Bronze Star Ribbon Bronze Star
Bronze Star Medal  Arlof Nelson Wright Jr, EN1 19 September 1966 PCF 73
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving serving with Commander PCF Division ONE HUNDRED ONE in armed conflict against communist insurgent forces in the Republic of Vietnam on September 1966.   Disregarding his own safety, Petty Officer Wright went into the water off Phu Quoc Island to assist in the evacuation of two American advisors and thirty-seven Vietnamese Special Forces (LLDB) troops, spending one hour in deep water to enable them to evacuate their dangerous positions.   Petty Officer Wright had to swim time and again from the shore to PCF-73 with and exhausted, frightened, and heavily-laden LLDB soldier clinging to his back. Many of the rescued troopers owe their lives to his courageous actions.   By his selfless devotion to duty, courageous actions and disregard for his own safety, Petty Officer Wright upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Robert Michael Phillips, LTJG 22 December 1966 PCF 24
Citation:    
"For heroic and meritorious service while serving as Officer-in-Charge of a PCF.   Throughout his tour, Lieutenant (junior grade) PHILLIPS aggressively and courageously patrolled the coastal waters of the Republic of Vietnam, aiding in the suppression of enemy forces.   He contributed immeasurably to the establishment of PCF Division 103 and through his positive actions and resourcefulness, provided much operational data which today form part of the Division's operating doctrine.   On several occasions Lieutenant (junior grade) PHILLIPS quick reaction in providing covering fire to advancing United States and Free World forces, while himself receiving fire from undetermined enemy positions, enhanced the success of the overall operation.   During this same operation his thoroughness in assuming Officer in Tactical Command and deploying of two other PCF and two United States Coast Guard vessels, resulted in the apprehension of a strategic waterway.   On another occasion, acting as Pilot and employing his PCF as a Gun Boat, Lieutenant (junior grade) PHILLIPS' professional knowledge and application of this knowledge allowed a United States naval vessel to complete a gunfire support mission on schedule, and in an area which had previously been a prime enemy ambush site.   The resultant effect was another devastating blow to the Viet Cong in South Vietnam.    Lieutenant (junior grade) PHILLIPS' overall efforts and positive actions against the enemy were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant (junior grade) PHILLIPS is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

Billy Keith Hyde 1 January 1967 PCF 68
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while serving as leading Petty Officer of PCF-68 in the coastal waters of the Republic of Vietnam.   Late on the night of 1 January 1967, an enemy trawler attacked a PCF in an adjacent area while trying to infiltrate the area.   PCF-68 rushed to the scene and located the trawler near the beach.   The enemy vessel immediately attacked.   Despite the intense enemy fire Chief Petty Officer HYDE remained calm, and with devastating accuracy, raked the enemy vessel with machine gun fire and set off fires and secondary explosions with direct hits from his mortar.   When his mortar misfired, Chief Petty Officer HYDE, with complete disregard for his personal safety, reached down the barrel with his hand to insure that the weapon was clear.   By his exceptional courage and highly professional performance under fire Chief Petty Officer HYDE's aggressiveness, initiative and loyal devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Chief Petty Officer HYDE is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

John William Zickler, LTJG February 1967 PCF 95
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving as Officer-in-Charge of a PCF on coastal and river patrols in South Vietnam from February 1966 to February 1967. Throughout his tour, Lieutenant (junior grade) ZICKLER aggressively and courageously patrolled the rivers and coastal waters of the Republic of Vietnam and engaged the enemy in armed conflict.   On one occasion Lieutenant (junior grade) ZICKLER's PCF engaged and sank an armed Viet Cong junk while it was attempting to exfiltrate from the Rung Sat Special Zone.   All occupants of the junk were killed or wounded while no casualties or damage were sustained to his crew or his craft.   Heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire from the river banks was countered by his PCF and finally suppressed by an airstrike called in by constant and rapid communications between his PCF and his Operational Commander.   On three occasions while patrolling off Cau Mau Peninsula of the Republic of Vietnam, he actively engaged enemy sampans, sinking one, capturing another and inflicting heavy damage on many others.   On many other occasions he and his crew were called upon to deliver gunfire support. In all these instances response was rapid and target coverage was deemed excellent.    In every case, as in all patrols and other responsibilities assigned, Lieutenant (junior grade) ZICKLER's initiative and reaction to all situations were exemplary.   His tireless devotion to duty and courageous spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant (junior grade) ZICKLER is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

Robert Kevin Bolger, LTJG 14 May 1967 PCF 99
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy on 14 May 1967 while serving as Officer-in-Charge of PCF-99 conducting psychological warfare operations in northern coastal waters of the Republic of Vietnam.   Lieutenant (junior grade) BOLGER's boat came under heavy shore fire, seriously wounding two of the gunners.   Although suffering from painful shrapnel wounds Lieutenant (junior grade) BOLGER braved the intense enemy fire and manned the forward gun mount himself, directing accurate, devastating fire against the enemy positions.   Realizing that the wounded men would require immediate medical attention, he maneuvered away from the beach, and despite the heavy seas, successfully supervised the evacuation of the wounded by helicopter.   In spite of his wounds and although his boat was critically undermanned, Lieutenant (junior grade) BOLGER joined several other PCFs and resumed the attack on the enemy positions, completely suppressing the enemy opposition.   Lieutenant (junior grade) BOLGER's courage, stamina, and exceptional devotion to duty contributed significantly to the destruction of the enemy force.   By his distinguished performance and his outstanding leadership in engaging the enemy, he upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant (junior grade) BOLGER is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

Robert William Walker, GMGSN 25 June 1967 PCF 97
Citation:
"For meritorious achievement while serving as a Crew member of PCF-97 on 25 June 1967,  while engaged in an anti-infiltration patrol off the coast of the Republic of Vietnam.   Seaman WALKER's boat received a direct hit from enemy recoilless rifle fire, causing extensive damage to the boat and seriously wounding the Officer-in-Charge.   Although suffering from painful shrapnel wounds, himself, Seaman WALKER relieved the injured officer on the helm and successfully maneuvered the boat seaward.   When safely out of range of the enemy positions, the crew stopped the boat to facilitate damage control.   Despite his wounds Seaman WALKER jumped into the shark infested water and attempted to plug a gapping hole in the hull with a life jacket.   When it became apparent that PCF-97 could not be saved, the Officer-in-Charge ordered the boat abandoned.   As the crew assembled on the fantail, Seaman WALKER realized a classified publication was still in the cabin. Although the boat was sinking rapidly he dashed into the cabin and searched for the publication until his Officer-in-Charge ordered him to safety.   As  the boat sank Seaman WALKER jumped into the water and helped several crew members to life rafts.   By the exceptional performance despite his wounds, Seaman WALKER served as an inspiration to his entire division.   His courage, stamina and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Seaman WALKER is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

