The Navy Unit Commendation
(31 January to 2 March 1968)


                         The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION to


for service as set forth in the following


      For meritorious service against North Vietnamese Army Forces during Operation HUE CITY from 31 January to 2 March 1968.  Operating on fragmentary orders, the officers and men of Marine Aircraft Group THIRTY-SIX (-) overcame extremely poor weather and fanatic enemy opposition in their support of United States and Army of the Republic of Vietnam units heavily engaged with the enemy in Hue.  In the initial days of this struggle Marine Aircraft Group THIRTY-SIX (-) aircraft were the principal saviors of the beleaguered friendly bastions within the city.  In the following weeks, despite continuing monsoon weather, the Group aircrews heroically completed 9,724 sorties, rescued 1,086 casualties, transported 12,293 troops, and moved 3,023 tons of cargo.  These tasks were accomplished through maximum-performance, low-level flying techniques, and were constantly threatened by heavy enemy fire.  Although Marine Aircraft Group THIRTY-SIX (-) aircraft were damaged by enemy fire on numerous occasions, and despite over 20 attacks-by-fire on their base at Phu Bai, the Group provided sustained and heroic helicopter support for both United States and Vietnam forces at Hue.  Simultaneously the Group met other commitments throughout the I Corps area.  By their aggressive and valiant spirit, superior aeronautical skill, and gallant conduct under fire, the officers and men of Marine Aircraft Group THIRTY-SIX (-) established a new hallmark in Marine Corps aviation history.  Their indomitable actions and inspiring devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

All personnel attached to and serving with the following units of Marine Aircraft Group THIRTY-SIX (-) during the above period or the period as indicated below are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon:
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (11 Feb to 2 Mar 68)
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 362
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364
Marine Observation Squadron 3
Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 36Marine Air Base Squadron 36 (Minus Marine Air Tactical Control Unit 62 and minus Marble Mountain Air Facility detachment of Marine Air Control Unit 68)

/s/ John H. Chafee

Secretary of the Navy

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