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Meritorious Unit Commendation


The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the
MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION
To
FIRST AMPHIBIAN TRACTOR BATTALION
THIRD MARINE DIVISION (REINFORCED), FLEET MARINE FORCE
for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For meritorious service in close combat against the North Vietnamese Army and insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, from 26 August to 9 December 1968. When the First Marine Regiment was deployed from the Napoleon/Saline II Tactical Area of Responsibility, the operational control of the area was assigned to the First Amphibian Tractor Battalion because of its versatility and competency. This assigned area of approximately thirty-two square miles encompassed some fourteen miles of river and waterways, eighteen miles of desert, and additional broken land ideally suited for harboring enemy ambush and sapper units. By conduction 543 day patrols and 675 night patrols, the battalion was instrumental in killing 3,476 of the enemy and capturing 613 individual weapons as well as 19 crew-served weapons. In addition to performing duties of an infantry unit, the battalion carried out an intensive and conclusive combined action program which resulted in a highly proficient integrated Marine and Popular Force provisional rifle company. The "can do" attitude of the officers and men of the First Amphibian Tractor Battalion earned them the name "AmGrunts" (Amphibian Tractor Infantrymen). Through effective teamwork, aggressive fighting spirit, and the many individual acts of bravery, the First Amphibian Tractor Battalion, together with supporting Marine and Army units, dealt the enemy a severe blow, and in so doing demonstrated those qualities of valor and professional skill which were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

For the Secretary of the Navy,
Commandant of the Marine Corps


ADDENDUM PAGE TO THE CITATION OF THE MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION TO FIRST AMPHIBIOUS TRACTOR BATTALION, THIRD MARINE DIVISION, 26Aug68 - 9Dec68.

UNITS ENTITLED TO THE AWARD AND THE INCLUSIVE DATES OF AWARD
ATTACHED AND SUPPORTING UNITS

UNITS   

INCLUSIVE DATES

COMPANY C, THIRD TANK BATTALION

(Less the 1st and 2d Platoons (-))

26Aug68

-

4Nov68

FIRST PLATOON, COMPANY C, THIRD TANK BATTALION

26Aug68

-

9Dec68

SECOND PLATOON (-), COMPANY C, THIRD TANK BATTALION

1Dec68

-

9Dec68

FOURTH PLATOON, ANTITANKS, THIRD TANK BATTALION

26Aug68

-

7Nov68

SECOND PLATOON, FIRST ARMORED AMPHIBIOUS TRACTOR COMPANY

17Sep68

-

9Dec68

DETACHMENT, THIRD DENTAL COMPANY

26Aug68

-

9Dec68

DETACHMENT, THIRD FORCE RECONNAISSANCE

1Sep68

-

31Oct68

DETACHMENT, THIRD TRCONNAISSANCE BATTALION

1Oct68

-

9Dec68

BLT, SECOND BATTALION, 26TH MARINE REGIMENT

(Less COMPANY G)

16Oct68

-

18Oct68

COMPANY G, SECOND BATTALION, 26TH MARINE REGIMENT

26Aug68

-

18Oct68

COMPANY H, SECOND BATTALION, NINTH MARINE REGIMENT

21Oct68

-

24Oct68

DETACHMENT, HEADQUARTERS BATTERY,

(Naval Gunfire), 12th MARINE REGIMENT

1Oct68

-

9Dec68

U.S. Army Units

DETACHMENT, BATTERY F, 26TH FIELD ARTILLERY

1Nov68

-

9Dec68

COMPANY A, FIRST BATTALION, 61ST INFANTRY

20Nov68

-

23Nov68

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