|Alton Raybourn Gunter, EN2||27 March 1966||PCF 26|
|"The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Engineman First Class Alton Raybourn Gunter United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against the enemy on 27 March 1966, while serving on patrol aboard Navy Swift Boat TWENTY-SIX, on the Dong Tranh River, 17 miles southeast of Saigon, in the Rung Sat Special Zone. When PCF-26 was taken under fire from both sides of the river by a carefully-laid Viet Cong ambush, Petty Officer Gunter, though severely wounded and knocked off his feet by the impact of shells hitting him , quickly recovered and courageously delivered extremely accurate fire from his 50-caliber machine gun until he had exhausted his ready ammunition. He then single handedly manned the 81-millimeter mortar and delivered devastatingly effective fire into the well-entrenched Viet Cong positions on both sides of the river. Only when the Viet Cong were forced to cease fire and his craft was clear of the ambush did he seek assistance for his wounds. By his courage and devotion to duty in the face of enemy fire, Petty Officer Gunter upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."|
|Ralph Eugene Powers, BM2||22 May 1966||PCF 41|
|SYNOPSIS: Boatswain's Mate Second Class Ralph Eugene Powers, United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy while srving with a patrol craft division in the Republic of Vietnam.|
|Thomas Arthur Withey, LTJG||25 June 1967||PCF 97|
|James Howard Akers, BMSN||12 May 1968||PCF 98|
|"The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Boatswain's Mate Seaman James Howard Akers, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the Viet Cong while serving as twin fifty-caliber machine gunner of a Swift Boat (PCF-98) attached to Coastal Squadron ONE in the Mekong Delta, Republic of Vietnam. On 12 May 1968, Seaman Akers' Swift Boat, in company with PCF-102, pursued an evading enemy waterborne craft into the Bo De River, an area of known and intense enemy activity. As they closed upon the enemy craft, both Swift Boats came under intense 57 mm recoilless and automatic weapons fire from both densely jungled riverbanks, and PCF-98 was immediately hit by two recoilless rifle and numerous small arms rounds. While aggressively returning fire at the enemy, Seaman Akers' position was hit by an exploding recoilless rifle round, jamming one of the twin fifty-caliber machine guns, tearing off his right shoulder and inflicting numerous and serious wounds to his stomach, back and legs. Ignoring the agonizing pain of his wounds, and the continuous loss of blood, Seaman Akers refused to leave his battle station. He cleared the remaining gun, and directed devastating fire on to the enemy firing positions until an explosion knocked him unconscious to the deck below. Seaman Akers lead the assault with his superbly accurate fire, permitting the combined firepower of the Swifts to locate and silence the enemy. Seaman Aker's selfless heroism, bold initiative and extraordinary determination, combined to save his shipmates and his craft from certain destruction. He was that day a masterful gunner and a heroic figure. His actions reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."|
|Michael Thomas Brown, LT||4 October 1968||PCF 38|
|Michael Raymond Bernique, LTJG||14 October 1968||PCF 3|
|Robert Leon Brant, LTJG||24 November 1968||PCF 93|
|Roy Francis Hoffman, CAPT||11 February 1969||Staff|
|William Charles Martin, ENS||24 February 1969||PCF 67|
|Terrance William Costello III, LT||8 March 1969||PCF 38|
|Vern Earl Ratcliff, GMGSN||8 March 1969||PCF 38|
|Ronald Lee Wood Sr, EN2||19 March 1969||PCF 101|
|Arnold Louis Gellis, RD3||21 March 1969||PCF 99|
|William Edward Franke, LTJG|
|Charles Albert Adler Jr, LT|
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