Edward John Bergin, LTJG 15 July 1967 PCF 79
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy off the coast of the Republic of Vietnam while serving as Officer-in-Charge of a PCF on 15 July 1967.   When an enemy trawler attempted to infiltrate his patrol area, Lieutenant (junior grade) BERGIN ordered his crew to general quarters and closed the enemy at flank speed.   As he approached, the trawler opened fire with machine guns and tried to evade to the mouth of a nearby river.   Despite the intensity of the enemy fire and although operating in restricted waters, Lieutenant (junior grade) BERGIN made a series of high speed firing runs, riddling the enemy superstructure with machine gun fire and scoring a direct hit with a mortar round in the pilot house, causing the trawler to go out of control.   Lieutenant (junior grade) BERGIN continued to press the attack until the disabled vessel grounded on an offshore reef and was captured.   Lieutenant (junior grade) BERGIN's courage in aggressively engaging the enemy prevented a major resupply mission and resulted in the capture of a large trawler with her entire cargo of arms and supplies.   His forceful leadership, initiative, and loyal devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant (junior grade) BERGIN is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

John Carl McKinley, LTJG 4 December 1967 PCFs 23, 98 & 68
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while serving with Coastal Division THIRTEEN in the Republic of Vietnam from 15 December 1966 to 4 December 1967.   During this period he maintained a vigorous schedule of one patrol every two days.   Nevertheless, his patrols were consistently among the most alert, imaginative, and aggressive.   Due to Lieutenant (junior grade) McKINLEY's personal leadership and initiative as Officer-in-Charge of PCFs 23, 98 and 68 at various times frequent contact was made with the enemy, disrupting his lines of communication and logistics, including the confirmed destruction of 17 structures and 16 small vessels, at the same time he allowed no casualties to his own forces despite being taken under intense enemy fire on several occasions.   Lieutenant (junior grade) McKINLEY's initiative aggressiveness and effectiveness even under heavy enemy fire were in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant (junior grade) McKINLEY is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

John Colburn Graves III, LTJG 23 December 1967 PCF 61
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while serving as Assistant Officer-in-Charge of an armed reaction squad at Qui Nhon Market Time Base Vietnam, on the morning of  23 December 1967.   While conducting a sweep for suspected Viet Cong infiltrators, Lieutenant (junior grade) Graves' squad came under heavy automatic weapons fire, immediately wounding the Officer-in-Charge of the squad.   With complete disregard for his own personal safety Lieutenant (junior grade) Graves fully exposed himself to enemy fire and pinned down the Viet Cong with hand grenades while the Officer-in-Charge was evacuated and the rest of the squad deployed to surround the enemy position.   Lieutenant (junior grade) Graves then assumed command of the squad, and took the Viet Cong position in an efficient and highly professional manner.   Lieutenant (junior grade) Graves' initiative and courageous actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant (junior grade) GRAVES is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

Wilbur Lee Fry Jr, LTJG 23 December 1967 PCF 88
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while leading an armed reaction squad in Qui Nhon, Republic of Vietnam.   During the early pre-dawn hours of 23 December 1967, the U. S. Naval Support Activity, Detachment Qui Nhon came under attack from Viet Cong forces.   The enemy succeeded in penetrating the base defensive perimeter and destroyed a Vietnamese Navy junk and a large U. S. Navy enlisted barracks.   The enemy then attacked personnel in the area with hand grenades and automatic weapons fire.   Lieutenant (junior grade) FRY volunteered to lead an armed Squad to the scene of the action.   Upon arrival at the scene he exposed himself to enemy fire and directed his men in evacuating friendly casualties.   Throughout the engagement Lieutenant (junior grade) FRY with complete disregard for his own personal safety, remained in the area of enemy fire to personally direct the Medical Evacuation helicopters.   His professional competence and composed leadership under fire resulted in the expeditious recovery, treatment and evacuation of all wounded personnel.   Lieutenant (junior grade) FRY's exemplary initiative and courageous actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant (junior grade) FRY is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

James Anthony Colombo, LT December 1967 PCF
Citation:
"For meritorious achievement while serving with Coastal Division FOURTEEN, Cam Ranh Bay, Republic of Vietnam  from July 1966 to December 1967.   As a SWIFT boat Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant COLOMBO carried out his duties in an outstanding manner, demanding the highest standards of performance from his crew.   He conducted 130 coastal surveillance patrols in support of friendly forces, contributing immeasurably to preventing enemy infiltration.   On several occasions Lieutenant COLOMBO provided support for major allied land operations and in one instance, served as Seaward Blocking Force Commander, coordinating PCFs in providing gunfire support and preventing the escape of enemy forces.   By his expert leadership and outstanding organizational ability, Lieutenant COLOMBO contributed significantly to the success of the operations.   On 30 November 1966, Lieutenant COLOMBO's boat came under attack from entrenched enemy positions ashore.   Despite the intensity of the enemy fire, Lieutenant COLOMBO aggressively attacked the enemy with machine gun and mortar fire, and when air support arrived, he spotted the air strikes with such accuracy that the enemy positions were completely destroyed.   By his initiative, courage, and aggressiveness, Lieutenant COLOMBO contributed greatly to the success of Coastal Division FOURTEEN in combat operations.   His leadership, courage, and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant COLOMBO is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

Grant Welk Hibbard, LCDR 1 March 1968 PCF 47
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while serving as On-Scene-Commander, aboard PCF 47, in the coastal waters of the Republic of Vietnam on 1 March 1968.   Directly as a result of Lieutenant Commander HIBBARD's professional competence and courage, an infiltration attempt by an enemy trawler was thwarted and the trawler destroyed.   Employing his forces in the most effective manner, he directed the search for and destruction of the trawler.   PCF 47, initially detected the trawler and was involved in the entire ensuing gunfight.   Maintaining sound judgment from his command post on board PCF 47, Lieutenant Commander HIBBARD successfully deployed his forces so that within a brief span of 30 minutes the trawler was destroyed.   He further demonstrated his superior abilities while directing evacuation of wounded personnel and redeploying units for surveillance immediately after the trawler was destroyed.   His devotion to duty, courage under fire and exceptional professionalism were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant Commander HIBBARD is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

