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



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





    Picture of the Distinguished Service Medal medal

    Picture of the Distinguished Service Medal ribbon


    Date Authorized: January 2nd, 1918 by Presidential Order

    Ribbon Colors: gold; blue (67118); red (67111); white (67101)


    Description (Ribbon):

    Ribbon is colored with a thick band of scarlet, a thin band of ultramarine blue, a wide center band of white, a thin band of ultramarine blue and again with a thick band of scarlet.


    Description (Medal):

    Gold United States Coat of Arms encircled by a dark blue circle; circle is inscribed with "FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MCMXVIII"; recipients name is engraved on the reverse side of the medal; medal is connected to the ribbon via a horizontal bar.


    Award Criteria:

    Accomplishing extremely exceptional action (well above and beyond normal duty) for the United States Government when in service to the United States Army and in a position of high responsibility; not restricted to wartime; may be given to individuals beyond the armed services though only in a time of war and through the direct approval of the President of the United States.