Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam
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          Gallantry Cross Issue Types

        • PALM; Individual and Company or Battalion Level service (Palm Leaf device)
        • BRONZE; Individual and Unit Brigade or Regiment Level service (Bronze Star device)
        • SILVER; Individual and Unit Division Level service (Silver Star device)
        • GOLD; Individual and Unit Corps Level service (Gold Star device)
        • 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

          The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry is the equivalent of the French Croix de Guerre. The VCOG was originally authorized only to specific individuals and units. In May, 1974 the Government of (South) Vietnam (Republic of Vietnam) authorized the VCOG all foreign military personnel and units for valorous achievement/participation during the Vietnam conflict, March 1, 1961 through March 28, 1973. In April 1975 the GVN re-authorized the VCOG to all foreign military personnel who served in Vietnam until the end of the war, including foreign personnel who risked their lives in the final evacuation operations (General Order 8, MACV). All recipients of the Vietnam Service Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam) are also authorized the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

          The VCOG is a symbol of gratitude to all Allied soldiers, sailors, Marines and airpersonnel who worked and fought and sacrificed themselves for the freedom of the Republic of Vietnam. Authorization to all foreign military personnel was presented by the GVN to Military Assistance Command, Vietnam and all subordinate units under General Order 8, 1974

            Military Personnel included in the Award
            of the Cross of Gallantry:

            Australia
            Cambodia
            Canada
            Dominican Republic
            France
            Great Britain
            Haiti
            Israel
            Korea, Republic of
            Laos
            New Zealand
            Philippines (Island Republics)
            Puerto Rico
            Samoa
            Taiwan
            Thailand
            United States

          You must submit the following document displaying your Vietnam War Service:

        • An unaltered photocopy of your Report of Separation document displaying one of the followind:

          • a. your award of the Vietnam Service Medal
          • OR b. your award of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (for Vietnam Service)
          • OR c. the name of the ship or vessel authorized the VSM or AFEM-Vietnam

          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.

          WARNING!
          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.

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          Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $7.15 $26.15
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          $7.50 $7.50 By Count

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        • How to Apply

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          Issue Regulations
          Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm


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          Authorized by the Government of (South) Vietnam (Republic of Vietnam) in May, 1974 to all foreign military personnel and units for valorous achievement/participation during the Vietnam conflict, March 1, 1961 through March 28, 1973, and re-instituted for the final years to 30 April 1975. The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry is the equivalent of the French Croix de Guerre.

          The medal is a symbol of gratitude to the American and Allied soldiers who once worked and fought and sacrificed themselves for the freedom of the Republic of Vietnam. Acknowledgement of this award was published by Military Assistance Command, Vietnam DA GO, 8, 1974

          1. Description: A Gold color medal, 1 3/8 inches in width, consisting of a wreath superimposed by two crossed scimitars saltirewise and a Maltese cross. In the center of the Maltese cross a disc with an outline of the country of Vietnam between two palm sprigs joined at the bottom and a scroll overall inscribed "QUOC-GIA LAO-TUONG" (Reward of the State).

          2. Ribbon: The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes: 3/8 inch Old Glory Red 67156; center 5/8 inch Golden Yellow 67104 with 16 strands of Old Glory Red; and 3/8 inch Old Glory Red.

          3. Criteria:

          a. All units (and their individual personnel) of all Allied countries subordinate to Military Assistance Command (MACV) during the period 8 February 1962 and 30 April 1975 are recipients. This permits all recipients of the Vietnam Service Medal (all military personnel who served on land or in Vietnamese Waters) who are authorized the Vietnam Service Medal to be authorized the RVN Gallantry Cross. The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry is represented in four components: 1) the full size medal, 2) the miniature medal, 3) the individual (frameless) ribbon and 4) the (framed) unit ribbon. (Pins, badges are not authorized components.) The fifteen-inch ribbon for display of the VCOG around the neck remains restricted to Vietnamese military personnel and is not authorized to non-Vietnamese (Allied/Foreign) military personnel.

          b. Prior History: The VCOG was originally awarded by the Vietnam Government to military personnel both individually and as members of awarded units who accomplished deeds of valor or displayed heroic conduct while fighting the enemy and have been cited individually at the regiment, brigade, division, corps, or armed forces level. The medal is now authorized (Sec. a) to all recipients of the Vietnam Service medal.

