Valorous Unit Award


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Valorous Unit Award

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Award of the Valorous Unit Award


Vietnam War, 1961-1975


Confidential document describing valorous acts conducted in Vietnam between 1969 and 1970. The 15th Medical Battalion received the Valorous Unit Award for treating casualties in the heat of battle and experiencing no injures to any of the medical personnel.

A notable soldier included in the report is Gil Ramos-Rivera (1925-1970). Born on September 5, 1925, in Puerto Rico, Ramos-Rivera grew up the son of a military officer, living most of his early life on Henry Barracks in Cayey, Puerto Rico. His twenty-year career in the United States Army began on October 11, 1950, and lasted until November 1, 1970. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and received a Purple Heart. After his retirement from the Army, he moved to Florida, where he spent the rest of his life. On March 17, 1996, Ramos-Rivera passed away at the age of seventy. The Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, placed a memorial headstone in honor of Ramos-Rivera and his service.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


United States Army


Digital reproduction of original valorous unit award.


United States Army

Date Created

ca. 1969




1.66 MB


1 valorous unit award






Quan Loi, Vietnam

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History Teacher


Originally created and produced by the United States Army.

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Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017.
Herring, George C. America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975. New York: Wiley, 1979.


United States Army. “Valorous Unit Award.” RICHES of Central Florida accessed December 8, 2023,



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