My Distinguished Rifle I got from the DCM before it became CMP. Joe Smith was a friend and I got my last leg and called him and asked him as his last official act I wanted him to sign my Distinguished Award. He signed it and sent it with a note saying it was not his last official act as the next thing he was signing was a terminal leave slip and was walking out the door in a few minutes.
As indicated above Smallbore NRA Distinguished is much harder to get. It started in 1965 per the website. IIRC I am #125 on the plaque for Smallbore Prone. Last time I saw the plaque at Camp Perry I estimated there might be 175 on it. I got mine in the 80s. The reason it is so hard to get is you have to finish in the top 10% three times and you are shooting against those already distinguished to get in that top list. Smallbore back in 60s-80s had around 600 competitors. I never understood why but I got a second Smallbore Prone Distinguished medal about 5 years after I got the first one?????
Then there is the Presidents Hundred which is the top 100 places in the Presidents Match at Camp Perry. There is one for Rifle and one for Pistol. I understand they no longer give out the bronze medals for these.
I have the guns for pistol but no pistol competition anywhere around me. HP was hard enough to get to but pistol is much harder unless you like IDPA or similar action competition. I think I have three hardball 45s basically unfired ready to go but no party to go to.`
Did you shoot for WTB MCDEC when Col Willis was there?