USS CONSTELLATION (CVA/CV-64) AWARDS, CITATIONS, CAMPAIGNS & MEDALS (Revised Sep. 9 2007)*

This information has been assembled by the members of the USS Constellation Association and is not an official US Navy document. (See Note 3 Below)

PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION RIBBON: (1 Award) (No Medal for this Award)
(See Note 1 Below)

22 OCT 1971 – 13 JUN 1972

NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION RIBBON: (4 Awards) with 3 Bronze Stars (No Medal for this Award)
(See Note 1 Below)

02 AUG 1964 – 05 AUG 1964     1st Award
29 MAY 1966 – 24 NOV 1966     2ND Award
18 MAY 1967 – 26 NOV 1967     3rd Award

01-JAN-2003 19-APR-2003         4th Award - Awarded to the U.S. FIFTH FLEET STRIKE FORCE Operation (IFREE) 

MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION RIBBON: (6 Awards) with 1 Silver Star (No Medal for this Award)
(See Note 1 Below)

02 APR 1964 – 05 AUG 1964      1st Award        
18 MAY 1967 – 26 NOV 1967     2ND Award
12 MAR 1979 – 19 APR 1979     3rd Award
01 JAN 1984 – 24 AUG 1984      4th Award
08 OCT 1994 – 10 MAR 1996     5th Award
01-Jan-1999 - 10-Sep-2001          6th Award - Awarded to the CONSTELLATION BATTLE GROUP

SECRETARY OF THE NAVY LETTER OF COMMENDATION: (1 Award) (No Medal or Ribbon for this Award)

01 APR 1990 - 31 MAR 1993      Note: The recommended award was the Navy Unit Commendation but the approved award was the Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation.

NAVY “E” RIBBON: (2 Awards) with 2 Silver “E”s (No Medal for this Award)

01 JAN 1985 – 30 JUN 1986       1st Award
01 JAN 1999 – 31 DEC1999       2ND Award

NAVY EXPEDITIONARY SERVICE MEDAL: (5 Awards) with 4 Gold Stars
(See Note 1 Below)

09 MAR 1962 – 05 MAY 1962 Cuba (01 JAN 61 – 23 OCT 62)                               1st Award One award per period (Cuba)
25 JUL 1962 – 30 JUL 1962 Cuba (01 JAN 61 – 23 OCT 62)                                     1st Award
28 AUG 1962 – 30 AUG 1962 Cuba (01 JAN 61 – 23 OCT 62)                                 1st Award
12 MAR 1979 – 19 APR 1979; Iran/Indian Ocean (6 DEC 78 – 6 JUN 79)             2nd Award One award per period (Iran)
26 APR 1980 – 04 AUG 1980; Iran/Indian Ocean (21 NOV 79 – 20 OCT 81)         3rd Award        
12 AUG 1980 – 19 AUG 1980; Iran/Indian Ocean (21 NOV 79 – 20 OCT 81         3rd Award
24 JUN 1987 – 23 JUL 1987; Persian Gulf (23 JUL 87 – 1 AUG 90)                        4th Award
01-JAN-2003 – 19-APR-2003; Persian Gulf (1 FEB 87 – 1 AUG 90)                       5th Award U.S. 5th FLEET STRIKE FORCE (IFREE)

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL: (3 Awards) with 2 Gold Stars
(See Note 1 Below)

27 OCT 1961 – 14 AUG 1974; Vietnam                                                    1st Award One award per period
02 AUG 1990 – 30 NOV 1995; Southwest Asia (Gulf War)                  2nd Award
11 SEP 2001 – OPEN; Global War On Terrorism                                    3rd Award

ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL: (7 Awards) with 1 Gold Star and 1 Silver Star

(See Notes  1 & 2 Below)

