- Distinguished Service Cross (United States Army)
Infobox Military Award
name=Distinguished Service Cross
caption=Current Distinguished Service Cross
Medal and Ribbon Set
United States Army
eligibility=The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a
Medal of Honor; while engaged in an action against an enemy of the Unites States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
for= Extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a
Medal of Honor; The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades.
Medal of Honor
same=Army - Distinguished Service Cross Navy -
Navy CrossAir Force - Air Force Cross
lower=Distinguished Service Medals: Defense, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard
caption2=Obverse of the original Distinguished Service Cross ("Left") and the Reverse of the current Distinguished Service Cross ("Right")
The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the
United States Army, awarded for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. Actions that merit the Distinguished Service Cross must be of such a high degree to be above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations but not meeting the criteria for the Medal of Honor. The Distinguished Service Cross is equivalent to the Navy Cross(Navy and Marine Corps) and the Air Force Cross (Air Force).
The Distinguished Service Cross was first awarded during
World War I. In addition, a number of awards were made for actions before World War One. In many cases, these were to soldiers who had received a Certificate of Meritfor gallantry which, at the time, was the only other honor besides the Medal of Honor the Army could award. Others were belated recognition of actions in the Philippines, on the Mexican Border and during the Boxer Rebellion.
This decoration is distinct from the Distinguished Service Medal, which is awarded to persons in recognition of exceptionally meritorious service to the government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility.
A cross of
bronze, 2 inches in height and 1 13/16 inches in width with an eagle on the center and a scroll below the eagle bearing the inscription "FOR VALOR". On the reverse side, the center of the cross is circled by a wreath with a space for engraving the name of the recipient.
ribbon baris 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes:
# 1/8 inch Old Glory Red 67156;
# 1/16 inch White 67101;
# 1 inch Imperial Blue 67175;
# 1/16 inch White;
# and 1/8 inch Old Glory Red.
The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguishes himself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor; while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing/foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his comrades....
The following are authorized components of the Distinguished Service Cross:
# Decoration (regular size): MIL-D-3943/4. NSN 8455-00-269-5745 for decoration set. NSN 8455-00-246-3827 for individual replacement medal.
# Decoration (miniature size): MIL-D-3943/4. NSN 8455-00-996-50007.
# Ribbon: MIL-R-11589/50. NSN 8455-00-252-9919.
# Lapel Button (metal replica of ribbon bar): MIL-L-11484/1. NSN 8455-00-253-0808.
The Distinguished Service Cross was established by President
Woodrow Wilsonon January 2, 1918. General Pershing, Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Forces in France, had recommended that recognition other than the Medal of Honor, be authorized for the Armed Forces of the United States for valorous service rendered, in like manner, to that awarded by the European Armies. The request for establishment of the medal was forwarded from the Secretary of War to the President in a letter dated December 28, 1917. The Act of Congress establishing this award (193-65th Congress) dated July 9, 1918is contained in USC|10|3742. The establishment of the Distinguished Service Cross was promulgated in War Department General Order No. 6, dated January 12, 1918.
The first design of the Distinguished Service Cross was cast and manufactured by the
United States Mintat Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The die was cast from the approved design prepared by Captain Aymar E. Embury II, Engineers Officer Reserve Corps. Upon examination of the first medals struck at the Mint, it was considered advisable to make certain minor changes to add to the beauty and the attractiveness of the medal. Due to the importance of the time element involved in furnishing the decorations to General Pershing, one hundred of the medals were struck from the original design and numbered 1 to 100. These medals were furnished with the provision that these crosses be replaced when the supply of the second design was accomplished which would also be numbered 1 to 100.
USC|10|3991 provides for a 10% increase in retired pay for enlisted personnel who have retired with more than 20 years of service if they have been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
Order of precedence and wear of decorations is contained in Army Regulation (AR) 670-1. Policy for awards, approving authority, supply, and issue of decorations is contained in AR 600-8-22.
