Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation

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Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation
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Presidential Unit Citation (Vietnam).svg
(Friendship Ribbon/Presidential Unit Citation)
Awarded by  South Vietnam
Type Unit citation
Status No longer awarded
Established August 15, 1950: Vietnam Friendship Ribbon
1961: Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation
First awarded 1955
Last awarded 1975
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The Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation was a military unit award originally established by the State of Vietnam (1949-1955) as the State of Vietnam Friendship Ribbon on August 15, 1950.[1] The gold framed ribbon was awarded to the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group, Indo-China,[2] and other units who during August and September 1954, participated in humanitarian assistance.[3] The award was approved for wear by the U.S. Department of the Army, General Orders No. 16, on February 28, 1955, which required that those wearing it on their uniforms, remove it prior to departure from the area.[4]

In 1961, the Republic of Vietnam (1955-1975) renamed the award, the "Presidential Unit Citation, and authorized it only for South Vietnamese military units which were cited under the same conditions required for award of the United States Presidential Unit Citation. The Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation is considered obsolete since the bestowing authority, the government of South Vietnam, no longer exists.

Appearance and wear[edit]

When worn on the uniform (right side for all members of the South Vietnam military), the Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation is worn as a ribbon. The ribbon is 1 38 inches (35 mm) wide surrounded by a gold frame.[5] No ribbon devices are authorized for wear with this award.

Smaller version[edit]

Foreign military unit members who were authorized to wear this unit award, either wore the award on the right side of the uniform (e.g. U.S. Army) with any other same size unit award emblems or wore the slightly smaller size version of the award on the left side of the uniform (e.g. U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force) with their other service ribbons.

U.S. recipients[edit]

The following U.S. units received the award:

Citation: During the months of August and September 1954, the members of the Military Assistance Advisory Group assisted to freedom from the terrors of Communist rule in their own territory of North and Central Vietnam, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children. Thanks to the efficient and humanitarian assistance of the members of Military Assistance Advisory Group these refugees have been given an opportunity to start their lives anew in the free territories of Viet-Nam. The free people of Viet-Nam express their heartfelt gratitude for this unselfish manifestation of friendship and support.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thompson, James G. (2003). Complete Guide to United States Marine Corps Medals, Badges, and Insignia: World War II to Present. Medals of America Press. p. 101. ISBN 9781884452420. 
  2. ^ "Military Awards" (PDF). Army Regulation 600–8–22. Army Publishing Directorate. 15 September 2011. p. 127. Retrieved 23 November 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Department of Defense Manual 1348.33 Volume 3" (PDF). Defense Technical Information Center. Department of Defense. 23 November 2010. p. 40. Retrieved 22 November 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b "Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation". The Institute of Heraldry. Retrieved 23 November 2012.  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "Seabee History: Vietnam". Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  8. ^  . "BMU One History". Retrieved 2013-01-03. 

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