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Meaning of Distinguished Service Medal

Distin'guished Serv'ice Med"al

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a decoration awarded for exceptionally meritorious performance of a duty of great responsibility.
  2. a decoration awarded for distinguished conduct in war. Abbr.: D.S.M.
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