Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal


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The Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal is awarded specifically to Coast Guardsmen who distinguish themselves with meritorious service towards the U.S. Government. This is awarded to senior flag officers as commandants of the coast guard. This medal is made of bronze with an image of a sailing ship at the center circled by the label U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Service.

  • Type:

    Distinguished service medal

  • Awarded for:

    Distinguished and exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility

  • Presented by:

    United States Department of Homeland Security

  • Eligibility:

    United States Coast Guardsmen

  • Status:

    Currently awarded

  • Established:

    4 August 1949

  • First awarded: