Vietnam Defense Campaign
covering the period 08 March, 1965 - 24 December, 1965
Vietnam Counteroffensive Campaign
covering the period 20 December 1965 - 30 June, 1966
Vietnam Counteroffensive (Phase II)
covering the period 01 July, 1966 - 31 May, 1967
Vietnam Counteroffensive (Phase III)
covering the period 01 June, 1967 - 29 January, 1968
Vietnam Counteroffensive (Phase V)
covering the period 01 July, 1968 - 01 November, 1968
Vietnam Counteroffensive (Phase VI)
covering the period 02 November, 1968 - 22 February, 1969
Combat Action (Retroactive)
Established during the Vietnam War by Secretary of the Navy Notice (SECNAVNOTE 1650), dated 17 February, 1969 with retroactive award to 01 March, 1961.
In October 1999 World War II and Korean War Veterans became retroactively eligible for the Combat Action Ribbon by Public Law 106-65-05 October, 1999, 113 STAT.588, G, Sec. 564 (Pub. L. 106–65), "Retroactive Award of the Navy Combat Action Ribbon," permitted the Secretary of the Navy to award the Combat Action Ribbon to a member of the Navy or Marine Corps for participation in ground or surface combat during any period on or after 07 December, 1941, and or before 01 March, 1961, if the Secretary determines that the member has not been previously recognized in an appropriate manner for such participation.
President Bill Clinton changed this requirement to 07 December, 1941 to include all personnel who participated in World War II.
Navy China Service
Awarded to U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel. The medal was instituted by Navy Department General Order No. 176 on 01 July, 1942. The medal recognized services performed during operations in China or in Chinese territorial waters or contiguous ocean areas from 07 July, 1937 to 07 September, 1939 and 02 September, 1945 and 01 April, 1957.
Service outside the United States in the American theater for 30 days or within the continental United States for 1 year
A military award of the United States Armed Forces which was first created on 06 November, 1942 by Executive Order 9265 issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The medal was intended to recognize those military service members who had performed military duty in the American Theater of Operations during World War II - service outside the United States in the American theater for 30 days or within the continental United States for one (1) year.
Asiatic Pacific Campaign
A military award of the Second World War. It was awarded to any member of the United States Military who served in the Pacific Theater from 1941 to 1946 and was created on 06 November, 1942 by Executive Order 9265 issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
European Africa Middle Eastern Campaign w/1 battle star
A military award of the United States Armed Forces which was first created on 06 November, 1942 by Executive Order 9265 issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The medal was intended to recognize those military service members who had performed military duty in the European Theater (to include North Africa and the Middle East) during the years of the Second World War.
World War II Victory
The World War II Victory Medal was a campaign medal of the United States military which was established by an Act of Congress on 06 July, 1945 (Public Law 135, 79th Congress) and promulgated by Section V, War Department Bulletin 12, 1945. Awarded from 1941 - 1946.
Navy Occupation Service
Award of the United States Navy which was issued to Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel who participated in the European and Asian occupation forces during World War II, and following the close of the World War II - 30 consecutive days of service in occupied terroritories of former enemies from 1945 - 1955.
National Defense Service
The National Defense Service Medal is a service medal of the United States Armed Forces established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. The medal was first intended to be a "blanket campaign medal" awarded to service members who served honorably during a designated time period of which a "national emergency" had been declared during a time of war or conflict. 01 January, 1961 – 14 August, 1974 (Vietnam War).
Vietnam Service w/6 battle stars
The Vietnam Service Medal was presented to any service member who served on temporary duty for more than 30 consecutive days, or 60 non-consecutive days, attached to or regularly serving for one, or more, days with an organization participating in or directly supporting ground (military) operations or attached to or regularly serving for one, or more, days aboard a naval vessel directly supporting military operations in the Republic of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos within the defined combat zone (DoD 1348 C126.96.36.199.5. revised September 1996) between the dates of 15 November, 1961 and 28 March, 1973, and from 29 April, 1975 to 30 April, 1975. For the United States Navy, vessels operating in Vietnamese waters qualify for the Vietnam Service Medal provided that the naval vessel was engaged in direct support of Vietnam combat operations.
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (with palm)
The Unit Citation Emblem of the colors of the Gallantry Cross was awarded to military personnel in the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces and Allied units that had been cited and presented a decoration which is prescribed to be awarded on a collective basis. Known as the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm (Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and Frame Unit Citation), the Unit Citation Emblem in the colors of the Gallantry Cross with Palm, was created on 20 January, 1968 and was issued with the Gallantry Cross ribbon bar with a bronze palm and gold frame. The former Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) Armed Forces awarded the Gallantry Cross to specific military units that distinguished themselves to the same level as would be required for the individual award. Regulations for the issuance of the Vietnam Gallantry Cross permit the wearing of both the individual and unit award simultaneously since both are considered separate awards. The Gallantry Cross was awarded to every Allied nation which provided support to South Vietnam. The Gallantry Cross became the most commonly awarded Vietnamese decoration to foreigners, second only to the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
The United States military began authorizing the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross in March 1968 with retroactive presentation of the decoration to 1961.