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MWB1962-1972 NAVY SEALS MARINE AIR CORPS RIVER RATS MILITARY WATCH BOX #1 OF 2
Estimated Retail Replacement Value $2487.98
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[THESE WERE ORDERED BY THE MARINE CORPS]
VIETNAM SEALS RIVER RAT MEDALS
WALTHAM LRRP WRIST COMPASS GOLD RING
15.5 X 12.5 INCH
MILITARY WATCH BOX
WAKMANN NAVY TIMER
LRRP SOG WRIST COMPASS
OFFICERS 10K MARINE CORP RING
IMPORTANT NAVAL DIVISIONAL PATCHES, MEDALS, PERSONNEL EQUIPMENT AND OTHER ITEMS TO REPRESENT THE NAVY AND IT'S AWESOME TROOPERS; FROM THE MUDDY RIVER RATS AND SEALS, TO PILOTS, UDT AND LIGHT FAST HELICOPTER CREWS. THE OBJECT OF THIS MILITARY WATCH BOX IS TO NOT ONLY PROVIDE REPRESENTATION OF THE VARIOUS SOLDIERS AND THEIR OUTFITS, BUT TO PROVIDE A SMALL YET DETAILED HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE NAVY AND IT'S CONTRIBUTIONS DURING THE VIETNAM "POLICE" ACTION. IT IS OUR OPINION THAT THE VIETNAM WAR WAS THIS NATIONS MOST INCLUSIVE WAR; BOTH IN EQUIPMENT AND IN MEN AND WOMAN. FROM SEALS AND GREEN BERET TROOPS, TO EVERY TYPE AND SYSTEM OF WARFARE, THE DIVERSITY OF ARMS, TECHNIQUES, VEHICLES AND BRANCHES OLD AND NEW, THAT WERE UTILIZED CHANGED THE VERY FACE OF WAR. FROM PROP PLANES AND JETS, TO AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AND FAST ATTACK RIVER BOATS, FROM MOUNTAIN TO RICE FIELDS, FROM JUNGLE TO BEACHES, A TROOPER COULD AND WOULD EXPERIENCE EVERY LEVEL OF BATTLE.
FROM THE FRONT-BOTTOM
SO YOU MAY
REMOVE THE WATCH
WHILE IT IS ON THE WALL
(CASE OPENS FROM THE FRONT BOTTOM SO REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT
CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED WHILE MOUNTED ON THE WALL!)
MUDDY RIVER RATS
WHO ASSISTED & SUPPORTED
1 & 2
Between 1962 and 1972, 116 members of the following groups were killed or went missing in action. This included 5 Staff Officers, 2 Commanders, 40 Light Attack Helicopter Squadron members, 38 members of Seal teams 1 and 2, and 4 Underwater Demolition Team Members.
