Vietnam War 50th Anniversary
Display Recognition

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      Who May Apply

      • Veteran recipients
      • Active Duty recipients
      • Family Members of recipients
      • Estate Inheritors

      Display Types

      You have four display types to choose from:
      Black & White (No Color)
      Heavy Bond Enclosure

      Heavy Bond Enclosure
      Colors: Regal, Black, Navy
      Trimmed in Appearance Gold

      Ready for Mantle or Shelf Display

      Issue Requirements

      • Vietnam War Veteran Edition: You must submit an unaltered photocopy of your Report of Separation (DD-214, military) or Letter of Service (civilian).

      • Commemorative, Non-veteran Edition: Complete Application Form sections for Non-Veteran request
      • NOTICE

        This Display Recognition is available ONLY to authorized recipients who possess orders, or authorization form, or release documentation that confirms award eligibility. (See "Issue Requirements"). To obtain either a Display Medal or a Display Recognition for your authorized award you will be required to provide military-issued documentation authorizing your award. There are no exceptions.

        You must NOT submit a military issued document or photocopy that:

        • has been altered in any way by you after
          the original's official issue
        • contains information or corrections or
          additions that you entered
        • lists awards or training you knowingly did not receive
        • contains highlighting, colorizing or other markings you entered

        Be advised that on request any knowingly fraudulent document sent by you will be released to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that may result in prosecution and/or fine/imprisonment.

        Email Questions, or Phone / Fax: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

        Personnel Branch
        Processing and Delivery

        Style Admin Shipping Total
        Full Color .PDF (Printable) $7.50 Emailed $7.50
        Published Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $12.60 USPS [**] $26.60
        Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $12.60 USPS [***] $25.75
        Full Color Printable Certificates
        on CD-Rom (minimum 20 Certificates)
        $12.60 USPS $12.60 USPS By Count

      • *** USPS USPS Shipping fee based on 1 Certificate shipped to any U.S. state, FPO or APO
      • ** USPS USPS Shipping fee based on 1 Certificate shipped to any U.S. state, FPO or APO
      • Contact The War Library for international shipping cost
      • How to Apply

        You may apply for your Display Recognition using a...

      • Check Debit card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Charge card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Personal, Business, Bank or Cashiers Check ( Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • Money Order (* Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • (* Upon reception of required documentation)

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include an unaltered COPY of your DD-214, WD AGO 53-55 or other pre-arranged document(s).


        Mailing Address

        Records Chief (REC-AMW)
        The American War Library
        817 East Via Carmelitos Ste 319
        Long Beach CA 90805-7549


        Click here for answers to common questions

        Email: Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Display Recognition Inquiry

        Telephone: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

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        Issue Regulations
        Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Service

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        Authorized to all military and civilian personnel who served in-country or in-waters Vietnam between 1955 and 1975.

        By the Official start of the Vietnam War on 11 December 1961 American military personnel had already served over six years in-country. Refusing his predecessor's strong advice to fight the "red tide" of Southeast Asian Communism in Laos rather than in Vietnam, President John F. Kennedy shifted President Eisenhower's strategy of "containment" to "drawing a line a line in the sand" along the 17th Parallel, then beginning fourteen years of battle involving over three million personnel, three Commanding Generals and three Presidents to prevent neighboring countries from falling to Communism like "dominoes". The Allied effort in Vietnam did succeed in the respect that, fifty years later, no other nation in the region has succumbed to Communism.

        God Bless the millions of uniformed Warriors and thousands of dedicated Civil Servants who stemmed the "tide"... and those today who continue in the battle to give Democracy to All, in the spirit of the men and women who bravely and sacrificially served and fought in America's longest hostile war... Vietnam.

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