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  • Lt. Gen. Edward Walter Snedeker (1903 - 1995)
    Edward Walter Snedeker (February 19, 1903 – May 5, 1995) was a highly decorated officer of the United States Marine Corps with the rank of lieutenant general. He was decorated with the Navy Cross, the ...
  • Maj. Gen. Louis Reeder Jones (1895 - 1973)
    Louis Reeder Jones (June 29, 1895 – February 2, 1973) was a highly decorated major general in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was a recipient of Navy Cross for his service with 2...
  • Lt. Gen. Alan Shapley (USMC) (1903 - 1973)
    Lt. Gen. Alan Shapley, USMC, was a highly decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict. Born on Feb 9, 1903 in Manhattan, New York to Elizabeth Harrison (McCormick) and Charles Frederick ...
  • Lieutenant General William Tardy Clement (1894 - 1955)
    General, U.S. Marine Corps William Tardy Clement graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1914 and, in 1917, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Clement saw acti...
  • Lt. Gen. Merwin Hancock Silverthorn, Sr. (1896 - 1985)
    Washington Post, The (DC) - August 17, 1985 Deceased Name: Retired Marine General Merwin Silverthorn Dies Merwin Hancock Silverthorn, 88, a retired lieutenant general in the Marine Corps who was a he...

A "V" device is a metal 1⁄4-inch (6.4 mm) capital letter "V" with serifs which, when worn on certain decorations awarded by the United States Armed Forces, distinguishes an award for heroism or valor in combat instead of for meritorious service or achievement.

The decorations with which a "V" may be authorized differ among the military services, as well as the manner in which the "V" is worn and the name by which it is referred to. Until 2017, each service also used different criteria in determining whether a "V" could be authorized.