1967 VIETNAM BENRUS
10K WWII GOLD OFFICER
MARINE CORP RING
Kk492 - RIVER SQUADRON 51 - NAVY - SEAL
ORIGINAL 1965-67 VIETNAM ERA
17 JEWEL BENRUS MOVEMENT
WINDS SETS RUNS KEEPS TIME HACKS
FIRST ISSUE OF 1965
BY THE FIRST CONTRACT EVER
FOR VIETNAM WAR MILITARY WATCHES BY US GOV
SINGLE CASE SYSTEM
MILITARY HACKING WATCH
BULOVA PROTESTED THE FACT BENRUS RECEIVED THE FIRST EVER US MILITARY
CONTRACT FOR WATCHES. [10,000] FOR VIETNAM
WATCHES FOR MARINES HEADED TO VIETNAM. WATCH HAD TO BE ABLE TO OPERATE IN TYHE JUNGLES AND WATERWAYS OF VIETNAM
FOR TWO YEARS WITHOUT SERVICE. THE BENRUS SINGLE CASE WOULD BE COPIED BY 6 OTHER COMPANIES TO BUILD
THEIR VIETNAM MILITARY WATCHES LATER ON IN THE WAR. THE MIL-W-3818 A AND B
THE CONTRACT WAS DATED
BETWEEN 1959-1962 PROVING THAT US MILITARY WERE SURE THEY WERE GOING TO ADD AT
LEAST 10,000 MORE TROOPS WAY BEFORE THE GULF OF TONKIN INCIDENT
THAT ALLEGEDLY WAS THE REASON 5000 MARINES WERE ADDED TO "PROTECT AIR BASES" IN 1965
DIAL IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
LUMINANCE NUMBER 12 FADED AND WORN
BUT STILL GLOWS
ALL PARTS ORIGINAL
# 12 GLOWS
THIS IS ONE OF THE
FIRST EVER MADE VIETNAM US GOV ISSUE WATCHES
CONTRACTED BETWEEN 1962-1964 BENRUS WON 1964 PRODUCED 1965
IT IS # 90 OF 10,849 AND WAS PART OF A PRIVATE COLLECTION
AFTER THIS RUN AND WITH THE INCREASE OF TROOPS 5 OTHER COMPANIES JOINED BENRUS
IN PRODUCING MILITARY WATCHES INCLUDING WESTCLOX, HAMILTON , SEIKO AND OTHERS
THEY ALL BUILT WATCHES USING THE SAME SINGLE CASE DESIGN OF BENRUS.
DUE TO THE THROWN AWAY NATURE MANY WERE CASED IN PLASTIC
CONT. NO. GS-545240
SERIAL NO. 067006
DATE JULY 1965
WRIST WATCH DIV-
FED. STOCK NO.
U.S. MFG PART
THE SINGLE CASE BENRUS SYSTEM DATES FROM 1959 THROUGH 1965. THE SINGLE CASED BENRUS HAD A ONE PIECE CASE, A DROP IN MOVEMENT WITH SPLIT STEM & SEALED LONG STEM TUBE CROWN AND WAS FURTHER SEALED BY THE CRYSTAL ALONE. BENRUS DESIGNED THIS SYSTEM BY COPYING THE WYLER SINGLE CASE SYSTEM WITH OUT THE WYLER OUTER BEZEL. THOUGH MANY OTHER MANUFACTURERS HAD PRODUCED SINGLE CASE DESIGNS, THE REASON WHY BENRUS CREATED THIS SYSTEM WAS THE 1960 RUMORS OF LARGE US GOVERNMENT WATCH CONTRACTS FOR THE UPCOMING VIETNAM WAR. WHEN THE US GOVERNMENT RELEASED SPECIFICATIONS IN 1961 BENRUS HAD ALREADY RELEASED A WATCH TO THE PUBLIC WITH HALF THE SPECS. THEN WHEN THE US GOVERNMENT UPDATED THE SPECS IN 1962, BENRUS WAS READY WITH A PROTOTYPE. WHEN BENRUS SUBMITTED THEIR DESIGN IN 1963 THEY ALSO SUBMITTED STUDIES OF THOSE REAL SALES AND USE OF THEIR DESIGN --LIKE THIS 3 STAR. NOT ONLY DID BENRUS EXCEED US SPECIFICATIONS THAT WOULD SURVIVE JUNGLE WARFARE IN VIETNAM, BUT INTRODUCED SEVERAL VERSIONS, INCLUDING THE FIRST NON-SERVICEABLE THROW AWAYS. THUS, IN 1964, BENRUS WAS THE FIRST MANUFACTURER TO RECEIVE A MAJOR CONTRACT WITH THE US MILITARY TO PRODUCE THE FIRST VIETNAM MILITARY WATCHES. OVER 10,000 WATCHES FOR OVER 300,000. [1964 DOLLARS]. BENRUS BEAT OUT EVERY COMPANY INCLUDING THOSE THAT SUPPLIED THE US DURING WWI, WWII AND THE KOREAN WAR. IN FACT, BULOVA FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE US GOVERNMENTS. ONE OF THE ALLEGATIONS WAS THAT BENRUS WAS NOT A US BASED MANUFACTURER.
