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Valorous Unit Award
Valorous Unit Award ribbon.svg
Awarded by United States Army
Type Ribbon and Streamer
Eligibility Combatant Military Unit
Awarded for "Extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States of America."
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
Last awarded On going
Precedence
Next (higher) Presidential Unit CitationTankandbranch.JPG
Equivalent DoD - Joint Meritorious Unit AwardTankandbranch.JPG
Army - Valorous Unit AwardTanklogo.JPG
Navy - Unit CommendationTankandbranch.JPG
Air Force Gallant Unit CitationTanklogo.JPG
Coast Guard - Unit CommendationBranchlogo.JPG
Individual
equivalent
Silver StarTanklogo.JPG
Next (lower) Meritorious Unit CommendationTankandbranch.JPG
Streamer VUA Army.PNG
Streamer for the Valorous Unit Award

The Valorous Unit Award is the second highest unit decoration which may be bestowed upon a U.S. Army unit (the highest being the Presidential Unit Citation) and is considered the unit equivalent of the Silver Star. It is awarded to units of the United States Army which display extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States of America.

The Valorous Unit Award is also granted to any United States Army unit which, while serving with friendly foreign forces, engages in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

Comparison of the Silver Star with the VUA.

The Valorous Unit Award was created in 1964 and is retroactive to August 3, 1963. The decoration is composed of a scarlet ribbon, with blue and white cross markings, enclosed within a gold frame.

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