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USS Ranger (CV-4)

AWARDS RECEIVED BY USS RANGER (CVA/CV-61)
TOP GUN OF THE PACIFIC FLEET

Joint Meritorious
Unit Award
5 December 1992 - 4 May 1993
Navy Unit Commendation
January 1966 thru August 1966 (Read)
November 1968 thru May 1969
January 1991 thru February 1991
Meritorious
Unit Commendation
3 December 1967 - 9 May 1968
27 October 1969 - 12 May 1970
18 November 1970 - 10 June 1971
1 May 1986 - 31 January 1988
18 July 1988 - 24 August 1989
Battle Efficiency Award
January 1991 - December 1991
January 1992 - December 1992
Navy Expeditionary
Service
30 October 1980 - 12 March 1981
National Defense Service
January 1, 1961 thru August 14, 1974
August 2, 1990 thru November, 30 1995
Armed Forces Expeditionary
Quemoy/Matsu Islands 24 June 1960 - 25 June 1960
Vietnam 1 May 1963 - 5 May 1963
18 September 1964 - 20 September 1964
28 November 1964 - 1 Jan 1965
16 January 1965 - 17 Mrch 1965
4 April 1965 -14 April 1965
Korea (USS Pueblo) 23 January 1968 - 22 March 1968
Korea (EC-121 Shootdown) 20 Mar 1969 - 22 March 1969
20 April 1969 - 27 April 1969
Korea 12 April 1970 - 13 April 1970
Persian Gulf (Earnest Will) 28 August 1987 - 11 November 1987
23 April 1989 - 2 May 1989
Somalia (Restore Hope) 7 December 1992 - 15 December 1992
Vietnam Service
  Campaign
(Dates)
Line periods
I. Vietnam Advisory Campaign
(15 March 1962 - 7 March 1965)
Ranger was deployed to WestPac from 9 November 1962 - 14 June 1963. Awarded AFEM.
II. Vietnam Defense Campaign
(8 March 1965 - 24 December 1965)
Ranger was deployed to WestPac from 5 August 1964 - 6 May 1965. Awarded AFEM
III. Vietnam Counter-offensive
(25 December 1965 - 30 June 1966)
14 January 1966 - 12 February 1966
23 February 1966 - 22 March 1966
11 April 1966 - 9 May 1966
29 May 1966 - 1 July 1966
IV. Vietnam Counter-offensive II
(1 July 1966 - 31 May 1967)
29 May 1966 - 1 July 1966
12 July 1966 - 6 August 1966
V. Vietnam Counter-offensive III
(1 June 1967 - 29 January 1968)
3 December 1967 - 29 December 1967
6 January 1968 - 28 January 1968
VI. Tet Counter-offensive
(30 January 1968 - 1 April 1968)
18 March 1968 - 12 April 1968
VII. Vietnam Counter-offensive IV
(2 April 1968 - 30 June 1968)
21 April 1968 - 9 May 1968
VIII. Vietnam Counter-offensive V
1 July 1968 - 1 November 1968)
Ranger was not deployed during this period.
IX. Vietnam Counter-offensive VI
(2 November 1968 - 22 February 1969)
7 January 1969 - 30 Jan 1969
15 February 1969 - 16 March 1969
X. Tet 69/Counteroffensive
(23 February 1969 - 8 June 1969)
15 February 1969 - 16 March 1969
4 April 1969 - 17 April 1969
XI. Vietnam, Summer-Fall 1969
(9 June 1969 - 31 October 1969)
Ranger was not deployed during this period.
XII. Vietnam, Winter-Spring 1970
(1 November 1969 - 30 April 1970)
16 November 1969 - 7 December 1969
17 December 1969 - 6 January 1970
29 January 1970 - 18 February 1970
27 February 1970 - 20 March 1970
16 April 1970 - 13 May 1970
XIII. Sanctuary Counteroffensive
(1 May 1970 - 30 June 1970)
16 April 1970 - 13 May 1970
XIV. Vietnamese Counter-offensive VII
(1 July 1970 - 30 June 1971)
18 November 1970 - 18 December 1970
27 December 1970 - 13 January 1971
2 February 1971 - 17 March 1971
31 March 1971 - 18 April 1971
25 April 1971 - 18 May 1971
XV. Consolidation I
(1 July 1971 - 30 November 1971)
Ranger was not deployed during this period.
XVI. Consolidation II
1 December 1971 - 29 March 1972
Ranger was not deployed during this period.
XVII. Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign
(30 March 1972 - 28 January 1973)
9 December 1972 - 3 January 1973
14 January 1973 - 30 January 1973
1 February 1973 - 6 February 1973
XVIII. Operation FREQUENT WIND
(29 April 1975 - 30 April 1975
Ranger was not deployed during this period.
Southwest Asia Campaign
13 January 1991 - 19 April 1991
Korean Defense Service
     Authorized in 2002 the KDSM period of eligibility is July 28, 1954, to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense.
     Servicemembers must have been assigned, attached, or mobilized to units operating in the area of eligibility and have been physically deployed in the area of eligibility for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days or meet one of the following criteria:
  • Be engaged in actual combat during an armed engagement, regardless of the time in the area of eligibility.
  • Is wounded or injured in the line of duty and requires medical evacuation from the area of eligibility.
  • While participating as a regularly assigned air crewmember flying sorties into, out of, within, or over the area of eligibility in support of military operations. Each day that one or more sorties are flown in accordance with these criteria shall count as one day toward the 30 or 60-day requirement.
     Personnel who serve in operations and exercises conducted in the area of eligibility are considered eligible for the award as long as the basic time criteria is met. Due to the extensive time period for KDSM eligibility, the nonconsecutive service period for eligibility remains cumulative throughout the entire period.
     The KDSM may be awarded posthumously, and only one award of the KDSM is authorized for any individual.
NOTE: This has not officially been authorized for the Ranger and her air groups. However, based on her awards of the AFEM, especially during the Pueblo crisis, she meets the requirements.
Humanitarian Service
25 May 1976 - 1 June 1976 (Typhoon Olga - Subic Bay, PI)
20 March 1981 - Undetermined end
Sea Service Ribbon
August 1974 thru January 1993
(11 Awards)
Republic of Vietnam
Gallantry Cross
Unit Citation
January 1966 (3)
February 1966 (4)
March 1966 (3)
April 1966
December 1967
January 1968 (4)
March 1968
March 1968 thru April 1968
April 1968 (3)
April 1968 thru May 1968
January 1969
February 1969 thru March 1969
April 1969
Republic of Vietnam Campaign
This is basically the same requirements as the the Vietnam Service Medal except that it requires 6 months of cumulative service
Kuwait Liberation
(Saudi Arabia)
17 January 1991 thru 28 February 1991
Kuwait Liberation
(Kuwait)
This award has not been officially credited to Ranger as it was not authorized until 1995.
See the excerpted section of NavInst1650.1H for the eligibility requirements. (Note: The upper part of the first page was blanked as it is not relevant to this award.)

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