Francis Linus Gunther, LT 19 September 1968 PCF 21
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while serving as Officer-in Charge of PCF 21 from 1 May 1968 to 19 September 1968.   By his courage, initiative and insight, Lieutenant GUNTHER inflicted unprecedented losses on the insurgent Viet Cong by a single PCF through daring and highly imaginative employment of naval gunfire while in execution of MARKET TIME coastal surveillance operations.   Lieutenant GUNTHER conducted 54 combat patrol missions and came under enemy attack four times, each time suppressing heavy automatic weapons fire and destroying the enemy gun emplacements.   In the execution of the surveillance mission Lieutenant GUNTHER was credited with a total of 96 enemy killed in action plus the interdiction and subsequent destruction or damage of 200 enemy junks and sampans conducting insurgent operations.   PCF 21 under the command of Lieutenant GUNTHER was also credited with the destruction or damage of 127 enemy bunkers and structures while providing naval gunfire support to United States and Free World Military Forces ashore.   Lieutenant GUNTHER's initiative in establishing highly effective liaison and coordination with friendly ground forces contributed measurably to the Allied effort in the Republic of Vietnam.   His exceptional leadership, aggressiveness and devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant GUNTHER is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

Robert Bliss Pemberton, LCDR 17 October 1968 Staff
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving  with Friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   Serving with the Gulf of Thailand Surveillance Group on 17 October 1968, Lieutenant Commander PEMBERTON led three Patrol Craft Fast eighteen kilometers through hostile territory on a mission that had never been accomplished by United States Navy units.   Fully exposed to heavy enemy small arms fire, he directed a fierce attack on the enemy positions and personally assisted in destroying twelve structures and damaging ten others.   The three boat mission resulted in a large number of structures and watercraft destroyed and damaged and three Viet Cong wounded.   Lieutenant Commander PEMBERTON then directed his boat to withdraw from the area and as they proceeded out the channel, they continued to suppress enemy automatic and small arms fire.   Lieutenant Commander PEMBERTON's devotion to duty, courage under fire and exemplary leadership significantly contributed to the United States' efforts in the Republic of Vietnam and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant Commander PEMBERTON is authorized to wear the Combat "V."


Richard Alan Trussoni, EN3 24 November 1968 PCF 72  
Citation:    
"For Meritorious Achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors on the Bo De River.   On 24 November 1968, Petty Officer TRUSSONI was serving as after gunner on Patrol Craft Fast 72.   After entering the river, Patrol Craft Fast 72 came under a withering hail of enemy machine gun, recoilless rifle and semi-automatic weapons fire from both banks of the river which seriously wounded the Officer in Charge of Patrol Craft Fast 72.   Petty Officer TRUSSONI, seeing his Officer in Charge bleeding profusely from the severed leg, turned over his machinegun to the loader and went to his Officer in Charge's aid.    Petty Officer TRUSSONI applied a tourniquet to the severed leg with his belt and applied pressure on vital arterial points to slow the loss of blood.   He remained with his Officer in Charge, relaying orders to the helmsman and continuing first aid treatment despite the fact that no cover was available.   Petty Officer TRUSSONI's quick reaction, devotion to duty and courage under fire saved the life of his Officer in Charge and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Petty Officer TRUSSONI is authorized to wear the Combat "V."


William Bowen Rood Jr, LTJG 28 January 1969 PCF 23
Citation:
"For heroic achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   On 28 February 1969, Lieutenant (junior grade) ROOD was serving as Officer in Charge of Patrol Craft Fast 23 in conjunction with two other Patrol Craft Fast, Underwater Demolition Team THIRTEEN and Vietnamese Regional and Popular Force personnel who were involved in an operation on Ca Mau Peninsula as part of Operation SEA LORDS.   While transiting the Bay Hap River, these units came under a barrage of enemy small arms fire from the river bank.   The three Patrol Craft Fast immediately responded and charged the Viet Cong positions, taking the enemy under devastating fire.   The Viet Cong, caught completely of guard by this tactic, stood up and began running from their positions.   The fleeing Viet Cong were taken under fire by the three Patrol Craft Fast and three enemy were killed prior to the insertion of Regional and Popular Force troops.   While Regional and Popular Force personnel conducted a sweep of the area, Patrol Craft Fast 43 remained to provide fire support and Patrol Craft Fast 23 and 94 moved upstream to investigate an area from which gunshots were coming.   Arriving at this area, both of the Patrol Craft Fast came under heavy enemy automatic/semi-automatic weapons fire from well fortified positions along the river bank.   Patrol Craft Fast 23 and 94 turned and charged directly into the enemy fire while summoning Patrol Craft Fast 43 to come to the area and provide additional firepower.   The three craft saturated the area with gunfire and placed assault parties ashore in pursuit of the fleeing enemy.   Lieutenant (junior grade) ROOD led one of these assault parties and conducted a sweep of the area while the Patrol Craft Fast continued to provide fire support.   After the enemy had been completely routed, all personnel returned to the Patrol Craft Fast to withdraw from the area. While backing off the beach, these craft again came under a hail of enemy fire, this time from the opposite river bank.   Again, the three Patrol Craft Fast poured withering fire into the enemy positions and then cleared the area.   Later, after disembarking personnel and while exiting from the Bay Hap River, the Patrol Craft Fast were again taken under enemy fire.   The three craft returned fire and silenced the enemy.   As a result of this operation, ten Viet Cong were killed and one wounded with no friendly casualties.   In addition, numerous sampans, structures and bunkers were destroyed as well as confiscation of substantial quantities of combat essential supplies.   Lieutenant (junior grade) ROOD's devotion to duty, courage under fire and exemplary professionalism significantly contributed to the success of this operation and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant (junior grade) ROOD is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

James McClelland Barrett, LT 4 January 1970 Staff
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors from 23 May 1968 to 4 January 1970.   As Operations Officer of Coastal Division THIRTEEN, Lieutenant BARRETT was instrumental in effecting the change from passive coastal surveillance to the aggressive operations of the division culminating in the successful Operation "Sea Lords".   Due to his highly professional guidance, the division easily took over river stations which had been manned by Patrol Boat River units and he closely coordinated the cooperation between the Inshore Patrol Craft on the rivers and surrounding ground forces.   Lieutenant BARRETT's extensive knowledge of the areas of operation throughout the Third Coastal Zone led to the planning of many highly successful "Sea Lord" river incursions which brought destruction unto the previously untouched Viet Cong sanctuaries.   Lieutenant BARRETT's outstanding performance, extraordinary leadership, sound judgment, initiative, versatility, management and planning ability molded Coastal Division THIRTEEN into a highly organized and close knit fighting unit.   Lieutenant BARRETT's action were in keeping with the United States' efforts in Vietnam and were a credit to the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant BARRETT is authorized to wear the Combat "V."


