Distinguished Service Cross (United States)

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Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Cross
Awarded by the United States Army
Art medal
requirement Soldier or civilian serving in the US Army
Awarded for "At the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty" (extreme heroism that goes far beyond the normal performance of duty)
status Is awarded
Foundation year 1918
Benefactor United States Congress
First awarded January 2, 1918
Awards ~ 13,400
Next higher award Medal of Honor
Comparable award in the ranking Navy Cross
Air Force Cross
Next lower award Distinguished Service Medals
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The Distinguished Service Cross ( DSC ), an award that can only be bestowed by the US President , was founded by the US Congress on July 9, 1918 . General John Pershing recognized during the First World War the need for an award that honored valor but should be subordinate to the Medal of Honor .

The medal is awarded to people in the US Army who have distinguished themselves through particular bravery but who still do not deserve the Medal of Honor . The Distinguished Service Cross can be awarded to both soldiers and civilians who serve in the army, the latter only being awarded when the United States is at war. Soldiers who had performed before the foundation could also be honored with the medal afterwards.

Registered recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross with more than 20 years of service will receive a 10% increase in their retirement payments.


  • Shape: Greek cross
  • Material: bronze
  • Dimensions: 51 millimeters in height, 46 millimeters in width
  • Features: In the middle of the order is an eagle with a scroll that says FOR VALOR (for bravery)
  • Ribbon: (inside out) Imperial blue, white stripes and old glory red

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