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Background (Continued)

The Citation Star was replaced by the Silver Star medal on 19 July 1932, by approval of the Secretary of War. On the new design, the star would no longer be attached to a service or campaign ribbon. It was now positioned on a bronze pendant hanging from the ribbon design. An Act of Congress for the Navy on 7 August 1942, and an Act of Congress for the Army on 15 December 1942, placed into law authorization for the Silver Star. The desire for the medal to be issued to civilians, as well as Army personnel, was the principle reason for the congressional authorization. The present statutory authorization for the Silver Star Medal is Title 10, United States Code, Section 3746.

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