The Navy Cross is the United States military's second-highest decoration awarded for valor in combat. The Navy Cross is awarded primarily to a member of the United States Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard (when operating under the Department of the Navy) for extraordinary heroism.
The Navy Cross is bestowed by the Secretary of the Navy
and may also be awarded to members of the other armed services, and to
foreign military personnel while serving with the U.S. naval services.
The Navy Cross was established by Act of Congress (Public Law 65-253) and approved on February 4, 1919.