* On medals that may be awarded for both Valor as well as for Merit, a “V” device is attached to recognize and distinguish those individuals who performed acts of heroism during combat with an armed enemy. AR 600-8-22 states:
"The "V" device is a bronze block letter, V, 1/4-inch high with serifs at the top of the numbers. It is worn to denote participation in acts of heroism involving conflict with an armed enemy. It was originally worn only on the suspension and service ribbons of the Bronze Star Medal to denote an award made for heroism (valor). Effective 29 February 1964, the "V" device was also authorized for wear on the Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal for heroic acts or valorous deeds not warranting awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross or the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device. Effective 25 June 1963, the "V" device was authorized additionally for wear on the Joint Service Commendation Medal when the award is for acts of valor (heroism) during participation in combat operations. In the case of multiple "V" devices for the same award, only one "V" device is worn on the service ribbons."
** SPECIAL NOTE:
Our lists of AMEDD personnel with awards for Valor should not be considered complete. This is an ongoing project and we welcome information on additional Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star with "V" device and ARCOM with "V" device recipients. Please contact us via email.