Merchant Marine Vietnam Service Medal

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Merchant Marine Vietnam Service Medal (Ribbon)
Awarded by United States Maritime Administration
TypeIndividual Award
Awarded forService in waters adjacent to Vietnam.
Campaign(s)Vietnam War
EstablishedMay 20, 1968
Total awarded5,000+
Next (higher)Merchant Marine Korean Service Medal
EquivalentVietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Civilian Service Award
Next (lower)Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medal
Merchant Marine Vietnam Service ribbon.svg
Merchant Marine Vietnam Service ribbon

The Merchant Marine Vietnam Service Medal (Ribbon) is a decoration of the United States Merchant Marine authorized on May 20, 1968.[1]


The decoration is awarded to officers and men for service aboard merchant vessels flying the American flag in Vietnam waters between July 4, 1965 and August 15, 1973.


Prior to 1992, the Merchant Marine Vietnam Service Medal was a ribbon-only decoration. Afterwards, a medal was affixed to the ribbon; as follows is a design note: "the dragon is traditionally associated with Vietnam, the shoreline denotes service in the coastal waters adjacent to Vietnam, and the anchor symbolizes maritime service."[2]

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  1. ^ Evans Kerrgan. Orders and Decorations of the United States. Mallard Press, NY 1990. p. 70.
  2. ^ "Mariner Medals – MARAD". Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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