Here at army surplus world we carry the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service ribbon, the Navy Distinguished Service lapel pin and the Navy Distinguished Service hat pin. The Navy Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to members of the Navy or Marine Corps who distinguish themselves by exceptionally meritorious service to the United States government in a duty of great responsibility. The term ?great responsibility? implies senior military responsibility, and the decoration is normally only bestowed to senior Navy Flag and Marine Corps General Officers. The decoration is rarely bestowed to enlisted personnel, and then only to those who hold extremely senior enlisted positions such as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. Additional awards of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal are annotated by gold award stars. The Navy Distinguished Service Medal was originally senior to the Navy Cross, until August 1943 when the precedence of the two decorations was reversed.