World War I
World War I, 6,309 awards of the Distinguished Service Cross were made to 6,185 recipients. Several dozen Army soldiers, as well as eight Marines and two French Army officers, received two Distinguished Service Crosses.
A handful, mostly aviators, were decorated three or more times.
Eddie Rickenbacker, the top U.S. ace of the war, was awarded a record eight Distinguished Service Crosses, one of which was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor, while flying with the 94th Aero Squadron. He earned ten awards across his whole career. Fellow aviators Douglas Campbell, also of the 94th, and Frank O'Driscoll "Monk" Hunter of the 103rd Aero Squadron each received five. Another 94th aviator, Reed McKinley Chambers, was awarded four Distinguished Service Crosses. Three aviators received three Distinguished Service Crosses - Murray K. Guthrie of the 13th Aero Squadron, Ralph A. O'Neill of the 147th Aero Squadron, and Glen A. Preston, an aerial observation pilot with the 99th Aero Squadron. Among other prominent aviators were Billy Mitchell, the Chief of Air Service of the American Expeditionary Force; Frank Lukeof the 27th Aero Squadron, who was honored with the Medal of Honor and two Distinguished Service Crosses; and Sumner Sewallof the 95th Aero Squadron, recipient of two Distinguished Service Crosses, who served as Governor of Mainefrom 1941 to 1945.
John H. Parker, the commander of the 102nd Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, was the only ground soldier to receive four Distinguished Service Crosses. First Lieutenant Oscar B. Nelson of the 168th Infantry Regiment, 42nd Division, was honored three times, the third award being posthumous.
Several men who had previously received the Medal of Honor received the Distinguished Service Cross in World War I. Most notable of these was Marine legend
Daniel Daly, who was twice decorated with the Medal of Honor, and who received the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism as First Sergeant of the 73rd Company, Sixth Marine Regiment, during the Battle of Belleau Woodin June 1918. Col. Charles Evans Kilbourne, Jr., who received the Medal of Honor in the Philippine Insurrection, was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross as chief of staff of the 89th Division. James B. McConnell, also decorated with the Medal of Honor for actions in the Philippines as a private with the 33rd Infantry, received the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously as a first lieutenant with the 4th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division.
Hiram I. Bearss, recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Philippines, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross while attached to the 102nd Infantry Regiment, 26th Division. Marine Gunner Henry L. Hulbert, also a recipient of the Navy Medal of Honor in the Philippines, received the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery while serving with the Fifth Marine Regiment during the Battle of Belleau Wood. Spanish-American WarMedal of Honor recipient John H. Quickalso received the Distinguished Service Cross at Belleau Wood as Sergeant Major of the Sixth Marine Regiment.
Besides Eddie Rickenbacker, several men received both the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross during World War I. Navy recipients were
John Henry Balch, a U.S. Navy Pharmacist's Mate, and Joel T. Boone, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant (Medical Corps), both attached to the Sixth Marine Regiment. Army recipients were Private Daniel R. Edwardsof the 3rd Machine-Gun Battalion, 1st Division, Colonel William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan of the 165th Infantry Regiment, 42nd Division, and Second Lieutenant Samuel I. Parkerof the 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division.
Two recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross during World War I went on to earn the Medal of Honor in World War II – Major
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.of the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, son of the former President, and Douglas MacArthur. Other recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross in World War I who went on to acclaim in World War II include George S. Patton, Jr. and Carl Spaatz.
Among other prominent recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross during World War I were Brigadier General
John L. Hines, decorated as commanding general of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, and Major General Charles P. Summerall, decorated as commanding general of the 1st Division, who both went on to serve as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. Private Sam Ervinof the 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, went on to serve as a United States Senator from the state of North Carolina. Major Dwight F. Davis, decorated as Assistant Chief of Staff of the 69th Infantry Brigade, 35th Division, founded the Davis Cupinternational tennis competition and served as United States Secretary of Warin the Coolidge Administration. B. Caroll Reece, decorated as a First Lieutenant with the 102nd Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, went on to represent the state of Tennessee in the United States House of Representativesfor a total of 17 terms.
