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Presidential Unit Citation


The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the
PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION
to the
THIRD MARINE DIVISION (REINFORCED)
for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty in action against the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces in the Republic of Vietnam from 8 March 1965 to 15 September 1967. Throughout this period, the Third Marine Division (Reinforced), operating in the five northernmost provinces of the Republic of Vietnam, successfully executed its three-fold mission of occupying and defending key terrain, seeking out and destroying the enemy, and conducting an intensive pacification program. Operating in an area bordered by over 200 miles of South Chain Sea coastline, the mountainous Laotian border and the demilitarized Zone, the Third Marine Division (Reinforced) successfully executed eighty major combat operations, carrying the battle to the enemy, destroying many of his forces, and capturing thousands of tons of weapons and materiel. In addition to these major operations, more than 125,000 offensive counter guerrilla actions, ranging from squad patrols and ambushes to company-sized search and destroy operations, were conducted in both the coastal rice lands and the mountainous jungle inland. These bitterly contested actions routed the enemy from his well-entrenched positions, denied him access to his source of food, restricted his freedom of movement, and removed his influence from the heavily populated areas. In numerous operations, the Third Marine Division (Reinforced) demonstrated the great efficacy of combined operations with units of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. In July 1966, the Third Marine Division (Reinforced) moved to the north to counter major elements of the North Vietnamese Army moving across the Demilitarized Zone. Imbued with an unrelenting combat spirit and initiative and undeterred by heavy hostile artillery and mortar fire, extremely difficult terrain, incessant heat and monsoon rains, the Third Marine Division (Reinforced), employing courageous ground, heliborne and amphibious assaults, complemented by intense and accurate air, artillery and naval gunfire support, inflicted great losses on the enemy and denied him the political and military victory he sought to achieve at any cost. The outstanding courage, resourcefulness and aggressive fighting spirit of the officers and men of the Third Marine Division (Reinforced) in battle after battle against a well-equipped and well-trained enemy, often numerically superior in strength, and the great humanitarianism constantly shown to the peoples of the Republic of Vietnam, reflected great credit upon the Marine Corps and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United Stated Naval Service.


ADDENDUM PAGE TO THE CITATION OF THE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION TO THE THIRD MARINE DIVISION (REINFORCED), 8Mar65 to 15Sep67.

UNITS ENTITLED TO THE AWARD AND THE INCLUSIVE DATES OF AWARD

UNITS

INCLUSIVE DATES

Headquarters Battalion

6May65

-

15Sep67

Third Marines, Headquarters Company

12Apr65

-

15Sep67

First Battalion, Third Marines

SLF

8Mar65

18Nov65

4Apr67

-

-

-

31Aug65

13Feb67

ONLY

Second Battalion, Third Marines

SLF

SLF

10Apr65

22Dec65

27Feb66

14Apr67

-

-

-

-

18Nov65

27Feb66

9Mar67

15Sep67

Third Battalion, Third Marines

12May65

27Oct66

-

-

30Aug66

15Sep67

Fourth Marines, Headquarters Company

7May65

-

15Sep67

First Battalion, Fourth Marines

SLF

7May65

24Jan67

2Apr67

-

-

-

15Dec66

1Apr67

15Sep67

Second Battalion, Fourth Marines

7May65

5Jan67

-

-

27Oct66

15Sep67

Third Battalion, Fourth Marines

14Apr65

18Mar66

15May67

-

-

-

23Dec65

1Apr67

15Sep67

Ninth Marines, Headquarters Company

6Jul65

-

15Sep67

First Battalion, Ninth Marines

SLF

17Jun65

8Dec66

5Feb67

-

-

-

29Sep66

24Jan67

15Sep67

Second Battalion, Ninth Marines

6Jul65

-

15Sep67

Third Battalion, Ninth Marines

8Mar65

15Aug65

1Mar67

-

-

-

12Jun65

7Jan67

15Sep67

Twelfth Marines, Headquarters Battery

12Jul65

-

15Sep67

First Battalion, Twelfth Marines

10Apr65

-

15Sep67

Second Battalion, Twelfth Marines

12Jul65

-

15Sep67

Third Battalion, Twelfth Marines

7May65

-

15Sep67

Fourth Battalion, Twelfth Marines

12Jul65

-

15Sep67

Third Engineer Battalion

23Jun65

-

15Sep67

Third Motor Transport Battalion

23Jun65

-

15Sep67

Third Reconnaissance Battalion

7May65

-

15Sep67

Third Medical Battalion

23Jun65

-

15Sep67

Third Shore Party Battalion

15Jul65

-

15Sep67

Third Tank Battalion

12Jul65

-

15Sep67

Third Anti-Tank Battalion

12Jul65

-

15Sep67

Third Dental Company

29Jun65

-

15Sep67

First Marines, Headquarters Company

17Jan66

-

27Mar66

First Battalion, First Marines

28Aug65

-

9Oct66

Second Battalion, First Marines

10Dec65

-

9Oct66

Third Battalion, First Marines

28Jan66

-

9Oct66

First Force Reconnaissance Company

8Mar65

11May66

-

-

27Apr66

16Nov66

M Battery, Fourth Battalion, 11th Marines

14Aug65

-

27Mar66

Second Battalion, Fifth Marines (-)

1Oct66

-

22Nov66

26th Marines (Fwd)

25Apr66

-

15Apr67

First Battalion, 26th Marines

(SLF)

28Sep66

2Aug66

-

-

15Sep67

27Sep66

Second Battalion, 26th Marines

26Aug66

-

15Sep67

Third Battalion, 26th Marines

(SLF)

9Dec66

5Oct66

-

-

15Sep67

8Dec66

First Battalion, 13th Marines

23Jul67

-

15Sep67

Battery A, 4th Battalion, 13th Marines

2May67

-

15Sep67

Battery K, 4th Battalion, 13th Marines

28Apr67

-

15Sep67

1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion

Headquarters & Service Company, 1st AmTrac Battalion

15Jul65

-

15Sep67

Company A, 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion

15Jul65

-

15Sep67

Company B, 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion

15Jul65

-

15Sep67

LVTH Platoon, 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion

15Jul65

-

15Sep67

2d Topographical Company

1Apr65

-

15Sep67

3d Force Reconnaissance Company

25Apr67

-

15Sep67

1st Provisional 155mm Gun Battery (SP) (Formed in Country)

6Jan67

-

15Sep67

2nd Provisional 155mm Gun Battery (SP) (Formed in Country)

7Jan67

-

15Sep67

1st 8 Howitzer Battery (SP)

12Jul65

-

15Sep67

1st Searchlight Battery

26Jun67

-

15Sep67

1st Field Artillery Group

29Nov66

-

15Sep67

1st Platoon, 5th 155mm Gun Battery

23Jul67

-

15Sep67

1st Counterintelligence Team

8Mar65

-

31Oct66

1st Special Security Communications Team

6May65

-

15Sep67

3d Interrogator Translator Team

1Apr66

-

15Sep67

9th Interpreter Team

21Jul67

-

15Sep67

7th Interrogator Translator Team

17Apr66

-

15Sep67

17th Interrogator Translator Team

21Aug67

-

15Sep67

11th Interpreter Team

21Aug67

-

15Sep67

1st Platoon, 1st Armored Amphibian Tractor Company

8Nov66

-

15Sep67

3d Counterintelligence Team

8Mar65

-

31Oct66

1st 155mm Gun Battery (SP)

1Mar66

-

15Sep67

3d 155mm Gun Battery (SP)

4Aug66

-

15Sep67

Detachment, 15th Counterintelligence Team

22Nov66

-

15Sep67

1st Clearance Platoon, Company D, 5th Medical Battalion

6Jun66

-

15Sep67

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