Navy Distinguished Service Medal


Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
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Awarded by United States Navy
Type Medal
Awarded for "Distinguishing oneself with exceptional meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility."
Status Currently Awarded
Statistics
Established 4 February 1919
First awarded Brigadier General Charles A. Doyen, USMC 13 March 1919
Precedence
Next (higher) Army: Distinguished Service Cross
Navy: Navy Cross
Air Force: Air Force Cross
Equivalent Distinguished Service Medal: Defense, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard
Next (lower) Silver Star
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Navy Distinguished Service Medal ribbon

The Navy Distinguished Service Medal is a military award of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps which was first created in 1919.[1] The decoration is the Navy and Marine Corps equivalent to the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, and the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal. The Navy Distinguished Service Medal was originally senior to the Navy Cross, until August 1943 when the precedence of the two decorations was reversed.

The Navy Distinguished Service Medal is bestowed upon members of the Navy or Marine Corps who distinguish themselves by exceptionally meritorious service to the United States government in a duty of great responsibility.[1] The term “great responsibility” implies senior military responsibility, and the decoration is normally only bestowed to senior Navy Flag and Marine Corps General Officers. The decoration is rarely awarded to enlisted personnel, and then only to those who hold extremely senior enlisted positions such as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, or Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. Additional awards of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal [2] are annotated by gold award stars.

The first award of the decoration was a posthumous presentation to Brigadier General Charles A. Doyen, USMC, on March 13, 1919.

The first Navy enlisted man to be awarded the Distinguished Service Medal was Delbert D. Black. Master Chief Black was the 1st Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON).

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Notable recipients

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