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American Military Patches, Other Insignia and Decorations of World War Two by Dr. Howard G. Lanham c.2002

Medals of the Second World War

Army Distinguished Service Cross

Distinguished Service Cross
Army Distinguished Service Cross

The President authorized the Army Distinguished Service Cross on January 2, 1918. It is awarded to persons who distinguished themselves by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.

In the precedence of awards it ranks under only the Medal of Honor. It was designed by Captain Aymar Embury, who also designed the Distinguished Service Medal. It may be awarded posthumously or to allied military forces. Additional awards are indicated by bronze oak leaf clusters.

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