Civil Actions Medal
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|Civil Actions Medal|
Civil Actions Medal, First Class
|Awarded by the Republic of Vietnam|
|Type||Military medal (Two class decoration): First Class - Officers
Second Class - Enlisted personnel
|Eligibility||Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces and its military allies.|
|Awarded for||Performing outstanding achievements (meritorious achievements) in the field of civil affairs.|
|Established||May 12, 1964
December 2, 1965
March 17, 1967 
|Related||Gallantry Cross / Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Emblem with Palm and Fame|
Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation Emblem with Palm and Frame
(in the color of the Civil Actions Medal, First Class)
Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation Streamer (with Palm)
(in the color of the Civil Actions Medal)
Civil Actions Medal is a military decoration of the former Government of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). The medal was created on May 12, 1964 during the Vietnam War. The Civil Actions Medal was awarded to the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces and its Allies military personnel or units that performed outstanding achievements in the field of civil affairs. The medal was awarded in two classes, with the first class intended for commissioned officers and the second class for enlisted personnel. Individuals who were cited received the medal and a citation.
The Republic of Vietnam authorized members of a unit awarded the Civil Action medal to wear the Civil Actions Unit Citation Emblem with Palm and Frame (Civil Actions Medal, First Class color). Only one unit citation emblem with palm and frame could be worn on the service uniform. No medal is authorized for this citation.
The Civil Actions Medal, occasionally referred to as the Civic Actions Medal, is a bronze eight pointed star with alternating points of the star lined, superimposed by a disk with a figure of a soldier, a child, and a farmer with a shovel, all enclosed by a white enamel designation band inscribed DAN-VU (Civil Action) at the top and BOI-TINH (Medal) at the bottom. The Republic of Vietnam made some revisions pertaining to the Civil Actions Medal in 1965 and 1967.
The Civil Action Medal, First and Second Class, has a suspension ribbon and service ribbon that is Bottle Green and Scarlet. The first class color is distinguished from the second class color by the first class medal having two narrow red stripes in the center of the medal's ribbon. The Civil Actions Unit Citation Emblem is in the first class color only.
- Ribbon devices
The first Civil Action Medal was awarded without a ribbon device. Each additional award of the medal had one of four devices representing four levels an individual was cited from; a large palm indicated a citation from the Armed Forces level. Subsequent award devices were attached on service and suspension ribbons of the medal. The unit citation emblem has a small palm and gold frame:
Palm - Armed Forces level
Gold Star - Corps level
Silver Star - Division level
Bronze Star - Brigade or Regiment level
- Unit Award
The unit award was referred to as the Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation with Palm or as the Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation with Civil Actions Colors by the Navy and Marine Corps. The unit award was often awarded to US Army units during the Vietnam War as the Civil Actions Honor Medal, FC.
The Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation Emblem was awarded to all members of a military command who had participated in civic actions with such a degree that normally would warrant the presentation of the Vietnam Civil Actions Medal. The unit citation emblem appeared as the Vietnam Civil Actions Medal (First Class only) service ribbon with a bronze palm enclosed in a gold frame. Regulations did permit the simultaneous presentation and display of both the full medal and unit award. The Civil Actions Medal and the Civil Actions Unit Citation with Palm and Frame were two of the awards bestowed by the Republic of Vietnam to the armed forces of foreign militaries. The Civil Actions Unit Citation was awarded to members of cited units of the United States Army and United States Marine Corps which had participated in local police actions to suppress civil unrest in certain areas of South Vietnam. Other Republic of Vietnam awards include the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. The Vietnam Civil Actions Medal and the Vietnam Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation Emblem are available only through private dealers of military insignia.
US Award manuals
- Department of Defense Manual (1348.33 Vol. 3)
- Enclosure 3
- 11. Foreign Decorations and Service Awards
- (8) The following non-U.S. ribbons have been authorized for wear
- b. The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross With Palm and Frame Unit Citation. Awarded by the Republic of Vietnam to units for valorous combat achievements.
- c. The Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions With Palm and Frame Unit Citation. Awarded by the Republic of Vietnam in recognition of meritorious civil action service.
- U.S. Army Awards Manual (AR 600-8-22)
- Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation:
- The unit citation of the Civil Actions Unit Citation is awarded by the Vietnamese government for meritorious service. The award of the Civil Actions Unit Citation, First Class, is accompanied with Oak Leaf Clusters. The Palm used in the Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation is the Oak Leaf device and is worn with the stem to the wearer's right.
- The unit citation was awarded to certain units during the period 1 March 1961 to 28 March 1974.
Former US Army personnel who served in the Vietnam War can still apply for the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation with Palm and Frame (and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm and Frame) if they have not received the award.
- U.S. Air Force Awards and Decorations Manual (Air Force Instruction 36-2803, 2001)
- Chapter 7
- Foreign Awards and Decorations
- 7.1 Foreign Unit Awards
- 7.1.3 Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
- 7.1.4 Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation
Former US Air Force personnel who served in the Vietnam War can apply for unit award.
- U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual (SecNavInst 1650.1H)
- Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation:
- Awarded by the Chief of the Joint General Staff, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces in two colors:
- Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm and Frame (8 Feb 1962 to 28 Mar 1973)
- Civil Actions Medal, First Class Color with Palm and Frame (1 Jan 1965 to 28 Mar 1973)
- The ribbon bar with palm and frame are authorized for wear. In addition to specific ships/units cited (in Southeast Asia) and authorized by the Secretary of the Navy, all Navy and Marine Corps personnel who served "in country" Vietnam during eligibility periods are eligible for both awards.
Former Navy and Marine Corps personnel who served in the Vietnam War can apply for the two Republic of Vietnam unit awards. A written request can be submitted for the awards as: The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross) and the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions Medal).
- U.S. Coast Guard Medals and Awards Manual (COMDTINST M1650.25D)
- Award Precedence
- 5. Foreign Personal Decorations and Unit Awards (no medals authorized)
- Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Gallantry Cross Medal Color
- Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Civil Actions Medal First Class Color
Former Coast Guard personnel who served in Vietnam War can apply for the unit award.
- General William C. Westmoreland, US Army, Retired
-  Medals and Decorations of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces - South Vietnam - 1967. RVN booklet. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
-  Medals and Decorations of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces - South Vietnam - 1967. RVN booklet
-  Medals and Decorations of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces - South Vietnam - 1967. RVN booklet. Retrieved February 16, 2014
-  Medals and Decorations of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces - South Vietnam - 1967. RVN booklet.
-  Department of Defense Manual, 2013 (changed 2013). Retrieved February 26, 2014
-  US Army Military Awards, 2006.
-  Department of the Air Force, The Air Force Awards and Decorations Program. Retrieved February 23, 2014
-  US Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual, 2006
-  U.S. Department of Homeland Security, US Coast Guard, Medals and Awards Manual, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2014
- "Vietnam Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation". Central American Mission. Archived from the original on 2006-05-25. Retrieved 2006-10-10.
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