Common clues: U.S. Army medal; Mil. decoration;
Mil. honor; Mil. hero's award
once a year
in English language:
42907 / 86800
Related crosswordese: DSM, DSO
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Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest military award
that can be given to a member of the United States Army (and
previously, the United States Army Air Forces), 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 that they are above those required for all
other U.S. combat decorations but do not meet the criteria for
the Medal of Honor. The Distinguished Service Cross is equivalent
to the Navy Cross (Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) and the
Air Force Cross (Air Force).
Distinguished Service Cross was first awarded during World War I.
In addition, a number of awards were made for actions before
World War I. In many cases, these were to soldiers who had
received a Certificate of Merit for gallantry which, at the time,
was the only other honor for gallantry the Army could award, or
recommend a Medal of Honor. Others were belated recognition of
actions in the Philippines, on the Mexican Border and during the
Distinguished Service Cross 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.
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