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THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON
The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the
NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION to
TASK ELEMENT 194.9.5.1

for service as set forth in the following citation:

For exceptionally meritorious achievement and heroic service while participating in combat operations against enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam from 14 June to 12 August 1969. Rushed into combat to block an impending major enemy offensive against the provincial capital city of Tay Ninh, Task Element 194.9.5.1 extended the Operation Giant Slingshot tactical area of operations to the farthest reaches of the Vam Co Dong River along the Cambodian border, an area heretofore regarded as an enemy stronghold. In spite of the concentrated efforts of the enemy to retain control of their vital avenues of approach to Tay Ninh City, the officers and men of Task Element 194.9.5.1 succeeded in severing the enemy’s supply lines and, after thirty-nine fire fights, deterred the enemy from launching a full-scale attack. The courage, devotion to duty, and exemplary professionalism displayed by the officers and men of Task Element 194.9.5.1 throughout this period were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

John H. Chafee
Secretary of the Navy

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Task Element 194.9.5.1 and attached units 14 Jun 19 – 12 Aug 69

This is the list of units eligible for this award:

River Division 531
River Division 532
River Division 533
River Division 594

From River Assault Divisions 131 and 132:

Zippo 1 – Armored Troop Carrier 24
Monitor 1 – Armored Troop Carrier 25
Monitor 2 – Armored Troop Carrier 26
Monitor 3 – Armored Troop Carrier 27
CCB 2
CCB 3
Armored Troop Carrier 18
Armored Troop Carrier 22

From River Assault Divisions 151 and 152:

Zippo 3
Zippo 4
Zippo 5
Monitor 5
Monitor 6
CCB 4
CCB 5
Utility Boat 5
Assault Support Boat 23
Assault Support Boat 24
Commander Task Group 194.9 and Staff
Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron THREE, DET 7
Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron THREE, DET 8
Light Attack Squadron FOUR, DET BRAV

Armored Troop Carriers

ATC 28
ATC 29
ATC 30
ATC 32 – 40
ATC 44
ATC 46
ATC 49
ATC 50 – 51