Gold Star Order (Vietnam)

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Huân chương Sao vàng
(Gold Star Order)
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Awarded by the Government of Vietnam
Type Single-grade order
Eligibility Military and civil personnel or organization
Awarded for "personnel who completed exceptional service or organization established excellent achievement for the revolutionary cause of the Party and Nation."[1]
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
Established June 6, 1947
First awarded 1958
Precedence
Next (higher) None
Next (lower) Ho Chi Minh Order

Gold Star Order (Vietnamese: Huân chương Sao vàng) is the highest decoration in Vietnam awards and decorations awarded by the Government of Vietnam[2] for a military or civil "personnel who completed exceptional service or organization established excellent achievement for the revolutionary cause of the Party and Nation."[1] The order was established on June 6, 1947 following the decree No. 58/SL by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, it was re-established by the Law of Emulation and Reward promulgated on November 26, 2003.

Appearance[edit]

The 1947 to 2003 version of the Gold Star Order.

According to the 1947 decree, the medal of Gold Star Order consisted of two parts, a five-pointed star in gilt-bronze attached to a red neckband with yellow edge. The 2003 Law proposed a new model of the medal which are composed of three parts, the five-pointed star, the ribbon and the bar symbolizing the Flag of Vietnam.[1]

Criteria[edit]

The Gold Star Order is bestowed on the person who has exceptional contribution for the Party and the Nation, for example ones who had participated in the revolutionary movement before 1935 and had occupied the positions of leaders of the Party, the Government or commander in chief of the Vietnam People's Army. If the person began to dedicate for the revolutionary cause and the country after 1945, to be eligible for the Order, that person has to undertake one of the positions of General Secretary of the Party, President of Vietnam, Prime Minister of Vietnam, President of the National Assembly or General of the armed forces before April 30, 1975. The person who brought significant change to the country or had works with deep impact for the society, security and economy of Vietnam is also available for the Gold Star Order. Head of foreign states who actively contributed for Vietnam is sometimes recognized by the Government of Vietnam with the Gold Star Order. On the other hand, the Gold Star Order is awarded collectively for an organization, civil or military unit, who did excellent achievements for the Party and the Nation.[1][2]

Notable recipients[edit]

Individual[edit]

Gen. Võ Nguyên Giáp with his Gold Star Order (old style) between two Ho Chi Minh Orders.
Recipient Birth-death Position Year awarded
Tôn Đức Thắng 1888–1980 President of Vietnam 1958
Võ Nguyên Giáp 1911–2013 General, Commander-in-chief of the Vietnam People's Army, Minister of Defence of Vietnam 1992
Lê Duẩn 1907–1986 General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam
Trường Chinh 1907–1988 President of Vietnam, General Secretary of the Party
Phạm Văn Đồng 1906–2000 Prime Minister of Vietnam 1990
Phạm Hùng 1912–1988 Prime Minister of Vietnam
Nguyễn Văn Linh 1915–1998 General Secretary of the Party
Lê Đức Thọ 1911–1990 Head of the Central Organizing Department
Võ Chí Công 1912–2011 President of Vietnam 1992
Võ Văn Kiệt 1922–2008 Prime Minister of Vietnam 1997
Lê Quang Đạo 1921–1999 President of the National Assembly of Vietnam 2002 (posthumously)
Văn Tiến Dũng 1917–2002 General, Minister of Defence of Vietnam
Lê Đức Anh 1920– President of Vietnam, Minister of Defence of Vietnam
Nguyễn Hữu Thọ 1910–1996 President of the National Assembly, Acting President of Vietnam 1993
Đỗ Mười 1917– General Secretary of the Party, Prime Minister of Vietnam
Huỳnh Tấn Phát 1913–1989 Chairman of Government of the Republic of South Vietnam 2005 (posthumously)
Nguyễn Chí Thanh 1914–1967 General, Director of the Department of Politics of the Vietnam People's Army posthumously
Lê Trọng Tấn 1914–1986 General, Chief of the General Staff 2007 (posthumously)
Hoang Van Thai 1915–1986 General, Chief of the General Staff 2007 (posthumously)
Jambyn Batmönkh 1926–1997 President of Mongolia
Kaysone Phomvihane 1920–1992 President of Laos
Khamtai Siphandon 1924– President of Laos
Fidel Castro 1926– President of Cuba 1982

Collective[edit]

Recipient Year awarded
The City of Hanoi  ?, 2004 (two times)
People's Army of Vietnam three times
People's Police of Vietnam 1980, 1985, 2000 (three times)
Hanoi Medical University
Vietnam News Agency

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Huân chương Sao vàng" (in Vietnamese). Giaithuong.vn. 
  2. ^ a b "Huân chương" (in Vietnamese). Từ điển Bách khoa toàn thư Việt Nam.