American Campaign Medal
Awarded to personnel for service within the American Theater between 7 December 1941 and 2 March 1946 while permanently assigned as a member of a crew of a vessel sailing ocean waters for a period of 30 days or 60 nonconsecutive days.
Awarded to personnel for service within the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater between 7 December 1941 and 8 November 1945.
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Awarded for service in the Asiatic-Pacific theater for 30 days or receipt of any combat decorations.
Navy Occupation Service Medal
To commemorate the services performed by the personnel of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard in the occupation of the territories of the enemies of the United States during World War II, and subsequent to the surrender of those enemies.
World War II Victory Medal
Awarded for service in the US Armed Forces between 1941-1946.
National Defense Medal
Awarded for any honorable active duty service during any of these periods:
1950 - 1954, 1961 - 1974, 1990 - 1995.
China Service Medal
The China Service Medal (extended) was awarded to Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel who served ashore in China or were attached to any of the vessels that operated in support of operations in China between September 2, 1945 and April 1, 1957.
Skagit personnel recieved this award for service during the Korean War.
United Nations Medal for Korea
Awarded for Service on behalf of the United Nations in Korea between
27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954.
Korea Service Medal
With Three Battle Stars
Awarded to service members who participated in operations in the Korean war zone between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954.
Skagit received the ribbon and three Battle Stars for service in Korea.
Dates Of First Award:
12 Apr. - 4 Sept. 1951
27 - 31 Sept. 1951
13 June - 25 July 1952
16 Aug. - 17 Nov. 1952
9 - 16 March 1954
29 March - 16 June 1954
25 - 27 July 1954
First UN Counter Offensive:
25 January - 21 April 1951
Communist China Spring Offensive:
22 April - 08 July 1951
Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952:
17 June - 12 July 1952
17 - 18 October 1952
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Instituted in 1999, This medal may be awarded to all military personnel who served 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea or in its territorial waters.
This medal was initially proposed by the South Korean government in 1951 to honor all United Nations troops who battled the communist aggressors during the Korean War. After 48 years, the medal was finally approved by the Department of Defense.
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation was established by Presidential Decree in 1950 issued by President Singman Rhee.
The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation was awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States that displayed great gallantry under extremely hazardous conditions during the Korean War.
Combat Action Ribbon
The Combat Action Ribbon originally took effect on March 1, 1961; however, with the passage of Public Law 106-65, award of the Combat Action Ribbon may now be made retroactive to December 7, 1941.
The Combat Action Ribbon is a personal decoration awarded to members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (when operating under the control of the Navy) in the grade of Captain (or Colonel in the Marine Corps) and below who have actively participated in ground or surface combat.
Skagit's crew was found eligible for the Combat Action Ribbon for their service in Korea.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
This medal is authorized for U.S. military operations in direct support of the United Nations, and U.S. operations of assistance for friendly foreign nations.
Skagit was awarded the AFEM for service in the Taiwan Straits from 23 August 1958 to 1 January 1959
823 Badge Of Honor
This honorary badge is awarded by the ROC to US military personnel for operations off Quemoy and Matsu and in the Taiwan Straits between August 1958 and June 1963, against the Peoples Republic of China.
On August 23, 1958 125 ships of 7th Fleet moved into the Taiwan Straits to support Taiwan against the Chinese Communists.
Skagit was one of those ships.
Left to right, In Chinese characters
First character = 8
Second character = 2
Third character = 3
The next two characters = Battle
The next two characters = Honorary
And the last character = Badge.
US-ROC Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge
For service in the China Theater between 1955 and 1979.
Images: Dave Downer
Vietnam Service Medal
With Two Battle Stars
Awarded to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States serving in Vietnam and contiguous waters or airspace thereover, after 3 July 1965 through 28 March 1973. Members of the Armed Forces of the United States in Thailand, Laos, or Cambodia, or the airspace thereover, during the same period and serving in direct support of operations in Vietnam are also eligible for this award.
Persons receiving the Vietnam Service Medal are authorized to wear a bronze star to indicate each campaign. There are 17 designated campaigns during the period of 15 March 1962 through 28 January 1973.
Skagit received Battle Stars for:
Vietnam Counteroffensive 1965-1966
Vietnam Phase II 1966 - 1967
Republic of Vietnam
Meritorious Unit Citation
(Gallantry Cross with Palm)
U.S. Military units were individually cited for award of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) Gallantry Cross; however, the Vietnamese Government issued the award to all units subordinate to Military Assistance Command (MACV) during the period 8 February 1962 and 28 March 1973.
In addition, all Navy and Marine Corps personnel who served "in country" Vietnam during the period 8 Feb. 1962 - 28 Mar.1973 are elgible since the Republic of Vietnam Government awarded it to Commander, U. S. Military Assistance Command and all subordinate units.
Republic of Vietnam
Meritorious Unit Citation
(Civil Actions Medal)
The unit citation of the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal was awarded certain units by the Vietnamese government for meritorious service during the period 1 March 1961 to 28 March 1974.
In addition, all Navy and Marine Corps personnel who served "in country" Vietnam during the period 1 Jan. 1965 - 28 Mar.1973 are elgible since the Republic of Vietnam Government awarded it to Commander U. S. Forces Vietnam and all subordinate units.
Republic of Vietnam
This medal is awarded to members of the armed forces of the United States who:
1) Served for six months in South Vietnam during the period March 1, 1961 to March 28, 1973;
2) Served outside the geographical limits of South Vietnam and contributed direct combat support to the RVN armed forces for an aggregate of six months. Only members of the armed forces of the United States who meet the criteria established for the AFEM (Vietnam) or Vietnam Service Medal during the period of service required are considered to have contributed direct combat support to the RVN armed forces;
3) Did not complete the length of service required in item (1) or (2) above, but who, during wartime, were: a) wounded by the enemy (in a military action); b) captured by the enemy during action or in the line of duty, but later rescued or released; c) killed in action or in the line of duty;
4) Were assigned in Vietnam on Jan. 28, 1973, and who served a minimum of 60 calendar days in Vietnam during the period Jan. 29 to March 28, 1973.
Cold War Recognition Certificate
In accordance with section 1084 of the Fiscal Year 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding Cold War Recognition Certificates to all members of the armed forces and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as Sept. 2, 1945 to Dec. 26, 1991.
Engineering Excellence Award
Communications Excellence Award
Skagit was authorized to display from 14 August 1964 to 14 October 1965, the Red E of the Engineering Excellence Award, and the Green C of the Communications Excellence Award.
These awards are well deserved recognition for outstanding performance and untold hours of hard work by the departments concerned.
Amphibious Assault Award
14 August 1964:
Not content with doing merely what is required of them, the entire crew competes, by division, rating and individual, to see who can do the best job in the least time, on the winches, the bridge, the hatches, the phones and the boats.
Stewards, Storekeepers and Yeomen join Boatswain's Mates and Enginemen in manning hatches and winches, and launching and operating the ship's 16 landing craft. Everyone is involved.
Captain Edward F. Ney
In the summer of 1965, Skagit was selected best "Small Mess" in the annual competition for the famed NEY Award, which signifies the best mess in the entire Navy.
This unofficial list of awards and commendations earned by the ship and crew, was compiled from information on the internet, naval information sources, and ship's history.
Do not use this list to determine eligibility for individual awards.
These awards are not shown in order of precedence.
If you find errors or omissions, please contact me.