Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion Awards - Desert Shield/Desert Storm 1990-1991

Combat Action (For participation in ground or surface combat)

Navy Unit Commendation (They distinguished themselves in action against the enemy with outstanding heroism. This award is equivalent of a Silver Star Medal in combat.)

Meritorious Unit Commendation with 1 Bronze Star (They displayed exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service, heroic deeds, or valorous actions. This award is equivalent of a Bronze Star Medal in a combat situation.)

Selected Marine Corps Reserve (4-6 year reserve service.)

National Defense Service (Military service during periods of national emergency.)

Southwest Asia Service with 2 Bronze Stars (Participation during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.)

Navy Sea Service Deployment (Deployed overseas for more than 90 days)

Armed Forces Reserve with “M” (Mobilization to participate in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.)

Kuwait Liberation – Saudi Arabia (Participation in the Gulf War.)

Kuwait Liberation – Kuwait (Participation in the Gulf War.)

 

NOTES:

*The Bronze Star is a 2nd award for the award given.

*The Meritorious Unit Commendation was awarded twice to Bravo Company based on Marine Corps Unit Awards listed HERE.

*The Southwest Asia Service Bronze Star is for Desert Shield and Desert Storm participation.

 

One thing to note regarding the above awards - letter-1 in 1991 a letter was sent from the Washington State Congressmen to President George Bush to consider honoring Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion with the Presidential Unit Citation for inspiring bravery, effectiveness and performance during Desert Storm. Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion was not awarded the Presidential Unit Citation award; instead, the Navy Unit Commendation was awarded in its place.  Which raises the question, does Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion deserve recognition in addition to the Navy Unit Commendation and the Meritorious Unit Commendation?  Both awards were also given to a lot of individual units during Desert Storm.  Did these other individual units also make United States Marine Corps History in the same caliber as Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion? Based on research, the answer is NO.  (All Marine Corps units work together has a team and should be recognized, but each Marine Corps unit should be decorated accordingly based on there achievements.)  Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion did make United States Marine Corps History during Desert Storm in 1991. (See the many history books and articles that mention Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion’s extraordinary accomplishments.)

 

One thing to note – on the morning of February 25th, 1991, had Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion not been “in the right spot at the right time”, the Iraqi Republican Guard would have succeeded in their mission and destroyed our log train of support. Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion saved many lives the day “The Reveille Engagement” took place, all without losing one of their own.

 

Do these accomplishments warrant the Presidential Unit Citation?  According to the Marine Corps Unit Awards Department, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Commendation cannot be awarded in the same campaign. Since the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Commendation can’t be awarded during the same campaign, the only award that is equivalent to the Presidential Unit Citation is The Navy Cross Medal. (Distinguishes himself or herself in action by extraordinary heroism in combat not justifying the Medal of Honor.)

 

Based on what was accomplished by Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion in Desert Storm back in 1991, do they deserve additional recognition?  Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion went above and beyond, meeting the requirement for the Presidential Unit Citation, but did not receive one.  Don’t forget, Bravo Company lost one M1A1 Abrams tank in the minefield and were left with only thirteen M1A1 Abrams tanks to do battle with. As mentioned on the history page, Bravo Company (with only thirteen M1A1 Abrams tanks) spearheaded the 2nd Marine Division.

In addition, the Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion was not supposed to be in the “lead” position.  Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion were reservist “Weekend Warriors” only; there to back up the active duty personal.

History was made by Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion, and they should never be forgotten.

 

The Mission:

To follow all new details regarding Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion and to have the President Of The United States Of America or the Secretary Of The Navy honor them with the Presidential Unit Citation or an equivalent award.

NOTE: It has been past 5 years from 1991 for a such an award to be given to Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion based on Marine Corps rules, but this should be reconsidered for these Marines based on the overlooked history they accomplished.

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