Appendix V: Awards

Presidential Unit Citation

Criteria: The unit must have clearly rendered itself conspicuous by action of a character comparable to that which would merit the award of a Navy Cross to an individual. The performance of duty in carrying out a mission under the ordinary hazards of war, or participation in extended periods of combat duty, or in a large number of combat missions, does not in itself justify the award which is designed to recognize specific acts of heroism on the part of the unit acting as a team. An award will not be made to a large unit for actions of one or more of its component parts unless such large unit performed as a total team in a manner justifying the award.

Navy Unit Commendation

Criteria: The unit must have performed service as a unit of a character comparable to that which would merit the award of a Silver Star Medal or a Legion of Merit to an individual. Normal performance of duty under the ordinary hazards of war, or participation in extended periods of duty or in a large number of combat missions does not in itself justify the award.

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