Vietnam Distinguished Service Order

Vietnam Distinguished Service Order

Infobox Military Award
name=Vietnam Distinguished Service Order


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awarded_by=flag|South Vietnam
type=Two-grade award. The two classes were:
Officers
Enlisted
eligibility=Military personnel of South Vietnam and foreign countries
for="meritorious or heroic deeds related to war time operations"
campaign=Vietnam War
status= No longer awarded
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last_award=1974
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caption2=Ribbon of the Vietnam Distinguished Service Order

The Vietnam Distinguished Service Order was a military decoration of South Vietnam whichwas awarded throughout the years of the Vietnam War. The decoration was bestowed for meritorious or heroic deeds related to war time operations and was awarded for both combat andnon-combat service. There were two classes of the Vietnam Distinguished Service Order, the first class being for officers and the second class for enlisted personnel. The first class of the order was differentiated by a blossom device centered on the medal and ribbon.

The Vietnam Distinguished Service Order was also provided to foreign militaries, and in the United States military the decoration was considered the equivalent of the Legion of Merit. For foreign officers, the 2nd class of the order was also provided to officers.

The decoration ranked immediately below the National Order of Vietnam and the Vietnam Military Merit Medal. It was among the less commonly bestowed medals, in contrast to such decorations as the Vietnam Gallantry Cross and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

The last issuance of the Vietnam Distinguished Service Order was in 1974. The decoration isnow considered obsolete and may only be purchased from private military dealers.

External links

* [http://www.saintjohn.nbcc.nb.ca/host/vietnam/ Military Orders, Decorations, and Medals of the Republic of Vietnam]


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