distinguished service cross usa

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS (USA)
The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the United States Army's second highest military decoration for soldiers who display extraordinary heroism in 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 which do not meet the criteria for the Medal of Honor. The Army Distinguished Service Cross is equivalent to the Navy and Marine Corps' Navy Cross, the Air Force and Space Force's Air Force Cross, and the Coast Guard Cross. Prior to the creation of the Air Force Cross in 1960, airmen were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

The Distinguished Service Cross was first awarded during World War I. In addition, a number of awards were bestowed for actions which took place before World War I. In many cases, the medal was awarded to soldiers who had received a Certificate of Merit for gallantry; at the time, this certificate was the only other honor for gallantry the Army could present to combatants in lieu of a Medal of Honor. Others were furnished in belated recognition of actions which occurred in the Philippine–American War, during the Boxer Rebellion, and Pancho Villa Expedition.

The Distinguished Service Cross is distinct from the Distinguished Service Medal, which is awarded to Army soldiers in recognition of exceptionally meritorious service to the government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility. The Distinguished Service Cross is only awarded for actions in combat, while the Distinguished Service Medal has no such restriction.
  1. CARPETBAGGERS Allen, Keith Nichols

    SURNAME Allen FORENAME Keith Nicols UNIT 1403 AAF Base Unit,Leuchars RANK Lieutenant Colonel NUMBER 0-303181 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross PLACE Europe ADDITIONAL INFORMATION See roll of honour
  2. RANGERS 2 Dunlop, Johnston

    SURNAME Dunlop FORENAME Johnston UNIT Company E,50th Infantry (LRP) RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER 514333339 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross PLACE Vietnam ADDITIONAL INFORMATION See roll of honour
  3. RANGERS 2 Contreros, Albert Dionisio,Jr

    SURNAME Contreros FORENAME Albert Dionsio, Jr UNIT Company F,58th Infantry (LRP) RANK Sergeant NUMBER 1182119 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross PLACE Vietnam 1968 (posthumous) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION See Roll of Honour entry
  4. GREEN BERETS Waymire, Jackie L.

    SURNAME Waymire FORENAME Jackie L. UNIT 5 SF Group (Company B,Det A-218) (2 M.S.F.C.) RANK Sergeant NUMBER 15688393 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross,Bronze Star with V device,Army Commendation Medal PLACE South Vietnam 1966-67 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  5. GREEN BERETS Walker, William Wayman

    SURNAME Walker FORENAME William Wayman UNIT 5 SF Group (Company A,Det B-33) RANK Captain NUMBER 258524875 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross,Bronze Star with V device with 2 oak leaf clusters,Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster PLACE South Vietnam 1970 ADDITIONAL...
  6. GREEN BERETS Villarosa, Paul Herman

    SURNAME Villarosa FORENAME Paul Herman UNIT 5 SF Group (MACV- SOG - CCN) (FOB 4) (RT Intruder) RANK Sergeant First Class NUMBER 19707581 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross,Bronze Star PLACE Laos 1967-68 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  7. GREEN BERETS Terry, Ronald Terrance

    SURNAME Terry FORENAME Ronald Terrance UNIT 5 SF Group (Company E,Det B-52) (Project Delta) RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER 12471604 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross,Bronze Star PLACE South Vietnam 1964-66 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION awarded DSC for actions 9-14.12.1964 KIA 1966 - see Roll...
  8. GREEN BERETS Stahl, Phillip Thomas

    SURNAME Stahl FORENAME Phillip Thomas UNIT 5 SF Group (Det A-102) RANK Specialist Fifth Class NUMBER 12638984 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross PLACE South Vietnam 1966 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  9. GREEN BERETS Lopez, John Edward,Jr

    SURNAME Lopez FORENAME John Edward,Jr UNIT 5 SF Group (Company B,Det A-242) RANK Sergeant First Class NUMBER 554547041 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross PLACE South Vietnam 1969 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  10. AIR COMMANDO 2 Frahman, Lawrence John

    SURNAME Frahman FORENAME Lawrence John UNIT 20 Tactical Air Support Squadron (505 Tactical Air Control Group) RANK Major NUMBER 3023795 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross,Bronze Star PLACE South Vietnam 1965 (DFC) - 1966 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  11. RANGERS 2 Cruz, Enrique Salas

    SURNAME Cruz FORENAME Enrique Salas UNIT Company I (Ranger),75th Infantry RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER 10115778 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross,Silver Star PLACE South Vietnam 1969 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  12. RANGERS 2 Coyle, James Michael

    SURNAME Coyle FORENAME James Michael UNIT 41 ARVN Ranger Bn,SD-5891,HQ MACV Advisors RANK First Lieutenant NUMBER 0-93643 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross PLACE South Vietnam 1964 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  13. PARAMARINES Callahan, Caliste A.

    SURNAME Callahan FORENAME Caliste A. UNIT 1 Marine Parachute Regiment (Company A,1 Bn) RANK Private First Class NUMBER 434002 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross PLACE Bougainville 1943 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  14. MARS TASK FORCE Whitaker, Anthony

    SURNAME Whitaker FORENAME Anthony UNIT 124th Cavalry Regiment (Troop F) RANK Private First Class NUMBER 35789311 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross PLACE Burma 1945 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  15. COASTWATCHERS Vial, Leigh Grant

    SURNAME Vial FORENAME Leigh Grant UNIT R.A.A.F. (coastwatcher and intelligence officer) RANK Pilot Officer NUMBER 253939 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross (US) PLACE Pacific 1943 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION killed - see Roll of Honour
  16. AUSTRALIAN COMMANDOS Matheson, Donald George Melbourne

    SURNAME Matheson FORENAME Donald George Melbourne UNIT 2/3 Commando Squadron RANK Lieutenant Colonel NUMBER WX11483 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross (US) PLACE Guadalcanal 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  17. PARAS Allen, Reginald

    SURNAME Allen FORENAME Reginald UNIT 3 Bn RANK Colour Sergeant NUMBER 3654909 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross (US) PLACE North Africa 1942-43 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  18. GREEN BERETS Rose, Gary Michael

    SURNAME Rose FORENAME Gary Michael (Mike) UNIT 5 SF Group (MACV-SOG) (Hatchet Force) RANK Sergeant NUMBER AWARD Medal of Honor,Distinguished Service Cross,Bronze Star with V device PLACE Laos 1970 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Southern California entered service 1967 Special...
  19. JEDBURGH Cote, Roger E.

    SURNAME Cote FORENAME Roger E. UNIT OSS Jedburgh Team Augustus RANK First Sergeant NUMBER 11084219 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross (US) PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  20. JEDBURGH Bonsall, John Halsey

    SURNAME Bonsall FORENAME John Halsey UNIT OSS Jedburgh Team Augustus RANK Major NUMBER 0-413060 AWARD Distinguished Service Cross,Purple Heart PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
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