The Distinguished Service Cross (United States Army) and the Navy Cross (United States Navy, Marine Corps) are the second highest decorations awarded for valor in the United States military; second only to the Medal of Honor. It is awarded to a serviceman who has distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his comrades.

According to the best available data, it has been confirmed that members of Phi Delta Theta have been awarded at least 61 Distinguished Service Crosses and 30 Navy Crosses. However, there are many still unaccounted for and the list is inherently incomplete.

* Indicates posthumous award
Ranks are indicated based on when the medal was awarded

USAAC = United States Army Air Corps (WWI)
USAAF = United States Army Air Forces (WWII)
USMC = United States Marine Corps
USN = United States Navy
USA = United States Army

World War I (1917-1918)
1st Lt. Edward Buford Jr., USAAC
Vanderbilt University, 1913
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation

Flew with famed Capt.
Eddie Rickenbacker

Capt. Robert Patterson, USA
Union College, 1912
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
Also listed in Fed Gov't Exec. Cab.
Major Dwight F. Davis, USA
Washington University, 1899
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation

Also listed under: Politics-US Federal,
Sports-Olympic/Other, Flag Officers

Lt. Robert W. Cary, USN
University of Missouri, 1912
Navy Cross Recipient
Citation
Also a Medal of Honor Recipient
Brigadier General
Cyrus S. Radford, USMC

Sewanee College, 1884
Navy Cross Recipient
Citation
Also listed under Generals
Pharmacist's Mate First Class
John Henry Balch, USN

Northwestern, 1920
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
Interservice Award-US Army
Also a Medal of Honor Recipient
Lt. Colonel
Charles P. Hall, USA

Univ. of Mississippi, 1909
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation

Also listed under Generals

Capt. Frederick Muhlenberg, USA
Gettysburg, 1908
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation

Also listed in Gov't: Federal

* Capt. Elijah Worsham, USA
Purdue, 1908
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
Brig. Gen. John B. McDonald, USA
Auburn University, 1891
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
Also listed in Generals

Captain
Maurice Wilton Howe, USA

Cornell, 1916
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
Major John J. F. Steiner
Univ. of Alabama, 1914
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
1st Lt. Arthur T. Lee, USA
Whitman College, 1917
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
Capt. William J. Coyle, USA
Univ. of Washington, 1912

Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
Also listed in Gov't: State

1st Lt. Phil Henderson, USAAC
Univ. of Washington, 1916
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
1st Lt. Royal C. Johnson, USA
University of South Dakota, 1906

Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
Also listed in Fed. Gov't
* 2nd Lt. Charles B. Busey
Univ. of Illinois, 1908
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
* 2nd Lt. Edwin V. Evans
University of Colorado, 1918

Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
* 1st Lt. Earl R. Fretz
Brown, 1916
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient
Citation
* Capt. Mortimer H. Jordan, USA
University of Alabama, 1902

Distinguished Service Cross
Citation
Commander. Company K, 16th Infantry
42nd "Rainbow Division"
KIA. Sergy, France
Commander William H. Lee, USN
North Carolina, 1904
Navy Cross Recipient

Citation

Lt. Cmdr. Edmund D. Almy
Univ. of Kentucky 1906

Navy Cross Recipient

Citation

Luther Ellis, USA
Wabash, 1914
Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

2d Lt. Harwood O. Benton, USA
Washburn College, 1917

Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

William R. Farmer
Washington and Jefferson, 1892
Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

Burdette S. Wright
Purdue, 1915

Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

Robert Griffin
Colorado-Stanford, 1916
Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

Frank Carter
Georgia, 1913

Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

James J. Pirtle
Wabash, 1918
Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

Paul T. Crosby
Syracuse, 1913

Navy Cross Recipient

Harry O. McDougall
Idaho, 1917
Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

Donald W. Green
Univ. of Illinois, 1913

Distinguished Cross Recipient

Edward H. Price
Washington Univ. - St Louis, 1917
Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

Charles DeLeuw
Illinois, 1912

Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

Calvin Richards
Centre, 1911
Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

Arthur H. Alexander
Wisconsin, 1914

Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

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World War II (1941-1945)
*Maj. Gen. Edwin D. Patrick, USA
Indiana Univ., 1916
Dist. Serv. Cross Recipient
Citation
Highest ranking Phi Officer killed
in action in WWII. Killed during
liberation of the Philippines
Col. Keith Karl Compton USAAF
Westminster, 1937
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient

Colonel Ramsey Potts, USAAF
North Carolina, 1938
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient

Citation

Also listed in Generals

Captain
Osborne Hardison, USN
University of North Carolina, 1911
Navy Cross Recipient
Citation
Also listed under Admirals
*Ensign
John Porter Gray, USN
Westminster College, 1937
Navy Cross Recipient

Citation
Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8)
KIA. Battle of Midway, 1942

Lt. Col. Julian J. Ewell, USA
Duke University, 1936
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient

Regimental Commander
101st Airborne Division

Citation

Vice Adm. John McCain, USN
University of Mississippi, 1905
Navy Cross Recipient
Citation
Last Phi to die while
in service in WWII

