Navy Authorizes Special Lapel Pins

The US Navy has approved the the Gold Star Lapel Button, designed and created in 1947, is awarded by the government to surviving families of service members who were killed in action.
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Gold Star Pin

The Gold Star Lapel Button (left) consists of a gold star on a purple circular background, bordered in gold and surrounded by gold laurel leaves. On the reverse is the inscription "United States of America, Act of Congress, August 1966" with space for engraving the initials of the recipient. The Next of Kin Lapel pin (right) is for the Next of Kin of deceased Armed Forces personnel. 

The US Navy recently announced it has authorized special lapel pins approved by Congress as official designation for surviving family members of service members. The Gold Star Lapel Button, designed and created in 1947, is awarded by the government to surviving families of service members who were killed in action. The closely related Next of Kin Deceased Personnel Lapel Button was approved in 1973, specifically for family members of fallen service members from the Army Reserve or Army National Guard. The small round pins feature a gold star at the center.

Navy guidance specifies that these pins are approved only for optional wear with the service’s most formal uniforms: service dress and full dress.