Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal

Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal

(Coast Guard)

For exceptionally meritorious service to the government in a duty of great responsibility.

Authorized in 1949, the Distinguished Service Medal is awarded for both combat valor and non-combat services of exceptionally meritorious service to the government in a position of great responsibility. It is our fourth highest military award and shares this level of prominence with the Navy/Marine Corps DSM, the Army DSM and the Air Force DSM, each of which has its own unique design.