Vietnam Cross of Gallantry

Republic of Vietnam (RVN) Gallantry Cross Medal w/Palm


The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry is the equivalent of the French Croix de Guerre. The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry is awarded to all military personnel of all branches who served in-country Vietnam between 1 March 1961 and 28 March 1973 and to U.S. Army Vietnam and its subordinate units for the period 20 July 1965 to 28 March 1973, regardless of DD-214 notation


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.


This is in addition to the award the brigade has all ready gotten.


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Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States and its Allies: for valorous achievement in combat during the Vietnam conflict, March 1, 1961 through March 28, 1973. Every American and every nation Allied with the United States who served in  Vietnam was awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

The Cross of Gallantry is recognized by the United States government and all federal agencies. Because the Cross of Gallantry does not appear on every U.S. Vietnam  veteran's DD-214 Vietnam veterans may receive government acknowledgement of  this medal by requesting a DD-215 from the National Records and Personnel Center in St. Louis, Mo using standard form (SF) SF-180. To obtain an  SF-180 please travel to URL:  For more information about the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, travel to URL:

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