Navy Achievement Ribbon Navy Achievement Medal
Navy Achievement Medal  Richard Mayro Cox, EN2 27 December 1967 COSDIV 11 Staff
Citation:    

"For outstanding achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving with the Commander Coastal Division ELEVEN in special operations in the gulf of Thailand, Republic of Vietnam from 24 September to 27 December 1967.   Petty Officer COX participated directly in the development, evaluation and employment of small boats for surveillance and interdiction of shallow water coastal traffic in conjunction with ant-infiltration patrols.   Petty Officer COX's substantial professional knowledge and personal leadership skills contributed significantly to the success of these operations.   While participating in seven multiple boat combat patrols, Petty Officer COX conducted aggressive boardings and searches of dozens of suspicious junks and sampans in waters controlled by the Viet Cong insurgents and under constant threat of hostile fire.   Petty Officer COX's initiative, courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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


James William Reed, SK3 December 1968 Staff
Citation:    
"For professional 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 from September 1967 to December 1968.  As Staff Storekeeper of Coastal Division FIFTEEN, Petty Officer REED was responsible for ordering equipage for fifteen SWIFT boats and maintaining a proper inventory of equipment and spare parts.   He worked in close conjunction with the Supply Officer, Naval Support Activity Detachment, Qui Nhon, in determining the needs and priority of items for Coastal Division FIFTEEN.   Petty Officer REED's devotion to duty, exemplary initiative and outstanding 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."

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


Joseph Edward Muharsky, RD2 8 March 1970 PCF 94
Citation:    

"For professional achievement while engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam. On 8 March 1970, Petty Officer MUHARSKY, serving as forward light machine gunner aboard Inshore Patrol Craft 5, was proceeding to the Cai Nap canal to conduct a psychological warfare broadcast during Operation SEA LORDS. His boat was in company with two other Inshore Patrol Craft with Mobile Strike Force troops embarked. Suddenly heavy enemy Fire was received from both banks of the canal. All enemy weapons were silenced after ten minuets of the withering volume and deadly accuracy Of fire returned by the Inshore Patrol Craft. Petty Officer MUHARSKY'S effective employment of his M-60 machine gun was one of the key reasons the three Inshore Patrol Craft and the Mobile Strike Force were able to suppress the enemy fire while hampered by severe damage. Petty Officer MUHARSKY'S courage under fire, professional ability and loyal devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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


Robert Phillip Salter, STG2 19 March 1970 PCF 94
Citation:     
"For professional 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 28 March 1968 to 19 March 1970.   As leading Petty Officer aboard Inshore Patrol Craft 94, and a crew member aboard Inshore Patrol Craft 43 and 50.   Petty Officer SALTER participated in over one hundred combat patrols in the Gulf of Thailand and the adjoining rivers and canals.   He boarded and searched innumerable sampans and junks.  Interdicted night river traffic, inserted and extracted United States Navy SEAL teams and other units, enforced curfew and provided gunfire support for besieged outposts.   During Operation SEA LORDS, Petty Officer SALTER displayed coolness under fire on several occasions.   His actions while engaged in combat were instrumental to the capture, killing or wounding of numerous aggressors and the capture or destruction of many enemy sampans and other material.   Petty Officer Salter's courage under fire, initiative and outstanding 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."

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

Jack Brent Shamley, SN 10 May 1970 PCF 36
Citation: 
"For professional achievement while serving with Coastal Division FOURTEEN engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in Ninh Thuan Province, Republic of Vietnam.   On 10 May 1970, Seaman SHAMLEY was assistant after gunner aboard Inshore Patrol Craft 36 conducting a MARKET TIME coastal surveillance patrol, when an urgent request for naval gunfire support from Coastal Group 26 was received.   Inshore Patrol Craft 36 joined two other inshore patrol craft which were actively engaged with the enemy.   The Viet Cong forces had pinned down the landing force from Coastal Groups 26 and 27 in a devastating crossfire of automatic weapons, wounding three personnel critically.   Upon arrival, Inshore Patrol Craft 36 began supplying suppressive fire with its eighty-one millimeter mortar with Seaman SHAMLEY acting as loader.   His efforts provided a continuous rate of fire that suppressed all enemy fire and allowed the friendly troops to be extracted.   Seaman SHAMLEY's exemplary professionalism, devotion to duty and courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Larry Wayne Hoffmaster, EN3 15 October 1970 Advisor
Citation:
"For professional 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 from 1 September to 15 October 1970.   Petty Officer HOFFMASTER served as enlisted advisor on an inshore patrol craft.   In that capacity, he successfully trained each Vietnamese enlisted man assigned in navigation, boat handling and maintenance, communications procedures and the use of all weapons aboard his craft.   Following qualification of his crew for independent patrols, he served as advisor to the Vietnamese crew in combat operations against the enemy.   Petty Officer HOFFMASTER's exemplary professionalism, leadership 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.

