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Ray A. Messanelli Service Record, Navy, World War I, Distinguished Service Cross Recipient, c. 1919

Ray A. Messanelli Service Record
New York State Archives, NYSA_A0412-78_B14_F04_Messanelli_record
Document Description
Service record of Ray A. Messanelli, Navy, a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for acts of heroism during World War I, c. 1919.

Historical Context
Ray A. Messanelli's service record states that he was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross.  This medal is awarded for acts of heroism beyond what is required for the Silver Star medal, but which do not quite qualify for a Congressional Medal of Honor.  
The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest medal that an American soldier can be awarded during a time of war.

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