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Medals

Earned by 808 Tank Destroyer Soldiers

Most of the medals were awarded during WWII while they were in Europe. This is not true for every medal. At least one Bronze Star was awarded to an 808 TD vet some 60 years after VE day.

This list may not be complete; it was compiled from several sources including a list obtained from an 808er, after action reports and an old newspaper clipping.


the bronze star


The Bronze Star is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the military of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or 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. The bronze "V" identifies the award as resulting from an act of combat heroism or "VALOR", thus distinguishing it from meritorious achievement awards.

 


Crox de Guerre

 

 

The French Croix de Guerre was awarded to both U.S. Army units and to individuals. The Croix de Guerre may be awarded at different levels of command. The level of the awarding command determines the appurtenance worn on the ribbon. The bronze palm indicates awarded by the Army; a silver gilt star by a corps; a silver star by a division; and bronze star by a regiment or brigade.

 

 

 


Oak Leaf Cluster

 

A bronze or silver twig of four oak leaves with three acorns on the stem, 13/32 inch (1.03cm) long for the suspension ribbon, and 5/16 inch (.79cm) long for the service ribbon bar and the unit award emblem is issued to denote award of second and succeeding awards of decorations (other than the Air Medal), the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, and unit awards. A silver Oak Leaf Cluster is worn instead of five Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. Oak Leaf Clusters are not issued for the Legion of Merit awarded in degrees to foreign nationals. The 5/16 inch (.79cm) Oak Leaf Clusters joined together in series of 2, 3, and 4 clusters are authorized for optional purchase and wear of service ribbons and unit award emblems.

 


The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of an Armed Force who, while serving with the U.S. Armed Services after 5 April 1917, has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded;

In any action against an enemy of the United States;

The Purple HeartIn any action with an opposing armed force of a foreign country in which the Armed Forces of the United States are or have been engaged;

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;

As a result of an act of any such enemy of opposing armed forces;

 As the result of an act of any hostile foreign force;

After 7 December 1941, by weapon fire while directly engaged in armed conflict, regardless of the fire causing the wound.

While held as a prisoner of war or while being taken captive.

A wound for which the award is made must have required treatment by a medical officer.


The Silver Star

 

 

The Silver Star is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Army, is cited for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The required gallantry, while of a lesser degree than that required for award of the Distinguished Service Cross, must nevertheless have been performed with marked distinction.

 

 


The Soldiers Medal

 

 The Soldier’s Medal is awarded to any person of the Armed Forces of the United States, or of a friendly foreign nation who while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States, distinguished him or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. The same degree of heroism is required as for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. The performance must have involved personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life under conditions not involving conflict with an armed enemy. Awards will not be made solely on the basis of having saved a life.

 

 

 

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