DSC World War II Recipients

1st Cavalry Division Distinguished Service Cross

World War II Recipients


Troopers of the 1st Cavalry Division have been awarded 261 Distinguished Service Crosses in four wars, with 113 of them being awarded posthumously.  There were no Distinguished Service Crosses awarded to First Team Troopers during the Gulf War or from service in Afghanistan.

Rank, Name – Unit – Date of Action

CPL Peter J. Armstrong – A Troop 1-8th Cavalry – March 19,1944
BG William G. Chase – HQ 1st Cavalry Brigade – February 2-3, 1945
LTC Haskett L. Conner – HQ 2-8th Cavalry – February 3, 1945
1LT Shirley Davidson – 1st Cavalry Division – February 12-24, 1945
T-SGT Harold W. Deitrick – 1st Cavalry Division – February 25, 1945
*SGT Harold L. Finney – Weapons Troop 5th Cavalry – November 22, 1944
T-SGT John J. Gallagher – G Troop 2-8th Cavalry – February 3, 1945
MAJ James C. Gerhart – HQ 2-8th Cavalry – February 3, 1945
*2LT Marvin J. Henshaw – G Troop 2-5th Cavalry – February 29, 1944
CPL Grover S. Jordan – C Troop 1-12th Cavalry – March 20, 1944
*PFC Calvin T. Lewis – B Troop 1-7th Cavalry – March 9, 1945
LTC William E. Lobit –  HQ 2-5th Cavalry – March 4, 1944
PFC Margarito G. Lopez – E Troop 2-7th Cavalry – December 20, 1944
*PFC Malcolm E. Lott – F Troop 2-5th Cavalry – October 20, 1944
*SGT Randolph F. Mattison – Anti-Tank Platoon 2-8th Cavalry – February 3, 1945
SSG Winfred E. McAdoo – A Troop 1-12th Cavalry – December 10, 1944
1LT John L. Nichols – B Troop 1-12th Cavalry – February 19-20, 1945
*PVT Nelson D. Palmer – G Troop 2-8th Cavalry – April 3, 1945
PFC Louis Testa – D Troop 1-7th Cavalry – March 29, 1945
CPT Joseph Q. Tuck – HQ 1st Cavalry Brigade – March 1, 1944
CPL Manuel Urenda – D Troop 1-7th Cavalry – March 29, 1945
CPL Armando V. Valencia – A Troop 1-8th Cavalry – March 19,1944
SGT Louis Zalusky – G Troop 2-12th Cavalry – March 12, 1945

*Awarded Posthumously

Distinguished Service Cross

The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army (and previously, the United States Army Air Forces). It is awarded for extraordinary heroism:

While engaged in action against an enemy of the United States;
While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
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.

Actions that merit the Distinguished Service Cross must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations but do not merit award of the Medal of Honor. The Distinguished Service Cross is equivalent to the Navy Cross (Navy and Marine Corps, and Coast Guard when operating under the authority of the Department of the Navy) and the Air Force Cross (Air Force).

Highlights - CTA

Ghosts of Fallujah

Ghosts of Fallujah (written by Coley D. Tyler) is a first person account of the Second Battalion, Seventh Cavalry’s participation in the Second Battle of Fallujah, the largest single engagement of the Iraq War and the largest urban battle since Hue in 1968. A First Marine Division operation, it was spearheaded by one of the […]

Special Annoucements

Public Request for Division Assets (Band/Horse Cav Detachment/Honor Guard)

Need to request a Division asset: the Band, Horse CAV Detachment, or Honor Guard? Fill out the provided DD Form 2536 and email it to: SFC Kristin M. Chandler at usarmy.hood.1-cd.mbx.1cd-division-comrel@mail.mil.  If you have any questions about filling out the form call SFC Chandler at 254-288-2601. DD2536 Asset Request Form