GENERAL ORDER NUMBER 5

VALOROUS UNIT AWARD

By direction of the Secretary of the Army, under the provisions 202.1, AR 672-5-1, the Valorous Unit Award is awarded the following-named unit of the United States Army and its attached United States Air Force and Army of the Republic of Vietnam units for extraordinary heroism while engaged in military operations during the period indicated:

The citation reads as follows: DETACHMENT B-52 (PROJECT DELTA), 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (AIRBORNE), 1ST SPECIAL FORCES and its assigned and attached units:
 

Delta Tactical Air Control Party, 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron Delta Training Command

1st Company, 91st Army of the Republic of Vietnam Ranger Battalion (Airborne)

2d Company, 91st Army of the Republic of Vietnam Ranger Battalion (Airborne)

5th Company, 91st Army of the Republic of Vietnam Ranger Battalion (Airborne)

DETACHMENT B-52 (PROJECT DELTA), 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (AIRBORNE), 1ST SPECIAL FORCES and its assigned and attached units distinguished themselves by extraordinary heroism while engaged in military operations during the period 4 March to 4 April 1968 in the Hue/Phu Bai area of the Republic of Vietnam. When intelligence sources indicated a massive enemy buildup in the I Corps Tactical Zone, the Deputy Commander, United States Military Assistance Command Vietnam, tasked the unit with the hazardous mission of infiltrating the region, locating the suspected enemy supply route and interdicting the vital lines of communication. Exhibiting the characteristic professionalism that has enabled DETACHMENT B-52 (PROJECT DELTA), 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (AIRBORNE) 1ST SPECIAL FORCES to become the foremost reconnaissance unit in the theater, the Delta staff developed an extremely complex and highly effective plan of operations. The existence of the new major supply route was quickly confirmed and the members of the unit immediately undertook extensive inter diction activities. Expert utilization of tactical air support by the ground elements continuously dealt demoralizing blows to the numerically superior enemy forces. The relentless determination and exemplary perseverance of the members of this proud unit were key factors in averting a second major offensive against the Hue/Phu Bai area. The men of DETACHMENT B-52 (PROJECT DELTA), 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (AIRBORNE), 1ST SPECIAL FORCES displayed extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty which are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect distinct credit upon themselves and the Armed Forces of the United States.
 

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