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VALOROUS UNIT AWARD

Presented to

The 3rd Brigade (-), 9th Infantry Division comprised of the following Units:

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division
Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 34th Artillery
2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry
Company B, 3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry
Company C, 3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry
Company B, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry

The citation reads as follows

The 3rd Brigade(-) 9th Infantry Division distinguished itself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in military operations during the period of 1 to 3 February 1968 in the defense of Ben Tre City in the Republic of Vietnam. When a multi-battalion of Viet Cong force attacked Ben Tre City with such force that the city’s Republic of Vietnam defenders could not withstand the assault, the 3rd Brigade assumed the responsibility of aiding the beleaguered allies and clearing the area of all communist forces in two days of bitter house-to-house fighting. The gallant members of the brigade drove the enemy force out of the province capital and into the open, where air and artillery support could effectively be utilized. They then pursued the communist aggressors into the rice paddies, driving them into a disorganized retreat killing 174 of enemy troops. Their heroic effort was instrumental in thwarting the enemy’s objectives during the TET Offensive. The men of the 3rd Brigade (minus), 9th Infantry Division display extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty which are in keeping with the highest traditions of military  service and reflect distinct credit upon them and upon the Armed Forces of the United States.

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