Archive for South Vietnam

A U.S. Vietnam Veteran Group

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Groups with tags , , , , on August 5, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThis group is a great representative example of a Navy serviceman engaged in active service in the period late 1960’s-1975. It consists of a the Navy Good Conduct Medal with 2 service stars, the National Defense Service Medal , the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 1 campaign star, the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 campaign stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. The star on the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is probably either for the Cambodian Evacuation or the Vietnam Evacuation, both in April 1975.

Unfortunately none of these medals is named so the recipient remains unknown. I don’t really get into US medals but I wanted an example of a stock soldier/sailor rack as the Vietnam War is one that interests me.

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The Vietnam War Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , , , , on August 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Australia Flag_of_New_ZealandThe Vietnam Medal was a joint Australian and New Zealand campaign medal awarded for service in the Vietnam War. The medal was jointly developed by Australia and New Zealand, although there were separate Royal authorisation warrants for each country.

Australia
Qualifying service for the Vietnam Medal includes:

  • 28 days in ships or craft on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam.
  • One or more days on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land.
  • One operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese water by aircrew on the posted strength of a unit.
  • Official visits either continuous or aggregate of 30 days.
  • One day or more by members of accredited philanthropic organisations attached to Australian forces in an official capacity for full-time duty between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973.

New Zealand
The medal was awarded to all members of the New Zealand armed forces who, between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973, either:

  • served for 28 days, continuous or aggregated, in ships or craft employed in operations on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam;
  • served for one day or more on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land in Vietnam;
  • conducted one operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese waters by aircrew on the posted strength of a unit allocated for direct support of operations in Vietnam;
  • served for 30 days or more, continuous or aggregated, on official visits, inspections or other occurrences of a temporary nature on duty in Vietnam, or in ships or craft engaged in operations off the Vietnamese coast.
  • Service terminated by death or wounds, or the award of a decoration for gallantry, led to the immediate award of the medal, regardless of whether the qualification period had been fulfilled.

I have two of these, a single here and one in a small New Zealand group.

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U.S. Vietnam Era M1 Helmet

Posted in Headwear with tags , , , , on April 21, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThis is an M1 helmet from the second production run in 1966. The camouflage helmet cover is dated 1969. If you sniff inside the helmet you can smell hemp. It doesn’t get more authentic than that.

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A New Zealand Vietnam Group

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Groups with tags , , , on October 17, 2010 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThis is an interesting group, inscribed to Gunner H.H. Brass, RNZA (383606). Both the Vietnam War Service medal and the Republic of Vietnam are engraved. The RVN medal has the famous 1960- date on it. The intention was that the final date would be added after the victory over North Vietnam. Since South Vietnam was defeated there was no government around to establish the missing date.

The Vietnam War Service Medal was awarded to all members of the New Zealand armed forces who, between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973, either served for 28 days, continuous or aggregated, in ships or craft employed in operations on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam or served for one day or more on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land in Vietnam, conducted one operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese waters by aircrew on the posted strength of a unit allocated for direct support of operations in Vietnam or served for 30 days or more, continuous or aggregated, on official visits, inspections or other occurrences of a temporary nature on duty in Vietnam, or in ships or craft engaged in operations off the Vietnamese coast.

Service terminated by death or wounds, or the award of a decoration for gallantry led to the immediate award of the medal, regardless of whether the qualification period had been fulfilled.

Since the ROV medal was considered a foreign award by the New Zealand Government it was never approved for display on official occasions so this group has been mounted for Anzac Day wear I am guessing.

Brass served in the New Zealand Rifle Company V6 deployment and passed away in 1995.

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