Between the World Wars
In the immediate aftermath of World War One, 62 awards were made for actions in North Russia and Siberia during the
Russian Civil War. Also, approximately 132 retroactive awards were made for actions in previous conflicts, including the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Boxer Rebellion, and the Mexican border conflicts. Fifteen soldiers previously awarded Certificates of Merit for non-combat gallantry between 1899 and 1917 were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
Prominent among post-World War I Distinguished Service Cross recipients for acts before that war was
J. Franklin Bell, Chief of Staff of the Army from 1906-1910. A recipient of the Medal of Honor during the Philippine Insurrection, in 1925 he was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for bravery in the Spanish-American Warin 1898. In 1920, Peyton C. March, then serving as Chief of Staff of the Army, was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for bravery in the Philippines during the Spanish-American Warwhen he was a 1st lieutenant. March's successor, John J. Pershing, received a Distinguished Service Cross in 1941 for bravery during the Philippine Insurrection. 2nd Lieutenant Gordon Johnston and Corporal Arthur M. Ferguson, both Medal of Honor recipients for the Philippine Insurrection, were also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for others act of bravery in the Philippines.
Among the recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross for Siberia and North Russia were
Robert L. Eichelberger, who would earn a second medal in World War II, and Sidney C. Graves, who had previously received a Distinguished Service Cross in World War I.
World War II
World War II, just over 5,000 awards were made. Technical Sergeant Llewellyn Chilsonof the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, received three Distinguished Service Crosses, as did Lieutenant Colonel John C. Meyer, U.S. Army Air Forces, and Major General James A. Van Fleet.
A number of recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross in earlier conflicts were again honored in World War II. Chester Hirschfelder, who as a captain with the 5th Machine Gun Battalion, 2nd Division, had received his first Distinguished Service Cross in 1918, received two more in 1944 as a colonel commanding the
9th Infantry Regimentof that same division. Three recipients of two Distinguished Service Crosses in World War One - Douglas MacArthur, Hanford MacNiderand Harry H. Semmes - received their third in World War Two. A handful of men who had received the Distinguished Service Cross in World War One received a second in World War II. Among these were George S. Patton, Jr., whose second Distinguished Service Cross came as commanding general of the Seventh Army in Sicily, and Fred L. Walker, commander of the U.S. 36th Infantry Divisionin the breakout from Anzio and advance on Rome. Lieutenant General Robert L. Eichelberger, whose first Distinguished Service Cross was awarded for valor in Siberia in 1919, received a second for valor in New Guinea in the Buna campaign of 1942-43.
A little over fifty soldiers (and one sailor) received two Distinguished Service Crosses in World War Two. The sailor was
John D. Bulkeley, who also received the Medal of Honorand the Navy Crossand was one of the most highly decorated Americans of World War II. Among Army recipients of two Distinguished Service Crosses were Creighton W. Abrams, Jr., later the Chief of Staff of the Army, William O. Darby, one of the fathers of the U.S. Army Rangers, and Robert T. Frederick, commander of the U.S-Canadian 1st Special Service Force. Five men of the 82nd Airborne Divisionreceived two Distinguished Service Crosses: James M. Gavin, Arthur F. Gorham, Matthew B. Ridgway, Reuben Henry Tucker IIIand Benjamin H. Vandervoort. Several fighter aces also received two Distinguished Service Crosses, including Donald Blakeslee, Paul Douglas, Dominic "Don" Gentile, Gerald R. Johnson, Charles "Mac" MacDonald, Jay T. "Cock" Robbins, David C. Schillingand Ray S. Wetmore. The commander of Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 101st Airborne Division, Richard Winters, received a Distinguished Service Cross for his role in the assault on Brecourt Manoron D-Day.
