Distinguished Service Cross


The Distinguished Service Cross, also known as the DSC, is our Nation's second highest award for valor, second only to the Medal of Honor.  The Distinguished Service Cross was created during the First World War and was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on January 2, 1918.

Chapter 3, Army Regulation 600-8-22 (Military Awards)

3-7 - Distinguished Service Cross

a. The Distinguished Service Cross, section 3742, title 10, United States Code (10 USC 3742), was established by Act of Congress 9 July 1918 (amended by act of 25 July 1963).

b. The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to a person who while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguished 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 United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or 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 or her comrades.


Medic DSC's

Army Medics who were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during their service in Viet Nam

Cav DSC's

First Cavalry Division Soldiers who were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during their service in Viet Nam 



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