Combat Action Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Authorized on April 22, 1953 and amended on January 11, 1966, this medal was awarded for honorable active military service as a member of the United States Armed Forces, including the Coast Guard, between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954 (Korean War period) and between January 1, 1961 and August 14, 1974, (Vietnam War Period). It has most recently been awarded to military members for service during the Persian Gulf War period.
Vietnam Service Medal
All military personal that served in RVN are entitled to the award. Addition or subsequent awards for each additional Campaign. Authorized on July 19, 1965 and awarded to all service members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, between July 4, 1965 and March 28, 1973, served in Vietnam and the contiguous waters, and airspace, in Thailand, Laos or Cambodia or airspace in direct support of military operations in Vietnam. Personnel previously awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for services between July 1958 and July 1965 could exchange these medals for the Vietnam Service Medal.
- Ribbon and one (1) bronze star with first award
Eligible Campaign periods
- I - 15 March 1962 to 7 March 1965 - Vietnam Advisory Campaign
- II - 8 March 1965 to 24 December 1965 - Vietnam Defense Campaign
- III - 25 December 1965 to 30 June 1966 - Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase
- IV - 1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967 - Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase II
- V - 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968 - Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase III
- VI - 30 January 1968 to 1 April 1968 - TET Counteroffensive
- VII - 2 April 1968 to 30 June 1968 - Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase IV
- VIII - 1 July 1968 to 1 November 1968 - Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase V
- IX - 2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969 - Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase VI
- X - 23 February 1969 to 8 June 1969 - TET 69/Counteroffensive
- XI - 9 June 1969 to 31 October 1969 - Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
- XII - 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970 - Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
- XIII - 1 May 1970 to 30 June 1970 - Sanctuary Counteroffensive
- XIV - 1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971 - Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase VII
- XV - 1 July 1971 to 30 November 1971 - Consolidation I
- XVI - 1 December 1971 to 29 March 1972 - Consolidation II
- XVII - 30 March 1972 to 28 January 1973 - Vietnam Cease Fire Campaign
NOTES: - Ribbon and one (1) bronze star with first award
- Additional bronze stars awarded for each subsequent period of service
- A silver star is used in place of five (5) bronze stars
Civil Actions Medal, First Class Color, with Palm (Ribbon Only)
All Navy and Marine Corps personnel who served "in country" Vietnam are eligible for this award for the period 1 January 1965 to 28 March 1973 since the Republic of Vietnam Government awarded it to Commander, U.S. Forces Vietnam and all subordinate units. (See the bottom note.)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have served for a six-month period in Vietnam, its surrounding waters or in air support against an armed enemy in Vietnam between March 1, 1961 and March 28, 1973. The time limit is waived if the recipient was killed, wounded or captured at any time before the limit..
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (Ribbon Only)
Awarded to all military personnel who served in-country Vietnam between 8 February 1962 and 28 March 1973 and to U.S. Army Vietnam and its subordinate units for the period 20 July 1965 to 28 March 1973. (See the bottom note.)
Basic Jump Wings
(Minimum of 5 Jumps)
BUPERS Notice 1020 of 12 July 1963 announced approval of a new wing insignia for Navy and Marine Corps Parachutists. The change to the 1959 Uniform Regulations stated that the old Parachutist insignia would be renamed Basic Parachutist insignia in keeping with Army and Air Force nomenclature. The new Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist device was "a gold embroidered (Navy only) or gold-colored metal pin, the same as that provided for Naval Aviator’s insignia, except that a gold-colored open parachute shall be centered on the wings vice the shield and foul anchor."
Gold Jump Wings
(Minimum 10 Jumps)
To qualify to wear the insignia, a parachutist must have previously qualified for the Basic Parachutist insignia described above and have, under competent orders, completed a minimum of five additional static line or free-fall jumps with a Navy or Marine Corps organization whose mission includes parachute jumping. Once a person has qualified for the Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist insignia, that insignia shall be worn in lieu of the Basic Parachutist insignia.
Marine Combat Diver (MCD) – Marines work with scuba and the MK 25 closed-circuit rebreather to ultimately become Marine Reconnaissance Combatant Swimmers. It is 35 training days in length and divided into four modules of instruction: Physical Conditioning, Combat diver fundamentals, USMC Open Circuit SCUBA, and USMC Closed Circuit operations. The course provides underwater infiltration tactical training in accordance with current Marine Corps training and mission performance standards.
Viam MeritoriousUnit CitationNote: From SECNAVINST 1650.1G Chapter 7, pages 7-11 and 7-12.
A.. Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation
(1) Authorization. Awarded by the Chief of the Joint General Staff, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces in two colors: Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm (8 Feb 62 to 28 Mar 73) and the Civil Actions Medal, First Class Color with Palm (1 Jan 65 to 28 Mar 73). The Secretary of the Navy has specifically authorized certain units of the naval service to accept this award. Such authorization is required in all cases for participation.
(2) Eligibility Requirements. The ribbon bar with frame and palm are authorized for wear by personnel who served with certain cited units in Southeast Asia during the approved periods. Lists of approved ships and units, which have been cited, are maintained by the CNO and CMC.
(3) In addition to those specific ships/units cited, all Navy and Marine Corps personnel who served "in country" Vietnam during the eligibility periods are eligible for both awards.
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