Robert Alan Gill, SM2 16 January 1970 PCF 17
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving  as a crewmember of an inshore patrol craft during special operations against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   On 16 January 1970, Petty Officer GILL was serving as leading petty officer on Inshore Patrol Craft 17, in company with Inshore Patrol Craft 60, in support of Republic of Vietnam troops in an enemy controlled waterway.   When both units came under enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire, his alertness and rapid reaction with his fifty caliber machine gun were instrumental in suppressing the enemy fire without sustaining any friendly casualties.   Later, both units returned to the same location to act as a blocking force against the retreating Viet Cong.   Again, both units were taken under intense enemy fire and Inshore Patrol Craft 17 sustained a rocket grenade hit in the pilot house seriously injuring the officer in charge.   Petty Officer GILL immediately took charge and cleared the boat from the kill zone and suppressed the enemy fire.   His courage under fire and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Petty Officer TRUSSONI is authorized to wear the Combat "V."


James Joseph Galvin, LTJG 11 February 1970 PCF 10
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving with Coastal Division Eleven engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   On 11 February 1970, Lieutenant (junior grade) GALVIN was serving as Officer in Charge of Inshore Patrol Craft Ten during a patrol when his boat and the lead boat suddenly came under intensive enemy rocket and automatic weapons fire and both boats received hits.   Reacting immediately, he ordered his boat to advance ahead of the seriously damaged lead boat to a position seventy-five feet from the enemy emplacement.   Although seriously wounded during a fierce burst of hostile fire, he remained calm and directed the efforts of his crew to help suppress the enemy fire.   When the lead craft began to sink in rough surf, he unhesitantly directed the rescue of the six crew members.   Lieutenant (junior grade) GALVIN's exemplary professionalism, devotion to duty and courage under fire reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Ronald Dean Krushe, QM1  11 February 1970 PCF 60
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam during Operation SEA LORDS.   On 11 February 1970, Petty Officer KRUSHE was a crew member on a river patrol boat when the boat was hit and severely damaged in an enemy initiated fire fight.   although momentarily stunned, he quickly regained his weapon and directed extremely accurate and effective return fire on the enemy positions.   Turning his attention to damage control measures after withdrawal from the enemy controlled waterway, he significantly contributed to the saving of the boat. Petty Officer KRUSHE's exemplary professionalism, courage under fire and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Petty Officer KRUSHE is authorized to wear the Combat "V".

Danny Bruce Bohnet, GMGSN February 1970 PCF 43 & 68
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with Coastal Division FOURTEEN engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   From February 1968 to February 1970, Seaman BOHNET served as the Gunner's Mate aboard Patrol Craft Fast 43 and 68 and participated in over one hundred thirty combat patrols.   In that capacity, Seaman BOHNET was instrumental in thwarting enemy attacks against his craft and other friendly units.   On 3 July 1968, the Viet Cong launched a vicious attack against the Alaska Barge and Transport Compound at Phan Rang.   Seaman BOHNET's craft was notified of this desperate situation and immediately closed the Compound to render fire support to the defenders.   When his craft was one thousand yards from the Compound, Seaman BOHNET assisted with delivering accurate eighty-one millimeter mortar and machine gun fire.   For nearly four hours the battle raged with Seaman BOHNET delivering deadly fire into the enemy positions.   The expedient and professional actions of Seaman BOHNET's craft were instrumental in defeating the enemy and thereby stopping the enemy from over-running the Compound.   Seaman BOHNET's devotion to duty, courage under fire and exemplary professionalism significantly contributed to the United States' efforts in the republic of Vietnam and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Seaman BOHNET is authorized to wear the Combat "V".

Joseph Roland La Voie II, QM1 March 1970 PCF 46
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with Coastal Divisions 13 and 14 engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   From October 1967 to March 1970, Petty Officer LAVOIE conducted over two hundred combat patrols while helping to enforce the endless anti-infiltration effort of Operation Market Time.   He participated in numerous naval gunfire support missions both in support of friendly forces and harassment fire on known Viet Cong positions.   He came under enemy fire on several occasions.   He was involved in Operation SEA LORDS and volunteered for skimmer operations which consisted of in close surveillance and interdiction of Viet Cong in their own sanctuaries.   Petty Officer LAVOIE's extensive knowledge of the patrol areas and his dedication to the United States' efforts to assist the Vietnamese people in obtaining self-determination was an outstanding example to the officers and men of his command.   Petty Officer LAVOIE's outstanding professionalism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Petty Officer LAVOIE is authorized to wear the Combat "V".

James Joseph Galvin, LTJG 5 May 1970 PCF 22
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving with Coastal Division ELEVEN engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist  in An Xuyen Province,  Republic of Vietnam on 5 May 1970.   Inshore Patrol Craft 22, with Lieutenant (junior grade) GALVIN serving as Officer in Charge was one of six Inshore Patrol Craft with embarked troops conducting a SEA LORDS raid in the Rach Duong Keo.   Proceeding up the river to a landing area, the three lead boats suddenly came under a hail of enemy rocket and automatic weapons fire.   His craft suffered heavy damage when hit by three rockets and was forced to beach.   Lieutenant (junior grade) GALVIN suffered shrapnel wounds during the action.   Despite his wounds, he courageously directed his crew in the successful salvage of the boat.   Moving swiftly about the boat, constantly exposing himself to enemy fire, he attended to his crew and calmly directed their efforts.   Lieutenant (junior grade) GALVIN's professional knowledge, skill and courage in the face of enemy fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant (junior grade) GALVIN is authorized to wear the Combat "V".

Raymond John Poons, QM3 5 May 1970 PCF 22
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement while serving with Coastal Division ELEVEN engaged in armed conflict against Viet Cong communist aggressors in An Xuyen Province,  Republic of Vietnam on 5 May 1970.   Inshore Patrol Craft 22, with Petty Officer POONS serving as the after fifty caliber machine gunner, was one of six units with embarked troops conducting a raid on enemy positions in the Rach Duong Keo.   Halfway up the river, his craft came under intense rocket and machine gun fire and had to beach due to severe damage.   Petty Officer POONS provided heavy, accurate fire into enemy positions to cover two crew members and fifteen embarked troops as they left the boat to set up a perimeter.   When two other boats beached alongside and covered his position, Petty Officer POONS quickly proceeded to the forward cabin and assisted in fighting and extinguishing the fire.   He then went to his position on the fantail at the eighty one millimeter mortar and fired rounds at the advancing enemy.   Petty Officer POONS continued to expose himself to enemy fire as the enemy pushed forward.   When the mortar malfunctioned, he reloaded the fifty caliber machine gun and laid down another heavy barrage of fire.   He later assisted in setting up pumps to help refloat his partially sunken boat.   His courage under fire and professionalism during the entire action were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Petty Officer POONS is authorized to wear the Combat "V".

