Army Distinguished Service Cross
(Army, Army Air Corps)
The Army Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to a person who, while serving in the Army, distinguishes themselves through "extraordinary heroism" against an enemy of the United States. This includes actions that put the individual at risk of their own life, above and beyond the call of duty.
The Distinguished Service Cross is our Nation's second-highest award for military valor, behind only the Medal of Honor. The Distinguished Service Cross was established in 1918 to honor heroism of the highest degree that did not quite merit the Medal of Honor. The Navy Cross (Navy, Marines & Coast Guard) and the Air Force Cross all join the Distinguished Service Cross as our Nation's second-highest military award.