Distinguished Service Cross


: a British military decoration awarded for distinguished service against the enemy
: a U.S. Army decoration awarded for extraordinary heroism during operations against an armed enemy

Examples of Distinguished Service Cross in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Puckett was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest U.S. military honor, in 1951. CBS News, 10 Apr. 2024 In addition to the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest decoration for valor, Colonel Puckett held a Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during the Vietnam War, along with two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts in his 22 years of military service. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2024 General Bahnsen was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during a battle in early 1969. Michael S. Rosenwald, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2024 His leadership earned him the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army’s second-highest honor. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Aug. 2023 Recognition for Johnson’s service only arrived decades later: He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart in 1996, the Distinguished Service Cross in 2002 and the Medal of Honor in 2015. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 June 2023 The Army awarded him a second Distinguished Service Cross in 1967 for rallying his men in Vietnam through an ambush and counterattacking while exposing himself to enemy fire. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 15 May 2023 Cavazos received three major military decorations for valor in combat, including the Distinguished Service Cross twice for his service in those two wars. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 9 May 2023 After his service in Vietnam, he was awarded a second Distinguished Service Cross. Tesfaye Negussie, ABC News, 9 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Distinguished Service Cross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Distinguished%20Service%20Cross. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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