THE FIRST US GOVERNMENT MARINE CORP MILITARY WATCHES FOR THE VIETNAM WAR WERE DELIVERED BY BENRUS BETWEEN JANUARY AND AUGUST OF 2005, THE FIRST GOING TO HELICOPTER AND AIRPLANE PILOTS, SPECIAL FORCES, AND PART OF THE FIST US COMBAT TROOPS, 3500 MARINES THAT WOULD DEFEND THE AMERICAN AIRBASE IN DA NANG. THEY JOINED THE 23,000 SPECIAL FORCES ADVISORS [GREEN BERET/SEAL]
THE FOLLOWING IS THE US GOVERNMENT NT REPLY TO BULOVA. THIS WILL BE PART OF APPRAISAL --ALLOW SEVERAL WEEKS FOR LINK-- IT HAS THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AS TO THIS VERY BENRUS.
-153564, MAY 4, 1964
TO BULOVA WATCH COMPANY, INC.:
FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 20, 1964, PROTESTING THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT TO BENRUS WATCH COMPANY UNDER REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. AMC/A/36-038-64-490/NS), DATED FEBRUARY 7, 1964.
THE RECORD SHOWS THAT IT WAS DETERMINED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE AIR FORCE, NAVY AND ARMY, THAT SPECIFICATION MIL-W-3818A, DATED MARCH 12, 1956, REQUIRED REVISION TO ACCOMPLISH THE FOLLOWING RESULTS:
A. REDUCE THE VARIETY OF GRADES AND TYPES OF WATCHES.
B. ASSURE CONSISTENT QUALITY OF ITEMS.
C. ELIMINATE TESTING REQUIREMENTS OF ONE YEAR AND SUBSTITUTE IN LIEU THEREOF A GUARANTEE PROVISION.
D. INCORPORATE A NEW CASE DESIGN.
ACCORDINGLY, THE SPECIFICATION WAS FORMALLY REVISED ON OCTOBER 17, 1962, AND IS IDENTIFIED AS MIL-W-3818B.
SUBSEQUENT TO THE APPROVAL OF SPECIFICATION MIL-W-3818B, ALL SOURCES ON THE PREVIOUS QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST, UNDER SPECIFICATION MIL-W 3818A, WERE INVITED BY LETTER DATED DECEMBER 6, 1962, TO MAKE APPLICATION FOR THE SUBMISSION OF THEIR PRODUCT OF FRANKFORD ARSENAL FOR QUALIFICATION TESTING. UPON RECEIPT AND APPROVAL OF THE APPLICATION AS REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH 104 OF THE PAMPHLET ENTITLED PROVISIONS GOVERNING QUALIFICATION, SAMPLES WOULD BE AUTHORIZED TO BE SUBMITTED. THREE FIRMS SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS AND SAMPLES DURING 1963, NAMELY, BENRUS WATCH CO., INC., LONGINES-WITTNAUER WATCH CO., AND MATBEY-TISSOT WATCH CO., INC.
HOWEVER, BENRUS WATCH CO., INC., WAS THE ONLY SOURCE THAT SUCCESSFULLY MET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR APPROVAL. THEREFORE, THAT FIRM WAS FORMALLY NOTIFIED ON SEPTEMBER 16, 1963, THAT THE SAMPLES SUBMITTED WERE APPROVED AND THAT ITS PRODUCT WAS LISTED ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST FOR SPECIFICATION MIL-F-3818B. THE OTHER TWO SOURCES WERE NOTIFIED BY LETTER OF NOVEMBER 21, 1963, THAT THEIR SAMPLES DID NOT MEET MINIMUM SPECIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.
