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Catalog Number 10209-44-(1-3)
Title Medal, Distinguished Service Cross with Display Case and Ribbon Box
Object Name Medal
Description This is 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.The cross is bronze and 2 inches in height and 1 13/16 inches in width with an eagle on the center and a scroll below the eagle bearing the inscription "FOR VALOR". On the reverse side, the center of the cross is circled by a wreath with a space for engraving the name of the recipient. There is a red, white and blue ribbon attaching the cross to the pin. It comes with a brown display box that is D.S.C. in gold on it. There is a ribbon box that is tan and has 2653 below the Distinguished Service Cross.
Date 1918, ca.
Material metal, fabric
Length (in) 3
Width (in) 1.75
People Daniel, Henry
Event World War I
History This medal was awarded to Henry Daniel during World War I. Daniel 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.
Credit line Allison D. Petersen, Walton, Nebraska
Collection Petersen, Allison D.