Distinguished Intelligence Medal
|Distinguished Intelligence Medal|
|Awarded by Central Intelligence Agency|
|Country||United States of America|
|Eligibility||Employees of the Central Intelligence Agency|
|Awarded for||"For performance of outstanding services or for achievement of a distinctly exceptional nature in a duty or responsibility, the results of which constitute a major contribution to the mission of the Agency."|
|Next (higher)||Distinguished Intelligence Cross|
|Next (lower)||Intelligence Star|
|Related||National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal|
The Distinguished Intelligence Medal is awarded by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency for performance of outstanding services or for achievement of a distinctly exceptional nature in a duty or responsibility.
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This list includes only those publicly acknowledged to have received this award. Due to the nature of the clandestine services, an unknown number of additional individuals may have been awarded this medal in secret for actions on classified missions.
- James Jesus Angleton
- Milt Bearden
- Gary Berntsen
- Cofer Black
- John W. Coffey
- William Colby
- Henry A. Crumpton
- Ruth A. David
- Jack Devine
- James B. Donovan
- Carl Duckett (twice received)
- Major General Michael E. Ennis, USMC
- Fritz Ermarth
- David Forden
- Robert Gates
- Clair George
- Burton Gerber
- Major General Edward B. Giller
- Sidney Gottlieb
- Gardner Hathaway
- Richard Helms
- Richard L Holm
- Robert M. Huffstutler
- Clarence Leonard Johnson
- Mark Kelton
- Richard Kerr
- George Kisevalter
- Ryszard Kukliński
- Arthur C. Lundahl
- William Mosebey Jr.
- Eloise Page
- James Pavitt
- Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr
- John R. Sano
- Gary Schroen
- Winston M. Scott
- Theodore Shackley
- Peter Max F. Sichel
- Richard Stolz Jr.
- Admiral William O. Studeman, USN
- Michael J. Sulick
- John H. Waller
- William H. Webster
- Alan Wolfe (1928 - 2004), twice received
CIA medals are often referred to as "jock strap medals" since they are often awarded secretly (due to the classification level of the respective operation) and cannot be displayed, or on occasion, acknowledged publicly.
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