William Walt

    National Order of Vietnam, Bronze Star Medal
    Lewis William Walt (February 16, 1913 – March 26, 1989), also known as Lew Walt, was a United States Marine Corps four-star general who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War....  more
  • 34

    Louis Cukela

    Medal of Honor, Croix de guerre
    Louis Cukela (May 1, 1888 – March 19, 1956) was a Croatian American United States Marine numbered among the nineteen two-time recipients of the Medal of Honor. Cukela was awarded the Medal by both...  more
  • 35

    Lyman Lemnitzer

    Distinguished Service Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom
    Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (August 29, 1899 – November 12, 1988) was a United States Army general, who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1960 to 1962. He then served as Supreme Allied...  more
  • 36

    Lyndon B. Johnson

    Presidential Medal of Freedom, Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (; August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th president of the United States from 1963 to 1969. Formerly...  more

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  • 37

    Matej Kocak

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Matej Kocak (December 3, 1882 – October 4, 1918), a United States Marine Corps sergeant, was posthumously awarded both the Army and Navy Medals of Honor, for "heroism above and beyond the call of...  more
  • 38

    Michael A. Monsoor

    Combat Action Ribbon, Bronze Star Medal
    Michael Anthony Monsoor (5 April 1981 – 29 September 2006) was a United States Navy SEAL who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Monsoor enlisted in...  more
  • 39

    Michael P. Murphy

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Michael Patrick "Murph" Murphy (May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005) was a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during...  more
  • 40

    Mike Calvert

    Distinguished Service Order, Silver Star
    James Michael Calvert (6 March 1913 – 26 November 1998) was a British soldier involved in special operations in Burma during the Second World War. He participated in both Chindit operations and was...  more
  • 41

    Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

    Commendation Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross
    Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (; August 22, 1934 – December 27, 2012) was a United States Army General. While serving as the commander of United States Central Command, he led all coalition forces...  more

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  • 42

    Oliver North

    Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart
    Oliver Laurence North (born October 7, 1943) is an American political commentator, television host, military historian, author, and retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel. He was...  more

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  • 43

    Omar Bradley

    Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal
    General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981) was a senior officer of the United States Army during and after World War II. Bradley was the first Chairman of the Joint...  more


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  • 44

    Pat Tillman

    Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart
    Patrick Daniel Tillman (November 6, 1976 – April 22, 2004) was an American football player in the National Football League (NFL) who left his sports career and enlisted in the United States Army in...  more

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  • 45

    Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque

    Croix de guerre 1939–1945, Distinguished Service Order
    Philippe François Marie Leclerc de Hauteclocque (French pronunciation: ​[filip ləklɛʁ də otklɔk]; 22 November 1902 – 28 November 1947) was a French general during the Second World War. He became...  more
  • 46

    Ray Simpson

    Distinguished Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal
    Rayene Stewart "Ray" Simpson, (16 February 1926 – 18 October 1978) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded...  more
  • 47

    Raymond Albert Wheeler

    Distinguished Service Medal, Hoover Medal
    Raymond Albert Wheeler (July 31, 1885 in Peoria, Illinois – February 9, 1974) was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army Corps of Engineers....  more
  • 48

    Riley L. Pitts

    Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    Riley L. Pitts (October 15, 1937 – October 31, 1967) was a United States Army Captain and the first African-American officer to receive the Medal of Honor. The medal was presented posthumously by...  more
  • 49

    Robert H. Barrow

    Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam
    Robert Hilliard Barrow (February 5, 1922 – October 30, 2008) was a United States Marine Corps four-star general. Barrow was the 27th Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1979 to 1983. He served for 41...  more
  • 50

    Robert Kingston

    Distinguished Service Cross, National Order of Vietnam
    Robert Charles Kingston (July 16, 1928 – February 28, 2007) was a United States Army general who served as the commander of U.S. Central Command. ...  more