[USS Caddo Parish (LST-515) - 2 Nov 69 - 21 Nov 70]



The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting



for service as set forth in the following


For exceptionally meritorious service from 16 March 1966 to 30 April 1972, in providing logistic support to U. S. Navy, U. S. Coast Guard, and Free World Naval Forces in Military Regions ONE, TWO, THREE and FOUR, Republic of Vietnam. During this period, United States Naval Support Activity, Saigon was tasked with requirements to overhaul and repair craft and equipment; provide administrative personnel, accounting, health, and welfare services; and provide logistical and fiscal support in matters of weapons, ammunition, base defense, port services, air and surface transportation, and operational publications. Concurrently, programs were initiated to build Riverine Warfare (GAME WARDEN) support bases, develop and expand the Coastal Surveillance (MARKET TIME) and Harbor Defense support bases, develop support for the Mobile Riverine Force concept, and establish policies and procedures for the full range of logistic support. Despite an adverse and often hostile environment, and with a continual shortage of personnel and equipment, United States Naval Support Activity, Saigon provided these necessary support functions to the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard forces operating in all areas of the Republic of Vietnam. In planning, coordinating and supporting United States Naval Forces efforts in the Vietnamization Program which required an expeditious turnover of United States Navy assets to the Vietnamese Navy, United States Naval Support Activity, Saigon executed a carefully planned integration of United States and Vietnamese personnel and assets into a truly Vietnamese military effort with American advisors. The superlative performance of duty by the personnel of United States Naval Forces Activity, Saigon reflects great credit upon themselves and the United States Naval Service.

John W. Warner

Secretary of the Navy

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the




For service as set forth in the following


For meritorious service from 1 September 1968 through 1 May 1969 in providing armed logistic support throughout Southeast Asia and, specifically, in the hostile environment of the Mekong Delta region of the Republic of Vietnam. In support of the allied effort in Vietnam, Landing Ship Squadron TWO served under the operations control of Commander, Military Sea Transportation Service, Far East. The ships of the squadron demonstrated exemplary navigational and piloting ability on the rivers of the Mekong Delta and in its contiguous waters during frequent enemy attacks, and responded appropriately to the challenge. The professional skill, diligence, foresightedness, and dedication of all squadron personnel were factors which contributed significantly to the exceptional performance of the unit. These factors, along with the highly effective assistance rendered in connection with Vietnamese Navy Training Program, support of the Mobile Riverine Force, and a successful people-to-people program, distinguished Landing Ship Squadron TWO as a consistently outstanding unit of the fleet. The superb performance of the squadron's officers and men reflects great credit upon themselves, their ships, and the United States Naval Service.

All personnel attached to and serving with Landing Ship Squadron TWO during the above-designated period, or any part thereof, are hereby authorized to wear the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon.

J. A. Jardine

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