Welcome to the Navy Gold Star Program Information and Resource Site

Navy Gold Star is the Navy’s official program for providing long-term support to surviving families of Sailors who pass while on Active Duty.

If you are visiting this page because you are a surviving family member of a deceased service member, please accept our most heartfelt sympathy and gratitude for your loved one’s service and sacrifice in defending our nation.

Navy Gold Star is an inclusive program – regardless of your loved one’s military branch, location, or manner of death. Our commitment to you is that regardless of the branch of service, we will provide you with support and help you locate your branch’s survivor services. Navy Gold Star support coordinators provide dedicated outreach and support when, and for as long as, you desire. Our coordinators are located all over the United States and are ready to help you in any way they can.

Your loved one has given the ultimate sacrifice, and we know that there is nothing we can say or do that will completely comfort you in your loss. There is no greater calling than to serve our nation with honor. We are dedicated to delivering on the promise of taking care of our own by providing support to surviving families. For us, there is no greater duty than to support the families of those who have died in service to our nation.


Personnel eligible to participate in the NGS program include the widow, parents and the next of kin. The term "widow" includes widower ; the term "parents" includes mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, mother through adoption, father through adoption, and foster parents who stood in loco parentis; the term "next of kin" only includes children, brothers, sisters, half-brothers, and half-sisters; and the term "children" includes stepchildren and children through adoption.

Participation in the Navy Gold Star program does not provide or grant authorization to Survivors for additional benefits/privileges beyond what the Survivor was entitled to prior to the death of the service member.

Gold Star Pins

Requests for Gold Star Lapel Buttons and Next of Kin Lapel Pins: 
Eligible Family Members of Sailors who lost their lives may request a replacement of Gold Star Lapel Pin and Next of Kin Lapel Pin by reaching out to your local Navy Gold Star Coordinator for assistance or by submitting DD Form 3, Application for Gold Star Lapel Button and mailing it to:
Navy Personnel Command
Navy Casualty Office (PERS-00C)
ATTN: Long Term Assistance Program
5720 Integrity Dr.
Millington, TN 38055


In the News:

Bells Across America chimes with memories of fallen service members: Published September 26, 2019

NAS Lemoore honors fallen service members at Bells Across America ceremony: Published September 27, 2019

U.S. Naval Base Guam, Gold Star Families Honor Fallen Service Members: Published September 26, 2019

Regardless of how their loved ones died, Navy honors Gold Star families: Published September 26, 2019

SUBASE New London honors Gold Star families and fallen service members: The Dolphin, Published October 3, 2018

NAS Oceana Hosts Gold Star Father's Day BBQ: Published June 25, 2018

Gold Star Program provides enduring support to Navy Families: Naval Post Graduate School, Published June 25, 2018

NAS Oceana Honors Gold Star Families, Fallen Service Members: Published June 4, 2018

NDW Hosts 3rd Annual Gold Star Mother's and Family Day Observance: Published September 26, 2017

Navy Continues to Foster Resiliency to Families of the Fallen: Published September 22, 2017

Bells Across America Tolls for Fallen Service Members: Published September 22, 2017

"Bells Across America" remembrance also rang out at NAF El Centro: El Centro Chamber of Commerce, Published September 22, 2017 

Ceremony honors state’s service members killed, their families: The Day, Published September 22, 2017

Bells Across America Honors Fallen Sailors: Naval Post Graduate School, Published September 21, 2017

Naval Station Norfolk holds Bells Across America ceremony for fallen service members: WTKR Norfolk, Posted September 21, 2017

"She makes everyone feel like family": Oceana's Gold Star Coordinator comforts families of the fallen long after Memorial Day: The Virginian-Pilot, Published May 29, 2017

Navy takes time to honor Gold Star families: 13 News Now Posted May 24, 2017

Snowball Express Rides Again: Published December 9, 2016

JBAB participates in Bells Across America to honor fallen service members: Joint Base Journal, Published September 30, 2016

Bells across America rings at Naval Base KitsapKitsap Sun,  Published September 29, 2016 

‘Bells Across America’ ceremony honors gold star families and their fallen service member loved ones: The Dolphin, Published September 29, 2016

Joint Base Charleston remembers fallen heroes:  Published September 29, 2016

Military Matter: Navy Gold Star Bell Tolling KiiiTV South Texas, Posted September 25, 2016

Naval Base Kitsap, Navy Gold Star Program hold Inaugural Bells Across America Remembrance Event  Published September 23, 2016

Gold Star Families honored at Navy museum ceremonyPensacola News Journal, Published September 23, 2016

‘Bells Across America’ Seeks To Honor Fallen Servicemen: Published September 22, 2016

NAS-Corpus Christi honors fallen heroes' families: Published September 22, 2016

Gold Star families honored at Groton sub base: Published September 22, 2016

Norfolk Naval Station honors fallen sailors during Bells Across America ceremony: Published September 22, 2016

Gold Star Mothers, Families to be Honored:  Published September 20, 2016

Navy Gold Star Program: A Commitment of Support for Family Members:  Published July 29, 2016

Everett Base hosts Navy Gold Star Tribute:  Published July 22, 2016

Gold Star Families Honored at Remembrance Ceremony: Published June 9, 2016

Gold Star Families Tour USS Bataan During Fleet Week New York: Published May 31, 2016

Navy Gold Star Program Remembers: Published May 9, 2016

NDW Gold Star Program Celebrates Gold Star Wives Day:  Published April 7, 2016

Gold Star Wives Day Approaches:  Published March 21, 2016

Navy Gold Star Program Honors Families in San Diego Area:  Published December 14, 2015

Navy Gold Star Program Provides Support to Snowball Express:  Published December 11, 2015

Navy Honors Gold Star Survivor After 40 years: Published November 18, 2015

Navy Gold Star Program comes to Oceana: Published July 15, 2015

Navy Gold Star Program- Supporting the Survivors of Fallen Sailors: Published July 8, 2015

First Navy Gold Star Family at Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi Honored:  Published June 30, 2015

News 4 JAX interview with Jacksonville NGS Coordinators: Posted June 5, 2015

Survivor Assistance available at Navy Gold Star: Published June 3, 2015