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Vietnam Gallantry Cross & Saudi Arabian Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait

Wessel Gordon

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According to the American War Library, the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, issued  General Order 8, implementing a decree of the South Vietnamese Government. This decree gave the Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Palm to all foreign troops serving in-country. The US order bestowed both the Unit Citation and the individual decoration (http://www.amervets.com/replacement/vcog.htm#isr). There is a myth that Americans are only entitled to the unit citation with the gilt frame (http://www.americanwarlibrary.com/thecross.htm). American service personnel who served in Vietnam who received the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal were also made recipients of the Cross of Gallantry. In addition, Navy and Marine personnel who served in-country and in the territorial waters were awarded the Civil Actions Medal and Unit Citation (First Class) (http://www.amervets.com/replacement/vcar.htm#isr).

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