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The Silver Star is the third highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is also the third highest award given for valor (in the face of the enemy).
The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States not justifying a Service Cross—the Army DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS, the NAVY CROSS, or the Air Force Cross. It may be awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Armed Forces, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism involving one of the following actions:
* In action against an enemy of the United States * While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force * While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party