WASHINGTON, D.C., 20350  

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the




for service as set forth in the following


For exceptionally meritorious service on 29 and 30 April 1975 during Operation FREQUENT WIND, the emergency evacuation of Saigon, Republic of Vietnam. During this period, the units of Commander Task Force 76 displayed exceptional teamwork and professional competence in supporting and accomplishing the helicopter evacuation of nearly 7,000 United States citizens, Vietnamese refugees, and third country nationals. Although under constant threat of enemy reaction and attack from both land and sea, they selflessly devoted themselves to the task of saving evacuees lives. In addition, the operation was severely complicated when scores of South Vietnamese helicopters loaded with armed and often panic stricken Republic of Vietnam Army troops and their dependents descended upon every unit of Commander Task Force 76 with a helicopter landing deck. By their courage, resolute determination, and mutual cooperation, the officers and men of Commander Task Force 76 contributed significantly to the success of Operation FREQUENT WIND', thereby reflecting 'great credit upon themselves and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Navy Service.

* The above Commendation is a copy of the exact commendation however is not a certified copy. It was provided this site by Command Master Chief C. R. "Corky" Johnson, Honorary Command Master Chief of Jake's 'Yankee Station - USS Hancock Memorial website. The signature of the Secretary of the navy is a fax-simile of his signature as captured from the original document.

It may be noted that all ships serving in the theatre of action as stipulated above, received the same award, ships and crew alike.

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