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Recognizing a Distinguished Leader


Pictured: Colonel-General V. I. Chuikov, 1945. He was photographed wearing the Victory Day Parade ceremonial uniform. The Distinguished Service Cross is displayed to the right of the Victory Over Germany medal, bottom row.


In organizational behavior, recognizing employees for their excellence in contributions is one proven way to motivate team members to achieve even greater heights. Acknowledging and praising employees in front of their peers helps to lift morale, and it encourages others to achieve so that they too may be recognized. The military is one example of an organization where leaders understand the importance of recognition through the recommendation for citations and for promotions. Marshal Chuikov himself signed many of these citation documents during his lengthy career.


Vasily Ivanovich was also a much-lauded and decorated military figure who received high awards from numerous countries. His contributions were so significant that he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by President Roosevelt in 1944. Second only to the Medal of Honor in terms of military valor, the DSC has been awarded to honor exceptional acts of heroism for US and foreign military heroes. The US Army presented 440 Distinguished Service Crosses to foreign soldiers, with a significant majority of those medals awarded during World War II. Countries represented by these recipients are France, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, India, Russia, and Brazil. In recognition for his significant contributions the following citation was presented:


AWARDED FOR ACTIONS

DURING World War II

Service: Foreign

GENERAL ORDERS:

War Department, General Orders No. 3 (January 6, 1944)


CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant-General Vasily Ivanovich Chuikov, Army of the U.S.S.R., for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against our common enemy, Germany, in World War II. Lieutenant-General Chuikov's outstanding accomplishments, personal bravery, and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the Allied Nations.

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