In the tenth and final installment of our 10 Part Series on the Battle Streamers of the Marine Corps we cover a wide array of foreign military awards that have been presented to United States military units for service in support of their troops. Much like the medals and streamers of the United States Marine Corps, foreign militaries make their awards eligible to American troops for outstanding service. Follow along as we cover six more today to wrap up the series.
The Philippine Independence streamer is an award of the Republic of the Philippines military in recognition for repeated participation in Philippine military campaigns, specifically during World War II. In order to receive the Philippine Independence streamer, a unit must first have received the Philippine Defense and Philippine Liberation streamers, which we covered last week. Upon participation in the initial resistance of Japanese invasion as well as the liberation efforts to rid the Philippines of Japanese troops, the Philippine military would award the unit the Philippine Independence streamer to provide distinction for repeated efforts to assist the Philippine military. For individuals who meet the requirements, the Philippine Independence Medal is awarded; the most noteworthy recipient of that award was Army General Douglas MacArthur.
French Croix De Guerre
The French Croix De Guerre streamer is an award of the French military created to recognize French units as well as their allies who served during World War I. After World War II, the Croix De Guerre streamer became known as the Croix De Guerre 1914-1918 streamer. The streamer is awarded for gallantry and at least one mention of gallantry is required for receipt of the French Croix De Guerre.
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
The Philippine Presidential Unit Citation is an award of the Republic of the Philippines designed to recognize units of the Philippine or United States military who served in either the defense or liberation of the Philippines during World War II. After World War II, the award was given twice more, once for assistance to the Philippines in relief efforts after devastating Typhoons in 1970 and monsoon rains and flooding in 1972.
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
The Korean Presidential Unit Citation is an award of the government of South Korea for units that were individually cited by the President of South Korea for excellence in duty. While this award is still being issued today, the primary issuance of this award was given to United States troops during the Korean War. The South Korean government authorized distribution of the award to every unit of the United States military that deployed to Korea between 1950 and 1954. Since then, awards of this streamer to units of foreign militaries have been sporadic and rare.
Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation of the Gallantry Cross
The Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation of the Gallantry Cross is an award from the, now defunct, government of South Vietnam in recognition of valor and heroism during combat with the enemy. Designed primarily for the Vietnamese military, the award was given to every unit of the nations that assisted and supported South Vietnam. Because of the mass issuance, the award lost its prestige somewhat and is now the second most common Vietnamese award given to foreigners.
Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Civil Actions
The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Civil Actions streamer is an award of the former South Vietnam for units that performed outstanding duty in civil affairs. In order to receive the award, the service must be extraordinary to a degree that would warrant the Civil Actions Medal, which is an individual award for outstanding civic action. Units of the Army and Marine Corps received the streamer from the Republic of South Vietnam due to their participation with the local police force and assistance in quelling civil unrest in South Vietnam.
As we conclude our 10 part series, we invite you to browse through our previous editions below.