Military Merit Medal (Vietnam)


Military Merit Medal (Vietnam)
Vietnam Military Merit Medal
Vietnam Military Merit Ribbon.png
Vietnam Military Merit Ribbon
Awarded by South Vietnam
Type Medal
Eligibility Enlisted military personnel only
Awarded for Soldiers who had performed extreme acts of bravery or had given their lives in armed combat with enemy forces of Vietnam.
Status Discontinued on April 30, 1975
Statistics
Established August 15, 1950
Last awarded 1973
Precedence
Next (higher) None
Individual
equivalent
National Order of Vietnam
Next (lower) Vietnam Distinguished Service Order
Related Modelled after Médaille militaire



The Vietnam Military Merit Medal was the highest military decoration of South Vietnam during the years of the Vietnam War. Created August 15, 1950, the Military Merit Medal was modelled after the French Médaille militaire, and was the Vietnamese equivalent to the United States Medal of Honor and was authorized to those soldiers who had performed extreme acts of bravery or had given their lives in armed combat with enemy forces of Vietnam.

A stipulation of the Vietnam Military Merit Medal was that it could only be bestowed upon enlisted personnel. For military officers, the National Order of Vietnam was considered an equivalent decoration.

The United States military authorized the Vietnam Military Merit Medal as a foreign decoration and permitted the medal to be worn on U.S. uniforms. A high number of bestowals, however, were made posthumously as the medal was most often awarded to United States enlisted personnel who had been killed in action fighting the forces of North Vietnam or the guerrilla forces of the Viet Cong.

The Vietnam Military Merit Medal was last issued to U.S. personnel in 1973 and was discontinued after the fall of South Vietnam in 1975. The decoration is now only available through private dealers in military insignia.

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