Created on January 2, 1918, the Army Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest award granted to United States Army personnel. It is awarded in instances of acts of heroism in combat with enemy forces, often involving risk of life. Operations supporting friendly forces of foreign nations are also eligible. The Army Distinguished Service Cross was first awarded in World War I.
The medal features a bronze cross with an eagle in front of a laurel wreath and above a scroll that reads “FOR VALOR.” The ribbon is blue with a thin vertical red stripe on each edge and a thinner white stripe to the interior of each.
Oak leaf clusters may be issued to indicate subsequent awards.