Army Otter Association of Vietnam Veterans

Chapter 5 - Otter Nest Individual Awards and Decorations Page

 

Individual Awards

18th Aviation Company Personnel

Vietnam

1959 - 1971

(As the information becomes available)

 

 

US Armed Forces Awards

(The highest known decoration earned by personnel assigned to the 18th Aviation Company in Vietnam is the Silver Star)

 

  

       

Silver Star



              No known awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1965  

    2 awards posted according to unit history for 1966

    6 awards posted according to unit history for 1967

    1 award posted in according to unit history for 196

              No known awards posted in unit history for 1969 - 1971


Criteria: 

The Silver Star is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Army, is cited for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The required gallantry, while of a lesser degree than that required for award of the Distinguished Service Cross, must nevertheless have been performed with marked distinction. Soldiers who received a citation for gallantry in action during World War I may apply to have the citation converted to the Silver Star Medal.



          

 

 

 

Distinguished Flying Cross

           No Known awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1965
  2 awards posted according to unit history for 1966
  6 awards posted according to unit history for 1967
1 award posted according to unit history for 1968
No known awards posted in unit history for 1969

4 awards posted according to unit history in 19

 No Known awards posted in unit history for 1971


Criteria: 

The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States, distinguishes himself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. The performance of the act of heroism must be evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. The extraordinary achievement must have resulted in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the individual apart from his comrades or from other persons in similar circumstances. Awards will be made only to recognize single acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement and will not be made in recognition of sustained operational activities against an armed enemy.



 

 

Soldiers Medal   



No awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1964
1 award posted according to unit history for 1965
No awards posted in unit history for 1966 - 1967
1 award posted according to unit history for 1968
No awards posted in unit history for 1969 - 1971





Criteria:

The Soldier's Medal is awarded to any person of the Armed Forces of the United States, or of a friendly foreign nation who while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States, distinguished him/herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. The same degree of heroism is required as for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. The performance must have involved personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life under conditions not involving conflict with an armed enemy. Awards will not be made solely on the basis of having saved a life.

 

 

 

 

 

Bronze Star w/"V"


No awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1971



 

Criteria:


a. The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the military of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. 

b. Awards may be made for acts of heroism, performed under circumstances described above, which are of lesser degree than required for the award of the Silver Star. 

c. Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or meritorious service. The required achievement or service while of lesser degree than that required for the award of the Legion of Merit must nevertheless have been meritorious and accomplished with distinction.







 

 

Bronze Star


No awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1964
4 awards posted according to unit history for 1965

9 awards posted according to unit history for 1966

32 awards posted according to unit history for 1967

68 awards posted according to unit history for 1968

9 awards posted according to unit history for 1969

No awards posted in unit history for 1970 - 1971



                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

Purple Heart


No awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1961

No awards posted in unit history for 1962

6 awards posted according to unit history for 1963

4 awards posted according to unit history for 1964

1 award posted according to unit history for 1965

No awards posted in unit history for 1966 - 1967

3 awards posted according to unit history for 1968

No awards posted in unit history for 1969 - 1971



Criteria:     

                                                               

a. The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of an Armed Force who, while serving with the U.S. Armed Services after 5 April 1917, has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded;

(1)  In any action against an enemy of the United States;

(2)  In any action with an opposing armed force of a foreign country in which the Armed Forces of the United States are or have been engaged;

(3) While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party;

(4) As a result of an act of any such enemy of opposing armed forces;

(5) As the result of an act of any hostile foreign force;

(6) After 28 March 1973, as a result of an international terrorist attack against the United States or a foreign nation friendly to the United States, recognized as such an attack by the Secretary of the department concerned, or jointly by the Secretaries of the departments concerned if persons from more than one department are wounded in the attack; or,

(7) After 28 March 1973, as a result of military operations, while serving outside the territory of the United States as part of a peacekeeping force.