ON THE BASIS OF MILITARY INTERDEPARTMENTAL PURCHASE REQUESTS FROM THE MARINE CORPS FOR A TOTAL OF 10,849 WATCHES, THE CONTRACT
A. THIS WATCH IS A QUALIFIED PRODUCT AND THE TIME REQUIRED FOR TESTING WOULD UNDULY DELAY DELIVERIES.
B. THE INTEREST OF THE GOVERNMENT REQUIRES ASSURANCE PRIOR TO AWARD THAT THE PRODUCT IS SATISFACTORY FOR ITS INTENDED USE AND NO OTHER MEANS OF QUALITY ASSURANCE IS AVAILABLE.
C. AMPLE SOLICITATION AND OPPORTUNITY WAS AFFORDED THE CLOCK AND WATCH INDUSTRIES, RESULTING IN ONLY ONE QUALIFIED PRODUCT, NAMELY, BENRUS WATCH CO.
THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL WAS ISSUED ON FEBRUARY 7, 1964, WITH A CLOSING DATE OF FEBRUARY 24, 1964, TO BENRUS WATCH COMPANY, AS A SOLE SOURCE PREMISED ON THE FACTS SHOWN ABOVE. BENRUS QUOTED A UNIT PRICE OF $28.28 EACH FOR A QUANTITY OF 10,849 WRIST WATCHES OR A TOTAL COST OF $306,809.72. ON FEBRUARY 20, 1964, AN AMENDMENT WAS ISSUED EXTENDING THE CLOSING DATE TO FEBRUARY 27, 1964. THE PROCUREMENT ACTION WAS SYNOPSIZED, FOR SUBCONTRACTING ONLY, IN THE COMMERCE BUSINESS DAILY DATED FEBRUARY 17, 1964. AT YOUR REQUEST, YOU WERE FURNISHED A COPY OF THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL ON FEBRUARY 13, 1964.
YOU ALLEGE, IN EFFECT, THAT FRANKFORD ARSENAL IS ATTEMPTING TO CIRCUMVENT CURRENT REGULATIONS IN THE AREA OF COMPETITION AND METHOD OF PROCUREMENT AND HAS FAILED TO CLARIFY AMBIGUITIES IN THE SPECIFICATION, PARTICULARLY WITH REFERENCE TO THE GUARANTEE PROVISION AS SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH 3.21 OF SPECIFICATION MIL-W-3818B, DATED OCTOBER 17, 1962.
YOU ALLEGE SPECIFICALLY THAT FRANKFORD ARSENAL, WITH KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR INTEREST IN THE PROCUREMENT OF BACK-TYPE WATCHES, CIRCUMVENTED PROCUREMENT REGULATIONS BY NOT OBTAINING COMPETITION.
THE RECORD SHOWS YOU WERE AFFORDED AMPLE TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR PRODUCT FOR QUALIFICATION TESTING AND POSSIBLE INCLUSION ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST. HOWEVER, YOU DID NOT SUBMIT YOUR PRODUCT UNTIL FEBRUARY 13, 1964, A LAPSE OF 14 MONTHS FROM THE DATE APPLICATIONS WERE ORIGINALLY REQUESTED. THE PRODUCT YOU SUBMITTED WAS REJECTED ON MARCH 11, 1964, FOR THE REASON THAT IT FAILED THE SHOCK TEST PERFORMANCE PRESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH 4.8.9 OF SPECIFICATION MIL-W 3818B IN THAT OVER A PERIOD OF 20 HOURS THE WATCH GAINED 1 HOUR AND 22 MINUTES.
