The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL to

SERGEANT RAY C. WATKINS
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

 

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For meritorious service while serving in various capacities with the First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam from 12 February 1968 to 19 March 1969. Throughout this period, Sergeant Watkins performed his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. Initially assigned as a Squad Leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, he led forty-seven patrols and repeatedly disregarded his own safety to maneuver his men into advantageous positions from which to direct accurate fire against the enemy. During Operation Allen Brook. when elements of his platoon sustained several casualties and were temporarily pinned down in an area dangerously exposed to hostile fire, Sergeant WATKINS unhesitatingly moved his squad forward and provided covering fire while the wounded were treated and evacuated. Subsequently reassigned as a Squad Leader with Company E, Second Battalion. Fifth Marines, he participated in six major combat operations. including Operation Maui Peak, and continued to distinguish himself by his composure in the face of the enemy. Reassigned as the Battalion Indoctrination Noncommissioned Officer in November 1968. he ensured that all newly arrived enlisted personnel were briefed concerning the current tactical situation. the battalion's mission, and pertinent factors concerning Vietnamese culture. By his leadership, tireless initiative and steadfast devotion to duty, Sergeant WATKINS contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Corporal WATKINS is authorized to wear the Combat "V".