I live in Alaska. In our Republican primary we elected a Bronze Star, West Point alumnus, Desert Storm tank commander as our candidate. Our incumbent Republican senator, having promised to abide by the will of the voters, has chosen to run as a write-in candidate. On a local radio show the other day one of the incumbents' supporters said, "A bronze star for an officer is just the same as a good conduct medal for an enlisted man. It just means he didn't get in trouble while he was in the army."
So. Is this true? Untrue? Can I contradict it meaningfully? I have no military experience but this is chapping my azz. Any help would be appreciated.
"The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Army of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party."