During World War II, twelve soldiers, three army aviators and two sailors received both the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross: from the Army,
Bernard P. Bell, Maurice L. "Footsie" Britt, Herbert H. Burr, Leonard A. Funk, Gerry H. Kisters, James M. Logan, George L. Mabry, Jr., Douglas MacArthur, Audie L. Murphy, Junior J. Spurrier, Jack L. Treadwelland Jonathan M. Wainwright; from the Army Air Forces, Richard I. Bong, Horace S. Carswell, Jr.and Thomas B. McGuire, Jr.; and from the Navy, John D. Bulkeleyand Samuel D. Dealey(who also received four Navy Crosses). One World War II Distinguished Service Cross recipient, Raymond Harvey, would earn the Medal of Honor in the Korean War. [ [http://korea50.army.mil/history/factsheets/army_reserve.shtml The Army Reserve in the Korean War ] ]
Korean War, there were just over 800 awards, of which over 300 were posthumous.
Lloyd L. "Scooter" Burke, a lieutenant with the 1st Cavalry Division,
Benjamin F. Wilson, a master sergeant with the 7th Infantry Division, and Air Force fighter ace George A. Davis, Jr., each earned both the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross in Korea.
Colonel Arthur Champeny, previously decorated for bravery at
St. Mihielin September 1918 and a second time at Santa Maria Infante, Italy in May 1944, received a third Distinguished Service Cross in September 1950. Fighter pilot William T. Whisner, recipient of two Distinguished Service Crosses in World War Two, was awarded a third in Korea.
Ten World War Two recipients received a second Distinguished Service Cross in Korea. Among these were
John T. Corley, whose first Distinguished Service Cross was earned in North Africa in March 1943 with the 1st Infantry Division and whose second was earned in August 1950 with the 25th Infantry Division, Hobart R. Gay, whose first Distinguished Service Cross was earned in 1944 as Chief of Staff of George S. Patton's Third Army and whose second was earned in 1950 as commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Division, and Walton Walker, whose first Distinguished Service Cross was earned in 1944 as commanding general of XX Corps and whose second was earned in 1950 as commanding general of Eighth Army. Nine men received two Distinguished Service Crosses in Korea. Among these was Edward Almond, the commanding general of X Corps.
Korean War Distinguished Service Cross recipient 1st Lieutenant
Richard E. Cavazoswould earn a second Distinguished Service Cross in Vietnam and rise to full general, becoming the first Hispanic-American four-star general. Korean War Distinguished Service Cross recipient Ralph Puckett, Jr.would also receive a second Distinguished Service Cross in Vietnam in command of a battalion of the 101st Airborne Division. Thomas Tackaberry would earn a Distinguished Service Cross in 1952 as a company commander and two more in Vietnam. U.S. Air Force ace Ralph Parr earned a Distinguished Service Cross in 1953 in Korea and an Air Force Cross in Vietnam.
Three Marines earned both the Navy Cross and the Army Distinguished Service Cross in Korea:
Homer Litzenberg, Raymond Murray, and Marine Corps legend Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller. "Chesty" Puller had previously earned four Navy Crosses in Nicaragua and World War II, while Murray had earned a Navy Cross on Saipan during World War II.
Other notable Korean War recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross include Harold K. Johnson, later Chief of Staff of the Army, and
Herbert B. Powell, later Ambassador to New Zealand (1963-67). Besides Gen. Johnson, at least four other Korean War Distinguished Service Cross recipients later rose to four-star rank: Paul L. Freeman, Jr., Clark L. Ruffner(decorated in 1951 as commander of the 2nd Infantry Division), John L. Throckmortonand John H. "Iron Mike" Michaelis (who had commanded the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regimentin Normandy). Welborn G. Dolvin, decorated as a lieutenant colonel with the 25th Infantry Division, rose to lieutenant general. Ned Moore, who earned a Distinguished Service Cross as a colonel in August 1950, had previously served as Chief of Staff of the 101st Airborne Divisionin the Battle of the Bulgeand later rose to major general. Olinto M. Barsanti went on to command the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. Guy S. Meloywent on to command the 82nd Airborne. 1st Lt. Joseph C. Clemons, Jr.for his actions during the Pork Chop Hill, he would later command the 198th Infantry Brigade in Vietnam War.
