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In Marvel's Captain America film what did Steve Rogers' metal star represent?

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It is pictured in his hand above. I didn't get to see the entire movie but it didn't look like a rank or something from his uniform. More like a police badge.

  • It appears to be a US Army Silver Star medal. – Valorum Oct 19 '16 at 23:16
  • @Valorum Feel free to put it as an answer. I kick myself for the screenshot resolution because I can't see an inner silver star, but the original resolution was pretty bad too (it's from YouTube). It makes sense, the Army was his branch. – Hack-R Oct 19 '16 at 23:17
  • I'm trying to find a better image or a quote/reference from the movie. – Valorum Oct 19 '16 at 23:19
  • @Valorum I found an alleged script but you have to have a Scribd account to view it scribd.com/document/274668305/… – Hack-R Oct 19 '16 at 23:23
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    @Hack-R - That script is only three pages long. – Valorum Oct 19 '16 at 23:33
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As far as I can tell, the movie never says exactly what the medal is. I think Valorum's comment is correct that it's a Silver Star. Whatever it was, it was not Steve's but his father's. Around the 7 minute mark Steve's mom gives the medal to Steve:

Mom: "I want you to promise me you'll never take this off."

Steve: "Dad's Medal."

The implication in the scene is the medal was awarded posthumously to Steve's father for actions on Guadalcanal.

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