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

Ray A. Messanelli
New York State Archives, NYSA_A0412-78_B14_F04_Messanelli_photo
 
Document Description
Photograph of World War I soldier Ray A. Messanelli a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross. The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest medal that an American soldier can be awarded during a time of war, c. 1919.
 

Historical Context
The medal above Ray A. Messanelli's pocket is 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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