The Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) is a military award of the United States Army that is presented to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the United States military, has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility. The performance must be such as to merit recognition for service that is clearly exceptional. Exceptional performance of normal duty will not alone justify an award of this decoration

Distinguished Service Medal in "Cayos in the Stream"Edit

Ernest Hemingway was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal for his destruction of a German U-boat off the coast of Cuba in 1942.

Distinguished Service Medal in Southern VictoryEdit

The Distinguished Service Medal was an award given out by the United States Army. Usually reserved for soldiers, it was granted to civilian Hal Jacobs, who had spied on Confederate forces in Washington, DC during the Great War but had never been decorated or recognized for it. The medal was presented to Jacobs by Theodore Roosevelt as one of Roosevelt's last official acts as President of the United States.[1]


  1. Blood and Iron, pgs. 359-360, pb.
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