Who gets a Distinguished Service Medal?

This decoration, established by Congress on July 6, 1960, is awarded to members of the United States Air Force who distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service to the government in a duty of great responsibility, in combat or otherwise.

How many people have received the Distinguished Service Medal?

Distinguished Service Cross (United States)

Distinguished Service Cross
Eligibility United States Army soldiers
Status Currently awarded
First awarded 2 January 1918
Total 13,462

Which military branch originated in the US Army?

the Continental Army
The U.S. Army evolved from the Continental Army, created on July 14, 1775, by the CONTINENTAL CONGRESS to fight the Revolutionary War against the British.

What is the second highest medal awarded in the military?


  • The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration that may be awarded by the United States government.
  • The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army (and previously, the United States Army Air Forces).

What is the most prestigious Medal in the military?

The Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration that may be awarded by the United States government.

Who was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in World War 2?

It was later extended to cover the Merchant Navy and Army, the WRNS and RAF personnel serving aboard ships in the Second World War.

When was the Distinguished Service Medal ( DSM ) replaced?

As a result of the 1993 Review of gallantry awards and resultant changes to the operational gallantry award system, the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) has been replaced by the Distinguished Service Cross which is now available to officers and other ranks.

Where can I find list of Military Medal recipients?

Lists of military medal recipients Since 1988 Email The American War Library| Home Lists of Military Medal Recipients Click Here to Email This Page to a friend The following Medal and Award lists awarded for Individual Performance are currently being compiled by the American War Library.

How big is a silver medal for Distinguished Service?

Description – Silver circular medal 36mm diameter – The obverse of the medal bears the crowned effigy of the reigning monarch. The reverse has the inscription ‘FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE’ in three lines, within a laurel wreath surmounted by an Imperial crown.