4. Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation

    a. Authorization. Awarded by the Chief of the Joint General Staff, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces in two colors:

          Gallantry Cross Color with Palm and Frame (8 February 1962 to 28 March 1973) 
          Civil Actions First Class Color with Palm and Frame (1 January 1965 to 28 March 1973). 

        SECNAV has specifically authorized certain units of the Naval service to accept and wear these awards.   Such 
                   authorization is required in all cases for participation.

      b. Eligibility Requirements. The ribbon bar with palm and frame are authorized for wear by personnel who served 
          with certain units in Southeast Asia during the approved periods.  Lists of eligible units are maintained by CNO 
          and CMC.

      c. In addition to those specific ships/units cited, all Navy and Marine Corps personnel who served "in country" 
                   Vietnam during the eligibility periods are eligible for both awards.

      SecNavInst 1650.1H 7-5  Aug 22 2006

Combat Action Ribbon

Authorized on February 17, 1969, this ribbon is awarded to members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard for combat action service. The principal requirement is that the personnel must have been in a ground or surface combat fire-fight, or action during which they were under enemy fire, and that their performance under fire must have been satisfactory.  
This Ribbon is awarded retroactive thru WWII.

 Presidential Unit Citation

​Authorized by Executive Order 9050 on February 6, 1942, this is awarded by the Secretary of the Navy in the name of the President, to any ship, aircraft, or naval unit, or any Marine Corps aircraft, detachment, or higher unit for outstanding performance in action against an armed enemy of the United States on or after December 7, 1941. Although created as a combat award, there have been two non-combat awards authorized. To the USS NAUTILUS (SSN-571) for the first cruise of a nuclear submarine, July 22 to August 5, 1958; and to the USS TRITON (SSN-586) for the submerged circumnavigation of the world, February 16 to May 10, 1960.  
(3/3 for dates: 21Jul1944-10Aug1944, 12May1965-30Aug1966, 27Oct1966-15Sep1967 one award only)

Navy Unit Commendation

Established by the Secretary of the Navy on December 18, 1944 and awarded by the Secretary with the approval of the President, this Unit commendation is conferred on any ship, aircraft, detachment, or other unit of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps which, subsequent to December 6, 1941, distinguished itself by outstanding heroism in action against the enemy, but not sufficient to warrant award of the Presidential Unit Citation. It is also awarded for extremely meritorious service not involving combat but in support of military operations, which were outstanding when compared to other units performing similar service.
  (3/3 for dates: 01Nov1943 - 22Dec1943, 18-23Aug1965, 13Dec1968-21Feb1969 only)

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Authorized by SECNAVNOTE 1650, on July 17, 1967, and awarded by the Secretary to any unit of the US Navy or Marine Corps which distinguished itself by either valorous or meritorious achievement considered outstanding when compared to other units performing similar service, but not sufficient to justify award of the Navy Unit Commendation. Awarded for combat or non-combat services. 
(3/3 for dates: 29Dec1967-12Jan1968, 01May-16Sep1968 only)
(OEF 11/24/2004 - 06/15/2005 )

National Defense Service Medal

Authorized on April 22, 1953 and amended on January 11, 1966, this medal was awarded for honorable active military service as a member of the United States Armed Forces, including the Coast Guard, between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954 (Korean War period) and between January 1, 1961 and August 14, 1974, (Vietnam War Period). It has most recently been awarded to active duty military members.

Vietnam Service Medal

Authorized on July 19, 1965 and awarded to all service members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, between July 4, 1965 and March 28, 1973, served in Vietnam and the contiguous waters, and airspace, in Thailand, Laos or Cambodia or airspace in direct support of military operations in Vietnam. Personnel previously awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for services between July 1958 and July 1963 could exchange these medals for the Vietnam S. M.

Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
(With Palm Leaf Device)

Awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States for valorous achievement in combat during the Vietnam conflict, March 1, 1961 through March 28, 1973. This Unit Citation is for all who were with USMC units RVN.
SECNAV INST 1650.1H 7-5 [see bottom of this page]

Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions First Class Color
(With Palm Leaf Device)

The ribbon bar with palm and frame are authorized for wear by all Navy and Marine Corps personnel ... who served "in country" in Vietnam, during the eligibility period 1 January 1965 to 28 March 1973
[note: This appears limited to a Ribbon w/frame and palm only]
SECNAV INST 1650.1H 7-5 [see bottom of this page]

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have served for a six-month period in Vietnam, its surrounding waters or in air support against an armed enemy in Vietnam between March 1, 1961 and March 28, 1973. The time limit is waived if the recipient was killed, wounded or captured at any before the limit.
Unit Awards and Standard Awards
3rdBattalion 3rdMarines WWII, RVN & GWOT
Click thumbnail below to view the most common RVN 3/3 era Medals shown in order of precedence.
Appended 4-9-11
  3d Battalion NUC 01Nov43 - 22Dec43 SU 3d Marines Bougainville  
  3d Battalion PUC 21Jul44 -10Aug44 SU 3d Marines Guam  
  3d Battalion PUC 12May65-30Aug66  SU 3d MarDiv (Only 1 Award) SU 7th RLT  
  3d Battalion NUC 18-23Aug65 SU 7th RLT  
  H and S CO NUC 18-23Aug65 SU 7th RLT  
  Company I NUC 8-23Aug65 SU 7th RLT  
  Company K NUC 8-23Aug65 SU 7th RLT  
  Company L NUC 8-23Aug65 SU 7th RLT  
  Company M NUC 8-23Aug65 SU 7th RLT  
  3d Battalion MUC 29Nov67-12Jan68 SU 9th Mar  
  3d Battalion MUC 1May-15Sep68    
  3d Battalion NUC 13Dec68-21Feb69 SU TF YANKEE  
  3d Battalion MUC 12Sep-10Oct83 SU TG 62.8 (BLT 3/3 Only)  
  3d Battalion NUC 14Aug90-16Apr91 SU I MEF  
  Special Operation Training Group SOTG MUC 28Dec04-12Feb05 SU III MEF (Combined support Force 536 in support of “operation Unified Assistance”)  
  3rd Bn (REIN) MUC 25Nov04-15Jun05    
  Combat Logistics Plt 25Nov04-15Jun05 SU 3/3 (REIN)  
  IPAC Detachment 25Nov04-15Jun05 SU 3/3 (REIN)  
  3/3 2005 OEF   NATIONAL RESOLUTION phase  
  3/3 2006 NUC   I MEF Iraq  
    OIF   I MEF Iraq  
  3/3 2007 NUC   II MEF Iraq  
    OIF   I MEF Iraq  
  3/3 2008 NUC 01Feb08-29Feb08 I MEF Iraq  
    MUC 01Aug08-10Oct10 III MEF  
  3/3 2009 NUC   II MEF Iraq  
    MUC 01Aug08-10Oct10 III MEF  
  3/3 2010 MUC 01Aug08-10Oct10 III MEF  
  3/3 2011 OEF   TRANSITION I phase  
   Afghan Campaign                Iraqi Campaign               GWOT  Exp Medal            GWOT Service Medal 
WWII Victory Medal
  DoD Consolidated Campaign Periods  
  Name of Campaign Start Date End Date  
  Vietnam Advisory Campaign 03/15/62 03/07/65  
  Vietnam Defense Campaign 03/08/65 12/24/65  
  Vietnam Counteroffensive. 12/25/65 06/30/66  
  Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase II 07/01/66 05/31/67  
  Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase III 06/01/67 01/29/68  
  Tet Counteroffensive 01/30/68 04/01/68  
  Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase IV 04/02/68 06/30/68  
  Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase V 07/01/68 11/01/68  
  Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VI 11/02/68 02/22/69  
  Tet 69 Counteroffensive 02/23/69 06/08/69  
  Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 06/09/69 10/31/69  
  Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 11/01/69 04/30/70  
  Sanctuary Counteroffensive 05/01/70 06/30/70  
  Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VII 07/01/70 06/30/71  
  Consolidation I 07/01/71 11/30/71  
  Consolidation II 12/01/71 03/29/72  
  Vietnam Cease-fire 03/30/72 01/28/73  
  Operation Frequent Wind (USN, USMC, USAF only) 04/29/75 04/30/75