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USS MIDWAY   (CVB-41)
(later CVA-41 and CV-41)


Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

   

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Presidential Unit Citation
2nd Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award / Navy Unit Commendation (4) / Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3)
3rd Row: Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon) (5) / Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (2) / China Service Medal (extended)
4th Row: American Campaign Medal / World War II Victory Medal / Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Europe" clasp)
5th Row: National Defense Service Medal (3) / Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5) / Vietnam Service Medal (4 stars)
6th Row: Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 stars) / Humanitarian Service Medal / Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm)
7th Row: Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal / Liberation of Kuwait Medal (Saudi Arabia) / Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

  • Presidential Unit Citation

           Vietnam30 Apr 1972 – 9 Feb 1973
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award

           Operation "Fiery Vigil"10 June 1991 – 28 June 1991
  • Navy Unit Commendation (4 awards)

           Vietnam16 Apr 1965 – 4 Nov 1965
           Operation "Frequent Wind"29 Apr 1975 – 30 Apr 1975
           Indian Ocean1 Jan 1978 – 30 June 1979
           Operation "Desert Storm"17 Jan 1991 – 7 Feb 1991
  • Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3 awards)

           Vietnam7 May 1971 – 28 Oct 1971
           Indian Ocean13 Nov 1979 – 8 Feb 1980
           Indian Ocean27 July 1982 – 1 May 1984
  • Battle Efficiency Award (Navy "E" Ribbon) (5 awards)

    1 Jan 1976 – 30 June 1977
    1 July 1977 – 31 Dec 1978
    1 July 1980 – 31 Dec 1981
    1 Jan 1982 – 30 June 1983
    1 Jan 1990 – 31 Dec 1990
  • Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (2 awards)

           Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean15 Apr 1979 – 6 June 1979
           Iran, Yemen & Indian Ocean21 Nov 1979 – 7 Feb 1980
     10 Aug 1980 – 13 Nov 1980
     12 Mar 1981 – 19 May 1981
  • China Service Medal (extended)

    6 Feb 1955 – 13 Feb 1955
  • American Campaign Medal

    10 Sept 1945 – 2 Mar 1946
  • World War II Victory Medal

    10 Sept 1945 – 31 Dec 1946
  • Navy Occupation Service Medal with "Europe" clasp

    Several periods, 13 Nov 1947 – 26 July 1954
  • National Defense Service Medal (3 awards)

           Korea27 June 1950 – 27 July 1954
           Vietnam1 Jan 1961 – 14 Aug 1974
           Gulf War2 Aug 1990 – 11 Apr 1992
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5 awards)

           Taiwan Straits6 Sept 1958 – 10 Sept 1958
     12 Sept 1958 – 29 Sept 1958
     12 Oct 1958 – 30 Oct 1958
     11 Nov 1958 – 15 Nov 1958
     30 Nov 1958 – 12 Dec 1958
           Vietnam24 Mar 1961 – 25 Mar 1961
     28 Mar 1961 – 7 Apr 1961
     9 Apr 1965 – 11 May 1965
     20 May 1965 – 28 June 1965
           Cambodia17 Oct 1971 – 19 Oct 1971
           Vietnam (Operation "Frequent Wind")29 Apr 1975 – 30 Apr 1975 (see Note 1).
           Persian Gulf16 Nov 1987 – 24 Dec 1987
     11 Jan 1988 – 15 Feb 1988
     15 Sept 1989 – 22 Nov 1989
  • Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars

    Vietnam Defense Campaign22 July 1965 – 4 Nov 1965 (several periods)
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase VII17 May 1971 – 30 June 1971 (do.)
    Consolidation I1 July 1971 – 11 Oct 1971 (do.)
    Vietnamese Ceasefire Campaign1 May 1972 – 9 Feb 1973 (do.)
    Operation "Frequent Wind"(see Note 1)
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars

    Defense of Saudi Arabia2 Nov 1990 – 16 Jan 1991
    Liberation and Defense of Kuwait17 Jan 1991 – 14 Mar 1991
  • Humanitarian Service Medal

    Operation "Frequent Wind"29 Apr 1975 – 30 Apr 1975
  • Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm)

    The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal), with Palm, was awarded to a unit cited at the Armed Forces level.
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

    Service outside the geographical limits of South Vietnam and direct combat support to the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces for more than six months.
  • Liberation of Kuwait Medal (Saudi Arabia)

    17 Jan 1991 – 28 Feb 1991
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

    2 Nov 1990 – 14 Mar 1991
  • Note 1 — Public Law 107-314 of 2 December 2002 stipulates that personnel who were awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) for their participation in Operation Frequent Wind, during the period 29 to 30 April 1975, may elect the Vietnam Service Medal (VSM) in lieu of the AFEM for such service. However, no person shall be entitled to both awards for the same service.

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