Operation Silver Wake was a
noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) led by the United States to evacuate American citizens,
noncombatants and designated third country nationals from Albania in March 1997.
operation was performerd by U.S.
from the 26th Marine Expeditionary
conducting operations from the USS Nassau Amphibious Readiness Group
Marines from 1st Battalion 8th
secured the U.S. housing compound and held the U.S.
Embassy. Over 900 personnel were evacuated during the course of the
Some of the awards presented to participating units included the
Meritorious Unit Award
and the Humanitarian Service Medal
Selected Marines were also awarded the Combat Action Ribbon