ING OFFICER EXECUTED A DETERMINATION AND FINDINGS DATED FEBRUARY 2, 1964, AUTHORIZING NEGOTIATION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF 10 U.S.C. 2304/A) (10) AND ASPR 3.210.2 PROMISED ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES REPORTED AS FOLLOWS:
THIS FAILURE WAS CONSIDERED A SUFFICIENT CAUSE TO REJECT YOUR PRODUCT AS NOT QUALIFYING FOR INCLUSION ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST. SINCE ONLY ONE OF THREE OTHER SOURCES WHICH SUBMITTED THEIR PRODUCT FOR QUALIFICATION TESTING SUBMITTED A PRODUCT WHICH PASSED ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF MIL-W-3818B AND WAS APPROVED FOR INCLUSION ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST, THE DETERMINATION BY THE CONTRACTING OFFICER THAT IT WAS IMPRACTICABLE TO OBTAIN COMPETITION, AND THAT A CONTRACT SHOULD BE NEGOTIATED WITH BENRUS, APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN PROPER.
YOU FURTHER ALLEGE THAT THE PROPOSED PROCUREMENT SHOULD BE CANCELLED AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROCEED ON AN ADVERTISED PROCUREMENT TO ASSURE ADEQUATE COMPETITION.
AS INDICATED ABOVE, COMPETITION COULD NOT BE ATTAINED BECAUSE ONLY ONE SOURCE WAS ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST AT THE TIME OF THE INITIATION OF THE PROCUREMENT ACTION, AND SO FAR AS WE ARE ADVISED NO OTHER PRODUCT HAS SINCE BEEN QUALIFIED. IN OUR DECISION OF AUGUST 9, 1961, 41 COMP. GEN. 93, IT WAS HELD THAT WHERE THERE IS ONLY A SINGLE SOURCE LISTED ON THE QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST, THE PROPER METHOD OF PROCUREMENT IS NEGOTIATION IN LIEU OF FORMAL ADVERTISING. WE SEE NO VALID BASIS UPON WHICH A DIFFERENT CONCLUSION MAY BE REACHED IN THE INSTANT CASE.
IN ADDITION, YOU ALLEGE THAT THE GUARANTEE PROVISION OF PARAGRAPH 3.21 OF MIL-W-38188 IS UNREASONABLE IN THAT IT REQUIRES THE CONTRACTOR TO BE LIABLE FOR THE REPAIR OF WATCHES THAT FAIL TO MEET ALL SPECIFICATIONS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS, AFTER ACCEPTANCE BY THE GOVERNMENT, WITHOUT ANY LIMITATION OF REPAIR RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER.
SINCE THE THREE SOURCES THAT SUBMITTED THEIR PRODUCTS FOR TESTING DID NOT TAKE ANY EXCEPTION, OR REQUIRE INTERPRETATION AS TO THE GUARANTEE PROVISION IN THE SPECIFICATION, IT APPEARS THAT THOSE FIRMS WERE READY TO MEET SUCH PROVISION AND THAT THE PROVISION WAS CONSIDERED REASONABLE. ANY EVENT IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT THE GUARANTEE PROVISION IS GERMANE TO YOUR PROTEST OR TO YOUR FAILURE TO HAVE A WATCH APPROVED FOR INCLUSION ON THE LIST.
AS TO THE ALLEGATION THAT BENRUS WATCH COMPANY IS NOT A MANUFACTURER OF WATCHES BUT ONLY IMPORTS CASES AND SELLS WATCH MOVEMENTS FROM FOREIGN SOURCES, WE ARE ADVISED THAT BENRUS POSSESSES MANUFACTURING FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES AND SWITZERLAND WHICH ARE UTILIZED IN THE PRODUCTION AND ASSEMBLY OF WATCHES AND, THEREFORE, QUALIFIES AS A MANUFACTURER UNDER ASPR 12-603.1.
