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Established by Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Order No. 48 of 24 March 1966. The provisions of Public Law 88-257 permit acceptance of this medal to recognize service performed in Vietnam during the period 1 March 1961 to 28 March 1973, inclusive.

a. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal Eligibility Requirements. U.S. Armed Forces personnel are eligible for the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal under one or more of the following conditions:

(1) Wounded or injured in hostile action.

(2) Captured by the opposing force during actions or in the line of duty, but later rescued or released.

(3) Killed in action or in the line of duty.

(4) Served a cumulative six months in South Vietnam.

(5) Served a cumulative six months outside the geographical limits of South Vietnam, but contributing direct combat support to the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces during such period. Only those personnel who meet the criteria established for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam) or the Vietnam Service Medal are considered to have contributed direct combat support.

(6) Assigned in Vietnam on 28 January 1973 and served during the entire period from 29 January to 28 March 1973, inclusive.

b. Eligibility Determinations and Record Entries. If eligibility cannot be determined from available records, commanding officers are authorized to accept the individual's affidavit, similar to the following:

I certify that I served on board (name of ship or unit)
from (date) to (date) . This affidavit is made to
confirm my eligibility for the Republic of Vietnam
Campaign Medal for service in the Vietnam area.

After eligibility determination, the commanding officer shall make appropriate entries in enlisted service records and address official letters to officers, certifying eligibility for the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal award, authorizing wear of the ribbon bar with device, and indicating the date of issue. Copies of the letters to officers shall be forwarded to NPC (PERS-312) or CMC (MMSB), as appropriate, for filing in their records.

Authorized Devices: Silver Date Bar
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