New Medal Released to Honor Vietnam War Veterans

50th Anniversary of Vietnam War Commemorative MedalOctober 17, 2011

Phoenix, Arizona

Pieces of History announced the minting of a new 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal which honors the service of all veterans of the Vietnam War.

The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War ribbon drape represents the flag of the Republic of Vietnam, which consists of a yellow field and three horizontal red stripes. It is flanked by stripes of green to represent the jungles of Vietnam. On the left side of the ribbon are stripes of red, white and blue representing the United States flag, and on the right side are stripes of white and black representing the POW-MIA flag.

On the front of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War medal is a dragon, often used in Vietnamese folklore and mythology and a recognizable symbol of Vietnam. Below the dragon is an enameled ribbon of the Vietnam Service medal, which was issued to all U.S. military personnel who served in Southeast Asia (including contiguous waters or airspace) from 1961-1975. The anniversary dates on the medal represent the date of the first official casualty to the end of the war in 1975.

On the reverse side of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War medal is an enameled POW-MIA flag, which serves “as a symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia”. Surrounding the POW/MIA Symbol are the words, “In Honor of Your Service – You are not Forgotten.

Pieces of History has previously minted the 50th Anniversary medals for World War II and the Korean War, both of which bore the official Department of Defense 50th Anniversary Committee seals.

For more information or to order please
call (800) 564-6164, or CLICK HERE

One thought on “New Medal Released to Honor Vietnam War Veterans

  1. Thank you to all of our USA service men and women for your service and sacrifices.

    Thank you for your great responses to this post. In answer to some of your questions…

    –The tradition of Commemorative medals has a much longer history than government issued service medals. Before the government began issuing medals and awards it was done by private groups and organizations who wanted to honor and recognize military heroes and veterans. Commemorative medals are intended to show pride, support, and honor for military service. They are displayed and/or worn by Veterans on public holidays, parades and events. When worn or displayed their order of precedence is immediately after the lowest authorized U.S. award. They are typically not authorized for wear on active duty uniforms.

    –This medal is intended to honor the service of ALL Veterans of the Vietnam war, whether you served in Vietnam or in direct support of Vietnam.

    –Pieces of History works with Veteran groups and non-profit organizations by offering the medals at reduced group rates. Contact your local chapter or call Pieces of History at 800-564-6164 for the special order form.

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