The system of Orders, decorations, and medals of South Vietnam came into being with the establishment of the National Order of Vietnam in 1950. Established by Bảo Đại, the head of state of the State of Vietnam, the order was the highest award of the state for both civilians and military personnel. This level of precedence continued under the government of South Vietnam. Lower ranking awards for both the military and civilians were subsequently established. The systems of civilian and military awards had their own order of precedence.

National Order

VPD National Order of Vietnam - Grand Cross BAR.svg
Knight Grand Cross
VPD National Order of Vietnam - Grand Officer BAR.svg
Grand Officer
VPD National Order of Vietnam - Commander BAR.svg
Commander
VPD National Order of Vietnam - Officer BAR.svg
Officer
VPD National Order of Vietnam - Knight BAR.svg
Knight

Military awards and decorations

Military awards are worn in the following order:[1]

Vietnam Army Distinguished Service Order Ribbon-First Class.svg
Army First Class
Vietnam Army Distinguished Service Order Ribbon-Second Class.svg
Army Second Class
Vietnam Air Force Distinguished Service Order Ribbon-First Class.svg
Air Force First Class
Vietnam Air Force Distinguished Service Order Ribbon-Second Class.svg
Air Force Second Class
Vietnam Navy Distinguished Service Order Ribbon-First Class.svg
Navy First Class
Vietnam Navy Distinguished Service Order Ribbon-Second Class.svg
Navy Second Class
Vietnam Army Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg
Army Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Air Force Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Navy Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg
Navy Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross, with palm.svg
Gallantry Cross with Palm (cited at the Armed Forces level)
1 golden star.svg
Gallantry Cross with Gold Star (cited at the Corps level)
Award-star-silver-3d.png
Gallantry Cross with Silver Star (cited at the Division level)
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg
Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star (cited at the Regiment or Brigade level)
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg
Gallantry Cross Unit Award
Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross Gold Wing ribbon.svg
Gold Wing Ribbon
Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross Silver Wing ribbon.svg
Silver Wing Ribbon
Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross Bronze Wing ribbon.svg
Bronze Wing Ribbon
Vietnam Navy Gallantry Cross, Gold Anchor ribbon.svg
Gold Anchor Ribbon
Vietnam Navy Gallantry Cross, Silver Anchor ribbon.svg
Silver Anchor Ribbon
Vietnam Navy Gallantry Cross, Bronze Anchor ribbon.svg
Bronze Anchor Ribbon
Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Leadership Medal-Armed Forces ribbon.svg
Armed Forces level
Vietnam Leadership Medal-Corps ribbon.svg
Corps level
Vietnam Leadership Medal-Division ribbon.svg
Division level
Vietnam Leadership Medal-Brigade ribbon.svg
Brigade level
Vietnam Leadership Medal-Regiment ribbon.svg
Regiment level
Vietnam Leadership Medal-Battalion ribbon.svg
Battalion level
Vietnam Leadership Medal-Company ribbon.svg
Company level
Vietnam Staff Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Staff Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Technical Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Technical Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Training Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Training Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Civil Actions Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Civil Actions Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
VNCivilActionsRibbon-2.svg
Unit Citation
Vietnam Good Conduct Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Good Conduct Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Good Conduct Medal ribbon-Third Class.svg
Third class
Vietnam Good Conduct Medal ribbon-Fourth Class.svg
Fourth class
Vietnam Good Conduct Medal ribbon.svg
Fifth class
Vietnam Military Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Military Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Military Service Medal ribbon-Third Class.svg
Third class
Vietnam Military Service Medal ribbon-Fourth Class.svg
Fourth class
Vietnam Military Service Medal ribbon.svg
Fifth class
Vietnam Air Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Air Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Air Service Medal ribbon-Third Class.svg
Third class
Vietnam Air Service Medal ribbon.svg
Honor class
Vietnam Navy Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Navy Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Navy Service Medal ribbon-Third Class.svg
Third class
Vietnam Navy Service Medal ribbon.svg
Honor class

Civilian awards and decorations

Civilian awards are worn in the following order:[2]

Vietnam Kim Khanh Decoration ribbon-Exceptional Class.svg
Exceptional class
Vietnam Kim Khanh Decoration ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Kim Khanh Decoration ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Kim Khanh Decoration ribbon-Third Class.svg
Third class
Vietnam Chuong My Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Chuong My Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Administrative Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Administrative Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Dedicated Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Dedicated Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Justice Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Justice Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Cultural and Educational Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Cultural and Educational Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Public Health Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Public Health Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Social Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Social Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Economic Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Economic Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Finance Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Finance Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Psychological Warfare Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Psychological Warfare Medal ribbon.svg
Second class
Vietnam Agricultural Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Agricultural Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Public Works, Communication and Transportation Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Public Works, Communication and Transportation Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Labor Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Labor Medal ribbon-Second--Third Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Labor Medal ribbon-Second--Third Class.svg
Third class
Vietnam Ethnic Development Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Ethnic Development Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Veterans Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Veterans Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Police Merit Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Police Merit Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Police Merit Medal ribbon-Third Class.svg
Third class
Vietnam Police Merit Medal ribbon-Unit Award.svg
Unit Citation
Vietnam Police Honor Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Police Honor Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class
Vietnam Police Honor Medal ribbon-Third Class.svg
Third class
Vietnam Police Honor Medal ribbon-Unit Award.svg
Unit Citation
Vietnam People
First class
Vietnam People
Second class
Vietnam Youth and Sports Service Medal ribbon-First Class.svg
First class
Vietnam Youth and Sports Service Medal ribbon-Second Class.svg
Second class

Other awards

These awards are not listed in the order of precedence for military or civilian awards:

Foreign recipients

Many of the South Vietnamese military awards and decorations were awarded to members of foreign military forces fighting with and advising the South Vietnamese military. Some civilian awards were also presented, but their acceptance and wear was limited by the recipients' governments.[3]

References

  1. ^ HUY CHUONG AN THUONG TRONG QUAN-LU'C VlET-NAM CONG-HOA (Medals and Decorations of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces). Government of the Republic of Vietnam. 1967. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  2. ^ Martin, Michael, ed. (2001). Warriors of the Sea. Paducah, KY.: Turner Publishing Company. p. 61. ISBN 9781563116636.
  3. ^ United States Federal Register (1972). The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 671.