THE BENRUS PROPOSAL SHOWS THAT IT IMPORTS THE MOVEMENT AND DIAL SETTING, DIAL STEM AND SPRING BARS, AND THAT THE CASE, CROWN, ATTACHMENTS, PACKING MATERIAL AND JEWEL BEARINGS (TURTLE MOUNTAIN ORDNANCE PLANT) ARE ALL DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED. ITS COST DATA INDICATES THAT THE COST OF THE DOMESTIC COMPONENTS IS CONSIDERABLY IN EXCESS OF 50 PERCENT OF THE COST OF ALL COMPONENTS, AND THEREFORE THE ITEM MUST BE CONSIDERED A DOMESTIC SOURCE AND PRODUCT UNDER ASPR 6-101 (D).
SINGLE CASE SYSTEM
NO CASE BACK NO REMOVABLE BEZEL.
TWO PART STEM
HERE IS CROWN
IF YOU PULL HARD
THE CROWN COMES OUT
A CRYSTAL PULLER IS
UTILIZED TO REMOVE CRYSTAL
THE MOVEMENT CAN BE REMOVED
CROWN W/MALE HALF STEM
CHROME PLATE OVER BRASS
WITH LOTS OF BRASSING
IS NOT A CANDIDATE FOR RE-PLATING
DUE TO IT'S HISTORICAL VALUE
VINTAGE NOS WAKMANN WAS
PURCHASED AND THE MOVEMENT FITTED
INTO THIS CASE.
AND IS A
BLACK & RED
BLACK SECOND HAND
RED MINUTE COUNTER HAND
SPLIT MINUTE SUB-REGISTER
WHITE & RED
CHECKERED CHAPTER RING
TWO REVOLUTIONS = 1 MINUTE
THE WHITE CHECK IN SUB-MINUTE REGISTER
RECORDS THE FIRST 30 SECONDS
AND THE RED CHECK RECORDS THE FULL MINUTE
MILITARY GREEN CLOTH WATCH FOB
WITH NAVY FOB DECORATION
WE BELIEVE IF THIS FOB COULD TALK
IT WOULD TALK
A RED ENAMEL
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY RARE WATCH FOB!
STUNNING & AWESOME
THIS TIMER OPERATES PERFECTLY
USS Valley Forge, was a 27,100-ton Ticonderoga class aircraft carrier and was the only U.S. aircraft carrier in the Western Pacific when the Korean War broke out. The Valley Forge made four separate combat tours in Korea. The Valley Forge was altered into an amphibious assault ship in 1961 so as to carry helicopter-born Marines. From 1965 to 1969 the Valley Forge conducted combat operations in Vietnam.
|Campaign and Dates||Campaign and Dates|
|Vietnam Defense Campaign
6 to 7 October 1965
7 to 18 November 1965
25 November to 24 December 1965
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
2 to 15 April 1968
27 April to 16 June 1968
25 December 1965
6 January 1966
26 January to 1 March 1966
8 March 1966
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
5 to 7 July 1968
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
30-September to 2 October 1966
26 October to 6 November 1966
3 to 20 April 1969
2 May to 8 June 1969
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
28 November to 3 December 1967
18 December 1967 to 29 January 1968
30 January to 19 February 1968
|Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
9 to 14 June 1969
7 July to 15 August 1969
2 to 6 September 1969
1 March to 1 April 1968
THE MEDALS THAT ARE PART OF THIS OFFERING WERE ORIGINALLY MOUNTED AS YOU SEE THEM AND WERE PURCHASED IN AN ORIGINAL HARD INNER AND CARD BOARD OUTER BOX THAT HOUSED ONE OF THESE MEDALS. THE BOX WAS ISSUED IN 1969.
2 = RIBBON BAR
2 = MEDAL BAR
Service: Navy, Marine Corps
Criteria: Meritorious service or achievement in a combat or noncombat situation based on sustained performance of a superlative nature.
Devices: Bronze Letter V (Valor in Combat), Gold, Silver Star.
For junior officers and enlisted personnel whose professional and/or leadership achievements on or after May 1, 1961 are clearly of a superlative nature. The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal is worn after the Joint Service Achievement Medal and before the Combat Action Ribbon.
The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal was originally established as a ribbon-only award on May 1, 1961. The current medal was authorized by the Secretary of the Navy on July 17, 1967.
