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The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending


for service as set forth in the following

For exceptionally meritorious service during the periods 18 January to 5 February 1967 and 8 to 29 March 1967, while participating in combat operations in hostile waters off the coast of North Vietnam in support of the Republic of Vietnam's effort to resist communist aggression. As a member of a special task unit assigned the mission of interdiction and destruction of enemy waterborne and coastal logistics, USS STODDARD demonstrated outstanding professionalism and personal valor in executing her primary mission under the constant threat of belligerent and determined enemy coastal defense positions. Despite intense fire from enemy shore batteries on seventeen separate occasions, including an extremely heavy cross, fire in one action, STODDARD masterfully delivered a series of aggressive, devastating attacks which inflicted major damage upon the enemy. During one engagement, STODDARD suffered severe hull damage from extremely heavy and accurate enemy coastal defense fire while rendering support in connection with the rescue of a downed airman. The outstanding professional skill, daring actions and devotion to duty displayed by the officers and men of STODDARD were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

All personnel attached to and serving on board USS STODDARD during the periods designated above, or any part thereof, are hereby authorized to wear the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon.
Copy to:
Citation Files
Pers-16 (4)
All Hands
OP 09B91

Acting Secretary of the Navy

Ref: SecNav ltr of 10 Jul 61 (3d Ser 0086)

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