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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-25-07 10:35 AM
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6. Here's a snip from Wikipedia

A service star, also referred to as a battle star, campaign star, or engagement star,
is an attachment to a military decoration which denotes participation in military campaigns
or multiple bestowals of the same award. Service stars are typically issued for campaign medals,
service medals, ribbon awards, and certain military badges. Service stars are different
from award stars, which are issued for multiple awards of meritorious and combat decorations.

The United States military issues bronze and silver and gold service stars, with a silver
service star issued in lieu of five bronze. For instance, six campaigns, served on a campaign medal,
would be annotated by one silver and one bronze service star. In some situations, service stars are
only issued after the second award of a decoration. For instance, three awards of a Sea Service Ribbon
would be annotated by the ribbon with two bronze service stars. The United States Army also
occasionally issues award numerals, instead of service stars, to denote multiple awards of certain
ribbon decorations. In addition to award numerals, the United States Army uses the same
Gold award star that is worn on many Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard decorations to
denote the tenth and final award of the Army Sea Duty Ribbon.

Service stars issued for actions in which a United States Navy vessel participated are also
placed on campaign streamers, which are affixed to the U.S. Navy flag. The regulations for
this originated in 1942, which defined naval campaign areas and designated engagements.
Participation in such engagements, by ships and by individuals, was then denoted by service stars.
The United States Army followed a very similar practice with ground campaigns and battle engagements.

A common point of confusion is to confuse bronze and silver service stars with the Silver Star and
Bronze Star Medal. The main difference between the two is that the Bronze and Silver Star Medals
are individual decorations while service stars are worn on awards and are not individual decorations
or medals.
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