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   Navy Unit Commendation
Service: Navy, Marine Corps
Instituted: 1944
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Navy Unit Commendation
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  1. Authorized by the Secretary of the Navy, December 18, 1944.
  2. Awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps which, subsequent to December 6, 1941, distinguished itself by either of the following:
  • 1. Outstanding heroism in action against the enemy, but not sufficient to warrant award of the Presidential Unit Citation.
  • 2. Extremely meritorious service not involving combat, but in support of military operations that was outstanding when compared to other units performing similar service. The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded to other units of the Armed Forces of the United States and of friendly foreign nations serving with the Armed Forces of the United States provided such units meet the standards established by the Department of the Navy.
  1. Bronze stars are worn by Navy and Marine Corps to denote second and subsequent awards.