The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending the

for service as set forth in the following citation:

For exceptionally meritorious service from 7 November to 17 December 1968 while engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressor forces in the Republic of Vietnam. During this period, the various elements of the Rach Gia Interdiction Group pressed an extremely daring and effective campaign against the ingression of communist personnel and war materials from Cambodia into the lower Mekong Delta region. Operating under hazardous and austere conditions, the patrol and air-support units of the Rach Gia Interdiction Group stalked the narrow, enemy-infested canals in an unceasing effort to detect and destroy the communist aggressors. Although the toll of American casualties was high during these days of countless engagements, Task Group personnel consistently displayed a determined and aggressive fighting spirit, braving continual heavy enemy fire at point-blank range. Ultimately, the enemy threat was quelled, a major route of communist resupply was severed, and pacification and Vietnamese resettlement commenced. By their valiant professionalism, courageous sacrifice, and inspiring devotion to duty in the face of grave enemy opposition, the officers and men of the Rach Gia Interdiction Group were singularly responsible for the prodigious successes of the campaign, and reflected great credit upon themselves, their units, and the United States Naval Service.

All personnel attached to and serving with the Rach Gia Interdiction Group (Task Group 194.6) during the above-designated period, or any part thereof, are hereby authorized to wear the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon.

John W. Warner
Secretary of the Navy (Acting)


This is the list of units eligible for this award:

Naval Advisory Group Team 55
Coastal Division 11
Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron THREE DET 5
Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron THREE DET 7
Naval Intelligence Liaison Officer
River Assault Squadron 13
River Assault Squadron 15
Commander River Patrol Force and Staff
River Section 531