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1 Graphic courtesy of:

Charles Penley
377th Security Police Squadron
Charlie Sector and Sentry Dog Section
October 1967 - July 1969

Awards and Decorations of several 377th Units on Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, Vietnam.

USAF Personnel, if you had a unit other than the 377th, you can contact Maxwell AFB, Mr Ron Myers, at email: Ronald.Myers@maxwell.af.mil

It is he who has a copy of AF Pam 900-2, Vol 1 and Vol 2.

Email him and request your unit awards and decorations listing.
2 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley
3 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley
4 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award was authorized by Department of the Air Force General Order 1, Jan 6, 1954.  It is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units.

The services include; performance of exceptionally meritorious service, accomplishment of a specific outstanding achievement of national or international significance, combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States, or military operations involving conflict with or exposure to hostile actions by an opposing foreign force.

The ribbon has a narrow red stripe, flanked by a thin white stripe, a wide blue stripe, a thin white stripe, edged with a narrow red stripe.  A bronze "V" device is worn on the ribbon to denote award for combat or direct combat support actions.

Authorized Device:  Oak Leaf Cluster and V Device
5 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley
1 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

Presidential Unit Citation

Executive Order 9075 on Feb 26, 1942, created this award and was superseded by Executive Order 9396 on Dec 2, 1943, which authorized the Distinguished Unit Citation, and this executive order was superseded by Executive Order 10694, on Jan 10, 1957 which redesignated the Distinguished Unit Citation as the Presidential Unit Citation.  It is conferred on units of the armed forces of the United States and of cobelligerent nations, for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy on or after Dec 7, 1941.

The unit must display such gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign.  The degree of heroism required is the same that which would warrant award of the Distinguished Service Cross to an individual.

An individual assigned or permanently attached to, and also present for duty with, a unit in the action for which the Presidential Unit Citation is awarded may wear the emblem as a permanent part of their uniform.

For subsequent awards of the Presidential Unit Citation, the individual is authorized to wear a bronze oak-leaf cluster on the ribbon.  The same oak-leaf cluster in silver is worn in lieu of five bronze oak-leaf clusters.  The Air Force Presidential Unit Citation is slightly smaller than that of the Army, being the regulation size, so that it can be worn in alignment with other Air Force ribbons

Authorized Device: Oak Leaf Cluster
7 Graphic courtesy of:

Dave Koopman
460th Field Maintenance Squadron
September 1967 - September 1968

"Momument To The Living"

The monument is on the grounds of the St. Paul Minnesota State Capitol building.
8 Graphic courtesy of:  Dave Koopman

My hat that I wear on a daily basis.
8 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley





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