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Recipients Of The
Distinguished Service Cross
13,446 Awards in History
The Distinguished Service Cross was established by order of President Woodrow Wilson and was born as part of the new Pyramid Of Honor that was established during the 1917 review of Medal of Honor awards. Prior to establishment of the D.S.C. by virtue of War Department General Orders Number 6 of January 12, 1918, and by Act of Congress on July 9, 1918 the Medal of Honor was the only American award for valor in combat available to American servicemen.
The Distinguished Service Cross has been in effect since April 6, 1917; however, under certain circumstances the Distinguished Service Cross may be awarded for services rendered prior to April 6, 1917. It is the highest U.S. Army award that can be awarded to civilians in service to the military or to foreign nationals. Even in these cases, the criteria for award are the same.
Statistical Summary of DSC Awards
|China (Boxer Rebellion)**||6||6|
|Mexican Border Wars**||5||5|
|World War I||5,429||319||43||357||154||7||6,309|
|North Russia 1918-1919||23||10||33|
|World War II||3,984||762||21||31||258||3||5,059|
|War on Terror||14||14|
* Includes U.S. Army Air Corps (WWI) and U.S. Army Air Force (WWII)
**DSC issued in lieu of previously awarded Certificate of Merit or upgraded from D.S.M. issued in lieu of CM
Alphabetical Index of Distinguished Service Cross Recipients
(C) Before a Name indicates Recipients for whom we have a Citation on File in the Citations Section.
(S) Before a Name indicates Recipients for whom we a brief synopsis, pending obtaining a citation.
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