Award: Army Valorous Unit Award

Army Valorous Unit Award


As a result of a request from the Commander, USMACV, to expand the scope of the Meritorious Unit Commendation to include acts of valor, a review of the unit awards program was conducted in 1965. The study concluded that a gap existed in the awards program. The Distinguished Unit Citation was awarded for gallantry in action for heroism that would warrant the Distinguished Service Cross to an individual. There was no lesser unit award for heroism. Based on the study, a recommendation was submitted to expand the scope of the Meritorious Unit Commendation to include acts of heroism. The recommendation was disapproved by the DCSPER and in a memorandum to the CSA, dated 7 January 1966, the DCSPER recommended a Valorous Unit Award be adopted to signify unit gallantry in combat to a degree equivalent to that required for award of a Silver Star to an individual. The recommendation with proposed design was approved by the Chief of Staff, Army, on 12 January 1966. The Valorous Unit Award is the second highest unit decoration which may be bestowed upon a U.S. Army unit.


The Valorous Unit Award shall be awarded to any unit of the 3rd Infantry Division which displays extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States of America by order of the commander.

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Members who received this award: 5