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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.

Awarded to U.S. and Foreign military personnel and civilians who have displayed extraordinary heroism in one of the following situations:
  1. While engaged in action against an enemy of the United States,
  2. While engaged in military operations involving conflict with a foreign force, or
  3. While serving with a friendly nation engaged in armed conflict against a force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.


Statistical Summary of DSC Awards

 Event Army USAF* Navy USMC Foreign Civilian


  Indian Campaigns** 7           7
  Spanish-American War** 30           30
  Philippine Insurrection** 68           68
  China (Boxer Rebellion)** 6           6
  Mexican Border Wars** 5           5
  Interim** 16           16
World War I 5,429 319 43 357 154 7 6,309
   North Russia 1918-1919 23       10   33
   Siberia 1919-1920 29           29
World War II 3,984 762 21 31 258 3 5,059
Korea 732 36 3 27 14   812
Vietnam 1,051     2 4 1 1,058
 War on Terror 14           14
 TOTALS 11,395 1,117 67 417 440 11 13,446

 * 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

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - Y - Z
(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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