For heroic or meritorious achievements or service in combat, the United States Armed Forces awards the Bronze Star.
The Bronze Star medal, created in 1944, through Executive Order 9419, exists to honor soldiers who have fought for the country. The award itself was superseded in 1962, through Executive Order 11046, and amended in 2003, via Executive Order 13286.
The Bronze Star medal can be handed out by a number of officers through the recommendation of a military department, the Secretary of Homeland Security, military commanders, or any other uniformed officer appointed by the Secretary. Any personnel in the United States Armed Forces, from the United States Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, or Marine Corps is eligible for the medal if he or she meets the criteria.
The Bronze Star medal can be awarded to uniformed personnel who as stated earlier, exhibit heroic and meritorious achievement or service – who are not part of the aerial flight, and can only be given to personnel who fight in battle zones, and are eligible for imminent danger pay.
Another important note when it comes to the Bronze Star is that it isn’t limited to soldiers who serve the United States. Foreigners who have served alongside U.S. servicemen in the United State Military can also be awarded the medal.