Navy Good Conduct Medal & Ribbon
4 bronze stars
The Navy Good Conduct Medal was authorized on November 21, 1884. The medal is awarded to enlisted personnel of the United States Navy and Naval Reserve (active duty) for creditable, above average professional performance, military behavior, leadership, military appearance and adaptability based on good conduct and faithful service for three-year periods of continuous active service.
Devices: Bronze, Silver Star
Military Medal National Defense Service & Ribbon
with one bronze star denoting two wars
Qualifying Dates: 1950-54 (Korean War period), 1961-74 (Vietnam War Period) , 1990-95 (Persian Gulf War Period), 2001-TBD (War on Terror period)
Criteria: 120 consecutive days of service participating in, or any honorable active duty service during any of the above periods
Devices: Bronze Star, Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze star denotes an additional award of the medal.
Vietnam Service Medal & Ribbon
with one bronze star
Service: All Services
Criteria: Service in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, or Thailand during the above period. Prior to issuance of this award in November 1965, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal was given to those who served in Vietnam. After that period, it is the veteran's choice to exchange the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for the Vietnam Service Medal. It is the military's policy that you cannot have two medals to recognize service in the same action. There were 17 campaigns during the Vietnam War.
Devices: All Services: Bronze, Silver star; Army: Bronze Arrowhead; Navy: Bronze Marine Corps device
Bronze and silver stars are authorized to signify participation in any of the 17 designated campaigns during the inclusive period.
The colors of the suspension drape and ribbon suggest the flag of the Republic of Vietnam (the red stripes represent the three ancient Vietnamese empires of Tonkin, Annam, and Cochin China) and the green represents the Vietnamese jungle.
Military Medal Vietnam Services & Ribbon
Service: All Services
Country: Republic of Vietnam
Criteria: 6 months service in the Republic of Vietnam between 1961 and 1973 or if wounded, captured or killed in action during the above period.
Devices: Silver Date Bar
Notes: Bar inscribed 1960 is the only authorized version.
The device, an integral part of the award, is a silver ribbon 28mm long on the suspension ribbon and 15mm long on the service bar inscribed, 1960- and was evidently intended to include a terminal date for the hostilities.
Many examples of this medal are found with devices inscribed with other dates but the only version authorized for U.S. personnel is the one described herein.
MILITARYWATCHBOX.COM DECIDED TO SELECT IMPORTANT NAVAL DIVISIONAL PATCHES, MEDALS, PERSONNEL EQUIPMENT AND OTHER ITEMS TO REPRESENT THE NAVY AND IT'S AWESOME TROOPERS; FROM THE MUDDY RIVER RATS AND SEALS, TO PILOTS, UDT AND LIGHT FAST HELICOPTER CREWS.
THE OBJECT OF THIS MILITARY WATCH BOX IS TO NOT ONLY PROVIDE REPRESENTATION OF THE VARIOUS SOLDIERS AND THEIR OUTFITS, BUT TO PROVIDE A SMALL YET DETAILED HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE NAVY AND IT'S CONTRIBUTIONS DURING THE VIETNAM "POLICE" ACTION.
IT IS OUR OPINION THAT THE VIETNAM WAR WAS THIS NATIONS MOST INCLUSIVE WAR; BOTH IN EQUIPMENT AND IN MEN AND WOMAN. FROM SEALS AND GREEN BERET TROOPS, TO EVERY TYPE AND SYSTEM OF WARFARE, THE DIVERSITY OF ARMS, TECHNIQUES, VEHICLES AND BRANCHES OLD AND NEW, THAT WERE UTILIZED CHANGED THE VERY FACE OF WAR.
FROM PROP PLANES AND JETS, TO AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AND FAST ATTACK RIVER BOATS, FROM MOUNTAIN TO RICE FIELDS, FROM JUNGLE TO BEACHES, A TROOPER COULD AND WOULD EXPERIENCE EVERY LEVEL OF BATTLE.
