Very well executed by the designers. The ribbon, a distinct CG variation of the Navy Cross, keeping a close naval recognition, the national shield, a long time CG distinguishing mark and the old fashioned anchors.
Thanx for posting, and a BZ to those that got the action rolling for the CG to have its own decoration for valor on the same level as the other services..
‘‘§ 491a. Coast Guard cross ‘‘The President may award a Coast Guard cross of appropriate design, with ribbons and appurtenances, to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard, when the Coast Guard is not operating under the Department of the Navy, distin- guishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a medal of honor— ‘‘(1) while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; ‘‘(2) while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force or international terrorist organization; or ‘‘(3) while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.’’.
I'm glad the CG finally created thsi award after all the urging by a GM who was credited in the CGCVA's quarterdeck log ...
One of our own, Bill Wells, was noted by the Coast Guard Combat Veterans Quarterdeck Log as "through his initiative and persistence behind the scenes it (the Coast Guard Distinguised Service Cross, SilverStar) has become a reality." Signed into law 15 October.