Presidential Unit Citation (United States)

Presidential Unit Citation
Army and Air Force P.U.C.
Army and Air Force P.U.C.
Navy and Marine P.U.C.
Navy and Marine P.U.C.
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Coast Guard P.U.C.
Coast Guard P.U.C.
Awarded by United States Military
TypeRibbon and streamer
EligibilityMilitary units
Awarded for"[G]allantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions."
StatusCurrently awarded
Statistics
First awarded1941
Last awardedOngoing
Precedence
SamePresidential Unit Citation
Individual
equivalent
Service Crosses: Army, Navy, Air Force
Next (lower)Defense - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Army - Valorous Unit Award
Navy - Unit Commendation
Air Force - Gallant Unit Citation
Coast Guard - Unit Commendation
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USA and USAF PUC Streamer

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Army and Air Force Streamer for the award of the Navy and Marine Corps PUC

Streamers for the Presidential Unit Citation (top: USA and USAF PUC Streamer; bottom: Army and Air Force Streamer for the award of the Navy and Marine Corps PUC)


Please see "Presidential Unit Citation" for other versions of this award
The Presidential Unit Citation is awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and allies for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy on or after 7 December 1941 (the date of the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the start of American involvement in World War II). The unit must display such gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would warrant award of the Distinguished Service Cross or Navy Cross to an individual.

Army and Air Force

The Army citation was established as the Distinguished Unit Citation on 26 February 1942, and received its present name on 3 November 1966. All members of the unit may wear the decoration, whether or not they personally participated in the acts for which the unit was cited. Only those assigned to the unit at the time of the action cited may wear the decoration as a permanent award. For the Army and Air Force, the emblem itself is a solid blue ribbon enclosed in a gold frame. As with other citation decorations, the Army's is in a larger frame that is worn above the right pocket. The Citation is carried on the unit's regimental colours in the form of a blue streamer, four feet long and 2 3/4 inches wide.

Navy and Marine

The Navy citation is the unit equivalent of a Navy Cross and was established on 6 February 1942.

The Navy version has blue, yellow, and red horizontal stripes. To distinguish between the two versions of the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy version is typically referred to as the Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation while the Army and Air Force refer to the decoration simply as the Presidential Unit Citation. These are only worn by persons who meet the criteria at the time it is awarded to the unit. Unlike the Army, those who later join the unit do not wear it on a temporary basis.

Coast Guard

United States Coast Guard units may be awarded either the Navy or Coast Guard version of the Presidential Unit Citation, depending on which service the Coast Guard was supporting when the citation action was performed. A Coast Guard version of the award was [https://www.piersystem.com/posted/786/PUC_citation.119247.doc awarded] to the entire U.S. Coast Guard, including the Coast Guard Auxiliary, by President George W. Bush for Hurricane Katrina rescue and relief operations.

Recipients

Unit Year awarded Campaign or battle Other notes
US Coast Guard2006Hurricane KatrinaEntire Coast Guard (including auxiliary and civilians)
3rd Infantry Division2003Operation Iraqi FreedomArmy
96th Infantry Division2001OkinawaEntire Division
1st Marine Division2003Operation Iraqi FreedomNavy citation
1st Marine Expeditionary Force2003Operation Iraqi FreedomNavy citation
9th Communications Battalion2003Operation Iraqi FreedomNavy citation
101st Airborne DivisionNormandyDivision and 1st Brigade only
3rd Marine RegimentGuamNavy citation
101st Airborne DivisionBastogneDivision and 1st Brigade only
761st Tank Batallaion1978ETO, World War II
1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Art.GuadalcanalArmy citation
1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Art.Nam RiverArmy citation
1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Art.Pakchon, Korean WarArmy citation
1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Art.Wonju-Hwachon, Korean WarNavy citation
4th Infantry Division1966Battle of Dak To1st Brigade only
101st Airborne DivisionBattle of Dak To1st Brigade only
101st Airborne DivisionBattle of Dong Ap Bia Mountain3rd Brigade Only
11th Armored Cavalry RegimentHau Nghia-Binh DuongHq. Troop (1st Sqdn.), Troops A,B,C and Company D only
MACV-SOG2001Vietnam War
1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, Army1969Vietnam War18 Aug68 - 20 Sep68 [1]
26th MarinesVietnam War20 Jan68 - 31 Mar68 SU 26th Mar
26th MarinesVietnam War20 Nov68 - 7 Dec68 SU 1st MarDiv (BLT only)
26th MarinesVietnam War1 Apr68 - 26 Aug68 SU 1st MarDiv,(H&S only)
26th MarinesVietnam War21 Sep69 - 19 Mar70 SU 1st MarDiv (26th Regiment)
695th Armored Field Artillery Battalion1945World War IIInvasion behind enemy lines and capture of the French city Metz.
Task Unit 77.4.31944Battle off Samar
2nd Bombardment Group24 Feb 1944Mission 150 to Steyr, Austria
2nd Bombardment Group25 Feb 1944Mission 151 to Regenburg, Germany. Marks the only time in US military aviation history that a unit is awarded back to back citations for actions on successive days.[1]
34th Field Artillery US Army1943North Africa
82nd Airborne Division1944World War II505th Parachute Infantry Regiment -- D-Day - Normandy - St Mere Eglise
82nd Airborne Division1944World War II505th Parachute Infantry Regiment -- Operation Market Garden - Groesbeck, Holland

Non-U.S. recipients

French second armored division received the PUC after the liberation of Strasbourg (November 1944)[2]

On 6 May, 1946 the Distinguished Unit Citation with the inscription Rhine-Bavarian Alps was awarded to the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI) of the French Army.

