For exceptionally meritorious service from 5
April to 4 December 1972 while participating in combat operations in
Soughease Asia. Operating in an intense combat environment,
USS OKLAHOMA CITY demonstrated the highest level of combat readiness
and proficiency while providing close naval gunfire suport for
Republic of Vietnam forces in Military Region One and in the conduct
of naval gunfire strikes against the enemy in North Vietnam.
In April 1972, while acting as a task unit commander, OKLAHOMA
CITY planned and led many daring strikes against enemy stowage
areas, supply routes, and enemy emplacements in North Vietnam.
These strikes were executed with a high degree of professionalism in
the face of intense hostile fire from shore batteries and the
constant threat of enemy aircraft. By their courage,
perserverance, and dedication, the officers and men of USS OKLAHOMA
CITY reflected great credit upon themselves, their ship, and the
United States Naval Service.