Army Distinguished Service Medal Miniature

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Service: Army

Instituted: 1918

Criteria: Exceptionally mer­itorious service to the Uni­ted States Government in a duty of great responsibility.

Devices: All Services: Bronze & Silver Oak Leaf Cluster

Authorized by Congress on July 9, 1918 for exceptionally meritorious service to the United States while serving in a duty of great responsibility with the U.S. Army. It was originally intended for qualifying actions during wartime only, but was later authorized during both wartime or peacetime.

As this country’s highest award for meritorious service or achievement, it has been awarded to both military and civilians, foreign and domestic.

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