White House Ceremony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2009

President Obama to Honor Recipients of the Presidential Unit Citation

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, October 20th at 11:45 am EST, the President will hold a recognition ceremony to honor Troop A, First Squadron, 11th Armored Combat Regiment of the U.S. Army, recipients of the Presidential Unit Citation for actions in the Republic of Vietnam.

The citation recognizes Troop A’s extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry on March 26, 1970 when it volunteered to rescue an American infantry company surrounded on the Cambodian border by an overwhelming enemy force. The determined enemy had resisted hours of aerial and artillery bombardment and was expected to destroy or capture the 100 American infantryman within hours.

Eighty-six Troop A veterans will be in attendance to receive the unit honor from the President at the White House in recognition of their exemplary service and personal sacrifice nearly four decades ago.

The Presidential Unit Citation is awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and allies for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy on or after December 7, 1941. The unit must display such gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign.

PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION CEREMONY

WHERE: White House Rose Garden
[Rain Site: East Room]

WHEN: Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 at 11:45 AM
Pre-set: 10:45AM at the North Doors of the Palm Room
Final Gather: 11:15AM at the North Doors of the Palm Room