Operation Silver Wake
|Part of the|
|Albanian Civil War|
|Gangs of 1997|
|Massacres in 1997|
|Tragedies of 1997|
Operation Silver Wake was a non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) led by the United States to evacuate American citizens, noncombatants and designated third country nationals from Albania in March 1997. The operation was performed by U.S. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducting operations from the USS Nassau Amphibious Readiness Group. U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines secured the U.S. housing compound and held the U.S. Embassy. Over 900 personnel were evacuated during the course of the operation.
Some of the awards presented to participating units included the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Humanitarian Service Medal. Selected Marines were also awarded the Combat Action Ribbon.
- "U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Photos > Photo Gallery". www.defense.gov. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
- "USIA - Transcript: DOD Briefing on Evacuations from Albania, 97-03-14". www.hri.org. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
- Awards for Past Operations