noun

  • A decoration bestowed by the US Navy upon individuals who have shown exceptional heroism, especially in enemy combat.

    • ‘To justify the citation, the unit must have clearly rendered itself conspicuous by action of a character comparable to that which would merit the award of a Navy Cross to an individual.’
    • ‘The photograph above shows him after receiving the Navy Cross from the Commandant of the Marine Corps.’
    • ‘Yesterday Navy Secretary, Gordon England, presented the Navy Cross to the 22-year-old.’
    • ‘All in the line of duty, mind you, but no one even mentioned rewarding me with a Navy Cross or other decoration.’