The Navy Distinguished Public Service Medal is awarded by the Secretary of the Navy and is the
highest form of public service recognition bestowed by the Department of the Navy. Individuals must have demonstrated exceptionally outstanding service of substantial and long term benefit to the Navy, Marine Corps, or as DON as a whole. The award may also be approved for specific courageous or heroic acts bearing directly on the accomplishment of the DON mission.
This decoration was authorized in 19??.