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Encyclopedia > Presidential Unit Citation (US)
Presidential Unit Citation



Awarded by United States Military
Type Ribbon and streamer
Eligibility Military units
Awarded for "[G]allantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions."
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
First awarded 1941
Last awarded Ongoing
Precedence
Individual
equivalent
Service Crosses: Army, Navy, Air Force Image:TankLogo.JPG
Next lowest Defense - Joint Meritorious Unit Award Image:Tankandbranch.JPG
Army - Valorous Unit Award Image:Tanklogo.JPG
Navy - Unit Commendation Image:Tankandbranch.JPG
Air Force - Gallant Unit Citation Image:Tanklogo.JPG
Coast Guard - Unit Commendation Image:Branchlogo.JPG


Streamers for the Presidential Unit Citation (top: USA and USAF PUC Streamer; bottom: Army and Air Force Streamer for the award of the Navy and Marine Corps PUC)
Please see "Presidential Unit Citation" for other versions of this award

The Presidential Unit Citation is awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and allies for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy on or after 7 December 1941 (the date of the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the start of American involvement in World War II). The unit must display such gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would warrant award of the Distinguished Service Cross to an individual. Presidential Unit Ribbon File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Navy & Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links USCG_Presidential_Unit_Citation_(Proposed). ... The armed forces of the United States of America consist of the United States Army United States Navy United States Air Force United States Marine Corps United States Coast Guard Note: The United States Coast Guard has both military and law enforcement functions. ... The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military decoration of the United States Army, awarded for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. ... The Navy Cross The Navy Cross is the second highest medal that can be awarded by the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. ... The Air Force Cross is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Air Force. ... Image File history File links Tanklogo. ... The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is a military award that was established on June 4, 1981 by Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and was implemented by Department of Defense Directive 1348. ... Image File history File links Tankandbranch. ... The Valorous Unit Award is a decoration which is awarded to units of the United States Army which display extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States of America. ... Image File history File links Tanklogo. ... Navy Unit Commendation The Navy Unit Commendation of the United States Navy is an award that was established by order of the Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal on 18 December 1944. ... Image File history File links Tankandbranch. ... The Gallant Unit Citation is a military decoration of the United States Air Force which was created in 2001 by order of the Secretary of the Air Force. ... Image File history File links Tanklogo. ... The Coast Guard Unit Commendation is the highest peacetime unit award which may be awarded to military commands of the United States Coast Guard. ... Image File history File links Branchlogo. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2444x188, 9 KB) A blue streamer with the name of the action embroidered in white. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2444x188, 12 KB) A streamer consisting of a blue, gold and red stripe with the name of the action embroidered in white. ... The Presidential Unit Citation is a senior unit award granted to military units which have performed an extremely meritorious or heroic act, usually in the face of an armed enemy. ... December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Combatants United States Empire of Japan Commanders Husband Kimmel (USN), Walter Short (USA) Chuichi Nagumo (IJN), Mitsuo Fuchida (IJNAS) (1st aerial wave), Shigekazu Shimazaki (IJNAS) (2nd aerial wave) Strength 8 battleships, 8 cruisers, 29 destroyers, 9 submarines, ~50 other ships, ~390 planes 6 aircraft carriers, 2 battleships, 3 cruisers, 9... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead... Morale measures the degree to which people hold to belief. ... The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military decoration of the United States Army which is awarded for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force. ...

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Army and Air Force

The Army citation was established as the Distinguished Unit Citation on 26 February 1942, and received its present name on 3 November 1966. All members of the unit may wear the decoration, whether or not they personally participated in the acts for which the unit was cited. Only those assigned to the unit at the time of the action cited may wear the decoration as a permanent award. For the Army and Air Force, the emblem itself is a solid blue ribbon enclosed in a gold frame. The Citation is carried on the unit's regimental colours in the form of a blue streamer, four feet long and 2 3/4 inches wide. February 26 is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... November 3 is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 58 days remaining. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Examples of gold frames for U.S. and foreign issued awards A Gold frame is a military decoration which is issued by most of the world’s militaries as an attachment to certain awards and decorations. ...


Navy and Marine

The Navy citation is the unit equivalent of a Navy Cross and was established on 6 February 1942. The Navy Cross The Navy Cross is the second highest medal that can be awarded by the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. ... February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ...


The Navy version has blue, yellow, and red horizontal stripes. To distinguish between the two versions of the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy version is typically referred to as the Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation while the Army and Air Force refer to the decoration simply as the Presidential Unit Citation.


Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard units may be awarded either version of the Presidential Unit Citation, depending on which service the Coast Guard was supporting when the citation action was performed. A Coast Guard version of the award has been created for extraordinary peacetime operations and awarded to the entire U.S. Coast Guard, including the Coast Guard Auxiliary, by President Bush for Hurricane Katrina rescue and relief operations. Coast Guard shield The United States Coast Guard is the coast guard of the United States. ... The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary established in 1939 as the United States Coast Guard Reserve, is a volunteer civilian service that assists the United States Coast Guard in carrying out its noncombatant and non-law enforcement missions. ...


Canadian Recipients

Two units of the Canadian Forces have been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for actions during the Korean War, and the War in Afghanistan. The second battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry was awarded the Citation for its actions during the Battle of Kapyong in Korea where the Canadians were the only unit to hold their ground during a massive Chinese assault. The Canadian special operations unit, Joint Task Force Two was awarded the citation for its actions in the early months of the War in Afghanistan as part of the international special operations coaltion. The Canadian Forces (French: Forces Canadiennes), abbreviated as CF (French: FC) are the combined armed forces of Canada. ... Combatants United Nations: Republic of Korea  Australia  Belgium Canada  Colombia Ethiopia  France Greece  Netherlands  New Zealand  Philippines South Africa  Thailand  Turkey  United Kingdom United States Medical staff:  Denmark  India  Italy  Norway  Sweden Communist states: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea People’s Republic of China  Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee... Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) is an infantry regiment in the Canadian Forces (CF), belonging to 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG). ...


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