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LCI(G) Flotilla Three

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending


for service as follows

"For outstanding heroism in action in support of amphibious landings on enemy Japanese-hold Kwajalein and Eniwetok Atolls in the Marshall Islands, and on Saipan, Guam and Tinian in the Marianas, from January 31 to July 28, 1944. Operating dangerously in poorly charted waters off the reef-studded shores of those heavily fortified hostile bases, LCI(G) Flotilla THREE preceded the assault waves to deliver concentrated rocket and gunfire at perilously close range against beach entrenchments, pill boxes and blockhouses, repeatedly navigating unswept channels to carry out their missions, the ships of Flotilla THREE suffered serious damage under heavy Japanese gunfire and the intense cross-fire of our own ships and, despite numerous casualties, rendered substantial aid to our invasion forces. Gallantly responding to the many calls for close-in fire, the units of the Flotilla provided smoke and protective screens for the large combatant and auxiliary vase. sole against hostile aircraft,$ submarines and small craft; they disrupted potentially dangerous counterattacks by Japanese landing barges and they defied enemy fire to conduct daring patrols in support of reconnaissance and demolition parties, The unique and varied service rendered by LCI(G) Flotilla THREE was directly instrumental in breaking down enemy resistance on these.fiercely defended islands and reflects the aggressive fighting spirit of the officers and men who braved fanatic Japanese opposition to fulfill their missions."
All personnel serving in the Following ships which constituted Flotilla THREE during the period of this citation are hereby authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbons LCI(G)'s 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 345, 346, 347, 348, 365, 366, 371, 372, 373, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463, 470, 725, and 726.

                                                                                 /s/ JAMES FORRESTAL

                                                                                 JAMES FORRESTAL
                                                                                 Secretary of the Navy
LCI(G)-77 LCI(G)-78 LCI(G)-79 LCI(G)-80 LCI(G)-81 LCI(G)-82 LCI(G)-345
LCI(G)-346 LCI(G)-347 LCI(G)-348 LCI(G)-365 LCI(G)-366 LCI(G)-371 LCI(G)-372 LCI(G)-373
LCI(G)-437 LCI(G)-438 LCI(G)-439 LCI(G)-440 LCI(G)-441 LCI(G)-442 LCI(G)-449 LCI(G)-450
LCI(G)-451 LCI(G)-452 LCI(G)-453 LCI(G)-454 LCI(G)-455 LCI(G)-456 LCI(G)-457 LCI(G)-458
LCI(G)-459 LCI(G)-460 LCI(G)-461 LCI(G)-462 LCI(G)-463 LCI(G)-470 LCI(G)-725 LCI(G)-726
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