Texas Medal of Valor

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Lone Star Medal of Valor
Lone Star Medal of Valor..svg
Awarded by Texas
TypeService decoration
EligibilityAwarded to members of the Texas Military Forces
Awarded forValor
StatusCurrently awarded
DescriptionThe neck ribbon is blue with a white star. The medal consists of a silver star below a bar with the word "Texas". In the center of the star, between olive and live oak branches is a circle with the word "Valor".
Precedence
Next (higher)Texas Legislative Medal of Honor
Next (lower)Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal
USA - TX Lone Star Medal of Valor.png
Lone Star Medal of Valor service ribbon

The Lone Star Medal of Valor is the second highest military decoration that may be awarded to a member of the Texas Military Forces. This includes Air National Guard, Army National Guard, and State Guard; this medal may also be awarded to federal military personnel, or state military personnel of other states. It is sometimes referred to as the "Texas Medal of Valor". Only the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor is of higher rank.

Eligibility[edit]

This medal is awarded for conspicuous valor and gallantry involving the possible loss of life by the recipient.

Texas code[edit]

The medal comes under the following Texas code:
Government Code, Title 4, Subtitle C., Chapter 431, Subchapter J. Awards, Section 431.132. Lone Star Medal of Valor. The Lone Star Medal of Valor shall be awarded to a member of the military forces of this state, another state, or the United States who performs specific acts of bravery or outstanding courage, or who performs within an exceptionally short period a closely related series of heroic acts, if the acts involve personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life and result in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the person apart from the person's comrades or from other persons in similar circumstances. Awarding of the medal requires a lesser degree of gallantry than awarding of the Texas Legislature Medal of Honor, but requires that the acts be performed with marked distinction.[1]

Recipients[edit]

Recent recipients of the Lone Star Medal of Valor include:

  • 18 Choctaw Code Talkers (posthumously)
  • SGT Tomas Garces (posthumous)
  • CW2 Howard Cook III (posthumous).[2]
  • LTC Joseph Crews
  • 1LT Melissa Macintyre
  • CW5 David Torres
  • SFC Juan Rendon
  • SSG Michael Faulk
  • SSG Michael McNutt
  • CPT Francisco Meza
  • SGM Larry Rayburn
  • SSG Andrew Gleason [3]
  • SSG Joseph Baker [3]
  • SGT Marshall Hallmark [3]
  • SGT Jason Carter [3]
  • SGT Destry Riggs [3]
  • CW4 Gerald Stayton [3]
  • CW3 Justin Bielss [3]
  • CW3 Ralph Hernandez [3]
  • CW4 Robert Meischen [3]
  • CW2 William Wallace [3]
  • MAJ Adrian Velez [3]
  • CPT Craig Tripp [3]
  • CPT Jed Kennis [3]
  • CW4 Eric Darnauer[4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Government Code, Title 4, Subtitle C., Chapter 431, Subchapter J. Awards, Sec. 431.132. Lone Star Medal of Valor". Statues.legis.state.tx.us. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "Cook demonstrated valor on and off battlefield". Mysanantonio.com. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Texas Lone Star Medal of Valor". dvidshub.net. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-06-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "36th ID sergeant major receives Texas Medal of Valor 26 years after lifesaving mission". Dvidshub.net. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2011-06-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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