Air Gallantry Cross

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Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross
Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross Bronze Wing.png
Air Gallantry Cross with Gold Wing
TypeMilitary decoration
Awarded forMeritorious or heroic conduct while engaged in aerial combat
Presented by South Vietnam
EligibilityMilitary personnel who were engaged in aerial combat
StatusNo longer awarded
Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross Gold Wing ribbon.svg
Gold wing ribbon
Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross Silver Wing ribbon.svg
Silver wing ribbon
Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross Bronze Wing ribbon.svg
Bronze wing ribbon
Next (higher)Gallantry Cross[1]
Next (lower)Navy Gallantry Cross[1]
RelatedThe American equivalent is the Air Medal

The Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross (Vietnamese: Phi-Dũng Bội-Tinh) was a military decoration of South Vietnam which was issued during the years of the Vietnam War. The Air Gallantry Cross was awarded for meritorious or heroic conduct while engaged in aerial combat. The decoration was comparable to the United States decoration of the Air Medal.

The Air Gallantry Cross was occasionally awarded to members of foreign militaries, but only if an air combat action was performed which directly benefitted Vietnamese war efforts. Pilots of the United States Air Force were often awarded the Air Gallantry Cross.

Separate decorations, known as the Vietnam Gallantry Cross and Vietnam Navy Gallantry Cross, were also issued for general service and naval achievement. These were separate awards from the Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross which came in three different grades: with gold wings, silver wings, and bronze wings.


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The Air Gallantry Cross was awarded to Naval Aviators operating off aircraft carriers in the Tonkin Gulf and to United States Marine aviators operating from bases in South Vietnam.


  1. ^ a b Martin, Michael N. (2001). Warriors of the Sea. Turner Publishing Company. p. 61. ISBN 1-56311-663-4.

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