Among the 14 foreign recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross in the Korean War was
Kenneth Muir, a major with the 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, British Army, who also posthumously received the Victoria Cross. Other foreign recipients came from the Belgian, British, French, Greek, Philippine, South Korean and Turkish armies..
There were just over 1,000 awards in the
Vietnam War, almost 400 of which were posthumous.
Patrick Brady, a helicopter pilot with the 44th Medical Brigade, and
Robert L. Howard, a Special Forces NCO, received both the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross in Vietnam. Major General Keith L. Ware, who had earned the Medal of Honor in World War II and who was killed in action in September 1968, received a posthumous Distinguished Service Cross.
James F. Hollingsworth, who received a Distinguished Service Cross in April 1945 as commander of 2nd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, received a second award in November 1966 as assistant division commander of the 1st Infantry Division, and a third in March 1967 as acting division commander of the 1st Infantry Division. Thomas H. Tackaberry, who received his first Distinguished Service Cross in Korea, received a second in September 1966 as a battalion commander with the 1st Cavalry Division and a third in September 1969 as commander of the 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. Both later rose to lieutenant general.
One World War Two recipient,
William E. DePuy, and two Korean War recipients, Richard E. Cavazosand Ralph Puckett, Jr., received a second Distinguished Service Cross in Vietnam. Both Depuy and Cavazos would later rise to full general.
Besides Hollingsworth and Tackaberry, ten other soldiers earned two Distinguished Service Crosses in Vietnam. Two,
John R. Deane, Jr.and Barry R. McCaffrey, later rose to full general, and a third, Henry E. Emerson, retired as a lieutenant general. McCaffrey also served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy during the Clinton Administration. Colonel David H. Hackworth, who also received nine Silver Stars in Korea and Vietnam, later rose to prominence as a military affairs journalist. George S. Patton IV, son of a two-time Distinguished Service Cross recipient, received two Distinguished Service Crosses in 1968 as commander of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Sergeant Adelbert WaldronIII, twice awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1969 as a sniper with the 9th Infantry Division, is credited with 109 confirmed kills, the most among U.S. snipers [http://www.history.army.mil/books/Vietnam/Sharpen/ch06.htm] [http://www.snipercentral.com/snipers.htm] .
Among other notable Vietnam War Distinguished Service Cross recipients were several who later rose to full general. Among these, besides DePuy and Cavazos, were
Paul F. Gorman, who later commanded the U.S. Southern Command, Robert C. Kingston, the first commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command, James J. Lindsay, who later commanded the U.S. Special Operations Command, and Louis C. Menetrey, who wore three hats as Commander, United Nations Command, R.O.K./U.S. Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea. John W. Vessey, Jr., decorated for valor during Operation Junction City in March 1967, rose to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retiring in 1985. Frederick C. Weyandwas decorated in 1967 as commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division. He would serve as Chief of Staff of the Army from 1974 to 1976. Bernard W. Rogers, decorated in March 1967 as assistant division commander of the 1st Infantry Division, succeeded General Weyand as Chief of Staff of the Army and subsequently became NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR). Alexander M. Haig, Jr., also decorated in March 1967 as a battalion commander in the 1st Infantry Division, preceded General Rogers as SACEUR, and became Secretary of State in the Reagan Administration. Former West Point football All-American, then Captain Bill Carpenter, "The Lonesome End", received the award in 1966, and would go on to retire as a major general.
Norman A. Morduereceived the Distinguished Service Cross for valor in May 1967 while serving with the 1st Cavalry Division. He was appointed to the U.S. federal bench in 1998 and in 2006 became the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Captain Robert L. Helvey, decorated for valor in January 1968 also with the 1st Cavalry Division, became President of the Albert Einstein Institution. Eldon Bargewell, decorated in 1971 as a staff sergeant with MACV-SOG, was later commissioned and as of early 2006 was a major general on the staff of Multi-National Force Iraq and the only Vietnam-era DSC recipient still on active duty. David Christian, described as the "Youngest Most Decorated Officer of the Vietnam War", received the Distinguished Service Cross recipient while leading a long range reconnaissance patrol of the 1st Infantry Division, and later became a prominent advocate for veterans.