River Division 514 was part of a larger group of "Brown Water Rats"; American forces that engaged the enemy upon the muddy inland waters, rivers and canals of The Republic Of Vietnam.
In 1960, Special Forces of the US Army & Navy began to train ARVN, Village Militia Forces and Indigenous Tribesmen in what was South Vietnam. Along the way they realized that protecting and controlling the massive river systems of South Vietnam was integral to the success of their mission: halting the communist North Vietnam and it's Guerilla Forces --called the Viet Cong-- from seizing South Vietnam.
By 1964, the in-shore warfare role of the US Navy was expanded from engaging the enemy forces in Vietnam's twisting inland waterways, to conducting a secret, deadly war with North Vietnamese forces on and above the Demilitarized Zone and in neighboring countries such as Cambodia and Laos. From their core duty of keeping the waterways free of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, their mission expanded to special operations involving Seal, UDT (under water demolition) and Helicopter Assault Teams.
Between 1960 and 1975, 116 members were killed or went missing in action. This included 5 Staff Officers, 2 Commanders, 40 Light Attack Helicopter Squadron members, 38 members of Seal teams 1 and 2, and 4 Underwater Demolition Team Members.
THE FORMATION OF RIVER DIVISION 595 WAS APRIL/MAY OF 1969 AND OPERATED IN NHA BE AND TUYEN NHOUN ON THE SONG VAM CO TY RIVER IN OPERATION GIANT SLING SHOT. THEY ALSO PATROLLED THESE RIVERS:
CUA SOI RAP,SONG VAICO,SONG VAM CO TAY,SONG VAM CO DONG,KINH NGANG,CANAL DE CU THUNONG,CANAL LAGRANGE,DONG NAI,SONG DONG TRANH,SONG DINH BA,SONG LONG TAU,SONG NGO BAY,RACK TCHEU,SONG CAI MEP,RACH DA GIANG,SONG CO GIA,SONG DONG KHO,SONG DUA,SONG DONG TRANH.
THE 595 WERE ALSO PART OF THE FOLLOWING OPERATIONS :
RUNG SAT SPECIAL ZONE ,OPERATION GIANT SLING SHOT,BARRIER REEF,SEA LORDS
BASES AND VILLAGES:
NHA BE,TUYEN NHON ,MOC HA,VONG TAU,TUYEN BINH,GO CONG,FORT DU RACH CAI
NAVY ATTACK SQUADRON
Va-152 began as part of Air Group 15, which was commissioned in Sept. 1942. In 1958 152 received Ad-6's and Ad-7's (A-1H/J) and was redesignated VA-152.
In 1959 the 152 deployed in the USS Hancock (CVA-19).
In 1963 Va-152 was sent to Vietnam to train Vietnamese pilots to fly the A1H/J Skyraider.
In December of 1964 VA-152 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing16 and began training for deployment in April 1965 on board the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) .
The USS Oriskany was the home of VA 152 and for nine months in 1965 during the Vietnam War,
Deployed 256 Days. 210 Days at sea. Flew 12,070 combat sorties. Dropped 8,473 tons of Ordnance, Fired 513,000 Rounds of Ammunition. Flew 14,750 total Sorties.
Awarded - 1 Navy Cross 5 Silver Stars 56 Distinguished Flying Crosses 120 Navy Commendations 7 Purple Hearts 929 Air Medals
|Presidential Unit Citation Streamer with two Bronze Stars||1945, 196667, 1968||Iwo Jima, Vietnam, Khe Sanh|
|Navy Unit Commendation Streamer||1968||Vietnam|
|Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer one Bronze Star||1945||Iwo Jima|
|World War II Victory Streamer||19441945||Pacific War|
Vietnam Service Streamer
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Streamer
Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Civil Actions Streamer
EXCELLENT - RUNS EXCELLENT