|The Navy Cross is the second highest
medal that can be awarded by the Department of the Navy and the
second highest award given for valor. It is normally only
awarded to members of the United States Navy, Marine Corps and
Coast Guard but could be awarded to all branches of United
States military. It was established by Act of Congress (Pub.L.
65-253) and approved on February 4, 1919. The Navy Cross is
equivalent to the Distinguished Service Cross (Army) and the Air
Originally the Navy Cross was the Navy's third-highest
decoration, after the Medal of Honor and the Navy Distinguished
Service Medal. In August 1942 Congress revised the precedence,
making the Navy Cross senior to the Distinguished Service Medal.
Since that time the Navy Cross has been worn after the Medal of
Honor and before all other decorations.