Among Distinguished Service Cross recipients for valor in the early battles in Vietnam were four members of the 1st Cavalry Division decorated for valor in the Battle of Ia Drang Valley in November 1965 – Lt. Col.
Hal Moore, Major Bruce Crandall, Sergeant Clyde Earnie Savage and Specialist 5th Class Charlie "Doc" Lose. The actions of all four were later portrayed in the film " We Were Soldiers", based on Hal Moore's book on the battle. Bruce Crandall's Distinguished Service Cross was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor, which was presented to him in February 2007.
Six Distinguished Service Crosses were awarded to Son Tay raiders, participants in the November 1971 attempt to rescue U.S. POWs in North Vietnam. Among the recipients were Special Forces soldiers Richard J. "Dick" Meadows, Arthur D. "Bull" Simons, and Elliot P. "Bud" Sydnor, Jr.
1975 to present
Since Vietnam, as of September 2008, 15 Distinguished Service Crosses have been awarded — Five during Operation Enduring Freedom and ten in Operation Iraqi Freedom: ;Operation Enduring Freedom:
* Sergeant Charles E. Wyckoff, C Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously for leaving his covered position to protect his platoon from an insurgent attack, killing two enemy fighters in Afghanistan. cite web
title=President awards medals for valor
* On April 30, 2008, Master Sergeant Brendan O'Connor, 7th Special Forces Group, was awarded the Distinguised Service Cross during Operation Enduring Freedom. MSG O'Connor removed his body armour to reach two wounded comrads and administered first aid.
* On April 02, 2002, in Operaration Anaconda One DSC was awarded to Master Sergeant Thomas E Doherty of the
3rd Special Forces Group(Airborne) MSG Doherty's counter sniper detail came under intense fire leaving his fellow sniper and guide critically wounded. MSG Doherty pulled both wounded comrades to cover, gave his body amour to his guide and drew fire away from them by exposing himself to the enemy.MSG Doherty defended his comrades for one Hour.
* One DSC was awarded to Major Mark E. Mitchell of the
5th Special Forces Group(Airborne) in Operation Enduring Freedom, for gallantry in November 2001 at Qala-i-Jang Fortress, Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan.cite web
title=MAJ Mark E. Mitchell, Distinguished Service Cross
* On September 15, 2008 Staff Sgt. Erich R. Phillips, Mortar Platoon Sergeant for Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in
Vicenza, Italy, for his actions at Ranch House in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan Aug. 22, 2007. cite web
title=Staff Sergeant Erich R. Phillips, Distinguished Service Cross
publisher=Stars and Stripes]
;Operation Iraqi Freedom:
* Master Sergeant Donald R. Hollenbaugh, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, for gallantry in Fallujah
James H. Coffman, Jr., serving as senior advisor to the 1st Iraqi Special Police Commando Brigade in Mosul, Iraq in November 2004
* Staff Sergeant Daniel A. Briggs, for valor in Fallujah in April 2004
* Staff Sergeant Timothy Nein, a Kentucky Army National Guardsman with the 617th Military Police Company, for valor in March 2005 while co-leading a counterattack in
Salman Pak, Iraqagainst a supply truck convoy ambush
* Corporal Stephen C. Sanford, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, for extraordinary courage on
November 19 2005during the evacuation of casualties from a home in Mosul, Iraq
* Second Lieutenant Walter B. Jackson, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, for extraordinary courage on September 27, 2006 in Hit, Iraqcite web|accessdate=2008-02-10
title=Lieutenant Awarded Distinguished Service Cross
November 2, 2007
publisher=army.mil/news] cite web|accessdate=2008-02-10
title=Soldier Receives Distinguished Service Cross (photo)
* Chief Warrant Officer 4 Keith Yoakum, posthumously decorated on November 15, 2007 for his valor and determination to continue fighting in a flak-riddled Apache helicopter [http://www.army.mil/-news/2007/11/15/6107-apache-pilots-family-presented-distinguished-service-cross/]
* Sgt. Gregory Williams, for extraordinary courage while serving in 1-17 Infantry, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, in October 2006. Sgt. Williams pulled his wounded platoon leader to safety following an ambush, re-entered the burning Stryker filled with explosives, and drove off the enemy ambush with the vehicle mounted machine gun.
