USCGC Southwind WAGB 280
                                      The Polar Prowler
USCGC Southwind
Coast Guard Unit Commendations
The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard Washington, DC 20591

The Commandant of the United States Coast Guards takes pleasure in
commending:

USCGC SOUTHWIND      (WAGB 280)

For service set forth in following:

Citation:

For exceptionally meritorious service during the period 14 November 1968 to
3 April 1969 while engaged in Operation DEEP FREEZE 1969 and
subsequent operations in support of U.S. Military programs and scientific
research projects.  After completing the long and arduous deployment for
the annual resupply of U.S. Bases in Antarctica and although diverted to
New Zealand for repairs the CGC SOUTHWIND returned to the ice pack to aid
the Danish freighter THALA DAN which was beset in the ice.  After freeing
the ship, personnel of the CGC SOUTHWIND helped unload the cargo in
one-third the allotted time and proceeded to escort her from the ice.  
Displaying expert coordinated teamwork, the crew of the CGC SOUTHWIND
then assisted in the establishment of a satellite tracking station by the Army
Map Service, including the construction of living facilities and delivery of 35
tons of supplies and equipment for the wintering over party at uninhabited
Heard Island within six days.  In furtherance of a joint Navy-Coast Guard
project, CGC SOUTHWIND made visits to the ports of Dar es Salaam and
Zanzibar, Tanzania, which were the first permitted for public vessels of the
United States by the Tanzanian Government to any of their ports in over five
years.  The dignified conduct of all hands, warm hospitality to visiting
officials and meticulous attention to the appearance of the ship materially
contributed to the success of these visits.  The initiative, skill, diligence and
perseverance of personnel in CGC SOUTHWIND were in keeping with the
highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.

All personnel attached to and serving in USCGC SOUTHWIND (WAGB 280)
during the above designated period, or any part thereof, are hereby
authorized to wear the Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon.

Commandant

W. J. Smith

Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard

commending:

USCGC SOUTHWIND      (WAGB 280)

For service set forth in following:

Citation:

For exceptionally meritorious service during the period 6 October to 10
November 1972 while engaged in the Greenland Sea within 800 miles of the
North Pole and later in the North Atlantic Ocean. During the initial phases of
the operation in the Greenland Sea, CGC SOUTHWIND's helicopters
provided successful ice reconnaissance and logistic support in marginal
flight conditions for the USCGC EDISTO and the the USNS MIZAR who were
both beset in the ice pack. SOUTHWIND subsequently broke out and
escorted both ships from the Arctic ice pack in a task requiring an unusually
high degree of tenacity and coordination between her command and control
personnel, the helicopter detachment and the ships being assisted.Despite
head winds which exceeded 50 knots and seas which reached 20 feet,
SOUTHWIND assumed the tow of the EDISTO, which was damaged and
unable to proceed independently, and escorted her from the pack edge over
1000 miles to Reykjavik, Iceland where temporary repairs could be made to
EDISTO in preparation for the long tow to a repair port in the United States.
After successfully reaching Reykjavik and following repairs to EDISTO,
SOUTHWIND towed EDISTO an additional 500 miles in the face of storm
force winds and extremely high seas until the tow could be transferred to
USCGC MORGENTHAU. In executing over 17 days of towing operations
under extremely adverse conditions, SOUTHWIND's personnel overcame
serious difficulties with EDISTO's rudder and towline.  The initiative,  
diligence, efficiency and unwavering devotion to duty of personnel of CGC
SOUTHWIND during the entire operation are in keeping with the highest
traditions of the United States Coast Guard.

The Operational Distinguishing Device is authorized.

All personnel attached to and serving in USCGC SOUTHWIND (WAGB 280)
during the above designated period are hereby authorized to wear the Coast
Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon.

Commandant

C. R. Bender

Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard