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Charles Christian Heid , Jr.

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AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral (CEC) Charles Christian Heid, Jr., United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commander, Atlantic Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command; as Fleet Civil Engineer for Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; as Command Advisor for Facilities for Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe; and as Civil Engineer for Commandant FIFTH Naval District from June 1976 to August 1980. Rear Admiral Heid guided the Atlantic Division in executing eminently successful programs providing outstanding support to Fleet and shore commands throughout the Atlantic and European Theaters. Exemplifying his responsiveness and sensitivity to the operating forces were his immediate support of rapidly emerging Fleet shore support requirements, disaster recovery operations in the Caribbean, and Fleet contingencies. New weapons systems support requirements, technological advances, and greater emphasis in environmental protection, safety, and energy conservation equally impacted upon the major engineering and construction programs under Rear Admiral Heid's command. By his indefatigable efforts, keen managerial skills, and exceptional devotion to duty, Rear Admiral Heid reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: June 1976 - August 1980

Service: Navy

Rank: Rear Admiral

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Captain (CEC) Charles Christian Heid, Jr., United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Chief Staff Officer of the THIRTIETH Naval Construction Regiment from May 1967 to May 1968. As Chief Staff Officer, Captain Heid had the heavy responsibility of directing and coordinating the staff work involved in the enormous Seabee construction program by developing procedures and policies which allowed the THIRTIETH Naval Construction Regiment to respond to a constantly changing workload, contingencies and unforeseen obstacles with a minimum of adjustment. Captain Heid displayed exceptional organizational skill, outstanding management ability and tireless devotion to duty as he undertook the urgent and difficult task of reorganization and expansion of the command structure of the Naval Construction Forces in Vietnam. This task involved the relocation of the THIRD Brigade from Saigon to DaNang, a redistribution of functions between the THIRD Brigade and the THIRTIETH Regiment, and establishment of the THIRTY-SECOND Regiment. As Chief of Staff or Commander, THIRD Naval Construction Brigade, Captain Heid was directly responsible for guiding the efforts of the Brigade Staff and the attached units in a manner that produced all the urgently required combat support facilities as they were needed. Captain Heid's dynamic leadership manifested itself in his every effort and his performance was far above that normally expected. Captain Heid's tireless efforts and intense drive to excellence were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Captain Heid is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

Action Date: May - July 1967

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Regiment: 30th Naval Construction Regiment

Legion of Merit

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(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (CEC) Charles Christian Heid, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States from August 1967 to July 1970.

Action Date: August 1967 - July 1970

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Legion of Merit

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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Legion of Merit to Captain (CEC) Charles Christian Heid, Jr., United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Deputy Commander, Naval Construction Battalions, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Vice Commander, Pacific Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, from 19 August 1970 to 31 July 1973. Captain Heid exhibited leadership and ability in coordinating the complex efforts of the two headquarters staffs and their subordinate commands, and great initiative and perseverance in supervising the deployment and operations of the Pacific Naval Construction Force; and the shore facilities planning, design, construction, maintenance and utilities operations, real estate acquisition and disposition, and family housing for the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Ocean area. Captain Heid successfully represented the Commander during his periods of travel to field activities, and proved himself to possess the experience, maturity, and dedication to act for the Commander in decision-making responsibilities affecting millions of dollars and hundreds of men. Through his inspirational leadership and devotion to duty, Captain Heid contributed immeasurably to the success of past and current programs under the purview of the Commander. Captain Heid's actions reflect great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: August 19, 1970 - July 31, 1973

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain