What medals are Vietnam veterans entitled to?

There are two medals that are commonly awarded for service in the Vietnam War: the Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign medal. The Vietnam Service Medal is a U.S. medal introduced during the War. It was authorized by an executive order in 1965.

How many medal of Honors did Vietnam win?

During the Vietnam War and in the following twelve months, 235 Medals of Honor were awarded and since 1978 a further 26 awards have been presented. Of the total of 261 awards, 174 were to the US Army, 15 to the US Navy, 58 to the USMC and 14 to the USAF.

What do Vietnam medals mean?

The Vietnam Service Medal is a military award of the United States Armed Forces established on 8 July 1965 by order of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The medal is awarded to recognize service during the Vietnam War by all members of the U.S. Armed Forces provided they meet the award requirements.

What is a Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars?

Bronze Service Stars, which are also referred to as campaign stars, battle stars or engagement stars, denote participation in a particular military campaign or engagement. Multiple stars generally indicate the recipient was engaged in multiple campaigns or served a particular length of time for each star.

Did you have to serve in Vietnam to be a Vietnam veteran?

Vietnam era veterans are those who served during the time of the Vietnam war but didn’t set foot in the country of Vietnam. Vietnam veterans who set foot in country are entitled to presumptive agent orange benefits, otherwise the benefits are pretty much the same.

Is there a Vietnam era service medal?

On Tuesday, Davis, 84, was finally awarded the medals for his service 45 years after leaving the Air Force. The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to U.S. military personnel for service during the Vietnam War. The Gallantry Cross was a decoration issued by the now-defunct government of South Vietnam.

Has anyone won 2 medals of honor?

Nineteen servicemen have been awarded the Medal of Honor twice. Fourteen have been awarded the medal for two separate events. Those that were recognized for their peacetime heroism now are awarded the Soldier’s Medal (Army) or the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.

How many Medal of Honor winners are still alive?

103 living recipients
Today, there are 103 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.

What is the difference between a Vietnam vet and a Vietnam era vet?

Vietnam era veterans are those who served during the time of the Vietnam war but didn’t set foot in the country of Vietnam. The Vietnam vet is one who was assigned within the combat zone of the country and it’s surrounding waters.

Is there a list of Bronze Star recipients?



How old would a Vietnam vet be today?

“Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam, Less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today, with the youngest American Vietnam veteran’s age approximated to be 60 years old.” So, if you’re alive and reading this, how does it feel to be among the last 1/3rd of all the U.S. Vets who served in Vietnam?