Gary Robert Blinn, LTJG 10 May 1970 PCF 42
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving with Coastal Division FOURTEEN engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   On 10 May 1970, Lieutenant (junior grade) BLINN was Officer in Charge of Inshore Patrol Craft 42 conducting a MARKET TIME coastal surveillance patrol.   Learning of an urgent request from Coastal Group 26 for naval gunfire support, air cover and a medical evacuation helicopter, he immediately closed the scene of action at full speed., taking his boat as close as possible into the beach and engaging an enemy force estimated at fifty Viet Cong.   He directed heavy and acurate fifty caliber machine gun and eighty-one millimeter mortar fire into the enemy positions.   Calling in another inshore patrol craft, he continued suppressive fire which allowed the friendly troops to withdraw to the beach.   He then took his boat into the shallow hazardous waters of a coral reef to assist in evacuating three wounded  troops.   Directing the efforts of the Coastal Group's yabuta junks and a commandeered sampan, he expertly brought his boat alongside a jnk and took the wounded aboard, one of whom had a critical head wound.   As soon as he reached safe waters, he called in a medical evacuation helicopter and effected an extremely hazardous transfer of his critically wounded patient to the helicopter.   Lieutenant (junior grade) BLINN's outstanding leadership, exemplary professionalism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant (junior grade) BLINN is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

George Milton Eliott, LCDR May 1970 COSDIV 11 Staff
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with Commander Coastal Division  ELEVEN engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from August 1968 to May 1970.   Lieutenant Commander ELLIOTT effectively led his inshore patrol craft in coastal surveillance of the gulf of Thailand, from the Cambodian Border to the most southern tip of the Republic of Vietnam, to prevent infiltration of arms, ammunition, supplies and enemy troops.   His craft were the first ti initiate a new concept of riverine warfare for inshore patrol craft.   Under his personal leadership, exceptional planning ability and guidance, his inshore patrol craft penetrated deep into the enemy infested rivers and canals of An Xuyen Province during Operation SEA LORDS.  Lieutenant Commander ELLIOTT planned and coordinated a number of those raids and personally led a substantial number of them as officer in tactical command.   One such raid was a four boat patrol up the Song Ong Doc River to Ca Mau, then down the Bay Hap River to the Gulf of Thailand.   Lieutenant Commander ELLIOTT's force came under hostile fire on three separate occasions during that raid and successfully returned the hostile fire, killing three Viet Cong and completing the mission without friendly casualties.   The impressive accomplishments and exemplary combat record of Coastal Division ELEVEN were in large measure due to Lieutenant Commander ELLIOTT's inspirational leadership, professionalism and devotion to duty.    His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant Commander ELLIOTT is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

John Arthur Erickson, LT June 1970 PCF 62
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from July 1968 to June 1970.   As Officer in Charge of an inshore patrol craft, Lieutenant ERICKSON conducted over one hundred sixty combat patrols and engaged the enemy on a number of occasions.   During these patrols, he boarded and searched countless junks and sampans, interdicted river traffic and provided fire support for besieged units and outposts.   In addition, he was instrumental in the destruction or damage of four hundred watercraft and seventy-five enemy structures and accounted for two enemy killed.   Lieutenant ERICKSON's performance of duty significantly contributed to the United States'  efforts in the Republic of Vietnam and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Robert Bliss Pemberton, LCDR 6 July 1970 Staff
Citation:    
"For meritorious service in the performance of his duties as Chief of Staff for Commander Gulf of Thailand Surveillance Group (CFT 115.4) and Assistant Fourth Coastal Zone Advisor from 14 August 1968 to 6 July 1970.   Lieutenant Commander PEMBERTON coordinated, planned and lead numerous river incursions into unpatrolled and heavily Viet Cong infested areas.   Because of his skillful planning, he was responsible for the initial use of American and later Vietnamese PCFs (Patrol Craft Fast) in river operations in the Fourth Coastal Zone.   These operations deterred the enemy and inflicted severe damage by destroying structures and sampans and killing or wounding numerous Viet Cong.   The patrols and operations were conducted under heavy enemy resistance which inflicted only minor damage to American and Vietnamese assets.   As Fourth Coastal Zone Advisor, he devoted skill and knowledge to the solution of logistics and maintenance problems faced by the recent turnover on 1 June 1970 of the Market Time Ares in the Fourth Coastal Zone.   Lieutenant Commander PEMBERTON's leadership, judgment, inspiring devotion to duty and courage were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lieutenant Commander PEMBERTON is authorized to wear the Combat "V."

Richard William Holleran, LTJG 10 July 1970 PCF 10
Citation:
"For heroic achievement while serving with Coastal Division ELEVEN engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in An Xuyen Province, Republic of Vietnam.   On 10 July1970, Lieutenant (junior grade) HOLLERAN was Officer in Charge of Inshore Patrol Craft 10 and Officer in Tactical Command of a five boat Operation SEA LORDS raid on the Cai Chon Nho Canal.   As Regional Forces were being embarked after a sweep on the Cua Lon River, the OH-6A helicopter, being used for observation, spotted an armed Viet Cong in a nearby bunker.   Lieutenant (junior grade) HOLLERAN immediately directed Inshore Patrol Craft 3 to beach and insert its troops in an attempt to capture the armed Viet Cong.   he then maneuvered his craft past the bunker to act as a blocking force.   At the same time Inshore Patrol Craft 27, 31 and 35 entered the canal to insert their troops.   As Inshore Patrol Craft 35 pulled alongside Inshore Patrol Craft 3, an enemy command detonated claymore mine exploded and was followed by a heavy volume of small arms fire, causing personnel casualties and inflicting severe boat damage .  Lieutenant (junior grade) HOLLERAN's boat also came under fire from the opposite bank, which he quickly suppressed.   he then directed the sinking Inshore Patrol Craft 35 and Inshore Patrol Craft 27 and 31 to withdraw from the canal and commence damage control operations.   He then maneuvered his craft alongside Inshore Patrol Craft 10, assisted the wounded and extracted ground troops.   He also coordinated a Bronco/Seawolf air strike on the enemy position.   His decisive actions were instrumental in salvaging the  sinking craft and the total destruction of the enemy position.   Lieutenant (junior grade) HOLLERAN's courage under fire and outstanding professionalism reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." 

Lieutenant (junior grade) HOLLERAN is authorized to wear the Combat "V".