06 JUN 1964 – 13 JUL 1964; Vietnam (1 JUL 58 – 3 JUL 65)                                 1st Award One award per period
04 AUG 1964 –21 SEP 1964; Vietnam (1 JUL 58 – 3 JUL 65)                                1st Award
29 OCT 1964 - 23 NOV 1964 Vietnam (1 JUL 58 – 3 JUL 65)                                 1st Award
16 OCT 1969 - 24 OCT 1969; Persian Gulf (24 JUL 67-01 AUG 80)                      2nd Award One award per period
16 MAR 1970 – 23 MAR 1970; Persian Gulf (24 JUL 67 - 01 AUG 80)               3rd Award
24 JUL 1987 – 25 AUG 1967; Persian Gulf (24 JUL 67 - 01 AUG 80)                   4th Award
01 APR 1997 – 30 JUN 1997; Persian Gulf (01 DEC 95 - 18n MAR 03)               5th Award
 26 AUG 1999 – 30 SEP 1999; Southwest Asia (01 DEC 95 - 18 MAR 03)          6th Award (Operation SOUTHERN WATCH)
 01 Jul 2001 – 07 AUG 2001; Persian Gulf (01 DEC 95 - 18 MAR 03)                   7th Award (Operation SOUTHERN WATCH)

VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL: With 1 Bronze and 2 Silver Stars For 11 Campaigns

1 Star For Each Campaign (See Note 2 Below For All Named Campaigns)

14 JUN 1966 – 13 JUL 1966       Counter-offensive I – 25 DEC 1965 - 30 JUN 1966           (1st campaign star)
27 JUL 1966 – 31 AUG 1966       Counter-offensive, Phase II – 1 JUL 1966 - 31 MAY 1967 (2nd campaign star)
08 SEP 1966 – 01 OCT 1966                              “
19 OCT 1966 – 09 NOV 1966                              “
 08 JUN 1967 – 11 JUN 1967                               “
18 JUN 1967 – 25 JUL 1967       Counter-offensive, Phase III – 1 JUN 1967 - 29 JAN 1968 (3rd campaign star)
01 AUG 1967 – 03 SEP 1967                              “                                  
25 SEP 1967 – 15 OCT 1967                              “
24 OCT 1967 – 12 NOV 1967                              “
 27 JUN 1968 – 22 JUL 1968       Counteroffensive, Phase IV – 2 APR 1968 - 30 JUN1968 (4th campaign star)
02 AUG 1968 – 28 AUG 1968     Counter-offensive, Phase V – 1 JUL 1968 - 1 NOV 1968 (5th campaign star)
11 SEP 1968 – 09 OCT 1968                              “
28 OCT 1968 – 29 NOV 1968      Counter-offensive, Phase VI – 2 NOV 1968 - 22 FEB 1969 (6th campaign star) 
09 DEC 1968 – 21 DEC 1968                             “
01 JAN 1969 – 07 JAN 1969                               “
11 SEP 1969 – 03 OCT 1969      Summer-Fall 1969 – 9 JUN 1969 - 31 OCT 1969 (7th campaign star)
01 NOV 1969 – 23 NOV 1969     Winter-Spring 1970 – 1 NOV 1969 - 30 APR 1970 (8th campaign star)
07 DEC 1969 – 22 DEC 1969                             “
04 JAN 1970 – 31 JAN 1970                               “
11 FEB 1970 – 01 MAR 1970                              “
25 MAR 1970 – 17 APR 1970                             “
02 NOV 1971 – 22 NOV 1971     Consolidation I – 1 JUL 1971 - 30 NOV 1971 (9th campaign star)
29 NOV 1971 – 31 DEC 1971     Consolidation II – 1 DEC 1971 - 29 MAR 1972 (10th campaign star)
09 JAN 1972 – 03 FEB 1972                               “
13 MAR 1972 – 23 MAR 1972                             “
07 APR 1972 – 18 MAY 1972                             “
24 MAY 1972 – 25 MAY 1972                             “
31 MAY 1972 – 13 JUL 1972                              “
25 FEB 1973 – 14 MAR 1973                              “          
19 MAR 1973 – 28 MAR 1973     Cease-Fire – 30 MAR 1972 - 28 JAN 1973 (11th campaign star)

SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE MEDAL: With 1 Bronze Star for 1 Campaign
(See Note 2 Below For All Named Campaigns)

