Description: A gold six pointed star with rays, 32cm in
diameter, superimposed by a White enameled star, 42cm in diameter,
overall in center a Green disc, 18cm in diameter, with the outline
of the Vietnamese Country with a Red flame of three rays between
North and South Vietnam. On the reverse of the medal is a circle
with a designation band containing the word "CHIEN-DICH" (Campaign)
at the top and "BOI-TINH" (Medal) at the bottom. Across the center
of the circle is the word "VIET-NAM."
Ribbon: The ribbon is
1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes: 1/16 inch
Gherkin Green 67183; 3/16 inch White 67101; 5/16 inch Gherkin Green;
1/4 inch White; 5/16 inch Gherkin Green; 3/16 inch White; and 1/16
inch Gherkin Green.
Criteria: The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal is awarded
to personnel who meet one of the following requirements:
a. Served in the Republic of Vietnam for
six months during the period of 1 March 1961 and 28 March
b. Served outside the geographical limits
of the Republic of Vietnam and contributed direct combat support to
the Republic of Vietnam and Armed Forces for six months. Such
individuals must meet the criteria established for the Armed Forces
Expeditionary Medal (for Vietnam) or the Vietnam Service Medal, to
qualify for the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
c. Six months service is not required for
individuals who were wounded by hostile forces; killed in action or
otherwise in line of duty; or captured by hostile
following are authorized components:
a. Medal (regular size): Available
b. Medal (miniature size): Available
c. Ribbon: MIL-R-11589/158. Available
d. Ribbon Attachment: MIL-R-41819/23.
Background: a. The Secretary of Defense approved a request
for approval of foreign awards to US Military personnel on 7
February 1966. As a result of this approval, the Republic of Vietnam
Campaign Medal with device bar (1960- ) was awarded to US Armed
Forces personnel by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam per
Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Order No. 48, dated 24 March 1966.
The acceptance, criteria and description was announced in the
Federal Register, Volume 31, No. 147, 30 July 1966 (Title 32, Code
of Federal Regulation 47).
b. The Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces
Memorandum 2655 prescribed there were two devices to be worn on the
ribbon. The first device was for the period 8 March 1949 - 20 July
1954 and is not authorized for wear by American Military Personnel.
The second period was from 1 January 1960 with the last period to be
decided after the war was over. The ending period remains blank,
since the Republic of Vietnam Government ceased to exist before the
ending period was established. The devices for the medal are in two
sizes - - the large size is 1 13/64 inches in width and is worn on
the suspension ribbon of the full size decoration. The regular size
is 19/32 inch wide and is worn on the miniature decoration and
service ribbon bar.
c. Since the Republic of Vietnam Campaign
Medal is a foreign award, it is not issued by the United States
Government. The medal may be purchased from commercial