For meritorious service from 26 November 1968
to 1 March 1972, while participating in combat operations in
Southeast Asia. Through the continuous exercise of
professionalism, USS OKLAHOMA CITY maintained the highest level of
readiness and proficiency, which enabled her to serve superbly as
flagship for Commander, United States SEVENTH Fleet. Her
smartness and exemplary conduct greatly assisted the embarked Fleet
Commander in his diplomatic role and enhanced the American image in
the Western Pacific. Moreover, OKLAHOMA CITY provided
exceptionally accurate naval gunfire support to friendly forces and
greatly improved the aret of antiair warfare in the Tonkin Gulf.
The superb performance of the officers and men of USS OKLAHOMA CITY
throughout this period contributed significantly to the achievement
of United States objectives in Southeast Asia and was in keeping
with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.