Original U.S. WWI Numbered Distinguished Service Cross with Case

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. During World War One there were 6,309 recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross.

The breakdown for each brans was as follows:

- 5,429 Army
- 319  Army Air Service
- 357 Marine Corps
- 43 Navy
- 154 Foreign Service Members
- 7 Civilian

The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Army (and previously the United States Air Force) for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. Actions that merit the Distinguished Service Cross must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations, but which do not meet the criteria for the Medal of Honor. The Distinguished Service Cross is equivalent to the Navy Cross (Navy and Marine Corps), the Air Force Cross (Air Force), and the Coast Guard Cross (Coast Guard).

The Distinguished Service Cross was first awarded during World War I. In addition, a number of awards were bestowed for actions which took place before World War I. In many cases, the medal was awarded to soldiers who had received a Certificate of Merit for gallantry; at the time, this certificate was the only other honor for gallantry the Army could present to combatants in lieu of a Medal of Honor.

This is an excellent example of a genuine Great War period DSC. It is numbered 8077 and is contained in the original maroon leather case of issue, which is also offered in excellent condition with functional push button lock release. The box is embossed in gold lettering D.S.C. The medal is not named.
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