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Catalog Number 10209-47
Title Certificate, Achievement, Distinguished Service Cross
Object Name Certificate, Achievement
Description This certificate is the Achievement of the Distinguished Service Cross.This is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army, for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. This certificate has an outline of French words. Beside the French words are pillars that hold up the words, UNITED STATES ARMY. Below the A in STATES is the medal that is entwined with a ribbon that says E. PLURIBUS UNUM. Between the two pillars in the award, awarded on January 3, 1919 signed by Commander in Chief, John Pershing. The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army, for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. This soldiers distinguished extraordinary heroism not justifying the Medal of Honor. President Woodrow Wilson created this medal on January 2, 1918. General Pershing recommended that there be another award for recognition besides the Medal of Honor award.
Date 1919
Material paper, ink
Height (in) 14
Width (in) 17.5
People Daniel, Henry
Event World War I
History Awarded to Henry Daniel, who served as a Private with the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on July 9, 1918 "for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Battery A, 10th Field Artillery, 3rd Division, A.E.F., near St. Eugene, France, 9 July 1918. Private Daniel repeatedly volunteered and carried important messages four kilometers through heavy shell fire near the enemy's lines. On one trip he found a wounded soldier and carried him through an enemy barrage to the dressing station".

Daniel was a graduate of Crete High and Done College. See donor file for more history and copies of obituaries.

The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army, for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. This soldiers distinguished extraordinary heroism not justifying the Medal of Honor. President Woodrow Wilson created this medal on January 2, 1918. General Pershing recommended that there be another award for recognition besides the Medal of Honor award. Henry Daniel is from Crete, NE.
Credit line Allison D. Petersen, Walton, Nebraska
Collection Petersen, Allison D.