Distinguished Service Medal


: a British military decoration awarded for distinguished conduct in war
: a U.S. military decoration awarded for exceptionally meritorious service to the government in a wartime duty of great responsibility

Examples of Distinguished Service Medal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was posthumously recognized for his sacrifice with the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2024 His other decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merit honors and two Purple Hearts. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2023 Quran, during a 2021 ceremony, was given a Distinguished Service Medal and Officer of The Year award for the 2019 year. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 20 June 2022 Her grandfather died last year, so Anna and her dad accepted Smoky’s Distinguished Service Medal from the group Animals in War & Peace. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Distinguished Service Medal was in 1914

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“Distinguished Service Medal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Distinguished%20Service%20Medal. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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