08 OCT 1994 – 10 MAR 1996;     Southwest Asia Cease Fire Campaign - APR 12 1991 - NOV 30 1995

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL: (1 Award)
(See Note 2 Below)

20 MAR 2003; Arabian Gulf 11– Operation SOUTHERN WATCH

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL: (1 Award)

14 DEC 02 – 19 APR 03; (Sep 2001 – OPEN) Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL: (1 Award)
(See Note 3 Below)

SEA SERVICE DEPLOYMENT RIBBON: (13 Awards) with 2 Silver Stars and 2 Gold Stars
(See Note 1 Below)

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM UNIT CITATION– GALLANTRY CROSS W/PALM RIBBON: (7 Awards) (No Medal for this Award)

1 Award For Each Deployment
(See Note 2 Below)

11 Jun 1964 -24 Jan 1965 –        1st Award
29 May 1966 - 24 Nov 1966 –     2nd Award
15 May 1967 - 26 Nov 1967 –     3rd Award
14 Jun 1968 - 23 Jan 1969 –       4th Award
1 Sep 1969 - 29 Apr 1970 –        5th Award
27 Oct 1971 - 24 Jun 1972 –       6th Award
16 Jan 1973 - 2 Oct 1973 –         7th Award

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal: (7 Awards)

1 Award For Each Deployment

11 JUN 1964 -24 JAN 1965
29 MAY 1966 - 24 NOV 1966
15 MAY 1967 - 26 NOV 1967
14 JUN 1968 - 23 JAN 1969
1 SEP 1969 - 29 APR 1970
27 OCT 1971 - 24 JUN 1972
16 JAN 1973 - 2 OCT 1973

 Note 1

 PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION:

Awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any unit of the U. S. Navy for outstanding performance in action.  The unit so honored has clearly rendered itself conspicuous by action of a character comparable to that which would merit the award of the Navy Cross Medal to an individual.

 NAVY UNIT COMMEDATION:

Awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the U.S. Navy, which has distinguished itself by outstanding heroism in action against the enemy.  A unit receiving this award has performed service of a character, which would merit the award of a Silver Star Medal to an individual.

 MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION RIBBON:

Awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the U.S. Navy, which has distinguished itself, under combat or non-combat conditions, by either valorous or meritorious achievement.  A unit receiving this award has performed service or character comparable to that which would merit the award of a Bronze Star Medal to an individual.

 For The Following Awards; 1 Gold Star equals second award. 1 Silver Star equals 5 Gold Stars.

 NAVY EXPEDITIONARY SERVICE MEDAL
NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL
SEA SERVICE DEPLOYMENT RIBBON

 For The Following Awards; 1 Bronze Star equals second award. 1 Silver Star equals 5 Bronze Stars.

 PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION
NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION
MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION

 Note 2

ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL

Individuals qualified for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for reason of service in Vietnam between I July 1958 and 3 July 1965 (inclusive) shall remain qualified for that medal. Upon request, any such individual may be awarded the Vietnam Service Medal instead of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. No person will be entitled to both awards for service during the same period in Vietnam.

VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL: 17 Named Campaigns. 1 Star for Each Campaign Worn On Ribbon & Medal.

If you served in Vietnam with other commands you may be eligible for additional stars on your medal.

1 Silver Star equals 5 Bronze Stars.

 These dates/periods determine the number of stars to be worn on the Vietnam Service Medal and Ribbon.

