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  • Description of the Distinguished Service Cross including award criteria and image for referencing.

    Details of the Distinguished Service Cross service medal of the United States military.

    Picture of the Distinguished Service Cross medal

    Picture of the Distinguished Service Cross ribbon

    Date Authorized: January 2nd, 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson per General Pershing

    Ribbon Colors: red (67156); white (67101); blue (67175); gold

    Description (Ribbon):

    1-3/8 inches in width; red-white-blue-white-red color pattern from left to right.

    Description (Medal):

    Bronze cross suspended from ribbon via ring; eagle at center of cross with open scroll below showcasing "FOR VALOR" inscription; the reverse side has a wreath over the center point of the cross; the recipient's name is inscribed within the wreath; the original DSC design is more ornate along the cross surfaces with a different eagle design and no wreath but still containing the scroll.

    Award Criteria:

    Awarded to the individual in service with the Army, having distinguished themself in an act of such extraordinary heroism against an enemy of the United States well above his or her own comrades; this award is given when the act does not justify the awarding of the Medal of Honor.