Vietnam Medal

Vietnam Medal

Obverse (left), reverse (right)
Awarded by the

monarch of Australia

monarch of New Zealand
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility Australian and New Zealand forces.
Awarded for Campaign service.
Campaign Vietnam 1964–73.
Description Silver disk, 36mm diameter.
Clasps None
Established 8 June 1968
Total awarded 18,740 Australian, 3,312 New Zealand.
Order of Wear
Next (higher) General Service Medal 1962
Next (lower) Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal
Related Vietnam Campaign Medal

Medal ribbon

Medal ribbon with palm for Mentioned in Dispatches

The Vietnam Medal was a joint Australian and New Zealand campaign medal awarded for service in the Vietnam War.

The medal was jointly developed by Australia and New Zealand, although there were separate Royal authorisation warrants for each country.

Qualification requirements


Qualifying service for the Vietnam Medal includes:

between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973.

New Zealand

The medal was awarded to all members of the New Zealand armed forces who, between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973, either:

Service terminated by death or wounds, or the award of a decoration for gallantry, led to the immediate award of the medal, regardless of whether the qualification period had been fulfilled.


References and notes

  1. 'ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA (FIDEI DEFENSOR)' - Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen, Defender of the Faith
  2. The Vietnam Medal Royal Warrant


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