Orders, decorations, and medals of South Vietnam

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The system of Orders, decorations, and medals of South Vietnam came into being with the establishment of the National Order of Vietnam in 1950. Established by Bảo Đại, the head of state of the State of Vietnam, the order was the highest award of the state for both civilians and military personnel. This level of precedence continued under the government of South Vietnam. Lower ranking awards for both the military and civilians were subsequently established. The systems of civilian and military awards had their own order of precedence.

National Order[edit]

VPD National Order of Vietnam - Grand Cross BAR.svg Grand Knight Cross
VPD National Order of Vietnam - Grand Officer BAR.svg Grand Officer
VPD National Order of Vietnam - Commander BAR.svg Commander
VPD National Order of Vietnam - Officer BAR.svg Officer
VPD National Order of Vietnam - Knight BAR.svg Knight

Military awards and decorations[edit]

Military awards are worn in the following order:[1]

Vietnam Army Distinguished Service Order Ribbon-First Class.svg Army First Class
Vietnam Army Distinguished Service Order Ribbon-Second Class.svg Army Second Class
Vietnam Air Force Distinguished Service Order Ribbon-First Class.svg Air Force First Class
Vietnam Air Force Distinguished Service Order Ribbon-Second Class.svg Air Force Second Class
Vietnam Navy Distinguished Service Order Ribbon-First Class.svg Navy First Class
Vietnam Navy Distinguished Service Order Ribbon-Second Class.svg Navy Second Class
Vietnam Army Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Army Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Air Force Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Navy Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Navy Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross, with palm.svg Gallantry Cross with Palm (cited at the Armed Forces level)
Award star (gold).png Gallantry Cross with Gold Star (cited at the Corps level)
Award-star-silver-3d.pngGallantry Cross with Silver Star (cited at the Division level)
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngGallantry Cross with Bronze Star (cited at the Regiment or Brigade level)
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg Gallantry Cross Unit Award
Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal Ribbon.png 1st class
VAFHM Class 2.png 2nd class
Vietnam Staff Service Medal Ribbon.png 1st class
VSSM Class 2.png 2nd class
Vietnam Technical Service Medal, 1st class ribbon.png 1st class
Vietnam Technical Service Medal, 2nd class ribbon.png 2nd class
VTSM Class 1.png 1st class
VTSM Class 2.png 2nd class
Civil Actions Medal(Individual Award).png 1st class
Vietnam Civil Actions Medal Second Class.png 2nd class
VNCivilActionsRibbon-2.svg Unit Citation

Civilian awards and decorations[edit]

Civilian awards are worn in the following order:[2]

RVN Choung My Medal 1st class ribbon.png 1st Class
Vietnam Chou My Medal ribbon.png 2nd Class

Other awards[edit]

These awards are not listed in the order of precedence for military or civilian awards:

Foreign recipients[edit]

Many of the South Vietnamese military awards and decorations were awarded to members of foreign military forces fighting with and advising the South Vietnamese military. Some civilian awards were also presented, but their acceptance and wear was limited by the recipients' governments.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HUY CHUONG AN THUONG TRONG QUAN-LU'C VlET-NAM CONG-HOA (Medals and Decorations of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces). Government of the Republic of Vietnam. 1967. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Martin, Michael, ed. (2001). Warriors of the Sea. Paducah, KY.: Turner Publishing Company. p. 61. ISBN 9781563116636. 
  3. ^ United States Federal Register (1972). The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 671.