1) Advisory  

 15 March 1962 - 7 March 1965

2) Defense    

  8 March 1965 - 24 December 1965

3) Counteroffensive    

25 December 1965 - 30 June 1966

4) Counteroffensive, Phase II

 1 July 1966 - 31 May 1967

5) Counteroffensive, Phase III

1 June 1967 - 29 January 1968

6) Tet Counteroffensive

 30 January 1968- 1 April 1968

7) Counteroffensive, Phase IV

 2 April 1968 - 30 June 1968

8) Counteroffensive, Phase V

  1 July 1968- 1 November 1968

9) Counteroffensive, Phase VI

2 November 1968 - 22 February 1969

10) Tet 69/Counteroffensive

23 February 1969 - 8 June 1969

11) Summer-Fall 1969  

9 June 1969 - 31 October 1969

12) Winter-Spring 1970  

 1 November 1969 - 30 April 1970

13) Sanctuary Counteroffensive

 1 May 1970 - 30 June 1970

14) Counteroffensive, Phase VII

 1 July 1970 - 30 June 1971

15) Consolidation I  

   1 July 1971 - 30 November 1971

16) Consolidation II

 1 December 1971 - 29 March 1972

17) Cease-Fire

  30 March 1972 - 28 January 1973

Vietnam Service Medal was awarded between 3 July 1965 and 28 March 1973.

Individuals qualified for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for reason of service in Vietnam between I July 1958 and 3 July 1965 (inclusive) shall remain qualified for that medal. Upon request, any such individual may be awarded the VSM instead of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. No person will be entitled to both awards for Vietnam service.

 SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE MEDAL. 3 Named Campaigns. 1 Star for Each Campaign Worn On Ribbon & Medal.

If you served in Southwest Asia with other commands you may be eligible for additional stars on your medal.

1 Silver Star equals 5 Bronze Stars.

 These dates/periods determine the number of stars to be worn on the Southwest Asia Service Medal and Ribbon.

1) Defense of Saudi Arabia (02 AUG 90 – 16 JAN 1991)
2) Liberation and Defense of Kuwait (17 JAN 91 – 11 APR 91
3) Southwest Asia Cease Fire Campaign - APR 12 1991 - NOV 30 1995

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL

Created by Presidential order March 2003. Retroactive from 11 September 2001 until a date to be determined for deployed overseas service. Individuals qualified for the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal may exchange it for the Iraq Campaign Medal. No person will be entitled to both awards for service in Iraq during the same period.

IRAQ CAMPAIGN MEDAL:

No Named Campaigns As of Now

Instituted by executive order 28 May 2004. Retroactive from 19 March 2003 until a date to be determined. The Iraq Campaign Medal replaces the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Individuals qualified for the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for reason of service in Iraq between 19 March 2003 and a date to be determined shall remain qualified for that medal. Future Iraq service will only be recognized by the Iraq Campaign Medal. No person will be entitled to both awards for service during the same period.

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM UNIT CITATION– GALLANTRY CROSS W/PALM RIBBON (No Medal for this Award)

A metal frame, surrounding the ribbon denotes. A unit award. A medal is authorized for an individual’s award is.

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. This permits all personnel who served in Vietnam to wear the RVN Gallantry Cross unit citation.

 Note 3

The above information is the most accurate, as available at this time. The information was compiled from the ships decommissioning brochure and the Navy Department Awards Web Services (NDAWS).  Web Site: https://awards.navy.mil/

All personnel are urged to ensure that they are entitled to wear any award, citation, medal, or campaign ribbon prior to doing so.

The Humanitarian Service Medal:

We are unable to document the Humanitarian Service Medal at this time, for the date of the award, or operation that the Constellation participated in to received it. Should you have accurate information concerning this award, please contact the association president.

Requesting Replacement Medals, Awards, and Decorations:

The Standard Form (SF 180), Request Pertaining to Military Records, is recommended for requesting medals and awards.

To order the form through the mail write to:

The National Personnel Records Center9
700 Page Avenue
St. Louis
, Missouri 63132

 You may also be able to obtain the SF-180: From the Department of Defense, Federal Information Centers, local Veterans Administration offices and veterans service organizations.

Provide as much information as possible and send the form to the address below:

 Navy Personnel CommandLiaison Office
Room 54099700
Page Avenue
St. Louis
, MO 63132-5100

 State Medals, Awards, and Decorations:

For personal that returned from active federal military service and affiliated with State Naval Militias, State National Guards, etc. You may be entitled to State awards. For example: New York State awards state medals based upon federal military awards.

The New York State Medal for Merit is awarded to New York State residents that earned the Vietnam Service Medal.

See the following New York State web site for more examples:  http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/awards/awards.php

*Thanks to William (Bill) H. Stoddard, Jr. for compiling this information.

 
 


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