Awards, Services Ribbons and Battle Stars for the: USS John R. Craig DD885
20 August, 1945 - 27 July, 1979
SERVICE MEDAL The Craig was awarded the China
Service Medal in 1947 for assisting in the repatriation of Japanese
POW’s from China and assisting the Chinese Central Government in
enforcing the surrender terms.
DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL with one star Received for honorable active
duty during the years 1950 to 1954 with the addition of a bronze star
for the years 1961 to 1974.
OCCUPATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL with "ASIA" clasp Service performed in the
Asiatic-Pacific areas between the years 1945 to 1952.
STATES KOREAN SERVICE MEDAL with 3 stars Craig received her first Korean
Service Medal for actions during the 1st
U.N. Counteroffensive 15 March to 6 April 1951 with additional stars for
the Communist China, Spring Offensive 22 April to 17 May 1951, United
Nations Summer-Fall Offensive 11 July to 8 August 1951 and the Korean
Defense 29 June to 30 July 1953.
NATIONS KOREAN SERVICE MEDAL For service in Korea between 27
June 1950 and 27 July 1954.
OF KOREA WAR SERVICE MEDAL For at least six months service
in the Republic of Korea between 1950 and 1953.
PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION For actions on 18 September 1951
in a shoot out with enemy shore batteries at Kalmagak, Korea.
FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL with three stars Craig was awarded her first
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for participation in 7th.
Fleet operations off the islands of Quemoy and Matsu and in the Taiwan
Straits between 7 September 1960 and 1 November 1961. She added a star
for operations off the coast of Vietnam from 10 April 1965 to 2 July
1965. She added the second star for "Operation Formation Star" for
actions between 23 January & 22 March 1968 in support of the USS Pueblo
Incident. She added a third star for actions off the Korean coast in the
Sea of Japan between 16 January and 13 February 1971.
RIBBON Craig was awarded the coveted
Battle Efficiency “E” for the 1965 competitive year and also the
STERRETT BATTLESHIP FUND AWARD In 1966 Craig was awarded the
“Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award as the most battle ready ship
in the Pacific Fleet.
SERVICE MEDAL with seven stars Craig was awarded Vietnam
Service Medals for participation in the following actions. The Vietnam
Defense Campaign between 8 March and 24 December 1965. The Vietnamese
Counteroffensive between 25 December 1965 and 30 June 1966. The
Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase II between 1 July 1966 and 31 May
1967. The Tet Counteroffensive between 30 January and 1 April 1968 The
Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase IV between 2 April and 30 June
1968.The Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase VII between 1 July 1970 and
30 June 1971Consolidation II between 1 December 1971 and 29 March 1972
Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign between 30 March 1972 and 28 January 1973.
ACTION RIBBON with One Silver Star Craig was awarded Combat Action
Ribbons for actions in Korean War and the Vietnam on the following dates:14 November 1966 - 19 November 1966
3 May 1968 - 7 May 1968 -
9 April 1972 - 13 April 1972
COMMENDATION Craig was awarded the Navy Unit
Commendation for actions in Vietnam between 30 April and 16 May 1968.
MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION Craig was awarded the Navy
Meritorious Unit Commendation for actions in Vietnam between:
2 March and 15 December of 1972.
GALLANTRY CROSS UNIT CITATION RIBBON and one star Craig was awarded the RVN
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation twice by the Republic of South Vietnam for
valorous combat achievement in actions on the following dates:
28 April to 8 May 1968 and 3 December to 8 July
of VIETNAM CAMPAIGN RIBBON The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was awarded for
service outside the geographical limits of the Republic of Vietnam and
contributing direct combat support to the Republic of Vietnam and Armed
Forces for at least six months between 1961 and 1973.