Distinguished Service Cross
Army Distinguished Service Cross Ribbon
Criteria: The Army Distinguished Service Cross Medal (DSC) is a U.S. Army decoration given for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. Operations which merit the DSC need to be of such a high degree to be above those mandatory for all other U.S. combat decorations but not meeting the criteria for the Medal of Honor. The DSC is equivalent to the Navy Cross (Navy and Marine Corps) and the Air Force Cross (Air Force). The DSC was first established and awarded during World War I. In accession, a number of awards were delegated for actions preceding World War I. In many cases, these were to soldiers who had acquired a Certificate of merit for gallantry which, at the time, was the only other honor beyond the Medal of Honor the Army could give. Others were delayed acknowledgement of actions in the Philippines, on the Mexican Border and during the Boxer Rebellion. This decoration should not be mistaken for the Distinguished Service Medal, which distinguishes meritorious service to the government of the U.S. (as a senior military officer or government official) rather than individual acts of bravery (as a member of the U.S. Army).
Note: The legacy of the U.S. Armed Forces veterans is highly protected and it is essential to the mission of USAMM. On occasion, orders are placed by customers for what we deem to be notably important and sacred awards. These awards are solely granted to military personnel for exceptional valor and heroism in combat and fall just short of the Medal of Honor. These awards are the following:
1. Army Distinguished Service Cross
2. Air Force Cross
3. Navy Cross
It is vital that we protect the legacy of these awards and their recipients.
While these items are available to order through the website, we have a formal verification process that must take place before the awards are shipped. We also reserve the right to not ship them at all if proper verification cannot be provided. We take it as our responsibility to highly scrutinize any orders placed in our system for these particular awards before shipment. We have an investigative process that consists of searching national databases that list legitimate recipients. Not appearing in those databases will require submission of an official DD-214 or similar official paperwork authenticating the individual's receipt of the award.