Navy Marine Distinguished Service Mini Medal
Marine / Navy Distinguished Service Miniature Medal
Service: Navy, Marine Corps
Marine / Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Criteria: Exceptionally meritorious service to the U.S. Government in a duty of great responsibility
Devices: Gold, Silver Star
Notes: 107 copies of earlier medal design issued, but later withdrawn. First ribbon design was 1½" wide
For exceptionally meritorious service to the U.S. Government in a duty of great responsibility. The Navy Distinguished Service Medal is worn after the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and before the Silver Star.
The Navy Distinguished Service Medal was established by an
Act of Congress and approved on February 4, 1919 and, like the Navy
Cross, was made retroactive to April 6, 1917. During this period there
was confusion about what criteria constituted the award of the
Distinguished Service Medal and what criteria constituted the award of
the Navy Cross. At the outbreak of World War II, laws governing the
award of naval decorations were changed with Public Law 702, which
placed the Navy Cross above the Navy Distinguished Service Medal
and clearly limited the medal for exceptionally meritorious service and
not for acts of heroism. The first Medal was awarded, posthumously, to
Brigadier General Charles M. Doyen, USMC.
The Distinguished Service Medal is a gold medallion with an American
bald eagle with displayed wings in the center. The eagle is surrounded
by a blue enameled ring which contains the words, “UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA” with “NAVY” at the bottom. Outside the blue ring is a gold
border of waves. The medal is suspended from its ribbon by a five
pointed white enameled star with an anchor in the center. Behind the
star are gold rays emanating from the re-entrant angles of the star. The
reverse of the medal contains a trident surrounded by a wreath of
laurel. The wreath is surrounded by a blue enamel ring with the
inscription, “FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE”. The blue enamel ring is
surrounded by a gold border of waves the same as on the front of the
medal. The ribbon is navy blue with a gold stripe in the center.
Additional awards of the Medal are denoted by gold stars five sixteenths
of an inch in diameter.
Customer needs to contact a Military Awards Specialist at 800-308-0849 to purchase the Distinguished Service Mini Medal.