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The Distinguished Sea Service Award is an annual award of the Naval Order of the United States recognizing a recently retired flag or general office of the maritime services of the United States.


In 1998, Captain John Brasel of the New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States proposed that the Order give an annual award "to recognize the exemplary service of a seniot flag officer of one of the maritime services, who is finishing a continuous career of active service." The award is always made in a formal ceremony, preferably during the Naval Order's annual congress. Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., was the first recipeient in 1990.[1]



  1. John C. Rice, Jr., Naval Order of the United States: Past-Present-Future. (Paduchah, KY: Turner Publishing Company, 2003), p. 17.

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