Vietnam War Era Service
Appreciation Recognition

Site Index

      • Sample Recognition
      • Applicable Military Branches
      • Display Types
      • Issue Requirements (IndoChina Theater)
      • Issue Requirements (US-European Theater)
      • Issue Regulations
      • Administration Processing and Delivery
      • How To Apply For This Display Recognition and/or Medal
      • Mailing Address
      • Questions?
      • Other Recognitions
      • Vietnam War Era Websites
      • Vietnam War Era Discussion Group
      • Sample Recognition:
        Displayed: Army.
        All Five Service Branches, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard,
        Marine and Navy are Applicable.

        Military Branches

        All Military Service branches are applicable:
        Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy

        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
        You must submit the followind:

      • A photocopy of your DD-214 displaying your military service (date of entry) anytime between 17 September 1950 through 30 April 1975.
      • 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: 310-532-0634

        Personnel Branch
        Processing and Delivery

        Style Admin Shipping Total
        Black & White (No Color) .PDF (Printable) $9.50 Emailed $9.50
        Full Color .PDF (Printable) $11.75 Emailed $11.75
        Published Document only -- Full Color
        This version ships with the
        National Defense Service Ribbon w/o mount

        (No additional fee)
        Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $6.75 $25.75
        Full Color Printable Certificates
        on CD-Rom (minimum 20 Certificates)
        $8.75 $6.75 By Count
        Black&White Printable Certificates
        on CD-Rom (minimum 20 Certificates)
        $6.75 $6.75 By Count

      • Total/Shipping fees, above, apply to 50 U.S. states
      • Contact The War Library for international shipping cost
      • How To Apply

        You may order your Recognition by...

      • 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 within 1 week)
      • (* Upon reception of required documentation)

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include an unaltered COPY of your DD-214 or other military issued document(s).


        Mailing Address

        Records Chief (REC-AMW)
        The American War Library
        16907 Brighton Avenue
        Gardena CA 90247-5420


        Click here for answers to common questions

        Email: Recognition Inquiry

        Telephone: 1-310-532-0634

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        Issue Regulations:
        The Vietnam War Era
        Appreciation Recognition

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        The Vietnam War Era Recognition is authorized to all military personnel who served on Active, Guard or Reserve duty between 17 September 1950 and 30 April 1975, in recognition of support combatting the spread of communism during that portion of the Cold War Era that involved military operations in Vietnam.


        The Indochina Theater design incorporates elements of the United States Vietnam War Service Medal, The United States Armed Forces Medal, The United States National Defense Service Medal, and The American Campaign Medal.

        The East-West facing Eagle represents the dual-service contribution of military service in Vietnam, The United States or Europe confronting the global spread of Communism. Both Eagles riding atop and protecting the other's back respresents mutual support for safeguarding of the other's forces.

        Ribbon: Indochina Theater

        The closed top of the Indochina Theater ribbon represents the armed containment of Communism on the battlefields of the Vietnam Theater of Operations.

        Ribbon: American-European-Pacific Theater

        The open top of the American-European Theater ribbon represents the mobile readiness of American and European Theater forces to contain any incident of armed Communist aggression.

        No medal has yet been cast for this Military Service Appreciation award. The medal's original design is in the public domain.

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