Army Distinguished Service Cross Medal


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The Army Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Medal is a military award for valor in combat given to US Army soldiers for exceptional bravery and heroism in combat operations. The DSC is the second highest award for valor in the US Army and is awarded for acts of heroism against an armed enemy force. The medal features a bronze cross with an eagle in the center surrounded by a laurel wreath and suspended from a blue ribbon with white stripes. It is a symbol of courage and bravery and serves as recognition of the soldier’s unwavering commitment to their country and its ideals.

  • Type:

    Military medal with neck ribbon (decoration)

  • Awarded for:

    Extraordinary heroism in combat against an armed enemy

  • Presented by:

    The President of the United States in the name of the Department of the Army

  • Eligibility:

    Members of the United States Armed Forces

  • Status:

    Currently awarded

  • Established:

    July 9, 1918

  • First awarded:

    January 2, 1918

  • Total recipients: