Navy Commendation Ribbon Navy Commendation Medal
Navy Commendation Medal  Gerald Leroy Good, LT 25 January 1967 PCF 18
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement on 25 January 1967 while serving as Officer-in-Charge of Patrol Craft Coastal (Fast) (PCF) 18 in destroying entrenched enemy positions during an engagement with communist insurgent forces in the Republic of Vietnam. Lieutenant (then Lieutenant, Junior Grade) Good was conducting an anti-infiltration patrol when he observed five boats and a sampan near the beach.   As he neared the beach to search the craft, his PCF received heavy automatic-weapons fire from the enemy positions ashore.   He immediately returned the fire and, assisted by a second PCF arriving on the scene, directed a devastating mortar bombardment on the enemy positions, which silenced the enemy guns, in addition to damaging several structures.   By his courage, exceptional professional performance and loyal devotion to duty, Lieutenant Good upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Allen Clark LoBean, GMGSN 9 April 1967 PCF 15
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement while serving as a gunner on PCF-15 during an armed engagement with enemy forces on the Troung Giang River in the Republic of Vietnam on 9 April 1967.   PCF-15 was acting as a blocking force for a sweep by U. S. Marines when a group of Viet Cong were observed moving up to attack a Marine platoon a quarter mile away.   When PCF-15 closed the shoreline, the enemy opened fire with automatic weapons and small arms.   Seaman LOBEAN, as forward gunner, immediately returned the fire with devastating accuracy, completely silencing the enemy positions.   A Marine reconnaissance patrol searching the area after the engagement discovered eight enemy killed, three wounded and an assortment of abandoned weapons. Seaman LOBEAN's exceptional performance contributed significantly to aborting a surprise attack on a friendly unit and to routing the enemy force.   His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Arlof Nelson Wright Jr, EN1 30 May 1967 PCF 73
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement while serving with Coastal Division ELEVEN in the Republic of Vietnam from 22 April 1966 to 30 May 1967.   Consistently carrying out his duties with outstanding skill and resourcefulness, Petty Officer Wright was highly instrumental in enabling his boat to never miss an operational commitment.   He contributed immeasurably to the successful performance of his assigned PCF while participating in more than 100 combat, counter-infiltration patrols in the coastal waters of the Gulf of Thailand.   On 16 August 1966, the covering fire from his mortar mount was the deciding factor in the safe evacuation of a friendly reconnaissance team from a position on the beach where it was pinned down by enemy forces.   Petty Officer Wright, by his own personal example, professional skill, calmness and courage under fire and outstanding performance of his duties in a remote and hostile area of Vietnam, inspired personnel of the United States and Vietnamese forces.   His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

James Fulcher Tune, LTJG October 1967 PCF 24
Citation:
"For meritorious achievement during operations against Communist insurgent forces while assigned to Coastal Division THIRTEEN based at Cat Lo in the Republic of Vietnam.   As Officer-in-Charge of a SWIFT crew, Lieutenant (junior grade) TUNE conducted over 130 combat surveillance patrols in the shallow, hazardous coastal waters of the South China Sea.   During these patrols, he boarded and searched hundreds of sampans and junks, contributing immeasurably to efforts designed to halt infiltration of men and materials into South Vietnam.   On many occasions, Lieutenant (junior grade) TUNE participated in combat actions.   On 9 November 1966, he was deployed to a patrol area midway between Cat Lo and Cam Ranh Bay to test and evaluate the utilization of a DER as a PCF support ship.   As a result of his evaluations and recommendations, procedures were established that are in daily use in this patrol area.   While conducting a sounding survey at the mouth of the Co Chien River, Lieutenant (junior grade) TUNE's PCF was taken under automatic weapons and small arms fire.   He directed such accurate and devastating return fire that he was able to complete his survey without further incident.   As Operations Officer for Coastal Division THIRTEEN, Lieutenant (junior grade) TUNE's tireless efforts resulted in his division meeting all assigned commitments.   His professional performance and loyal devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest tradition of the United States Naval Service."

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

Stirlin Harris, BM2 April 1968 PCF 80
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving as Boatswain's Mate aboard Patrol Craft 80 in Coastal Divisions 12 and 14 in South Vietnam from May 1967 to April 1968.   In a series of actions against the enemy, Petty Officer HARRIS vigilantly conducted over 147 combat patrols and ensured the success of numerous missions which included rescue of friendly forces, destruction of enemy resistance, and security of operational areas.   By his outstanding initiative, perseverance, and loyal devotion to duty, Petty Officer HARRIS reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Ronald Gimbert, RD3 June 1968 PCF 81
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from June 1967 to June 1968.    As radarman on board an inshore patrol craft, Petty Officer GIMBERT participated in numerous combat patrols and engaged the enemy on five occasions.   During those patrols, he boarded and searched numerous junks and sampans in an attempt to prevent the flow of men and supplies into the Republic of Vietnam.   While based at Cua Viet, he came under enemy rocket and mortar attack on ten occasions.   Despite exploding artillery shells, he made his way to his boat to assist in getting it into the safety of the open sea.   He also assisted in spotting the enemy gun sites for air strikes and artillery fire.   On one occasion, his inshore patrol craft entered the Cua Viet river to assist in fighting a fire in a friendly ammunition depot.   Volunteering to go ashore and organize the fire fighters, he was instrumental in extinguishing numerous secondary fires.   Despite exploding ammunition which filled the air with shrapnel, he continued to fight the fire.   When four members of his fire fighting party were wounded by shrapnel, he carried the wounded to a first aid station and then returned to battle the blaze.   His efforts were responsible for minimizing personnel casualties as well as material damage.   Petty Officer GIMBERT's professionalism, devotion to duty and initiative were in keeping with the highest tradition of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

George Frederick Bullman, RD2 5 July 1968 PCF 27
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam on 5 July 1968.   Petty Officer BULLMAN was serving as a crewman on board Patrol Craft Fast twenty seven which was blockading the beach in the vicinity of air strikes on an enemy platoon near the village of My Lai, Quang Ngai Province.   Observing a Viet Cong suspect run from the enemy position, Petty Officer BULLMAN's Patrol Craft in to attempt a capture and was immediately taken under enemy fire.   Petty Officer BULLMAN quickly returned the fire with his fifty caliber machine gun.   Throughout the action, he calmly and expertly covered his fellow crewmen, ignoring the danger to himself in his exposed position.   Petty Officer BULLMAN's courageous actions enabled the Patrol Craft Fast to capture a Viet Cong suspect under the enemy fire and were in keeping with the highest tradition of the United States Naval Service."

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

Myron Marcus Milligan Jr, GMGSN 27 July 1968 PCF 95
Citation:    
"For professional achievement as mount 52 gunner on an Inshore Patrol Craft while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam on 27 July 1968.    Seaman MILLIGAN's boat, Inshore Patrol Craft 95, was transiting the Bo De River in an attempt to uncover a known enemy recoilless rifle emplacement, and a direct hit was received from an enemy position.   The enemy round penetrated the craft only two inches above the waterline, causing extensive flooding.   Although exposed to enemy fire at a distance of thirty yards,  Seaman MILLIGAN heroically manned his weapon and delivered a heavy accurate volume of return fire.   When his gun jammed, he opened the breech, cleared the weapon, and continued to fire at the Viet Cong.   Seaman MILLIGAN's professional skill, initiative, and courage under fire were in keeping with the highest tradition of the United States Naval Service."

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

Arlie Joseph Pope, LT July 1968 PCF 57
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement while serving as Officer-in-Charge of a Swift Boat engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from July 1967 to July 1968.   Lieutenant POPE exhibited exceptional professional ability, resourcefulness and devotion to duty in conducting patrols and inspecting sampans and junks to interdict the enemy and supplies intended for communist aggressors.   On numerous occasions, he provided valuable support for ground units along the coast.   His crew and boat consistently remained at a high level of combat readiness.   In addition, Lieutenant POPE served as Operations Officer for Coastal Division TWELVE's Chu Lai Detachment, devoting considerable time and energy to improving the operational readiness and enlarging the scope of operations of the Chu Lai Detachment.   His efforts significantly contributed to the high operational readiness and performance of the Chu Lai Detachment.   His exceptional professional performance and loyal devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest tradition of the United States Naval Service."

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

Curtis Allen Rose, GMG3 19 August 1968 PCF 79
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   On 19 August 1968, Petty Officer ROSE was gunner of Mount 51 on Patrol Craft Fast 79.   In that capacity, he provided accurate and deadly fire in support of a combined operation.   As a result of his efforts, thirteen enemy were killed and several weapons were captured. Petty Officer ROSE's outstanding professionalism, courage under fire, and exemplary initiative significantly contributed to the United States' efforts in the Republic of Vietnam and were in keeping with the highest tradition of the United States Naval Service."

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

David L. Clayton, QM2 4 October 1968 PCF 38
Citation:
"For meritorious achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam on 4 October 1968.   As helmsman on an Inshore Patrol Craft, Petty Officer Clayton participated in a search and destroy mission on the Cua Lon and Bo De Rivers.   On two occasions, the craft in which he was embarked came under intense enemy automatic weapons and small arms fire.   With enemy rounds hitting all around the Inshore Patrol Craft, Petty Officer Clayton remained calm and collected while handling the communications and expertly maneuvering the craft.   His actions enabled the gunners to return accurate and deadly fire at the enemy positions.   The patrol craft then proceeded through the Bo De River, where it was again ambushed by the enemy, who were concealed in well entrenched positions along the river bank.   Petty Officer Clayton remained at the helm until he was hit by enemy shrapnel, which knocked him from his post.   After being relieved as helmsman, Petty Officer Clayton disregarded his wounds, armed himself with am M-16 rifle, and assisted in suppressing the enemy fire.   His devotion to duty, courage under fire, and exemplary professionalism significantly contributed to the United States' efforts in the Republic of Vietnam.   Petty Officer CLAYTON's actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Wayne Porter Owens, QM2 (SS) 17 October 1968 PCF 42
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from 1 December 1967 to 17 October 1968.    As Quartermaster of a Patrol Craft Fast, Petty Officer OWENS participated in over one hundred twenty combat patrols conducting board and search operations of over three thousand junks, sampans, and trawlers.   He also participated in Psychological Warfare operations, Medical Civic Action programs, and over fifty Naval Gunfire Support missions.   On 7 October 1968, during evening operations, the Patrol Craft Fast in which he was patrolling encountered an unknown number of Viet Cong in a fortified position on the beach.   During the action Petty Officer OWENS acted as break-out man, supplying both forward and after mounts with ammunition, racing from mount to mount with complete disregard for his own safety to insure continued fire power was made available to the beach.   His devotion to duty, courage under fire, and outstanding professionalism significantly contributed to the operational effectiveness and efficiency of this and other Market Time operations.   Petty Officer OWENS' exemplary performance of duty, aggressiveness and initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

James Lindy Miller, RD1 30 October 1968 PCF 94
Citation:    
"For meritorious achievement in connection with Market Time operations in the Rach Duong Khec River on 30 October 1968.   During the early hours of the morning, Inshore Patrol Craft 94 was completing the third and final intrusion of inland waterways for the purpose of gathering intelligence information concerning navigation and activity in enemy held territory.   Petty Officer MILLER was manning an M-79 grenade launcher on the bow of the boat when the unit suddenly came under intense enemy automatic weapons and recoilless rifle fire from bunkers on the port bank less than one hundred feet away.   In spite of his exposed position, Petty Officer MILLER began a devastating barrage of grenades on the enemy positions.   His quick actions and extreme accuracy destroyed the bunker and silenced the enemy weapons.   Through the continued hail of enemy bullets, Petty Officer MILLER manned his post until the unit successfully cleared the area.   His courage under fire and exemplary professionalism were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Jack Brent Shamley, SN 24 November 1968 PCF 31
Citation:     
"For meritorious service while serving with Coastal Division ELEVEN engaged in armed conflict against Viet Cong communist aggressors in An Xuyen Province, Republic of Vietnam on 24 November 1968.   Seaman SHAMLEY was loader on the after machine gun in Inshore Patrol Craft 31 on a pre-planned gunfire mission on the Song Bo De River.    Shortly after entering the river, the five boat task unit, of which Inshore Patrol Craft 31 was a part, came under intense enemy recoilless rifle fire, automatic weapons and heavy machine gun fire from both banks of the river.   Inshore Patrol Craft 31 received several hits in the initial volley of enemy fire which seriously wounded the helmsman and the forward machine gunner.   Seaman SHAMLEY relieved the gunner on the after mount and, completely exposed to the intense enemy fire, continued suppressing fire throughout the engagement.   With the forward machine gun inactive, Seaman SHAMLEY provided the only defense of his boat as the units fought clear of the "kill zone".   Seaman SHAMLEY's courage under fire, devotion to duty and exemplary professionalism were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Paul Mathew Lukasiewicz, GMG3 24 November 1968 PCF 38
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 in An Xuyen Province, Republic of Vietnam on 24 November 1968.   Petty Officer LUKASIEWICZ was forward gunner on Patrol Craft Fast 38 proceeding up the Bo De River when it came under a vicious enemy initiated fire fight by three companies of Viet Cong utilizing automatic weapons, machine gun and recoilless rifle fire.   Although exposed to heavy enemy fire, Petty Officer LUKASIEWICZ delivered a heavy volume of fifty caliber machine gun fire at numerous enemy positions.   He continued to fire despite having an enemy round pass through his gun tub and spray him with shrapnel.   Petty Officer LUKASIEWICZ courageously continued to direct heavy fire at enemy positions until Patrol Craft Fast 38 fought its way clear of the fire fight.   His actions were instrumental in saving his damaged boat from possible loss.   Petty Officer LUKASIEWICZ's outstanding professionalism, courage under fire and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Craig Leo Tiernan, RD3 24 November 1968 PCF 72
Citation:     
"For meritorious service while serving with Coastal Division ELEVEN engaged in armed conflict against Viet Cong communist aggressors in An Xuyen Province, Republic of Vietnam on 24 November 1968.   Petty Officer TIERNAN was M-60 machine gunner aboard Patrol Craft Fast seventy two on the Bo De River proceeding to a pre-planned gunfire mission.   The five boat unit came under intense enemy recoilless rifle fire, heavy machine gun fire and automatic weapons fire shortly after entering the river.   The initial volley of fire seriously wounded the Officer in Charge of Patrol Craft Fast seventy two and rendered the steering system inoperable.   Petty Officer TIERNAN, from his position on the bow of the boat, continued to deliver accurate and continuous suppressing fire.   As the intensity of enemy fire increased and, in spite of numerous hits throughout the length of the boat, he held his station and, acting on his initiative, selected the most active enemy positions and took them under fire.   Petty Officer TIERNAN's devotion to duty, outstanding professionalism and courage under fire in returning enemy fire from an exposed position were greatly responsible in fighting Patrol Craft Fast seventy two clear of the ambush without further personnel or material casualties.   His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Richard William Holleran, LTJG 28 December 1968 PCF 53
Citation:     
"For heroic achievement in connection with Operation SEA LORDS engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam during the period of 26 December to 28 December 1968.   Lieutenant (junior grade) HOLLERAN, as Officer in Charge of an Inshore Patrol Craft, conducted interdiction raids deep into enemy controlled waterways of the Mekong Delta.   On the night of 26 December 1968, he was taken under fire by enemy automatic weapons and rocket fire.   Twice, his rapid and extremely accurate return fire suppressed the enemy fire.   On 28 December 1968, Lieutenant (junior grade) HOLLERAN was again taken under fire by the enemy five times.   Again his extremely accurate return fire suppressed the enemy fire.   His accurate and devastating fire also accounted for two bunkers, three structures and five enemy watercraft damaged and fifteen enemy watercraft destroyed.   Lieutenant (junior grade) HOLLERAN's calm and collective actions and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Michael Bruce Kovanen, RD3 28 December 1968 PCF 53
Citation:     
"For meritorious achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from 26 to 28 December 1968.    As a bow machine gunner on an inshore patrol craft participating in Operation SEA LORDS, Petty Officer KOVANEN was instrumental in the success of his boat's interdiction raids deep into enemy controlled waterways of the Mekong Delta.   On the night of 26 December 1968, his boat was taken under fire by enemy small arms, automatic weapons and rocket grenades.   On 28 December 1968, his boat again came under enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire.   Despite the enemy fire, he significantly contributed to the success of those operations which resulted in a total of thirty-four enemy watercraft and two structures destroyed and ten watercraft, four structures and four bunkers damaged.   Petty Officer KOVANEN's calm and outstanding performance was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Myron Marcus Milligan Jr, GMG3 28 December 1968 PCF 53
Citation:     
"For meritorious achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from 26 to 28 December 1968.    As a forward machine gunner on an inshore patrol craft participating in Operation SEA LORDS, Petty Officer MILLIGAN was instrumental in the success of his boat's interdiction raids deep into enemy controlled waterways of the Mekong Delta.   On the night of 26 December 1968, his boat was taken under fire by enemy small arms, automatic weapons and rocket grenades.   On 28 December 1968, his boat again came under enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire.   Despite the enemy fire, he significantly contributed to the success of those operations which resulted in a total of thirty-four enemy watercraft and two structures destroyed and ten watercraft, four structures and four bunkers damaged.   Petty Officer MILLIGAN's calm and outstanding performance was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

John Arthur Erickson, LTJG 10 January 1970 PCF 62
Citation:     
"For heroic achievement while serving as Officer in Charge of Inshore Patrol Craft 62 on 10 January 1970 while participating in an extensive river incursion into the heart of the Viet Cong held Ca Mau Peninsula in the lower reaches of the Mekong River Delta of the Republic of Vietnam.   As a member of a two boat probe into the Kinh Tui River, Di Ho Phong Canals, in Bac Lieu Province, Lieutenant (junior grade) ERICKSON directed accurate and precise gun and grenade fire on numerous enemy targets accounting for over fifty structures and watercraft destroyed or damaged.   In addition, he also directed suppressive fire when his unit came under small arms fire resulting in one Viet Cong killed in action.   Lieutenant (junior grade) ERICKSON's outstanding professionalism, courage under fire and exemplary leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

William Henry Inabnett, RD3 28 January 1970 PCF35
Citation:     
"For heroic achievement while serving as a crewmember of Patrol Craft Fast 35 engaged in armed conflict against Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   On 28 January 1970, Patrol Craft Fast 35 and 100 were exiting the Rach Cuu Canal after a daylight raid when both boats came under heavy automatic weapons and rocket fire.   Patrol Craft Fast 35 took one rocket hit and Patrol Craft Fast 100 sustained two rocket hits.   Petty Officer INABNETT displayed a high degree of professionalism in performing his assigned duties as forward M-60 machine gunner and accurately returned fire which aided in suppressing the enemy fire.   His coolness under fire and prompt first aid to one of the wounded crewmembers of Patrol Craft Fast 100 played an essential part in the successful completion of the mission.   Petty Officer INABNETT's devotion to duty, sense of responsibility and exemplary professionalism were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Robert Allen Kreyer, GMG2 January 1970 PCF 88
Citation:     
"For meritorious service while serving with Coastal Divisions ELEVEN and FOURTEEN as gunner's mate aboard Inshore Patrol Craft 44, 82 and 88 engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from January 1968 to January 1970.   Petty Officer KREYER, as M-60 machine gunner, immediately provided accurate and continuous suppressive fire when his unit came under enemy small arms, automatic weapons and M-79 grenade fire.   His actions greatly inhibited ability of the enemy to direct accurate fire at friendly units.   On 1 January 1970, during a daylight raid on the heavily fortified Rach Keo River, Vietnamese Yabutas were under intensive automatic weapons fire and sustained two casualties.   Petty Officer KREYER, although enemy recoilless rifle and automatic weapons fire was landing around him, expertly suppressed the fire.   His professional competence enabled the Vietnamese Yabuta to execute safe passage from the river.   Petty Officer KREYER's devotion to duty, initiative and courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Raymond John Poons, QM3 11 February 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 aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   On 11 February 1970, Petty Officer POONS was serving as helmsman on the second boat of a five boat patrol transiting the Nang canal when his unit suddenly came under intense enemy rocket and automatic weapons fire.   Although the initial barrage of hostile fire had shattered the glass in the pilot house, he manned the radios to inform the officer in Tactical Command of the emergency situation, while maneuvering his boat to keep abreast of the enemy's position.   His quick reactions and expert handling of his boat enabled all guns to maintain a constant bearing on the enemy's position.   When the lead craft began to sink as a result of a rocket hit, he unhesitantly assisted in the rescue of the six crewmembers from the stricken vessel.   Petty Officer POONS' 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 Arthur Erickson, LT 25 February 1970 PCF 62
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving with Commander Coastal Division THIRTEEN engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam on 25 February 1970.   Lieutenant ERICKSON successfully conducted two daring incursions into various canals in the Thanh Phu District of Kien Hoa Province as a part of Operation SEA LORDS.   The first operation involved a combined river-ground assault.   Lieutenant ERICKSON, with popular forces embarked, proceeded deep into enemy held territory where he successfully inserted the troops and provided direct gunfire support.   After successfully extracting the troops without sustaining friendly casualties, he took part in an extensive raid into various waterways near the scene of the earlier ground operation.   Under his direction, Inshore Patrol Craft 62 accounted for the destruction or damage of twenty structures, twenty-six enemy sampans and twelve bunkers.   The damage inflicted by Lieutenant ERICKSON upon the enemy positions significantly contributed to the success of the mission.   Lieutenant ERICKSON's devotion to duty, outstanding professionalism and unfaltering leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Jack Hess Cook, RDSN February 1970 PCF 102
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from February 1968 to February 1970.  As an inshore patrol craft crew member, Seaman COOK participated in one hundred fifty combat patrols.   He assisted in the inspection of countless waterborne craft and boarded and inspected over seven hundred fifty while enforcing the anti-infiltration efforts of Operation MARKET TIME.   His excellent maintenance of his craft's deck gear and superlative performance significantly contributed to the high state of combat readiness of his unit.   In addition, he conducted over thirty-five naval gunfire support missions which resulted in the destruction or damage of one hundred fifty-eight sampans, two hundred twenty enemy structures and ten secondary explosions.   He also participated in numerous harassment and interdiction firing missions on known Viet Cong positions and base camps.   Seaman COOK also participated in fifteen missions in conjunction with Operation SEA LORDS, coming under fire on twelve occasions.   His accurate fire accounted for many of the twenty-one enemy killed and two wounded. Seaman COOK's exemplary professionalism, courage under fire and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

James Lindy Miller, RD1 8 March 1970 PCF 9
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   On 10 March 1970, Petty Officer MILLER was serving as coxswain aboard River Patrol Boat NINE proceeding to the Cai Nap canal to conduct a psychological warfare broadcast during Operation SEA LORDS.   His boat was in company with two other River Patrol Boats with Mobile Strike Force troops embarked.   Suddenly blistering enemy fire was received from both banks of the canal.   All enemy weapons were silenced after ten minutes of withering and deadly accurate fire returned by the River Patrol Boats.   Petty Officer MILLER's effective maneuvering to achieve optimum tactical position for return fire was one of the key reasons the three River Patrol Boats and Mobile Strike Forces were able to deliver such overwhelming fire, though hampered by severe damage.   Petty Officer MILLER's professional skill, courage under fire and determination were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Tommy Lavern Francis, GMG2 10 March 1970 PCF 13
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 10 March 1970, Petty Officer FRANCIS was serving as the forward gunner on Inshore Patrol Craft 13 on a patrol of the Cua Dai River when his boat was attacked from both sides of the river.   Shrapnel from an exploding recoilless rifle round knocked him down and damaged the side of the turret.   Unable to bring his weapon to bear, he continued suppressive fire with a M-16 rifle until out of ammunition.   Disregarding his own safety and despite continuing enemy automatic weapons fire, he remained at his station and attempted to clear his gun ring.   As his craft turned to pick up a wounded crew member in the water, Petty Officer FRANCIS was able to bring his weapon to bear and provided vital cover fire.   His exemplary professionalism, courage under fire and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

David DeWayne Hoover, QM1 April 1970 PCF 6
Citation:
"For meritorious service while serving with Coastal Division ELEVEN engaged in armed conflict against Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from April 1968 to April 1970.   Petty Officer HOOVER continually displayed exceptional leadership and personal courage while participating in over one hundred twenty combat patrols in the Gulf of Thailand and adjoining communist infested rivers and canals.   He boarded and searched countless junks and sampans, interdicted river traffic, inserted United States Navy SEAL teams and other units, enforced curfew and provided fire support for besieged outposts.   During Operation SEA LORDS, Petty Officer HOOVER displayed coolness and professionalism on sixteen separate occasions when his Inshore Patrol Craft came under hostile fire.   On 25 December 1968, Petty Officer HOOVER suffered a shrapnel wound in his leg while on operations in the Duong Keo River.   Although in pain and completely exposed to enemy fire, he remained at his fifty caliber machine gun and laid down heavy suppressive fire.   Petty Officer HOOVER's courage and exceptional performance were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Michael Charles Lohnes, ENS 5 May 1970 PCF 45
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 5 May 1970, Ensign LOHNES was Officer in Charge on Inshore Patrol Craft 45 which was one of six boats with embarked troops conducting a SEA LORDS mission in the Rach Duong Keo.   Suddenly, the three lead boats came under intense enemy rocket and automatic weapons fire.   When one of the boats received heavy damage and was forced to beach, Ensign LOHNES immediately provided accurate suppressive fire and directed his boat alongside of the stricken craft.   Once alongside, he directed a heavy and accurate volume of mortar fire at the enemy positions enabling the crew of the damaged boat to concentrate their efforts on salvage operations.   Constantly exposed to enemy fire, Ensign LOHNES moved about his boat shouting encouragement to his crew, two of which had been wounded by shrapnel.   His devotion to duty, courage under fire and outstanding professionalism reflected great credit upon himself and significantly contributed to the salvage of Inshore Patrol Craft 22.   His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Ensign LOHNES is authorized to wear the Combat "V".

Albert Mark Fransen Jr, EN3 4 July 1970 PCF 87
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from 16 August 1968 to 3 July 1970.  As a Patrol Craft Inshore Engineman attached to Coastal Division FIFTEEN, Petty Officer FRANSEN made over one hundred combat patrols along the coast of South Vietnam. During these patrols he boarded and searched many hundreds of small coastal and fishing vessels and fired numerous naval gunfire support missions at enemy troop concentrations and staging areas.   He also participated in many psychological warfare operations, including medical civil action projects, treating civilians did not have access to medical facilities.   Petty Officer FRANSEN performed all duties and maintained his equipment in an outstanding manner. During a command inspection by Commander COASTAL SQUADRON ONE, Petty Officer FRANSEN's engine room was described as outstanding.   While conducting naval gunfire support on the night of 2 July 1970, Petty Officer FRANSEN was killed in an accidental explosion of an 81mm mortar.   Petty Officer FRANSEN's devotion to duty and sense of responsibility were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Petty Officer FRANSEN is authorized the Combat "V".

James Martin Corrigan, QM3 27 June 1970 Staff
Citation:    
"For meritorious 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 8 to 27 June 1970.   While participating in Operation SEA FLOAT, Petty Officer CORRIGAN provided technical expertise in the placement and operation of Duffle Bag equipment and aided in the organizational planning of the mobile advanced tactical support base's operation center.   Constantly exposed to possible enemy attack, he performed his duties in an outstanding and professional manner significantly contributing to the base's successful transit through treacherous waters to its ultimate destination on Cua Lon river in Lower Ca Mau peninsula.   The mobile advance tactical support base was established to serve as a political education center, a medical base and a secure location for the local populace to conduct trade.   Petty Officer CORRIGAN's exemplary leadership and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Donald Renzy Adams, BM2 10 July 1970 PCF 10
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement 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.    On 10 July 1970, Petty Officer ADAMS was after fifty caliber gunner on Inshore Patrol Craft 10, one of five boats conducting an Operation SEA LORDS raid in the Rach Cai Chon Nho Canal.    As the patrol was entering the canal, a vicious barrage of enemy small arms fire and enemy claymore mines was encountered.   Petty Officer ADAMS immediately manned his fifty caliber machine gun and delivered accurate suppressive fire into the enemy positions.   After the enemy fire was silenced, Petty Officer ADAMS went to the assistance of Inshore Patrol Craft 35 which had received numerous shrapnel and bullet holes below the waterline during the enemy initiated firefight and was rapidly taking on water.   Despite a heavy concentration of fuel from the craft's damaged fuel tank, he repeatedly dove into the water and plugged more than one hundred holes in the side of the boat.   Petty Officer ADAMS' devotion to duty, courage under fire and outstanding professionalism were instrumental in the salvage of Inshore Patrol Craft 35 and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Charles Russell Rabel, LTJG 10 July 1970 PCF 35
Citation:    
"For heroic achievement while serving with Commander 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 July 1970,  Lieutenant (junior grade) RABEL was Officer in Charge of Inshore Patrol Craft 35, one of five boats conducting an Operation SEA LORDS raid in the Rach Cai Chon Nho.   Lieutenant (junior grade) RABEL was beaching his craft in the canal to insert troops when suddenly the boat was severely damaged by a command detonated claymore mine, followed by intense enemy small arms fire.   He immediately directed his men in a barrage of suppressing fire and withdrew his boat which was rapidly taking on water.   He then commenced damage control procedures despite a heavy concentration of fuel from a damaged fuel tank, causing irritation to his eyes.   Lieutenant (junior grade) RABEL persisted in working under water plugging more than one hundred holes in the side of his boat.   His calm professionalism, devotion to duty and courage under fire significantly contributed to the successful salvage of his boat. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Robert Lowe Hooke Jr, LTJG 30 July 1970 PCF 88
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 30 July 1970,  Lieutenant (junior grade) HOOKE was Officer in Tactical Command of a three inshore patrol craft raiding force along the Cai Bai canal.   Arriving at an enemy controlled village, he ordered his boats to beach.   He then led a landing party ashore to question over on hundred fifty inhabitants and to destroy twenty-six enemy watercraft, thirty-seven bunkers and forty-six structures and a large supply cache.   Lieutenant (junior grade) HOOKE's courage, extensive professional knowledge and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Robert Alan Gill, SM2 September 1970 PCF 17
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with Coastal Division Thirteen engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from September 1968 to September 1970.   As leading petty officer of am inshore patrol craft, Petty Officer GILL continually strived to maintain his craft in the highest possible degree of operational readiness.   He made one hundred fifty-five combat patrols and took part in numerous special operations into enemy held canals and waterways of the Mekong Delta where he came under fire on twelve occasions.   He constantly displayed professionalism and devotion to duty in the effective suppression of the enemy fire.   Petty Officer GILL's devotion to duty and exemplary leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

James Alan St Clair, GMGSN 17 October 1970 PCF 95
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with Coastal Division Thirteen engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.   On 17 October 1970, Seaman ST CLAIR was serving as forward fifty caliber machine gunner on board an inshore patrol craft on patrol of the Lang River when his boat was attacked by heavy enemy automatic weapons and rocket fire.   One rocket round detonated near his position wounding three men and causing serious damage to the boat.   Undaunted, he immediately laid down a barrage of suppressive fire while the boat maneuvered away from the kill zone.   Upon reaching safety, he administered first aid to the wounded and assisted in damage control actions.   Seaman ST CLAIR's courage under fire, devotion to duty and professionalism were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Stephen Earl Brannan, LTJG 31 October 1970 PCF 69
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from 29 August to 31 October 1970.   While serving with Coastal Division FOURTEEN, Lieutenant (junior grade) BRANNEN, as officer in charge of an inshore patrol craft, was responsible for the training on one Vietnamese Navy officer and five enlisted personnel.   Taking deep personal interest in his Vietnamese crew, he achieved the full qualification of the crew in patrol craft operations in preparation for the turnover of the craft to the Vietnamese Navy.   In addition, he ensured that the Vietnamese crew members learned and understood proper repair and maintenance procedures.   Lieutenant (junior grade) BRANNEN and his Vietnamese crew achieved a superior combat record during this period, causing great damage to the enemy through gunfire missions and the capture of Viet Cong aggressors.   His devotion to duty, initiative and perseverance were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Donald Lewey Holley, BM3 October 1970 PCF 58
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from 7 May to 31 October 1970.   Petty Officer HOLLEY served as leading petty officer and engine man on board an inshore patrol craft.   His professional instruction was largely responsible for the accelerated qualification and high morale of the Vietnamese trainees on board his craft.   Through his patience and understanding, he bridged the cultural and technological gap between the United States and Vietnamese crew members and established an atmosphere of friendship.   During that period, his craft maintained an outstanding patrol record as it conducted many naval gunfire missions against the enemy.   Petty Officer HOLLEY's professionalism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Larry Wayne Hoffmaster, EN3 December 1970  
Citation:    
For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from December 1968 to December 1970.   Petty Officer HOFFMASTER participated in one hundred thirty-five Operation MARKET TIME combat patrols in the coastal and inland waters of the Mekong Delta.   During these patrols, he assisted in searching and inspecting over two thousand nine hundred watercraft in an intensive anti-infiltration effort.   He also participated in numerous Operation SEA LORDS missions which struck deep into enemy controlled territory.   On eleven occasions when his craft came under enemy fire, he returned accurate and effective fire with his machine gun.   On 19 May 1970, while on an Operation SEA LORDS mission in Thanh Phu secret zone, his craft came under heavy enemy rocket and machine gun fire which mortally wounded the forward machine gunner.   Petty Officer HOFFMASTER's mount was left as the only main battery in operation.   Because of his heavy and accurate return fire, the enemy attack was suppressed with no further damage or casualties.   His 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.

Tere James Ledinsky, BM3 January 1970 PCF 50
Citation:    
For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from August 1968 to January 1970.   While serving as a gunner on an inshore patrol craft attached to Coastal Division Eleven, Petty Officer LEDINSKY participated in over two hundred fifty combat patrols and engaged the enemy on twenty 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 31 July 1970, while patrolling the Cua Lon river, Petty Officer LEDINSKY's boat came under an intense barrage of enemy fire and began taking on water when hit by an enemy rocket.   He directed a steady stream of highly accurate fire into the enemy positions, suppressing their fire and allowing his boat to transit to a safe area.   While serving as an advisor, he trained and counseled Vietnamese sailors in the maintenance and operations of inshore patrol craft which significantly contributed to the Accelerated Turnover of United States Navy Assets to the Vietnamese Navy program.   Petty Officer LEDINSKY'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.

Michael Richard Feye, EN3 28 February 1970 PCF 94
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 28 February 1970,  Petty Officer FEYE was serving as a crew member on an inshore patrol craft attached to Coastal Division Eleven conducting a patrol on the Cua Lon river, An Xuyen province in conjunction with Operation SEA FLOAT.   Suddenly, the patrol encountered a large Viet Cong supply convoy which evaded into a small canal.   While pursuing the convoy, his craft came under intensive enemy automatic weapons and rocket attack.   With complete disregard for the hail of enemy fire, he manned his weapon and laid down a withering barrage of machine gun fire which suppressed the enemy attack.   After suppressing the enemy fire, the patrol proceeded up the canal and captured the supply convoy.   His actions significantly contributed to the success of that operation which dealt a devastating blow to the enemy's resupply efforts in An Xuyen province.   Petty Officer FEYE'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.

Raymond John Poons, QM3 February 1970  
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 February 1970.   While serving as helmsman and gunner on inshore patrol craft attached to Coastal Division Eleven, Petty Officer POONS participated in over three hundred combat patrols and engaged the enemy on twenty-five separate occasions in conjunction with Operations 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.   He always maintained his weapons in an excellent state of material readiness.   His expertise as a gunner and helmsman were directly responsible for inflicting numerous casualties upon the enemy.   Petty Officer POONS' professionalism, courage under fire and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

William Douglas Kelley, QM2 April 1970 PCF 12
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 April 1970.   While serving as a member of inshore patrol craft attached to Commander Coastal Divisions Eleven and Twelve, Petty Officer KELLEY participated in one hundred fifty combat patrols in conjunction with Operations MARKET TIME, SEA FLOAT, SEA TIGER and BARRIER REEF.   On numerous engagements with the enemy, he constantly exposed himself to enemy fire while maneuvering his craft to deliver effective return fire into enemy positions.   On 21 December 1970, he was the helmsman on a craft operating on the upper Mekong river in support of friendly forces who were pinned down by heavy enemy fire.   While maneuvering his craft to provide maximum suppressive fir, they suddenly came under intense enemy automatic weapons fire.   Throughout the ensuing fire fight, he calmly carried out the orders of his officer in charge which enabled his craft to complete its mission of extracting the friendly troops.   Petty Officer KELLEY's professionalism, courage under fire and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Dennis Evan Kempf, BM2 16 May 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 on 16 May 1970.   Petty Officer KEMPF, while serving as after M-60 machine gunner aboard Inshore Patrol Craft 692 entered the Dam Doi River in the lower Cau Mau Peninsula in a three boat column to insert KIT CARSON SCOUTS with American SEAL advisors at an interdiction point.   Upon entering the river, all three units commenced to prep-fire the banks when they suddenly came under a heavy rocket and small arms attack.   Inshore Patrol Craft 50 sustained a massive launch bomb hit amidships below the water line, and Inshore Patrol Craft 64 was hit with a B-40 rocket that left two dead and many personnel wounded.   Both boats were forced to beach in the kill zone.   Upon receiving the first round, Petty Officer KEMPF unleashed a highly accurate barrage of fire into the enemy position to give the beached units the necessary cover which they urgently needed.   for the next six hours, disregarding his own personal safety after his boat had beached alongside the other two units, he fired H and I with an M-79 grenade launcher to continually harass the enemy and provide as much security as possible.   He also provided first aid to the wounded on the other boats and helped carry the more seriously wounded to the helicopter landing zone where they were MEDEVACED.   During this action Petty Officer KEMPF was continually called upon to display his professional competence and discipline, and his quick response to the initiated ambush was largely responsible for suppressive fire which reduced the possibility of further casualties to the boats and his fellow crewmembers.   His timely actions in administering first aid and helping to expedite the evacuation of the wounded helped to save lives.   Petty Officer KEMPF's devotion to duty, courage under fire and exemplary professionalism under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

William Earl Alexander Jr, GMG2 June 1970 Staff
Citation:     
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from August 1970 to June 1970.   While serving as a gunner on an inshore patrol craft attached to Coastal Division One One, Petty Officer ALEXANDER participated in one hundred fifty combat patrols and engaged the enemy on eight separate occasions in conjunction with Operations SEA TIGER, 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.   He always maintained his weapons in an excellent state of material readiness, resulting in almost flawless performance.   Om 6 May 1970, Petty Officer ALEXANDER volunteered to serve as bow gunner during an inshore patrol craft probe on the Gia canal north of the Bo De river.   Upon entering the canal his boat was hit with a mine and received heavy enemy automatic weapons and small arms fire.   His devastating suppressive fire played a major part in enabling his boat to exit the canal with no further material damage.   Petty Officer ALEXANDER's professionalism, courage under fire and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Jack Brent Shamley, SN September 1970  
Citation:     
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from July 1968 to September 1970.   While serving as a helmsman and gunner on an inshore patrol craft attached to Coastal Division One One, Seaman SHAMLEY participated in three hundred combat patrols and engaged the enemy on twenty-five separate occasions in conjunction with Operations MARKET TIME, SEA LORDS 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.   In addition, he conducted psychological warfare operations and civic action programs.   His technical knowledge and long hours of hard work were directly responsible for the constant state of readiness of his inshore patrol craft.   Seaman SHAMLEY's professionalism, courage under fire and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Charles Wilbur Hunt, EN3 October 1970  
Citation:     
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from November 1970 to October 1970.   While serving as a gunner on inshore patrol craft attached  to Coastal Division Eleven and Thirteen, Petty Officer HUNT participated in over one hundred sixty combat patrols and engaged the enemy on thirteen occasions in conjunction with Operations MARKET TIME, SEA LORDS, SEA FLOAT and TRAN HUNG DAO I.   During these 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 13 February 1970 while set in waterborne guardpost on the Vinh Te canal, his unit came under heavy enemy automatic weapons and rocket fire.   From his exposed position, he unleashed a devastatingly accurate barrage of fire into the enemy positions until his craft received a direct hit.   He then assisted in patching the damaged hull and administering first aid to the wounded while his craft proceeded to a secure area.   Petty Officer HUNT'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.

Thomas Andrew Hammerstone, RD3 December 1970  
Citation:     
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from January to December 1970.   While serving as a radioman and boat captain on inshore patrol craft attached  to Coastal Division Eleven and Thirteen, Petty Officer HAMMERSTONE participated in over two hundred fifty combat patrols and engaged the enemy on seven occasions in conjunction with Operations MARKET TIME, SEA LORDS, BLUE SHARK, SEA FLOAT and TRAN HUNG DAO I. During these 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. By training his Vietnamese counterparts in all phases of inshore patrol craft operations, he significantly contributed to the Accelerated Turnover of United States Navy Assets to the Vietnamese Navy program.   Petty Officer HAMMERSTONE'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.

Laurence Stephen Rosato, BM2 December 1970 PCF 48
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from February to December 1970.   While serving as a helmsman on inshore patrol craft attached  to Coastal Division Thirteen, Petty Officer ROSATO participated in over one hundred twenty-five combat patrols and engaged the enemy on four occasions in conjunction with Operations MARKET TIME, SEA LORDS and BLUE SHARK.   During these 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. By training his Vietnamese counterparts in all phases of inshore patrol craft operations, he significantly contributed to the Accelerated Turnover of United States Navy Assets to the Vietnamese Navy program.   Petty Officer ROSATO'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 Carl Miller, EN2 March 1971 PCF 694
Citation:    
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from May 1970 to March 1971.   While serving as an engineman and gunner with Coastal Division Eleven, Petty Officer MILLER participated in over one hundred combat operations and engaged the enemy on at least twelve occasions.   During these 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.   His technical knowledge and long, arduous hours, including a particularly strenuous period during Operation MARKET TIME, were directly responsible for the constant state of readiness of his boat.   On 22 July 1970, while set in waterborne guardpost, Petty Officer MILLER directed accurate fire that resulted in the destruction of two sampans and the capture of documents, ammunition and weapons.   Later that same day his boat received a hit from an enemy launch bomb.   Reacting immediately, he returned quick suppressive fire, made a thorough examination of all his spaces and effected repairs to enable the boat to clear the area.   Petty Officer MILLER'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.

Michael Lawrence Brown, RD2 April 1971 PCF 87/Staff
Citation:
"For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from April 1970 to April 1971.   While serving as machine gunner on Fast Patrol Craft attached to Coastal Squadron One, Petty Officer BROWN participated in interdiction operations designed to deny the enemy's use of these vital transportation routes for infiltration of men and supplies.   During numerous engagements with the enemy, he consistently distinguished himself.   In November 1970, he played a vital role in an operation which resulted in the capture of a major enemy arms cache,   As friendly forces were withdrawing from the cache site, the boat sustained a rocket hit which wounded several of the crew.   He immediately manned his machine gun and helped to defeat the enemy.   Upon the disestablishment of the Coastal Squadron in December 1970, Petty Officer BROWN was reassigned to the staff of Commander United States Naval Forces, Vietnam where he performed duties as a watch supervisor in the Naval Operations Center.   He made numerous suggestions which greatly improved the orderly flow of information.   Throughout his tour, he performed under the threat of terrorist, mortar and rocket attacks.   His exemplary professionalism and devotion to duty contributed to the United States Navy's effort in the Republic of Vietnam and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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

Bobby Don Carver Sr, BM1 15 July 1967 PCF 79
Ronald Mack Rinehart, EN1 15 July 1967 PCF 79
Robert John Middleton, TM3 15 July 1967 PCF 79
Raul Herrera, RMSN 15 July 1967 PCF 79
Timothy C. MacNamara, SN 15 July 1967 PCF 79
Paul Daniel Bolding, EN2 4 October 1968 PCF 38
Daniel Brion Starks, BM3 4 October 1968 PCF 38
Marvin Allen Sedlachek, RD3 4 October 1968 PCF 38
Bryan Walter Kowalczyk, GMG3 4 October 1968 PCF 38
Edward Earl Kesselring, BM2 14 October 1968 PCF 3
Robert Eugene Hornberger, GMG2 14 October 1968 PCF 3
Wade Leslie Knutson, EN3 14 October 1968 PCF 3
Anthony Ronald Marvic, EN2 3 November 1968 PCF 94
James Lindy Miller, RD1 3 November 1968 PCF 94
Willie Thomas, GMG2 3 November 1968 PCF 94
David George Marquardson, QM2 24 November 1968 PCF 82
Harold Eugene Hart Jr, RD2 24 November 1968 PCF 82
Ammon Earl Ward Jr, GMG3 24 November 1968 PCF 82
Walter Wells Weddell, EN3 24 November 1968 PCF 82
Jerry Joel Vogel, SN 24 November 1968 PCF 82
Robert Eaton, QM2 24 November 1968 PCF 72
Craig Leo Tiernan, RD3 24 November 1968 PCF 72
Larry Wayne Gilbertson, GMGSN 24 November 1968 PCF 72
Wade Leslie Knutson, EN3 24 November 1968 PCF 31
Robert  Eugene LaPrad, YN3 24 November 1968 PCF 31
Robert Wayne McGowan, QM2 24 November 1968 PCF 31
Joseph Larry Ponder, GMG3 24 November 1968 PCF 31
Jack Brent Shamley, SN 24 November 1968 PCF 31
Daniel Voit Armstrong, BM3 24 November 1968 PCF 31
Richard Gary Prevett, BM2 24 November 1968 PCF 93
Barry Evan Wright, BM2 24 November 1968 PCF 93
Steve Ralph Luke, BM2 24 November 1968 PCF 93
Paul Daniel Bolding, EN2 24 November 1968 PCF 93
William Aubrey Barnard, EN2 24 November 1968 PCF 31
Duncan B. Taylor, RD3 24 November 1968 PCF 31
Gregory Vincent Cybulski, RD3 24 November 1968 PCF 31
Richard King Hughes, EN3 24 November 1968 PCF 31
Steve Ralph Luke, BM2  6 December 1968 PCF 36
Richard L. Baumberger Jr, BM3 8 March 1970 PCF 9
Bryan Walter Kowalczyk, GMG3 8 March 1970 PCF 38
Glen Cameron Keene Jr, GMG3 4 July 1970 PCF 87
Lloyd Allen Elstro, QM2 7 October 1970 PCF 69
Lanny Howard Buroff, QM2 6 July 1970 PCF 40
Jack Louis Carlson, LTJG 28 July 1970 PCF 90
Duane Andrew Holman, QM2 December 1970 PCF 694
Frank James Willingham Sr, BM3   PCF 99
Lawrence Dewey Hortt, GMGSN    
Thomas Ray Blakley, EN2    
William Franklin Brooks, QM1    
Timothy Edward Mott, GMG3    
Kenneth Joseph Andrews, LT    
James Thomas Kolbe, LT    
James Kenneth Ruland, LTJG    
Homan Fitzgreene Hallock III, LTJG    
John Joseph Billowitz, LTJG    
Edward John Morgan Jr, LTJG    
Stephen Sinclair Hart, LT    
Frank Albert Mueller Jr, LTJG    
Richard Harry Wicks, GMGC    
Larry Gene Linkous, RD3    
William Winsfield Parkinson, QM2    
Richard Arthur Gorman, GMG3    
John Patrick Pank, BM2    
Robert Duane Young, RD3    
William Raymond C, EN3    
Carl R. Russell, QM2    
Ivy L. Johnson, QM2     
Richard Earl Babst, EN2     
Joseph Anthony Billiot Jr, BM3     
John J. Kerestenyi, RD2     
Martin Gerald Baca, GMG3     
Moss N. Agee Jr, QM2     
Daniel Jens Frantsen, RD2     
William Herbert Means, RD3     
Wayne Oscar Davis, BM3     
George Frederick Bullman, RD2     
Michael Hans Hollesen, GMG3     
Thomas M. Belodeau, RD3     
Kenneth Eugene Martin, GMG3    
Alvah Earl Setzer, LT     
James P. Devine Jr, EN1     
Thomas Michael Belodeau, RD3    
Robert Eaton, QM2     
J.A. Wright, BM2     
Lary Foster Wright, GMG3     
Taylor, GMG3     
Lawrence Paul Drogoz, EN2     
Thomas, GMG2     
Eugene Kenneth Thorson, EN2     
Delbert Louis Sandusky, QM1     
Cuerua, EN2     
Jerry Ray Leeds, QM2     
Martin, GMG3     
Howard Edward Bilyeu, EN3     
William E. Watkins, EN1    
Melvin Joseph Baker, RD3     
Fred William Burns, BM2     
Lee, BM3     
Short, GMG3    
Roy Albert Blackstone Jr, RDSN    
David Robert Hemenway, SN    
Henry Berman III, QM2 
Keeper, QM2     
Stephen Douglas Hayes, LTJG     
Daniel Salinas II, LTJG     
Philip A. Contino Jr, HMC     
Daniel William Daly, LTJG    
Green, LTJG     
Cleman, BM3    
Gerald V. Rhodes, BM1    
Kenneth Andrew Mimms, RM1    
Augustine Eugene Penta, BMCS    
Marvin L. Settle, ENC    
Charles Russell Nause, EN1    
Franklin Jerome Smith III, LT    
Robert Jennings Royer, LT    
Ralph Grady Johnson, LT    
Douglas Edward Buie, LT    
James Matthew Arrison III, LTJG    
Jeffery Mark Lash, LTJG    
David Lee Wetherell, LTJG    
Robert Michael Phillips, LTJG    
J. Borell, LTJG    
William Edward Hand, LT    
William Stillwell Mann Jr, LTJG    
William Frank Avila, GMGSN    
Steven M. Lyst, RD3    
Theron G. Lindsley, QM2    
Joe Don Shaddix, QM2    
Amaruso, GMG3    
Barnes, RM3    
Beaver, GMG2    
James Robert Beck, EN2    
James Barry Bogart, EN2    
Brown, EN2    
Donald Henry Clemen, BM2    
John Pressly Chenoweth III, LTJG    
Jesse Dennis Church, RD3    
Billy E. Carr, GMG3    
Henry W. Crosby, GMG3    
Robert Ray Clay, RDSN    
Richard Gregory Carsley, BM3    
Allen Edward Cott Jr, RD3    
Richard Godlib Dennis, RD3    
William Henry Dougherty, BM2    
Noah Alan Davidson, QM2    
Donoho, QM2    
Sherwood James Drumheller, RDSN    
Oliver Keith Evans, LTJG    
Evans, EN2    
Gary Erwin Erlandson, TM1    
William Jimmie Eddings, GMG2    
Charles Edward Florence, GMG3    
Green, LTJG    
Joseph E. Handley, LTJG    
Harwell, EN1    
Craig Ward Haines, RD3    
John Howard Heatherly Jr, BM2    
John Vincent Hecker, RDSN    
Carl L. Hausmann, LTJG    
Hogan, RD3    
Larry Dean Jorgensen, EN2    
Robert A. Janiszewski, EN2    
William Anthony Klyczek, QM2    
William Butler Kean III, LTJG    
John William Mani, EN3    
William Glynn Martin, LCDR    
Martin, GMG3    
Joe Martinez, GMG2    
John Joseph Michels Jr, GMG3    
Morawley, LT    
John Steven Mesojednik, RD1    
Fred William Olson, EN3    
Scott F. Roarke, RD3    
Robin Rhodes, LTJG
Robert Leslie Roberts, QM3
   
John Edward Safar, GMG3    
Edward L.V. Shorr, LTJG    
Charles A. Stratton, BM2    
Charles Joseph Trimble, BM3    
David A. Turnbull, GMG2    
Charles Emory Van Deman, RD2    
Vickers, LTJG    
Robert Wayne Yount, GMG3    
Peter C. Woolston, LTJG    
David Hughes Borden, GMG3    
Gordon Grant Riggle, LTJG    
William Killough Lannom, LTJG    
Raymond Anthony Mislock Jr, LTJG    
William Cody Garlow, LTJG    
Alvin Andrews Horne, LTJG    

 

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