Russell Arthur Puppe, LT August 1970 PCF 51
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with Coastal Squadron ONE engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from September 1968 to August 1970.  As part of Task Force 115 Operation MARKET TIME and Operation SEA LORDS, Lieutenant PUPPE participated in over one hundred combat patrols in the coastal waters and adjoining rivers and canals of the Republic of Vietnam.  He boarded and searched countless junks and sampans, provided naval gunfire support and inserted and extracted friendly forces in hostile territory.  As officer in tactical command, while simultaneously directing his own inshore patrol craft, he personally led numerous raids into the dangerous waterways in lower An Xuyen Province.  His efforts were instrumental in the death or capture of  numerous aggressors and in the destruction or capture of enemy supplies and material.  Lieutenant PUPPE's personal courage in the face of enemy fire, exemplary leadership and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." 

Lieutenant PUPPE is authorized to wear the Combat "V".

Ray Lewis Ballew, ENS 23 September 1970 PCF 99
Citation:    
"For Heroic Achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   On 23 September 1970, Ensign BALLEW was serving as officer in charge of an inshore patrol craft which was requested to conduct an emergency extraction of Vietnamese Regional Force Troops.   He skillfully maneuvered his craft to a point on the beach and commenced extraction of the force.   Suddenly, enemy forces attacked with heavy automatic weapons and small arms fire from several positions.   Rather than abandon the exposed force, he remained beached to complete the extraction.   Despite the fact that rounds were striking his craft, he exposed himself to the hostile fire to aid several of the troops on board.   His aggressive initiative and coolness under fire were instrumental in effecting the successful extraction.   Ensign BALLEW's outstanding performance of duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Michael Charles Lohnes, LTJG September 1970 PCF 45
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with Coastal Squadron One engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from November 1968 to September 1970.   As Officer in Charge of an inshore patrol craft, Lieutenant (junior grade) LOHNES conducted sixty-six combat patrols in the coastal waters of the Republic of Vietnam in connection with Operation MARKET TIME and forty-five Operation SEA LORDS raids into the enemy held rivers and canals of the Ca Mau Peninsula.   He engaged the enemy on over fifteen separate occasions.   Typical of his outstanding performance was on 12 April 1970.   While on patrol, his craft came under heavy machine gun and rocket propelled grenade fire, wounding every man on board with the exception of one.   Disregarding his own wounds, Lieutenant (junior grade) LOHNES continued to command his boat and directed devastating return fire into the enemy positions.   In addition, during September 1970, he trained a Vietnamese Navy crew to take over an inshore patrol craft.   Lieutenant (junior grade) LOHNES' exemplary leadership, professional skill and courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Edward John Morgan Jr, LTJG November 1970 PCF 5
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with Coastal Squadron One engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from December 1968 to November 1970.   As Officer in Charge of an inshore patrol craft, Lieutenant (junior grade) MORGAN conducted seventy MARKET TIME patrols in the coastal waters of Phu Yen and Binh Dinh provinces, thirty-nine Operation SEA LORDS and sixty-seven Operation SEA FLOAT missions in the rivers and canals of the Cau Mau peninsula.   While conducting those missions, he participated in thirty-four direct encounters with enemy forces.   In every instance, his quick reactions, immediate and deadly suppressing fire and knowledge of damage control techniques were responsible for saving his boat, the lives of his crew and minimizing damage to other boats operating with him.   Throughout his tour, he maintained his craft in outstanding readiness for combat under extremely arduous conditions.   In addition, he served as the inshore patrol craft liaison and maintenance officer for Operation SEA FLOAT from 21 September to 11 October 1970.   He made many changes in inshore patrol craft riverine operations which greatly enhanced their effectiveness and significantly contributed to the accelerated rate of pacification of the Cau Mau peninsula.   His rigorous maintenance requirements resulted in all inshore patrol craft under his purview meeting all operational commitments under the most arduous patrol conditions.   Lieutenant (junior grade) MORGAN's professionalism, initiative and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Robert Lowe Hooke Jr, LTJG November 1970 PCF 88
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from December 1968 to November 1970.   As Officer in Charge of an inshore patrol craft, Lieutenant (junior grade) HOOKE conducted ninety-seven combat patrols in conjunction with Operation MARKET TIME, detecting over five thousand watercraft and boarding or inspecting over three thousand of them in anti-infiltration efforts.   He conducted thirty-five naval gunfire missions, destroying or damaging numerous bunkers, structures and watercraft and coming under enemy fire on eight occasions.   His denial of the coastal and inland waterways to the enemy was an attribute to his professionalism and reliability.   Lieutenant (junior grade) HOOKE's actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Robert Thomas Wedge Jr, QM1 December 1970 PCF 3
Citation:

Charles Russell Rabel, LTJG February 1970 PCF 13
Citation:
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from May 1970 to February 1970.   As Officer in Charge of an inshore patrol craft, Lieutenant (junior grade) RABEL participated in fifty combat patrols in support of Operations SEA FLOAT and SEA LORDS.   On numerous occasions he served as Officer in Tactical Command of several inshore patrol craft.   During those patrols, his boat, as well as others under his command, came under enemy rocket, claymore mine and automatic weapons fire.   From September 1970 to February 1970.   Lieutenant (junior grade) RABEL was officer in charge of an inshore patrol craft operating with Coastal Division Twelve.   During this period, he supported ground units in the Cape Batangan area and carried out MARKET TIME Operations along the coast.   He also participated in ten combat patrols in the Cua Dai river during Operation SEA TIGER.   His devotion to duty, courage under fire, and exemplary professionalism were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Dennis Terry Hunsberger, QM2 March 1970 PCF 24
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from April 1970 to March 1970.  While serving as leading petty officer on inshore patrol craft attached to Commander Coastal Divisions Twelve, Thirteen and Fourteen, Petty Officer HUNSBERGER participated in fifty patrols in conjunction with Operations Sea Tiger and SEA LORDS engaging the enemy on fifteen separate occasions. On each occasion, his superb reactions and courage under fire as well as his remarkable knowledge of river navigation were instrumental in the success of those missions and helped minimize friendly casualties.   During an engagement with the enemy, a rifle round shattered the pilot house window inflicting him with minor facial wounds.   Disregarding his wounds, he quickly pointed out the enemy position while maneuvering the craft to bring its guns to bear on the enemy.   His initiative and tireless efforts to keep his inshore patrol in a constant state of combat readiness and his supervision of the crew's efforts during restricted availability was outstanding.   Petty Officer HUNSBERGER's courage under fire,  professionalism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

