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   Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Service: ALL
Instituted: 1991
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( VN ) - VIET NAM
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
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Devices
Description:
  1. Awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who between March 1, 1961 and March 28, 1973: 
  • 1. Served for 6 months in South Vietnam during the period indicated 
  • 2. Served outside the geographical limits of South Vietnam and contributed direct combat support to the RVN Armed Forces for an aggregate of six months. Only members of the Armed Forces of the United States who meet the criteria established for the AFEM (Vietnam) or the Vietnam Service Medal during the period of service required are considered to have contributed direct combat support to the RVN Armed Forces. 
  • 3. Did not complete the length of service required above, but who, during wartime, were: 
    • Wounded by the enemy (in a military action). 
    • Captured by the enemy during action or in the line of duty, but later rescued or released. 
    • Killed in action or in the line of duty.  
  1. Were assigned in Vietnam on January 28, 1973, and who served a minimum of 60 calendar days in Vietnam during the period January 29, 1973 to March 28, 1973.


Background:

1. 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). 2. 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. 3. Since the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal is a foreign award, it is not issued by the United States Government.