          4. Components: The following are authorized components of the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross:

          a. Medal (regular size): Not issued. Available commercially.

          b. Medal (miniature size): Not issued. Available commercially.

          c. Ribbon: MIL-R-11589/173. Commercially available.

          d. Streamers: Awarded to cited units. Inscription is as indicated on the unit's lineage and honors. Requisition in accordance with Chapter 9, Army Regulation (AR) 840-10.

          e. Full-Size Medal Display: The full-size medal is provided in the standard-length by United States manufacturers for wear on civilian clothing or all non-Vietnamese military uniforms. The 24-inch neck ribbon common to Vietnamese medals is authorized only to Vietnamese military personnel. United States manufacturers of the full-size medal may produce the ribbon only in the standard 1-inch to 1.75-inch length.

          5. Background: a. The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry is the equivalent of the French Croix de Guerre. The RVN Gallantry Cross was established by the Vietnam Government by Decree No. 74-b/Qt, dated 15 August 1950 and Decree No. 96/DQT/HC, dated 2 May 1952. Authorization for all U.S. Army personnel was confirmed in HDQA General Orders No. 8, dated 19 March 1974. Authorization for other branches of the military defers to the Army authorization date.

          b. Only one emblem (with palm) will be worn regardless of the number of times the unit was awarded the RVN Gallantry Cross. The Army initially authorized the wear of a fourragere by letter AGPB-AC, Subject: Wear of Vietnamese Unit Awards by U.S. Army Personnel, dated 11 February 1969, for units which had been awarded the RVN Gallantry Cross with palm on two or more occasions. Department of the Army message 111030Z April 1974, established the policy that only one emblem was authorized, thus precluding the wear of the Vietnamese fourrageres which represented multiple awards.

          RVN Gallantry Cross Medal w/Palm Instituted: 1950 Criteria: Awarded for valor and heroic conduct while fighting the enemy. Notes: Palm device is citation for unit awards & for medal award at Army or higher level. RVN Gallantry Cross Medal w/Gold Star Instituted: 1950 Criteria: Awarded for valor and heroic conduct while fighting the enemy. Notes: Gold Star device is for citation at the Corps level. RVN Gallantry Cross Medal w/Silver Star Instituted: 1950 Criteria: Awarded for valor and heroic conduct while fighting the enemy. Notes: Silver Star device is for citation at the Division level. RVN Gallantry Cross Medal w/Bronze Star Instituted: 1950 Criteria: For valor and heroic conduct while fighting the enemy. Notes: Bronze Star device is for citation at the Brigade and Regiment levels.

          The following myth was imposed by US servicemen during and after the Vietnam War: "When awarded to individuals it was awarded with Silver Star (the equivalent to the US Army Silver Star) or with Bronze Star (equivalent to the US Bronze Star)" This myth is has been permitted to continue only because the Vietnamese government no longer exists and the declining number of Vietnam vets renders this widespread myth unnecessary to enforce.

          Fourrageres of the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm

          The Fourrageres of the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (F/VCOG) was authorized to units that had been awarded five or more VCOG's. The F/VCOG is a red chord with yellow pining worn on the left shoulder. It is no longer manufactered by any nation. The F/VCOG is a redundant award (similiar to U.S. bronze/silver stars and Oak/Silver Leaf Clusters representing multiple awards.) Because foriegn fourrageres compete with US "braids" NO foreign fourrageres may be worn on the U.S. military uniform. (NOTE: Any foreign award that may is not authorized for wear on the U.S. military uniform also CANNOT be listed on the DD-214 or DD-215.)

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