William Earl Alexander Jr, GMG2 22 April 1970 Staff
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam. On 22 April 1970, Petty Officer ALEXANDER was serving as roving patrol on the starboard side of the ammi pontoons moored in the Cua Lon river as headquarters for Operation SEA FLOAT.   Suddenly, the alarm was sounded that an enemy swimmer had been sighted.   Proceeding to the after starboard corner of the pontoons, he detected a swimmer holding onto the side of the pontoons.   Without regard for his own personal safety, he grabbed the man in an attempt to capture the explosive laden enemy.   Realizing that he faced certain death if the swimmer managed to use his grenades or detonate the explosives he carried, Petty Officer ALEXANDER continued to struggle with the man.   When the enemy swimmer broke from his grasp, he immediately began throwing concussion grenades into the water while others took the swimmer under fire.   His alertness and quick response directly contributed to preventing friendly casualties and thwarting an enemy attempt to destroy a facility vital to the pacification of the lower Cau Mau peninsula.   Petty Officer ALEXANDER's professionalism, personal courage and devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

John William Yeoman, LTJG 16 May 1970 PCF 692
Citation:  
"For heroic achievement while serving with  Coastal Division One One engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   On 16 May1970, Lieutenant (junior grade) YEOMAN was serving as Officer in Charge of an inshore patrol craft in company with two other craft transiting the Dam Doi river in the lower Ca Mau peninsula to insert Kit Carson Scouts and United States SEAL advisors at an interdiction point.   Upon entering the river, all three craft came under heavy enemy rocket and small arms attack.   One craft sustained a massive bomb hit amidships below the waterline, while another sustained a rocket hit that resulted in numerous personnel casualties.   Both craft were forced to beach in the kill zone.   Reacting immediately, Lieutenant (junior grade) YEOMAN directed highly accurate return fire into the enemy position in order to provide the damaged crafts with necessary cover.   He then beached his craft alongside the stricken crafts to assess the damage and render assistance.   With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he directed his men to assist in administering first aid to the wounded while firing harassment and interdiction fire until additional aid and support arrived.   His quick and timely actions were instrumental in minimizing the casualties, protecting the damaged crafts from further attack and expediting the medical evacuation of the wounded personnel.   Lieutenant (junior grade) YEOMAN's exemplary

professionalism, courage under fire and devotion to duty and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

 

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Frederick Don Snyder, RD3 17 May 1970 PCF 64
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement while serving with  Coastal Division Eleven engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from 20 February to 17 May 1970.   While serving as machine gunner and radarman on a craft attached to Coastal Division One One, Petty Officer SNYDER participated in numerous combat patrols in conjunction with operations BARRIER REEF, SEA FLOAT and TRAN HUNG DAO I.   During those patrols, he boarded and searched numerous junks and sampans in a vigorous effort to prevent enemy infiltration along the coast of the Republic of Vietnam.   His technical knowledge and long hours of hard work were instrumental in maintaining the electronic equipment on board his craft.   His efforts significantly contributed to the outstanding combat readiness of his craft.   Coming under enemy fire on five occasions, he manned his weapon to return the attack with highly accurate barrage of machine gun fire.   on 16 May 1970, his boat was part of a three boat troop insertion on the Dam Doi river.   Suddenly, the boats came under intense enemy rocket attack.   The lead boat took a direct rocket hit which disabled it.   Reacting immediately, Petty Officer SNYDER took the enemy positions under fire.   During the ensuing engagement, he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. His exemplary professionalism, devotion to duty and courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

John William Yeoman, LT 30 May 1970 PCF 692
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement while serving with  Coastal Division Eleven engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   On 30 May1970, Lieutenant YEOMAN was serving at Operation SEA FLOAT as Officer in Charge of an inshore patrol craft when his craft participated in an investigation of six overturned sampans.   Upon arrival on the scene, they maneuvered in extremely shallow water in order to approach the sunken sampans.   Unhesitantly, Lieutenant YEOMAN led his patrol up the canal to a point one hundred meters below the sampans.   He acted as Officer in Tactical Command and directed the entire salvage operation of a large enemy cache consisting of munitions and war materials.   On two occasions he led his patrol into their enemy controlled area and under the imminent threat of an enemy attack and risk of running aground in the ebbing tides of the Cua Lon river recovered one of the largest caches ever discovered in the SEA FLOAT area.   Lieutenant YEOMAN's

professionalism, leadership and devotion to duty and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

 

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

William Lynn Rogers, LTJG

October 1970 PCF 37
Citation:    

"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from November 1970 to October 1970.  While serving as an Officer in Charge of inshore patrol craft attached to Coastal Divisions Eleven, Thirteen and Fourteen, Lieutenant (junior grade) ROGERS participated in over ninety combat patrols and engaged the enemy on thirteen occasions in conjunction with Operations MARKET TIME, SEA LORDS, SEA FLOAT and BARRIER REEF.  During those patrols, he boarded and searched numerous junks and sampans, interdicted cross river traffic, enforced curfew, inserted and extracted friendly forces in hostile territory and provided fire support for besieged units and outposts.  In addition, his craft participated in Operation TRAN HUNG DAO XI in Cambodia in May 1970.  On 1 December 1970, while patrolling the lower Co Chien river, he received an urgent request for assistance from a friendly platoon on Long Hoa island which had come under hostile fire from a large enemy force.  Responding immediately, he brought in reinforcements and called in tactical air support and medical evacuation helicopters.  He then directed his craft in the contact area for over six hours, while coordinating air and ground units, and finally extracted the friendly ground forces from the island.  Lieutenant (junior grade) ROGERS' professionalism, devotion to duty and courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

 

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Harry George McConnell, LTJG November 1970 PCF 94
Citation:
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from December 1970 to November 1970.  While serving as an Officer in Charge of inshore patrol craft attached to Coastal Division Thirteen, Lieutenant (junior grade) McCONNELL participated in over ninety combat patrols and engaged the enemy on six occasions in conjunction with Operations MARKET TIME, SEA LORDS, SEA FLOAT and TRAN HUNG DAO I.  During those patrols, he boarded and searched numerous junks and sampans, interdicted cross river traffic, enforced curfew, inserted and extracted friendly forces in hostile territory and provided fire support for besieged units and outposts. On 27 January 1970, while patrolling a small canal, his boat came under heavy enemy fire. He quickly directed his craft to maneuver around numerous sampans while simultaneously suppressing enemy fire in order to clear the kill zone. After exiting the canal he acted as artillery spotter for other inshore patrol craft, silencing all enemy fire. Lieutenant (junior grade) McCONNELL's exemplary professionalism, devotion to duty and courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

 

