About the Bronze Star Medal

March 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Bronze Star Medal
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As Minden-Ward 1 City Judge in Minden, Louisiana, Sherb Sentell III draws on more than 21 years of experience practicing law. Sherb Sentell III has also served in the United States military for over 26 years and is a recipient of two Bronze Star Medals.

Originally authorized in 1944, the Bronze Star Medal recognizes a member of any service branch for notable service or exceptional heroism. The act must take place in the context of ground combat and must relate to movements against an armed opponent who is an enemy of the nation. Heroic acts that do not qualify for the Silver Star may be eligible for the Bronze Star, as may service with distinction that is not at a level required for Legion of Merit honors.

Made in the shape of a five-pointed star, the medal measures 1.5 inches from tip to tip. A small raised star lies in the center with points extending toward the tips of the outer star, which is sculpted with 10 rays extending outward. The standard medal bears the recipient’s name as well as the words “Heroic or Meritorious Achievement,” though it may also carry a bronze “V” device for valor if the award recognizes heroism in combat.

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