This should appear in a day or two as I prepare the exchange for distribution. I will defer until the appropriate time my assessment of the awarding of military medals.
For heroic or meritorious achievement of service, not involving aerial flight in connection with operations against an opposing armed force.
Authorized on February 4, 1944 the Bronze Star Medal is awarded to members of all branches of military service and may be awarded either for combat heroism or for meritorious service.
The Bronze Star Medal is an individual decoration and is the fourth highest award within the Department of Defense for bravery, heroism, and meritorious service.