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5. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (w-1960- Bar):

Instituted: 1966

Dates: 1965-1973

Criteria: 6 months service in the Republic of Vietnam between 1965 and 1973 or if wounded, captured or killed in action during 1965-1973.

Notes: Bar inscribed 1960- is the only authorized version.


I've noticed on some Australian and New Zealand medal bars that there were bars that had holes on both ends and were attached to the ribbon via white thread. It appears some of the bars are pebble backed and others are smooth backed. Do you have any information as to the different types of bars and which were issued and to what countries.

Thanks in advance,

Cheers, :unsure:

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To all,

Here is my contribution to this fascinating thread.

A Republic of Vietnam campaign medal with the 1949-54 date bar. It is of local manufacture.

I have a number of these that have different date bars. When I can track them down I shall post some pics.



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Hello all,

Some further contributions to this thread. All items are local RVN manufactured versions.

Army Meritorious Service Medal.

Any comments welcome.




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To all the RVN collectors,

In the Medals of America publication 'The Decorations and Medals of the Republic of Vietnam and Her Allies, 1950-1975', mention is made of a Unit Citation award of the Military Merit Medal. The wording on page 34 of that publication is:

'Unit Award (Huy-Hiệu Tuyên-Cộng Đơn-Vị). Apparently authorised circa 1974.

Description: The ribbon is in a gold-frame with a leaf background'.

Given the difficult security situation that RVN was in, circa 1974, it is possible that these awards were never made despite the apparent authorisation.

Have any RVN collectors ever seen such a Military Merit Medal Unit Award and if so are there any pics available?


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