Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal
The Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal was
established on 24 February 1993, in order to extend recognition to persons who
rendered service in support of the Australian Armed Forces in operations in
Vietnam between 29 May 1964 to 27 January 1973, but who did not qualify for the
Vietnam Medal. It is also ranked with war medals.
The Committee of Inquiry into Defence and
Defence-related Awards (CIDA) extended eligibility of the medal to civilian
surgical and medical teams and other civilian groups who served in Vietnam under
Government jurisdiction such as those whose role was to take care of the welfare,
comfort and entertainment of Australian Defence Force personnel; the crews of
Qantas aircraft flying into Saigon, and others.
Persons who have been awarded or are
eligible to be awarded the Vietnam Medal are not eligible for the award of the
Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal. The medal may be awarded posthumously.
The medal is awarded for one day or more
of service in the declared area of operations of Vietnam during the relevant
period to persons who were:
- a member of the crew of a ship or
aircraft operating in support of the Australian Armed Forces;
- attached to a unit or organisation
operating in support of the Australian Armed Forces; or
- attached to, or serving with, a unit of
the Australian Armed Forces or allied forces as an observer.
The Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal is
a nickel-plated circular nickel-silver medal of the same design as the Vietnam
Medal. The suspender is of a different, plainer design than that of the
The obverse shows the crowned head of
Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscription Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina
The reverse has a the inscription VIETNAM
above a symbolic representation of the ideological war in Vietnam. A male
figure stands between two spherical shapes. Adjacent to the right heel of the
man on the reverse of the Medal is a cartouche of a ram's head, the mint mark of
the Royal Australian Mint.
The ribbon has a vertical central section
of bright yellow which has centrally superimposed on it three thin stripes of
red, (representing the South Vietnamese flag) flanked on the left by a dark blue
stripe representing the Navy and on the right, a brown stripe representing the
colour of inland and coastal waterways of Vietnam. These two stripes are
flanked in turn on the left by a red stripe for the Army, and a light blue
stripe for the Air Force.
There are no postnominal entitlements for this medal.
Report of the Committee of Inquiry into
Defence and Defence Related Awards
A Matter of Honour - The Report of the
Review of Australian Honours and Awards
Additional research by Barry Saxby OAM and
Clive Mitchell-Taylor JP
Image adapted from that provided by
Director of Honours and Awards, Department of Defence, April 1999
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