GENERAL ORDER NUMBER 70

AWARD OF THE MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION

I. By direction of the Secretary of the Army, under the provisions of paragraph 203, AR 672-5-1, the Meritorious Unit Commendation is awarded to the following units of the United States Army for exceptionally meritorious achievement in performance of outstanding service during the periods indicated.
2. THE 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (AIRBORNE), 1ST SPECIAL FORCES, itís assigned and attached units.
The citation reads as follows:
The 5th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (AIRBORNE), 1ST SPECIAL FORCES, itís assigned and attached units, distinguished themselves in support of military operations in the Republic of Vietnam during the period 31 January 1968 to 31 December 1968. These officers and men of the group demonstrated the highest standards of professional soldiering in the outstanding performance of myriad complex task throughout the entire theater. Engaged in numerous strategic combat operations, they successfully trained and led Vietnamese Special Forces and Civilian Irregular Defense Group personnel in the accumulation of vital information concerning enemy activity, the denial of large geographical areas and infiltration routes to hostile forces and the destruction of enemy havens and bunker complexes. By maintaining a sophisticated intelligence network, organizing ďGo TeamsĒ and utilizing Hoi Chanhs and refugees, the men of the 5th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP provided valuable intelligence information to Allied forces and Army of the Republic of Vietnam units. Through their personal involvement with numerous Civic Action projects and their fine coordination of psychological operations with many foreign and domestic agencies, the local populace gained confidence in their government to provide them with services and aid in time of need. With unrelenting perseverance and singular initiative, they significantly advanced the free world struggle against Communist aggression in the Republic of Vietnam. The remarkable proficiency and devotion to duty displayed by the members of the 5th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect distinct credit upon them and the Armed Forces of the USA.
 

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