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Operational Archives Branch
Naval Historical Center
805 Kidder Breese Street SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060


Records of the Chief of Naval Operations
Awards and Special Projects Branch,
1919-1973



Scope and Content Note

The Awards and Special Projects Branch was formerly the Administrative Liaison, Contingency of the Navy Fund, Personnel Awards, Honors and Ceremonies Branch (OP-09B2E). Prior to 1963 the branch was designated OP-09B23, and prior to 1959 was OP-211.

There are six series in this collection. Series I, Records Relating to Special and Annual Reports of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy, 1943-1970, contains reports submitted by OPNAV and EXOS organizations to assist in the preparation of the overall reports of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy, comments on drafts of these reports, and related correspondence and instructions.

In Series II are Records Relating to Interment of Unknowns of World War II and Korea at Arlington National Cemetery in 1958. These records contain a copy of the overall narrative report of the Chief of Naval Personnel to the Quartermaster General and its enclosures. Also in this series are planning material, correspondence, memoranda, and invitations, and a copy of the booklet Interment of the Unknowns: World War II and Korea prepared by the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington.

Series III, Records Relating to Awards for Specific Campaigns and Operations, 1952-1968, consists of correspondence, speed letters, and dispatches concerning recommendations for awards for Korea (1952-1957), Deep Freeze (1959-1962), Polaris Operations (1957-1962), Joint Task Force Eight (1962), Lebanon Operations (1958), Cuban Quarantine (1962-1963), Vietnam (1963-1968) and Gulf of Tonkin Operations (1964-1965).

Series IV, Records Relating to Awards to Individual Personnel, 1955-1968, contains correspondence, speed letters, and dispatches concerning recommendations and final letters on individual awards.

Series V consists of Miscellaneous Records Relating to Awards, 1919-1968. Included in this series are records of refusal of awards (1919-1920), the Report of the Adhoc Committee to Evaluate War Service of Amphibious Forces (1947-1948), Navy Unit Citation-Presidential Unit Citation Study No. 1, Distinguished Unit Citation (Army), Unit Awards, Presidential Unit Citation and Navy Unit Citation (prior to 1955), Flag Officers (1954-1962), and Navy Cross Awards, Odd Cases (1968).

Finally, Series VI holds Records Relating to Specific Personal Decorations, 1969-1973. These records consist of correspondence, speed letters, and dispatches concerning recommendations and final actions for the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal.


Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Records of the Chief of Naval Operations Awards and Special Projects Branch, Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.


Extent

45 cubic feet


2 July 2003