Army Distinguished Service Cross
|The Distinguished Service Cross
(DSC) is the second highest military decoration that can be
awarded to a member of the United States Army, for extreme
gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy
force. Actions that merit the Distinguished Service Cross must
be of such a high degree to be above those required for all
other U.S. combat decorations but not meeting the criteria for
the Medal of Honor. The Distinguished Service Cross is
equivalent to the Navy Cross (Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast
Guard) and the Air Force Cross (Air Force).
The Distinguished Service Cross was first awarded during World
War I. In addition, a number of awards were made for actions
before World War I. In many cases, these were to soldiers who
had received a Certificate of Merit for gallantry which, at the
time, was the only other honor for gallantry the Army could
award, or recommend a Medal of Honor. Others were belated
recognition of actions in the Philippines, on the Mexican Border
and during the Boxer Rebellion.
This decoration is distinct from the Distinguished Service
Medal, which is awarded to persons in recognition of
exceptionally meritorious service to the government of the
United States in a duty of great responsibility.