Brazilian Air Force (Portuguese: FAB - Força Aérea Brasileira ) (1ºGAVCA - 1st Fighter Group) received the award on 22 April 1986 for its bravery during the Italian Campaign in World War II.

During the Battle of the Imjin River, during the Korean War, the British 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment (the Glorious Glosters), and their mortar battery — numbering perhaps 750 men in total — fought on when surrounded on Gloster Hill by at least one Chinese division of 10,000 men. The Regiment was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation and wore the streamer on its colours. The Regiment has now become part of The Rifles and, as Light infantry, no longer carries colours. The Colours of the 1st. Battalion (including the PUC streamer) are now laid up at The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.

Two units of the Canadian Forces have been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for actions during the Korean War, and the war in Afghanistan. The 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment were awarded the citation for their actions during the Battle of Kapyong in Korea where these were the only units to hold their ground during a massive Chinese assault. The Canadian special operations unit, Joint Task Force 2, was awarded the citation for its actions in the early months of the 2002 war in Afghanistan as part of the international special operations coalition.

One Dutch unit, the Netherlands Detachment United Nations, part of the Regiment Van Heutsz, was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation twice for actions during the Korean War. The first citation was awarded after the battle near Wonju and Hoengson in february 1951. The unit was awarded a second time for its bravery during the Soyang River Battle in May-June 1951.

One South African unit, the 2 Squadron SAAF was also awarded this honour. It was presented in August, 1956. It reads “The unit displayed such gallantry, determination and esprit de corps in accomplishing its missions under extremely hazardous and difficult conditions as to set it apart and above other units participating in the same campaign”.

A U.S. Presidential Unit Citation was also awarded to D Company 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, by President Lyndon B. Johnson on May 28, 1968, for the unit's actions at Long Tan, South Vietnam. Soldiers posted to D Company 6RAR are still permitted to wear the PUC on their uniforms.

In 1977 the Presidential Unit Citation 1st Class was presented to New Zealand's 161 Battery in 1977 for service during the Vietnam War in 1965-66, and in 1995 the unit also received the Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) in recognition of service with the United States 173D Airborne Brigade. [3] [4]

In December 2004, New Zealand's SAS forces units operating in Afghanistan received a presidential citation for "extraordinary heroism" in action. The previous citation, other than those made to the US, was also to a New Zealand Unit in Vietnam.

The citation said SAS units helped "neutralise" Taliban and al Qaeda in "extremely high risk missions (including) search and rescue, special reconnaissance, sensitive site exploitation, direct action missions, destruction of multiple cave and tunnel complexes, identification and destruction of several known al Qaeda training camps, explosions of thousands of pounds of enemy ordnance."

"They established benchmark standards of professionalism, tenacity, courage, tactical brilliance and operational excellence while demonstrating superb esprit de corps and maintaining the highest measures of combat readiness."

On February 8, 2005, the Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation was awarded to Marinejegerkommandoen (MJK) of the Royal Norwegian Navy and to Hærens Jegerkommando (HJK) of the Norwegian Army for their actions in Afghanistan.

In 2004, an estimated 40 members of Canada's Joint Task Force 2 serving with Task Force KBAR were awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for service in Afghanistan. However, the Canadian government would not allow JTF2 members to wear their ribbons due to security fears that the award would identify them as members of the clandestine counter-terrorist unit.

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References

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Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military decoration of the United States Army, awarded for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.
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Navy Cross is the second highest medal that can be awarded by the Department of the Navy and the second highest award given for . It is normally only awarded to members of the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard but could be awarded to all branches of United States
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Air Force Cross is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Air Force. The Air Force Cross is the Air Force decoration equivalent to the Distinguished Service Cross (Army) and the Navy Cross (Navy and Marine Corps).
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Joint Meritorious Unit Award is a military award that was established on June 4, 1981 by Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and was implemented by Department of Defense Directive 1348.27 dated July 22, 1982.
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Streamer for the Valorous Unit Award

The Valorous Unit Award is a decoration which is awarded to units of the United States Army which display extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States of America.
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Navy Unit Commendation of the United States Navy is an award that was established by order of the Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal on 18 December 1944. This commendation is awarded by the Secretary to any ship, aircraft, detachment, or other unit of the United States Navy or
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Gallant Unit Citation (GUC) was approved in March 2004 and is awarded to any Air Force unit which distinguishes itself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in armed combat with an enemy force on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
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Coast Guard Unit Commendation is the highest peacetime unit award which may be awarded to military commands of the United States Coast Guard. The decoration was first created in 1963 and is presented to members of any Coast Guard unit which distinguishes itself by valorous or
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