* Sgt. Eric Moser, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for fighting off an enemy attack of gunfire and grenades for control of a rooftop in Iraq. cite web
title=President awards medals for valor
* Sgt. Christopher Corriveau, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for fighting off an enemy attack of gunfire and grenades for control of a rooftop in Iraq. cite web
title=President awards medals for valor
Apolo M. Resk, Brazilian Army
*Creighton W. Abrams, Jr., US Army - with one
Oak Leaf Cluster(two total awards)
Edward Almond, US Army - with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Robert S. Beightler, Major General, US Army, Commanding General of the Ohio Army National Guard's 37th Infantry Division
Thomas Blamey, General, Australian Army (later Australia's first Field Marshal)
Richard Bong, USAAF
Lewis H. Brereton, U.S. Army Air Service, later USAAF - with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Maurice Britt, US Army - also Medal of Honorand Silver Star, first recipient of top three combat decorations in a single war; previously NFL football player, later Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
Joseph Burlazzi, US Army
John Francis Burnes, USMC
*Douglas Campbell, U.S. Army Air Service - with four
Oak Leaf Clusters
Bill Carpenter, US Army
*Arthur S. Champeny, US Army - with two Oak leaf Clusters; the only man to receive the DSC in three different conflicts (
World War I, World War IIand the Korean War)
Vasily Chuikov, Soviet Army
Mark W. Clark, US Army
Daniel Daly, USMC
William Orlando Darby, US Army - with one Oak Leaf Cluster
*William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan, US Army
Robert L. Eichelberger, US Army - with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Edward Fuller, USMC
James M. Gavin, US Army - with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Hobart R. Gay, US Army - with Oak Leaf Cluster
David H. Hackworth, US Army - with one Oak Leaf Cluster
*Alexander M. Haig, Jr., US Army
Virginia Hall, OSS civilian
John L. Hines, US Army
Courtney Hodges, US Army
Clarence R. Huebner, US Army - with one Oak Leaf Cluster
LeRoy P. Hunt, USMC
*Frank O'Driscoll "Monk" Hunter, U.S. Army Air Service - with four Oak Leaf Clusters
Charles L. Kelly, US Army - Dust Off pilot, Vietnam, posthumous
*George C. Kenney, U.S. Army Air Service, later USAAF - with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Robert C. Kingston, US Army
*Curtis E. LeMay,
Douglas MacArthur, US Army - with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Peyton C. March, US Army
Anthony McAuliffe, US Army
Barry McCaffrey, US Army
Louis Gonzaga Mendez, Jr., US Army
*William "Billy" Mitchell,
U.S. Army Air Service
Henry Mucci, US Army
Kenneth MuirVC, British Army
*Audie L. Murphy, US Army
*George S. Patton, Jr., US Army - with one Oak Leaf Cluster
*George S. Patton, IV, US Army - with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Keith PayneVC, Australian Army
*John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, US Army
Harvey Possinger, US Army
*Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
Eddie Rickenbacker, U.S. Army Air Service - with six Oak Leaf Clusters (Rickenbacker originally received 8 DSCs, but one was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor)
Matthew B. Ridgway, US Army - with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Keller E. Rockey, USMC
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., US Army
Andrew Summers Rowan, US Army
Alfredo M. Santos, Philippine Army
Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., USMC
Oliver Prince Smith, USMC
Joseph Stilwell, US Army
Maxwell D. Taylor, US Army
Gerald C. Thomas, USMC
James A. Van Fleet, US Army - with two Oak Leaf Clusters
John Paul Vann, US civilian
Jesus Villamor, Philippine Army Air Corps- with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Walton Walker, US Army - with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Richard Winters, US Army
Edward F. Younger, US Army, US Soldier chosen to select the Unknown Soldier for the US after World War I
In a number of cases, an award of the Distinguished Service Cross has later been revoked. In most cases, this has been for one of three reasons: the award was upgraded to the
Medal of Honor, duplicate awards had been made to the same recipient for the same action by two different headquarters, or the award had been revoked to allow republication with a new and revised award citation. Such revocations have occurred over the history of the decoration.
