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By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States and as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, I have today awarded

THE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION (NAVY)

FOR EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM TO

COMMANDER TASK GROUP 194.0
(Units Participating in Operation SEA LORDS)


For extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty from 18 October to 5 December 1968 while engaged in armed conflict against enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam. Commander Task Group 194.0 initiated and prosecuted the first of several interdiction campaigns to sever enemy lines of communication and resupply and to establish the legal government in areas previously held by the enemy. The naval units engaged in Operation SEA LORDS consistently displayed the striking power and professionalism which were to mark this and following campaigns.  Tasked with routing a myriad of enemy forces from their previous sanctuaries, personnel of Commander Task Group 194.0 ventured courageously into little-known canals and back-water areas, fighting valiantly through countless intense enemy rocket and automatic weapons attacks. The naval units, through their persistent and aggressive strikes against enemy strongholds, were eminently successful in their campaign to interdict enemy resupply routes and base areas throughout the lower Mekong Delta region. The courage, professionalism, and dedication displayed by the officers and men of Commander Task Group 194.0 reflected credit upon themselves and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


Richard Nixon

 

Units eligible for this Award:

Coastal Surveillance Center, An Thoi
Coastal Surveillance Center, Vung Tau
Market Time Operations Center
Coastal Division 13
Coastal Division 11
PCF 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 25, 28, 31, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 40, 43, 50, 51, 53, 54, 59, 4, 9, 17, 60, 67, 69, 70, 71, 72, 75, 82, 88, 93, 94, 95, 96, 98, 99, 102, 113
USCGC PT. CYPRESS (WPB 82326)
USCGC PT. WHITE (WPB 82308)
USCGC PT. GRACE (WPB 82323) 
USCGC PT. YOUNG (WPB 82303)
USCGC PT. COMFORT (WPB 82317)
USCGC PT. MAST (WPB 82316)
USCGC PT. MARONE (WPB 82331)
USCGC PT. CAUTION (WPB 82301)
USCGC PT. PARTRIDGE (WPB 82305)
IV RA Intelligence Officer & Assist. and Analyst
Assist. Intell. Officer, JIC
Naval Intell. Liaison Officer My Tho and Assistant
Naval Intell. Liaison Off. Vinh Long, Sa Dec, Cao Lanh, and Nha Be
USCGC WACHUSSET (WHEC 44)
USCGC INGHAM (WHEC 35)
USCGC BIBB (WHEC 31)
USS JENNINGS COUNTY (LST 846)
USS LEADER (MSO 490)
USS WASHOE COUNTY (LST 1165)
USS HUNTERDON COUNTY (LST 838)
River Div. 511
River Div. 512
River Div. 513
River Div. 514
River Div. 552 and 574
III CZ Intelligence Officer and Assistant
Naval Intelligence Liaison Officer Go Cong
Naval Intelligence Liaison Officer Ben Tre and Assistant
Naval Intelligence Liaison Officer Tra Vinh, Soc Trang and Bac Lieu
Helicopter Attack (Light Squadron 3, Detachments 5 and 7
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit, Pacific Detachments: USN 33, 34, 36, 37 - RANCDT (Australian) 35
 

Task Force 117 Units as indicated:

 
A-131-1, 2, 3, 4 - A-132-1, 2, 3, 4  
M-131-1, 2, 3, M-132- 1, 2 & M-152- 1
R-132-1, C-131-1, 2, C-132- 1 & Z-151-1
T-131-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13 - T-132-1, 13 - T-152-4, 13
 
IV CA Intelligence Officer and Assistant
Naval Intelligence Liaison Officer Ca Mau, Rach Gia and Assistant
Naval Intelligence Liaison Officer Ha Tien
 
River Squadron 51/Commander Task Group 116.1 and Staff and Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron 3, Detachment ONE are authorized to participate in this award from 18 October to 5 December 1968.

 

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