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PostSubject: Distinguished Service Cross (United States)    Distinguished Service Cross (United States) EmptySat Dec 04, 2010 4:20 am

The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army, for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. Actions that merit the Distinguished Service Cross must be of such a high degree to be above those required for all other U.S. combat decorations but not meeting the criteria for the Medal of Honor. The Distinguished Service Cross is equivalent to the Navy Cross (Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) and the Air Force Cross (Air Force).

The Distinguished Service Cross was first awarded during World War I. In addition, a number of awards were made for actions before World War I. In many cases, these were to soldiers who had received a Certificate of Merit for gallantry which, at the time, was the only other honor besides the Medal of Honor the Army could award. Others were belated recognition of actions in the Philippines, on the Mexican Border and during the Boxer Rebellion.

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PostSubject: Re: Distinguished Service Cross (United States)    Distinguished Service Cross (United States) EmptyTue Dec 07, 2010 7:19 am

Albania 'hit by worst floods in living memory'
By Mark Lowen
BBC News

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Levels of water in the dam of the River Drin were lowered to decrease the risk of damage
More than 12,000 people have now been moved from their homes in north-western Albania following days of heavy rain.

Interior Minister Lulzim Basha told the BBC that the country was experiencing its worst flooding in living memory.

He said the situation around the town of Shkoder was "critical", with 14,000 hectares (34,595 acres) under water.

Other Balkan countries have also been badly hit, with three people killed after their home collapsed following a landside in the Bosnian city of Tuzla.

Meteorologists say the torrential rains of recent days have now eased.

The situation in Shkoder is critical, said the minister
The River Drin, which had risen to its highest level in over a century, has begun to recede, but the Bosnian authorities say houses are still underwater in the east of the country.

The River Sava, however, is now rising. It flows east into Serbia, although the government in Belgrade says it does not foresee significant damage.

One of Europe's poorest and least developed regions is struggling to cope with the onslaught of these floods.

The rains may be coming to an end, but saturated land and thousands of displaced people will cause problems for some time to come.

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