The Valorous Unit Award is the Army's second highest unit award, ranking behind the Presidential Unit Citation. The award is considered the unit equivalent of the Silver Star, and is awarded to units that display extraordinary heroism in combat.
Please note that other units of the 3rd Squadron also received this second citation along with our attached maintenance and avionics sections which provided invaluable support to the individual Troops.
I am honored to have been a member of A Troop during the latter.
Below, in part, are transcripts of those very prestigious unit citations.
Update: On 9 Nov 09, LTC Ward informed us that the 3-17th Cav was again awarded the Valorous Unit Award for Operation Iraqi Freedom for their deployment Apr 07-Jul 08. I hope to get a copy of their award for future posting.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
AWARD OF THE VALOROUS UNIT AWARD
By direction of the Secretary of the Army, under the provisions of paragraph 202.1g (2), AR 672-5-1, the Valorous Unit Award is awarded to the following named units of the United States Army for extraordinary heroism while engaged in military operations during the period indicated:
3D ARMORED SQUADRON, 17TH AIR CAVALRY, 12TH AVIATION GROUP (COMBAT), 1ST AVIATION BRIGADE, and its assigned and attached units:
Troop A, 3d armored Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry
Troop B, 3d armored Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry
Troop C, 3d armored Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry
369th Transportation Corps Maintenance Detachment
575th Transportation Corps Maintenance Detachment
576th Transportation Corps Maintenance Detachment
812th Signal Corps Avionics Detachment
813th Signal Corps Avionics Detachment
816th Signal Corps Avionics Detachment
3d Squadron, 17th air Cavalry Tactical Air Control Party, 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron
The citation reads as follows:
The 3D ARMORED SQUADRON, 17TH AIR CAVALRY and its assigned and attached units distinguished themselves by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force from 6 May 1970 to 29 June 1970 in the Republic of Cambodia. When the elements of the United States military forces were moved into Cambodia in early May, the 3D ARMORED SQUADRON, 17TH AIR CAVALRY was one of the first units to cross the border. The squadron embarked on a continous period of operations characterized by an extremely aggressive and determined effort to find, fix, and destroy the enemy. The squadron's aero-scouts and aero-weapons helicopters flew daily reconnaissance missions in an effort to locate enemy units, base camps, caches, and lines of communication and infiltration. The squadron's aero-rifle platoons were inserted into suspected enemy controlled areas to search them out and provide detailed intelligence. Throughout this period, against a numerically superior force, the squadron inflicted extremely heavy casualties on the enemy compiling a most enviable combat record. The determination, devotion to duty, indomitable courage and extraordinary courage demonstrated by the members of the 3D SQUADRON, 17TH AIR CAVALRY and its assigned and attached units is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon themselves, their units, and the Armed Forces of the United States.
[I did not receive the second page with the signature block ...Roger Young]
3-17th Cav Awarded Valorous Unit Award for Operation Iraqi Freedom
9 Nov 2009
I'm LTC Jim Ward - the former XO/S-3 for 3-17 Cav during our 2007-08 Iraq deployment. Thought you might be interested to know that 3-17 Cav was again awarded the Valorous Unit Award for OIF 07-09 (our rotation - May 07 - Aug 08).
Best to Trapper and the others you are in contact with.
Hope all is well with you and all!
James E. Ward
VUA - 5 May 07 to 5 Aug 08
17th Cavalry Regiment, 3d Squadron, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (to include subordinate units: Troop A, 3d Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment; Troop B, 3d Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment; Troop C, 3d Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment; Troop D, 3d Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment; Troop E, 3d Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment; Detachment, Company B, 277th Support Battalion)