Philippine Presidential Unit Citation



The Philippine Presidential Unit Citation was established by Headquarters, Philippine National Defense Forces, General Order Number 532 of September 14, 1946, as amended.


For service during World War II, acceptance is sanctioned by Public Law 80-314, which authorized the acceptance and wear of foreign decoration, medals, and awards in connection with services in World War II between the inclusive dates of December 7, 1941 and July 24, 1948.


The Philippine Presidential Unit Citation has been in effect since September 14, 1946.


The Philippine Presidential Unit Citation is awarded for extraordinarily meritorious service. The Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation has been awarded to United States military personnel who participated in the following:

World War II
  • Service in the defense of the Philippines from December 7, 1941 to May 10, 1942.

  • Service in the liberation of the Philippines from October 17, 1944 to July 4, 1945.

  • All U.S. military units and naval vessels that earned any of the Philippine engagement stars are entitled to the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation.

  • Certain submarines which maintained physical contact with guerrilla forces during the Japanese occupation of the Philippine Islands.
Disaster Relief Operations
  • SECNAV letter Ser 0182 of April 29, 1971 (NOTAL) approved the acceptance of the award for the following units:

  • Navy Disaster Task Force (September 1 to December 14, 1970)

  • Navy and Marine Corps Units of Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group, Philippines Amphibious Ready Group Alpha (October 21-26, 1970).

  • SECNAV letter Ser 1582 of January 9, 1973 (NOTAL) approved the acceptance of the award for the Commander in Chief, Pacific Representative Philippine Disaster Task Force and U.S. Disaster Task Force Manila for the period of July 21 to August 15, 1972.

  • SECNAV letter Ser 1650 Ser NDBDM/1959 of August 1992 (NOTAL) approved acceptance of the award for the U.S. Naval Hospital, Subic Bay, for the period of August 1, 1987 to November 30, 1991 and the USS Sterett (CG 31) for the period of May 1989 to June 1991.
  • By a memorandum dated December 12, 2007, the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpoer and Reserve Affairs issued authority for United States Pacific Command and the suborninate units identified in General Headquarters Armed Forces of the Philippines, General Orders Number 146 (dated February 2, 2005) for their accomplishments in support of the Republic of the Philippines and the United States during the period of January 31 to July 31, 2002.

The Philippine Presidential Unit Citation is a ribbon bar consisting of equal portions of red, white, and blue encased in a gilt frame decorated with palm leaves.


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