Also listed under: Flag Officers

Lt. Clark Faulkner, USN
Univ. of Nebraska, 1940
Navy Cross Recipient

Citation

Lt. Fred Metheny, USA
University of Nebraska, 1943
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient

Citation

Colonel Brian O'Neill, USAAF
Lafayette College, 1933
Distinguished Service Cross Recipient

Citation

Lt. Whitney Wright, USN
Colby College, 1937
Navy Cross Recipient

Citation

Capt. Charles Booth, USAAF
Washington and Jefferson College, 1941
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient

Citation

Brig. General
Francis Griswold, USAAF
Ohio State, 1928
Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

* 1st Lt. William H. Swisher USMC
Illinois, 1941
Navy Cross Recipient

Citation

Lt. Junior Grade
Joseph Eisenhuth, USN
Penn State, 1948
Navy Cross
Recipient

Citation

John Alison, USAAF
University of Florida, 1935
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient

Citation

Also listed in Generals

*Capt. William C. Cornelius, USA
Vanderbilt, 1941
Distinguished Service Cross
KIA. Operation Brewer
Papua New Guinea, 1944.

Citation

*Major Don B. Dunham, USA
Oregon State, 1932
Distinguished Service Cross

504th Parachute Infantry
KIA. Altavilla, Italy, 1943

Citation

* Lt. Langdon K. Fieberling, USNR
U.C. Berkeley, 1932
Navy Cross Recipient
Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8)
KIA. Battle of Midway, 1942

Citation

*2nd Lt. Robert M. Wilde, USAAF
Univ. of Virginia, 1940
Distinguished Service Cross

Citation

KIA. New Guinea

*Lt. Col. Raymond S. Gates, USA
Univ. of Vermont, 1926
Distinguished Service Cross

Citation

2nd Lt. James F. Eckrich, USAAF
Lawrence, 1944
Distinguished Service Cross

450th Bombardment Squadron
322d Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force

Lt. William Timms, USN
Swarthmore College, 1940
Navy Cross Recipient

Citation

1st. Lt. Harris C. Neil, USA
Southern Methodist, 1939
Distinguished Service Cross

Citation

* Cdr. Lawrence Lott Edge, USN
Georgia Tech, 1933
3 Time Recipient of
the Navy Cross

Citations

* Capt. John L. Dufrane, Jr., USAAF
Oregon State, 1932
Distinguished Service Cross
Major Gale Cleven, USAAF
Wyoming, 1941
Distinguished Service Cross
Capt. Daniel K. Edwards, USA
Duke, 1935
Distinguished Service Cross
Col. Charles M. Anckorn
Univ. of Idaho, 1917
Distinguished Servic Cross

Cmdr. Malcolm E. Garrison
Univ. of Iowa, 1932
2 Time Recipient
Navy Cross
* Major Thomas N. Powell, Jr
Auburn, 1937
Distinguished Service Cross

Citations

*Capt. Naubert O. Simard, USA
Florida, 1940
Distinguished Service Cross

Citation

* 1st Lt. Thomas D. Sollom, USA
North Dakota, 1941
Distinguished Service Cross

Citation

* 1st Lt. Karl Tanner, USMC
Texas, 1933
Navy Cross

Citation

KIA. Iwo Jima

Col. David Schilling, USAAF
Dartmouth, 1939
Two Time Recipient
Distinguished Service Cross

1 of 38 "Ace in a Day" in WWII Citation

Lt. Thomas A. Jenkins
Missouri, 1936
Navy Cross

Citation

1st Lt. William Sanders, USMC
Randolph-Macon & Virginia 1943
Navy Cross

Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll

*Cpl. John G. Folsom, USMC
Colorado College, 1943
Navy Cross

KIA. Iwo Jima

Lt. Col. Edward Hurst, USMC
Mercer, 1938
Navy Cross

Okinawa

Lt. Col. William G. Robb, USMC
Idaho, 1933
Navy Cross

Okinawa

Jack R. Dewitt
Wisconsin, 1942
Distinguished Service Cross
Lt. Frank Charles Thomas, USMC
Amherst, 1942
Navy Cross
Eugene Conklin
Kansas, 1946
Navy Cross
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Korean War (1950-1953)
Col. Robert Taplett, USMC
University of South Dakota, 1940
Navy Cross Recipient

Brig. General Arthur S. Champeny, USA
Washburn College, 1916
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient

Three time recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross. Previous awards in WWI and WWII

*Pvt. 1st Class Robert T. Copple, USA
Hanover College, 1953
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient

Paul N. McCloskey, USMC
Stanford University, 1951
Navy Cross Recipient

U.S. Marines
Also awarded Silver Star
and two purple hearts

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Vietnam War (1965-1975)
Major General
John Hay Jr. USA
Westminster, 1939
Distinguished Service Cross
Recipient

Brigadier General
Bernard W. Rogers, USA
Kansas State, 1943
Distinguished Service
Cross Recipient

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