Group of five to LTjg James E. Corey, USNR
Group of five to Lieutenant (junior grade) James E. Corey, US Naval Reserve: Navy Commendation Medal, with “V” device, crimp brooch, unnamed; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Army Cross of Gallantry, with bronze star (Vietnamese-made); Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, with “1960- “ device (US-made; ribbon stained). With the original Navy Commendation Medal certificate (dated 14 July 1970) and letter citation from Commander, United States Naval Forces, Vietnam, in a blue vinyl folder.
LT Corey was cited “For meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam from March 1969 to March 1970. While serving as Officer in Charge with Coastal Divisions Eleven, Thirteen and Fifteen, Lieutenant (junior grade) Corey conducted over sixty combat patrols in conjunction with Operation Market Time. During those patrols, he boarded and searched numerous junks and sampans, interdicted cross river traffic, inserted and extracted friendly forces in hostile territory, provided fire support for besieged units and outposts and enforced curfews. In addition, he conducted psychological warfare operations and civic action programs. On numerous troop insertions he served as Officer in Tactical Command, where he directed gunfire support which resulted in the destruction of twenty-three enemy structures and fifteen sampans. During those operations, he came under heavy enemy automatic weapons and rocket fire. Through his calm and efficient leadership, his patrols always suppressed enemy fire during numerous troop insertions…”
Operation Market Time was a joint effort to interdict the seaborne traffic in troops and supplies into South Vietnam by the North Vietnamese.