Distinguished Flying Cross
|The Distinguished Flying Cross is a
medal awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United
States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself in
combat in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary
achievement while participating in an aerial flight, subsequent
to November 11, 1918." The decoration may also be given for an
act performed prior to that date when the individual has been
recommended for, but has not received the Medal of Honor,
Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross or
Distinguished Service Medal.
The Distinguished Flying Cross, was authorized by an Act of
Congress of July 2, 1926, an act amended by Executive Order 7786
on January 8, 1938. It was awarded first to Herbert Dargue, and
not Charles Lindbergh as many believe.