- Second World War (1939-1945)
- No.1 Company, 1st Regiment, 1st Special Service Force "Devil's Brigade", Fifth Army, U.S. Army
- Awarded on:
David Johnston Governor General of Canada, in a speech to the men of the First Special Service Force:
“As commander-in-chief of Canada, I frequently speak to Canadians about the contributions our veterans have made to our country and to the world. In this, the First Special Service Force is a shining example of co-operation among Allied soldiers in the war, and a lasting symbol of trust between our two countries.
For those of you who are gathered here to receive this award for operational excellence, today is no doubt a proud, yet difficult, day. The members of this unit paid a very high price for their service, and as veterans you understand the enormity of that sacrifice in a way that few of us can truly comprehend.
Each of us remembers the cost of war in our own, private way, but together we recognize that the members of this force served valiantly, in common cause. That cause was freedom from tyranny, and as citizens of free and democratic societies, we must never forget our debt to those who served.
I offer my deepest appreciation to the Canadian and American members of the First Special Service Force. Thank you for your courage and sacrifice.”
Presented by Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, at Parliament Hill on January, 27, 2013.