68th Chemical Company
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Awards and decorations of the US Army are those military decorations which are issued to members of the US Army under the authority of the Secretary of the Army. Together, with military badges such awards provide an outward display of a service member's accomplishments.

The first recognized medals of the US Army appeared during the American Civil War and were generally issued by local commanders on an unofficial basis. The Medal of Honor was the first award to be established in regulations as a permanent Army decoration, complete with benefits. The Medal of Honor is the only Civil War era award which has survived as a decoration into the modern age.

Furthermore, the US Army mandates that all unit awards will be worn separate from individual awards on the opposite side of a military uniform. The Army is the only service to require this separation between unit and individual decorations. All Army unit awards are worn enclosed in a gold frame.

The Spanish-American War was the first widespread award of campaign medals, both for service in the actual conflict and for participation in subsequent garrison and occupation duty. After the Spanish-American War, however, medals in the US Army fell into disuse and, apart from a few peacetime Medal of Honor decorations, there were no further Army medals created until the First World War. World War I saw the first widespread distribution of medals for combat, as the Medal of Honor returned awarded for bravery in battle against an enemy force. The Distinguished Service Cross was also created for those soldiers who had performed feats of bravery but not to the level required of the Medal of Honor. The only other medal of World War I was the World War I Victory Medal, accompanied by a confusing array of battle clasps to denote combat participation.

In the 1920s and 30s, the US Army issued very few decorations and it was often common for a service member to spend an entire career without receiving a single medal. With the outbreak of World War II, however, the Army began the largest expansion of medals since the Spanish-American War as well as the first wide scale issuance of inter-service awards. In addition, several World War II campaign medals were created for various theaters and a World War II Victory Medal was established at the end of the conflict as well as an occupation medal.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the Army expanded both its number of medals and ribbons, as well as having its service members eligible for several new inter-service campaign and service medals (such as the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the National Defense Service Medal).

In the modern age, members of other military branches serving under an Army command are also eligible to receive Army decorations. All Army service members may receive inter-service awards, international decorations, and authorized foreign medals. The Department of the Army also awards a limited number of civilian awards.

Only time and fate knows the future of peace, wars and the new missions that the subordinate units of the 1st Cavalry Division may be called on to perform. In any situation, they stand ready and can look to its combat record with justifiable pride and hard earned satisfaction. All of the tasks have been tough and they have been done well.

68th Chemical Company

The following decorations have been earned by the 68th Chemical Company in service for their country.

Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered IRAQ (2nd Platoon, 68th Chemical Company, cited for the period 15 to 25 Feb 1991; DA GO 27, 1994)

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ (68th Chemical Company, cited for the period 16 March 2004 to 15 March 2005, PO 107-04, 16 Apr 2008)

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered SOUTHWEST ASIA (68th Chemical Company, cited for the period 14 Oct 1990 to 21 Apr 1991; DA GO 27, 1994 and DA GO 1, 1996)

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered KOREA (68th Chemical Smoke Generator Company, cited for the period 01 Jan to 30 Jun 1952; DA GO 103, 1952)

Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1952 - 1953 (68th Chemical Smoke Generator Company, cited for the period 01 Aug 1952 to 30 SDep 1953; DA GO 23, 1954)

Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1950 - 1952 (68th Chemical Smoke Generator Company, cited for the period 19 Sep 1950 to 31 Jul 1952; DA GO 33 1953)

Defense of Saudi-Arabia, Streamer embroidered SAUDI ARABIA 1990 - 1991 (68th Chemical Company, cited for the period; )

Liberation and Defense of Kuwait, Streamer embroidered KUWAIT 1990 - 1991 (68th Chemical Company, cited for the period; )

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