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THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

WASHINGTON

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the

NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION to

UNITED STATES NAVY COASTAL SURVEILLANCE FORCE

(TASK FORCE 115)

for service set forth in the following

CITATION:

For exceptionally meritorious service from 1 January 1967 to 31 March 1968 in connection with the interdiction of enemy forces and supplies into the Republic of Vietnam. Maintaining a close vigil over 1,200 miles of coastline and more than 50,000 licensed watercraft, United States Navy Coastal Surveillance Force (Task Force 115) created one of the most effective coastal barriers in naval history. Although constantly subjected to enemy fire, the task force successfully fulfilled its missions in support of the counterinsurgency effort in Vietnam. Nine large-scaled enemy attempts to infiltrate arms, ammunition, and supplies were interdicted and defeated by Task Force 115 and vast quantities of insurgent war materials were destroyed or captured. In addition to conducting almost daily naval gunfire support missions which inflicted extensive damage and destruction upon the enemy, task force units completed over seventy search and rescue missions; carried out hundreds of psychological missions and medical civic action programs; and medically evacuated numerous injured or wounded civilian and military personnel. One particularly significant mission undertaken by Task Force 115 was the training of Vietnamese Navy personnel, which resulted in greatly improved morale and professional abilities within the Vietnamese Navy. The task force also developed a multifaceted operation, without precedent in modern naval annals, to counter enemy insurgency. The outstanding professionalism, courage, and dedication displayed by the officers and men of the Coastal Surveillance Force reflected great credit upon themselves and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

John H. Chaffee

Secretary of the Navy

This is the list of units eligible for this award:

Coastal Surveillance Centers and Radar Sites 1 Jan 68 - 31 Mar 68 / 1 Jan 67 - 31 Mar 68
115 Staff and Operations Center
115.1 Coastal Surveillance Center Danang
115.2 Coastal Surveillance Center Nha Trang
115.3 Coastal Surveillance Center Vung Tau
115.4 Coastal Surveillance Center An Thoi
115.2.1 Coastal Surveillance Center Qui Nhon
115.1.9 Radar Site Cu Lao Re
115.3.8 Radar Site Con Son
115.4.8 Radar Site Poulo Obi
Inshore Undersea Warfare Group 1 WESTPAC DET
115.9 Harbor Defense Staff 1 Jul 67 - 31 Mar 68
115.9.1 Harbor Defense Unit Vung Tau
115.9.2 Harbor Defense Unit Cam Ranh Bay
115.9.3 Harbor Defense Unit Qui Nhon
115.9.4 Harbor Defense Unit Nha Trang
Coastal Squadron ONE 1 Jan 67 - 31 Mar 68
Staff Coastal Squadron ONE
115.4.7 Coastal Division 11
115.1.7 Coastal Division 12
115.3.7 Coastal Division 13
115.2.2.7 Coastal Division 14
115.2.1.7 Coastal Division 15
COAST GUARD SQUADRON ONE
Staff CG Squadron ONE
115.4.6 Coast Guard Division 11
115.1.6 Coast Guard Division 12 1 Jan 67 - 28 Feb 67
115.3.6 Coast Guard Division 13 1 May 67 - 31 Mar 68
USS BRISTER (DER 327) 1 Jan 67 - 10 May 67
USS WILHOITE (DER 397) 19 Jan 67-31 Mar 68/1 Jul 67-25 Jul 67/2 Oct 67-24 Oct 67
USS GALLUP (PG 85) 30 Apr 67 - 31 Mar 68
USCGC WINONA (WHEC 65) 15 Feb 68 - 14 Mar 68
USCGC MINNETONKA (WHEC 67) 28 Jan 68 - 15 Feb 68 /  23 Feb 68 - 16 Mar 68
USCGC ANDROSCOGGIN (WHEC 68) 17 Dec 67-31 Dec 67/14 Feb 67-6 Mar 67/14 Mar 68-31 Mar 68
PATROL SQUADRON ONE 1 Jan 67-14 May 67/16 Nov 67-31 Mar 68/1 Jan 67-31 Mar 68
Patrol Squadrons 2, 5, 16, 17 (Same Dates as above for PS1)
Patrol Squadron 19 1 Jan 67 - 18 Mar 67 / 2 Apr 67 - 31 Mar 68
Patrol Squadron 26, 40, 42, 46 1 Jan 67 - 31 Mar 68
Patrol Squadron 47 1 Jan 67 - 18 Mar 67 / 2 Apr 67 - 31 Mar 68
Patrol Squadron 50 1 Jan 67 - 31 Mar 68

                                                               

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