From 1962 – 1964, the role of Navy SEALs in Vietnam was to train and advise their South Vietnam military counterparts. This mission was very important as the South Vietnamese were involved in intense guerrilla operations. After the Tonkin Gulf incident, the role of SEALs in Vietnam changed dramatically along with their areas of operation. SEAL presence spread throughout Vietnam and their operations now included direct action, reconnaissance patrols as well as POW rescue missions. The SEAL missions resulted in a dramatic decrease in enemy guerrilla activity. SEALs became so effective that the enemy nicknamed them the “men with green faces”. The success of the SEALs in Vietnam was not without tremendous sacrifice. The Vietnam War resulted in 46 SEALs giving their lives. The SEALs became some of the most highly decorated soldiers of the Vietnam War. In all, they earned many awards and citations including 402 Bronze Stars and 42 Silver Stars. The question for this week is how many Medals of Honor and Navy Crosses were given out to SEALs and to whom were they given?
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