Distinguished Service Cross Medal

Physical Description
Bronze cross suspended from a red, white, and blue ribbon. An eagle rests in the center of the cross. Below the eagle, a scroll bears the inscription "FOR VALOR." On reverse, the center of the cross is circled by a wreath with a space for the name of the recipient.
Specific History
This Distinguished Service Cross was awarded to General John J. Pershing.
General History
The Distinguished Service Cross, the DSC, is the second highest award for valor bestowed on a solider. President Woodrow Wilson established the award on January 2, 1918. The DSC is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the army, distinguished himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor: while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades.
associated date
1917 - 1918
Pershing, John J.
associated place
United States
Physical Description
cloth (suspension ribbon material)
metal (pin fastener material)
bronze (pendant material)
overall: 3 3/4 in x 2 in x 1/2 in; 9.525 cm x 5.08 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Estate of General John J. Pershing
related event
World War I
The Emergence of Modern America
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History