One of the earliest such cases involves one of the most famous American soldiers of World War I,
Alvin York, who initially received a Distinguished Service Cross which was upgraded to the Medal of Honor. And as noted above under "Notable Recipients", top American World War I ace pilot Eddie Rickenbackeroriginally received eight DSCs, but one was upgraded in 1930 to the Medal of Honor. In 1980, Roy Benavidez, a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran, had his Vietnam-era DSC upgraded to the Medal of Honor, which was presented to him in a February 1981 White House ceremony.
A number of DSC revocations and upgrades to the Medal of Honor were the result of reviews initiated by the Army or mandated by the United States Congress. In the early 1990s the Army began a review of discrimination against black soldiers in World War II, none of whom had received the Medal of Honor but several of whom had received lesser awards. Later, the Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 provided for a "Review Regarding Upgrading of Distinguished-Service Crosses and Navy Crosses Awarded to Asian-Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders for World War II Service" and the National Defense Authorization Act for 2002 provided for a "Review Regarding Award of Medal of Honor to Certain Jewish American and Hispanic American War Veterans". [ [http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/10/usc_sec_10_00003741----000-notes.html US CODE: Title 10,3741. Medal of honor: award ] ] There is currenty a petition circulating to upgrade the Distinguished Service Cross of
Major Richard Wintersto a Medal of Honor.
In January 1997, as a result of its review, the Army revoked six awards of the Distinguished Service Cross to black soldiers and upgraded them to the Medal of Honor. These were to
Vernon Baker, Edward A. Carter, Jr., John R. Fox, Willy F. James, Jr., Charles L. Thomasand George Watson (U.S. Army). [http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/go9709.pdf] . In 2001, the Army officially revoked 21 awards of the Distinguished Service Cross and one of the Silver Star to Asian-American soldiers, mostly Japanese-American, whose awards were upgraded to the Medal of Honor. [http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/go0124.pdf] Among those whose DSC was upgraded was U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye. Others include Francis B. Waiand Rudolph B. Davila. Jon E. Swanson, posthumously awarded a DSC in 1972, had this revoked in November 2005 (Department of the Army General Order No. 9 of 2005), after his DSC was upgraded to the Medal of Honor in December 2002 (Department of the Army General Order No. 14 of 2002). Another Vietnam War helicopter pilot, Bruce P. Crandall, was awarded the DSC in June 2001 (General Order No. 25 of 2001). This award was rescinded in November 2005 when a new citation was issued (General Order No. 9 of 2005), but the DSC itself was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor, which was presented in February 2007 (the DSC was revoked in General Order No. 3 of 2007).
In the case of the DSC, any false written or verbal claim to a decoration or medal or any wear, purchase, attempt to purchase, solicitation for purchase, mailing, shipping, import, export, manufacture, sale, attempt to sell, advertising for sale, trade, or barter of a decoration or medal authorized for wear by authorized military members or veterans is a federal offense punishable by up to six months in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. [ 18 U.S.C. 704 ]
Awards and decorations of the United States military
Awards and decorations of the United States Army
List of military decorations
* [http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Awards/DSC1.html US Army Institute of Heraldry: Distinguished Service Cross]
* [http://www.homeofheroes.com/distinguishedservicecross/index.html Home of Heroes page on the Distinguished Service Cross]
* [http://www.legionofvalor.com/ Legion of Valor]
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