NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION
CTG 194.4

THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the

NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION to
UNITS OF CTG 194.4
PARTICIPATING IN OPERATION BARRIER REEF

for services as set forth in the following

            CITATION:

                For exceptionally meritorious service from 2 January to 31 March 1969 during operations against enemy
            forces in the Republic of Vietnam. During this period, the United States and Vietnamese Navy personnel of
            CTG 194.4 involved in Operation BARRIER REEF prosecuted an aggressive and determined interdictive
            campaign along the network of narrow canals across which enemy infiltration of personnel and war material
            had previously passed unhindered. Facing the constant threat of enemy mining attempts, and braving numerous
            automatic-weapons and rocket attacks at point blank range, task-group personnel strove incessantly to sever
            a vital enemy lifeline and thwart his offensive efforts in the Mekong Delta region. While living and operating
            under austere and hazardous conditions, the Navy men of CTG 194.4 seized the initiative from the aggressors
            and struck a blow of irreparable consequence. In every engagement the enemy, attacking at his convenience,
            was driven back by the heroic efforts of the BARRIER REEF units. Along the entire expanse of waterways which
            composed the campaign, the enemy soon found no refuge; their lifeline was severed and the influx of war
            material was significantly diminished, In combatting the enemy threat, the units of CTG 194.4 demonstrated
            outstanding courage and professionalism, reflecting great credit upon themselves and the naval service.


Secretary of the Navy