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

John William Yeoman, LT December 1970 PCF 692
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from February to December 1970.   While serving as an Officer in Charge of inshore patrol craft attached to Coastal Division Eleven and Thirteen, Lieutenant YEOMAN participated in over one hundred fifty combat patrols and engaged the enemy on twelve occasions in conjunction with Operations MARKET TIME, SEA LORDS, SEA FLOAT and TRAN HUNG DAO I and BLUE SHARK.   During those patrols, he boarded and searched numerous junks and sampans, interdicted cross river traffic, enforced curfew, inserted and extracted friendly forces in hostile territory and provided fire support for besieged units and outposts.   On 2 September 1970 when his patrol entered a small canal conducting a United States Navy SEAL operation, his units suddenly came under intense enemy fire from both canal banks.   Although his cover boat received a direct hit, he directed the two units through the kill zone, beached his craft and inserted the SEAL team.   He then called for assistance and directed the efforts of all troop, air and waterborne assets for a period of forty-eight hours fighting his units to their full capacity.   His efforts were responsible for the successful execution of the SEAL operation.   Lieutenant YEOMAN's professionalism, devotion to duty and courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

 

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Robert Russell Johnson, RM3 14 February 1966 PCF 4
Paul Vincent Murphy, LTJG late 1966 PCF 17
Bobby Don Carver Sr, BM1 6 December 1967 PCF 79
Terrance William Costello III, LTJG  24 November 1968 PCF 38
Larry James Balok, LTJG  3 November 1968 PCF 94
Lawrence Charles Stoneberg, LTJG  24 November 1968 PCF 31
James William Harwood, LTJG 24 November 1968 PCF 72
Robert Leon Brant, LT 24 November 1968 PCF 36
Ralph Paul Dobson, LT 6 December 1968 PCF 88
Larry James Balok, LTJG 3 November 1968 PCF 94
Richard Alan Trussoni, EN3 24 November 1968 PCF 72
David Robert Hemenway, SN  14 October 1968 PCF 3
Jimmy Wyatt Sanford, RD3  14 October 1968 PCF 3
Fred Stephen Prysock, GMG3  24 November 1968 PCF 93
Gregory Vincent Cybulski, RD3 8 March 1970 PCF 38
Alfred Jesse French III, ENS  8 March 1970 PCF 9
Roy Francis Hoffman, CAPT 12 April 1970 Staff
Roy Francis Hoffman, CAPT 5 May 1970 Staff
Virgil A. Erwin III, LTJG 5 September 1970 PCF 67
Donald Hamilton Patterson, LTJG 30 May 1970 PCF 98
John Joseph Meehan Jr, LTJG 2 September 1970 PCF 694
Gary Robert Blinn, LTJG   PCF 97
Charles Robert Grutzius, LTJG   PCF 103
David Winston Moore, LCDR   Staff
Robert Holmes Bradley III, LTJG    
Oliver Grant Halle, LTJG    
John Joseph Dooley, LCDR    
Frank Albert Mueller Jr, LTJG    
Richard Harry Wicks, GMGC    
Michael Thomas Brown, LT     
Donavon Clark Current, LT     
Keith Milford Arndt, LTJG    
Robert Hugh Emery, LTJG     
Richard Michael Madison, GMG3     
Clayton George Zucker, LT     
Charles Roland Richardson, BM3     
Lawrence Dewey Hortt, GMGSN    
Douglas Scott Martin, LTJG     
Joseph William Streuli, LCDR     
Thomas William Yankura, LT     
  Harold Webster Gehman Jr, LT     
Francis Quentin Lopiccolo, QM1    
Donald Glenn Droz, LTJG     
Daniel Salinas II, LTJG     
Charles Russell Gibson, LTJG     
William Albert Shumadine, LTJG     
Guy Bibo Gugliotta, LTJG    
Gordon Franklin Gilbert Jr, LT     
John Joseph Billowitz, LTJG    
John Antrim Foster, LCDR    
Delbert Louis Sandusky, QM1     
Thomas Michael Belodeau, RDSN     
Medeiros, BM2     
Wayne Dean Langhofer, BM2     
Robert Eugene Hornberger, GMG3     
Richard L. Baumberger Jr, BM3    
Erhardt, EN2     
David Marion Alston, GMG2     
Richard John Lamberson Jr, GMG3     
James Joseph Feder, LTJG    
Michael Lawrence Keating, LTJG    
Norman Joseph Pattarozzi, LTJG    
Thomas Jene Elliott, LTJG    
Robert Benedict Fiore, LT    
Robert Roy Derbenti, LTJG    
Gerald Leon Mayes, LT    
Edson Joseph Rood, LT    
James McKenney Will, LTJG    
Charles Louis Volk Jr, LT    
Robert Timothy Guard, LTJG    
Harold Francis Amerau Jr, LT    
Donald Paul Armstrong, LTJG    
Wade Rowland Sanders, LTJG    
Forrest Ward Dahlstet, LT    
B. Cannon, LTJG    
Charles Albert Adler Jr, LT    
Donavon Clark Current, LT    
Stacy Lewie Parrish, GMG1    
Stuart Richard Albertson, EN1    
Steve Ralph Luke, BM2    
Tucker, EN1    
John Raymond Hartkemeyer, EN2    
Ernest Judson Kittle III, QM3    
Dewey Wayne Thedford, GMG3    
James J. Bredenko, BM3    
Merrill, RD3    
Hubert Weldon Bishop Jr, BM2    
Frederick James Brush Jr, LT    
Angelo Joseph Caraffa Jr, EN2    
Roger K. Cook, BM3    
Daniel Kribbs Corbett, LTJG    
Kent D. Crowley, LTJG    
Daly, LTJG    
Vincent Jay Feuerborn, LT    
Charles Russell Gibson, LTJG    
Homan Fitzgreene Hallock III, LTJG    
William Edward Halpin, LT    
Edwin Mason Hendrickson, LTJG    
Tommy Lloyd Hovland, LTJG
Charles Michael Janner, GMG3    
Melvin Julian Lien, QM2    
McCarthy, LTJG    
Harvey William Miller, RD3    
Clarence William Nairmore, EN3    
James Newell, LTJG    
John Ellis O'Neill, LTJG    
Robert Alan Scattergood, LTJG    
Archie Whiting Shuford Jr, GMG3    
Harold R. Smith, QM1    
Gary Lee Suarez, LTJG    
Kenneth Frank Tryner, LTJG    
Leslie Lyle Vorpahl, RD3    
West, RD2    
Harry Lawrence Creamer, GMGSN    
Robert Shelton White Jr, LTJG    
Elmo Russell Zumwalt III, LTJG    
Morton Strahan Hodgson III, ENS    
Richard Colton Kern, LTJG    
William Killough Lannom, LTJG    
Merrill Wythe Ruck, LT    
James Dennis Wiggins, QMC    
Grant Welk Hibbard, LCDR    
James Frederick Amerault, LTJG
Alvin Andrews Horne, LTJG
   

 

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