Tommy Lavern Francis, GMG2 January 1970 PCF 13
Citation:    
"For professional 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 from January 1970 to January 1970.   As a crew member on board Inshore Patrol Craft 13, Petty Officer FRANCIS participated in twenty combat patrols on the Cua Dai river.   On several occasions, he came under intense enemy automatic weapons, rocket and recoilless rifle fire. Through his timely and effective actions, he was instrumental in inflicting casualties on the enemy and in insuring the successful outcome of many SEA TIGER operations.   Petty Officer FRANCIS' professionalism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

John Garca, RD3 March 1970 PCF 32
Citation:    
"For professional 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 from November 1968 to March 1970.   As an inshore patrol craft radarman and bow gunner, Petty Officer GARCA participated in one hundred thirty combat patrols, engaging the enemy on fourteen occasions.   During those patrols, he boarded and searched countless junks and sampans, interdicted cross river traffic, inserted and extracted friendly forces in hostile territory,  and provided naval gunfire support.   In addition, he conducted psychological warfare operations and medical civic action programs.   His technical skill was directly responsible for the constant state of readiness of his inshore patrol craft.   Petty Officer GARCA's exemplary professionalism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Burke Allison Salsi, RD2 June 1970 PCF 12
Citation:    
"For professional 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 from June 1970 to June 1970.   While serving as a crew member on an inshore patrol craft assigned to Coastal Division Eleven and Twelve, Petty Officer SALSI participated in one hundred combat patrols in conjunction with Operations MARKET TIME, SEA FLOAT, and BARRIER REEF.   During those patrols, he boarded and searched numerous junks and sampans, inserted and extracted friendly forces in hostile territory, interdicted cross river traffic and enforced curfew.   He also participated in psychological warfare operations and medical civic action programs.   During numerous engagements against the enemy, he constantly exposed himself to enemy fire while delivering accurate suppressive machine gun fire into enemy positions.   Petty Officer SALSI's outstanding professionalism and devotion to duty 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."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Thomas Lee Buck, RD3 October 1970 Staff
Citation:    
"For professional 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 from October 1970 to October 1970.   While serving as a radarman and machine gunner on inshore patrol craft attached to Coastal Division Thirteen and later as a radio watch stander in the Naval Operations Center at Sa Dec, Petty Officer BUCK participated in over ninety combat patrols as part of Operations MARKET TIME and SEA LORDS engaging the enemy on eight separate occasions.   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 February 1970, while patrolling on the Bo De river in the lower Ca Mau peninsula, his boat came under heavy automatic weapons fire.   Reacting immediately, he returned a highly accurate barrage of fire suppressing the enemy fire enabling his craft to safely exit the kill zone with a minimum of friendly personnel and material casualties.  He contributed significantly to the training of the Vietnamese crews and the preparation of inshore patrol craft for turnover to the Vietnamese Navy under the Accelerated Turnover of United States Navy Assets to the Vietnamese Navy program.   Petty Officer BUCK'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.

Mickey William Walker, GMG3 8 March 1970 PCF 9
Donald Eugene Bradley, RD3  8 March 1970 PCF 9
George E. Jones, EN3 8 March 1970 PCF 9
William Ernest Kirkland, BM2 8 March 1970 PCF 38
Richard King Hughes, EN3 8 March 1970 PCF 38
Edwin Lloyd Spratt, RDSN December 1970
Chris H. Wayland, GMG3    
Clayton George Zucker, LT     
Bernard Perreault, EN3    
Joseph William Streuli, LCDR     
Matteo Joseph D'Amico, LT     
Douglas Scott Martin, ENS     
Charles A. Bridgewater, QMSN     
Harry Leo Cannon, RD2     
Robert Alan Scattergood, LTJG     
Charles Daniel Beaver, GMG3    
Donald Paul Bilodeau, RD3    
Philip A. Contino Jr, HMC    
David Green, QM2    
James B. Hooker, HM1    
James Lowry Kendall, QM2    
Douglas Herbert Koenig, EN3    
Thaddeus R. Lupo, BM3    
Jon Richard Miller, QM2    
William Alan Miller, RD3    
William E. Watkins, ENC    
William Killough Lannom, LTJG    
Alvin Andrews Horne, LTJG    
Ernest Judson Kittle III, QM3    
John Scott Hatcher, QM3    
Larry Gene Linkous, RD3    
Gerald Wayne Ashley, QM2    
Roy Albert Blackstone Jr, RDSN    
Lawrence Dewey Hortt, GMGSN    

 

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