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Foreign Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - The South Vietnamese Campaign Medal

Obverse View

The South Vietnamese Campaign Medal obverse view

About this medal

The South Vietnamese Campaign Medal was awarded by the Government of South Vietnam to New Zealand and Australian forces who served for six months in Vietnam between 1964 and 1973. The Sovereign approved the wearing of the South Vietnamese Campaign Medal by eligible New Zealand personnel in 1966.

Medal Regulations

The Regulations for the South Vietnamese Campaign Medal can be viewed here.

Clasps and Bars

The date clasp '1960-' is worn on the ribbon of the full-size and miniature medals by New Zealand personnel. The date clasp is also worn when ribbons only are worn on New Zealand military uniform.

Order of Wear

The position of this medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.

The reason why the South Vietnamese Campaign Medal is worn after the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal is that the PJM is an award from a Commonwealth nation of which The Queen is not head of state. The PJM is therefore worn before all foreign awards (such as the South Vietnamese Campaign Medal), but after awards from Commonwealth countries of which The Queen is head of state (for example, Australian awards, including the INTERFET Medal).

Other Campaign Medals awarded to New Zealanders for service during the Vietnam War

The Vietnam Medal

The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (warlike) with clasp "Vietnam"

Unit Citations awarded to New Zealand military units for service during the Vietnam War

The United States Army Meritorious Unit Commendation

The Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Presidential Unit Citation