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Awards, Medals, and Accommodations
Meritorious Unit Commendation - awarded to any military command which displays exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service, heroic deeds, or valorous actions.
Presidential Unit Citation - is awarded to units of the United States Armed Forces, and those of allied countries, for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. The unit must display such gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign. The collective degree of valor against an armed enemy by the unit nominated for the PUC is the same as that which would warrant award of the individual award of the Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross or Navy Cross.
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - awarded to the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces and its Allies military personnel or units that performed outstanding achievements in the field of civil affairs.
The Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) has three basic requirements. The soldier must be an infantryman satisfactorily performing infantry duties, must be assigned to an infantry unit during such time as the unit is engaged in active ground combat, and must actively participate in such ground combat. Campaign or battle credit alone is not sufficient for award of the CIB.
The Bronze Star Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States in a combat theater, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service not involving aerial flight.
The order of the PURPLE HEART is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is definitely a combat decoration.
The Air Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service while participating in aerial flight.
The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or meritorious service which has been of mutual benefit to a friendly nation and the United States.
The Good Conduct Medal is awarded for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal Military service. It is awarded on a selective basis to each soldier who distinguishes himself from among his/her fellow soldiers by their exemplary conduct, efficiency, and fidelity throughout a specified period of continuous enlisted active Federal military service. The immediate commander must approve the award and the award must be announced in permanent orders.
The National Defense Service Medal - Awarded for honorable active service regardless of duration. Those awarded the Vietnam Service Medal or the Southwest Asia Service Medal is also eligible for the National Defense Service Medal.
Vietnam Service Metal - Awarded to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States serving in Vietnam and contiguous waters or airspace thereover, after 3 July 1965 through 28 March 1973. Members of the Armed Forces of the United States in Thailand, Laos, or Cambodia, or the airspace thereover, during the same period and serving in direct support of operations in Vietnam are also eligible for this award.
US Casualties in Vietnam
1st Cavalry 5,444 Killed in Action 26,592 Wounded in Action
Overall 58,191 Killed in Action 153,303 Wounded in Action
Vietnam Vets: 9.7% of their generation
Peak troop strength in Vietnam: 543,482 (April 30, 1969)