(8) After 7 December 1941, by weapon fire while directly engaged in armed conflict, regardless of the fire causing the wound.

(9) While held as a prisoner of war or while being taken captive.

b.   A wound for which the award is made must have required treatment by a medical officer






 

 

  

Air Medal w/"V" 



No awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1965
2 awards posted according to unit history for 1966

7 awards posted according to unit history for 1967
No awards posted in unit history for 1968 - 1971



 

Criteria:

The Air Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the armed forces of the United States, shall have distinguished himself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or heroism or for meritorious service. Award of the Air Medal is primarily intended to recognize those personnel who are on current crew member or non-crew member flying status which requires them to participate in aerial flight on a regular and frequent basis in the performance of their primary duties. However, it may also be awarded to certain other individuals whose combat duties require regular and frequent flying in other than a passenger status or individuals who perform a particularly noteworthy act while performing the function of a crew member but who are not on flying status.  These individuals must make a discernible contribution to the operational land combat mission or to the mission of the aircraft in flight. Examples of personnel whose combat duties require them to fly include those in the attack elements of units involved in air-land assaults against an armed enemy and those directly involved in airborne command and control of combat operations. Involvement in such activities, normally at the brigade/group level and below, serves only to establish eligibility for award of the Air Medal; the degree of heroism, meritorious achievement or exemplary service determines who should receive the award. Awards will not be made to individuals who use air transportation solely for the purpose of moving from point to point in a combat zone.




 

Air Medal


No known awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1962

12 awards posted according to unit history for 1963 

25 awards posted according to unit history for 1964

51 awards posted according to unit history for 1965

735 awards posted according to unit history for 1966

180 awards posted in unit history for 1967

10 awards posted according to unit history for 1968

9 awards posted according to unit history for 1969

No awards posted in unit history for 1970 - 1971


 

  

 

 

 

Air Force Commendation Medal


No awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1971


 

 

Criteria:

The Air Force Commendation Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States below the grade of Brigadier General who, while serving in any capacity with the Air Force, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service not of a sufficient nature to justify a higher award.

 



 


Army Commendation Medal w/"V"


No awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1965

1 award posted according to unit history for 1966

10 awards posted according to unit history for 1967

12 awards posted according to unit history for 1968

No awards posted in unit history for 1969 - 1971




Criteria:

a. The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States other than General Officers who, while serving in any capacity with the Army after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. Award may be made to a member of the Armed Forces of a friendly foreign nation who, after 1 June 1962, distinguishes himself by an act of heroism, extraordinary achievement, or meritorious service which has been of mutual benefit to a friendly nation and the United States.

b. Awards may be made for acts of valor performed under circumstances described above which are of lesser degree than required for award of the Bronze Star Medal. These acts may involve aerial flight. An award may be made for acts of noncombatant-related heroism which do not meet the requirements for an award of the Soldiers Medal.







Army Commendation Medal


No awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1964

15 awards posted according to unit history for 1965

18 awards posted according to unit history for 1966

25 awards posted according to unit history for 1967

No awards posted in unit history for 1968

65 awards posted according to unit history for 1969

No awards posted in unit history for 1970 - 1971




Individual Certificate of Achievement


No awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1964

1 award posted according to unit history for 1965

No awards posted in unit history for 1966

5 awards posted according to unit history for 1967

8 awards posted according to unit history for 1968

No awards posted in unit history for 1969



Individual Letters of Appreciation


No awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1962
4 awards according to unit history for 1963
No awards posted in unit history for 1964 - 1971


 
18 Aviation Company
The unit as a whole


No awards posted in unit history for 1959 - 1962
Unit award posted according to unit history for achieving 10,000 flying hours in 1963 / From 52nd Avn Bn
No awards posted in unit history for 1964 - 1966
Unit award posted according to unit history for movement of an accounting machine from Cam Ran Bay to Nha Trang
Unit award posted for vacating the buildings in Nha Tang to the 17th Avn Grp
Unit award posted for completing the movement from Nha Tang to Qui Nhon in a timely manner
No awards posted in unit history for 1967 - 1971

