Nam Campaign Medal
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
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 1973.
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 forces.
following are authorized components:
a. Medal (regular size): Available commercially.
b. Medal (miniature size): Available commercially.
c. Ribbon: MIL-R-11589/158. Available commercially.
d. Ribbon Attachment: MIL-R-41819/23. Available commercially.
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 sources.