 
 
 
Medal of Honor 1st Class US Award

No awards posted in unit history 1959- 1967
2 awards posted according to unit history for 1968
No awards posted unit history for 1969 - 1971

 

 

 

 

PRESDENTIAL UNIT CITTION  ( NAVY)


No awards posted in unit history for 1959-1966

PERIOD OF SERVICE  29 MAR  1966 TO 30 JAN 1967

1 award posted in unit history for 1969 / From 3rd Marine Division

No awards posted in unit history for 1969 - 1971



 

 

 


Vietnamese Civil Actions Honor Medal, 1st Class



No awards posted in unit history between 1959-1971


 


 

 


Vietnamese Armed Forces Medal of Honor, 1st Class 



No awards posted between 1959 -1967

1 individual award posted according unit history for 1968 / From the Vietnamese President

No awards posted in unit history for 1968 - 1971


 

 


Many Individuals serving in Vietnam & the Southeast Asia theater were authorized these basic medals upon completion of their assignment (AR 600-8-22).            


                          

NDSM         VSM        RCVM w/60 Device

Note 1 - Authority is AR 600-8-22  dated 25 February 1995.  Individuals qualified for the Vietnam Service Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal  for reasons of service in Vietnam between 1 July 1958 and 3 July 1965 (inclusive) shall remain qualified for that medal. Upon request (unit personnel officer) any such individual may be awarded the Vietnam Service Medal instead of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.  In such instances the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal will be deleted from the list of authorize medals in personnel records.  No one is entitled to both awards. 

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                                                           AFEM                  VSM                                                            


Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register DA Pamphlet 672-3       Dated - 29 January 1988


Vietnam Campaign participation credits


An organization is given campaign participation credit if it actually engaged the enemy in combat, was stationed in the combat zone, or performed duties either in the air or on the ground in any part of the combat zone during the time limitations of the campaign. Service stars are worn on the service and campaign medals to denote participation in campaigns. The following are lists of campaigns for the Vietnam Conflict.

 

1.   Vietnam Advisory Campaign (15 March 1962 - 07 March 1965) 
2.   Vietnam Defense Campaign (08 March 1965 - 24 December 1965) 
3.   Vietnamese Counter-offensive Campaign (25 December 1965 - 30 June 1966) 
4.   Vietnamese Counter-offensive Phase II (01 July 1966 - 31 May 1967) 
5.   Vietnamese Counter-offensive Phase III (01 June 1967 - 29 January 1968) 
6.   Tet Counteroffensive (30 January 1968 - 01 April 1968) 
7.   Vietnamese Counter-offensive Phase IV (02 April 1968 - 30 June 1968) 
8.   Vietnamese Counter-offensive Phase V (01 July 1968 - 01 November 1968) 
9.   Vietnamese Counter-offensive Phase VI (02 November 1968 - 22 February 1969) 
10.  Tet 69/Counteroffensive (23 February 1969 - 08 June 1969) 
11.  Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 (09 June 1969 - 31 October 1969) 
12.  Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 (01 November 1969 - 30 April 1970) 
13.  Sanctuary Counter-offensive (01 May 1970 - 30 June 1970) 
14.  Vietnamese Counter-offensive Phase VII (01 July 1970 - 30 June 1971) 
15.  Consolidation I (01 July 1971 - 30 November 1971) 
16.  Consolidation II (01 December 1971 - 29 March 1972) 
17.  Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign (30 March 1972 - 28 March 1973)

 

Other Unit Awards

 256th Transportation Detachment

RVN Gallantry Cross w/Palm - 1 Mar 66 - 26 Mar 67, DAGO 22, 68; 27 Mar 67 - 17 May 68, DAGO 46, 69, amended DAGO 21, 69

DA General Orders by Date