Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation
Also known as the State of
Vietnam Friendship Ribbon,
the Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation was established by the
Government of South Vietnam on August 15, 1950. It was awarded to United
States Military Units by the President of the Council of Ministers, State
The Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation was
in effect from August 15, 1950 until the fall of South Vietnam in April of
Originally created as the Vietnam Friendship Ribbon, it
was recreated as the Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation in 1961, and
awarded to cited units under the same conditions required for the award of
the Presidential Unit Citation of the United States.
Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation was approved for wear on
February 28, 1955 by Department of the Army General Order Number 16.
However, this Order provided that, "It will be removed from the uniform by
all personnel prior to departure from that area
Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation was also awarded to United
States Military Advisory Group in Indo-China with the following citation:
"During the months of August and September 1954, the members of the
Military Assistance Advisory Group assisted to freedom from the terrors of
Communist rule in their home territory of North and Central Viet-Nam,
hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children. Thanks to the efficient
and humanitarian assistance of the members of the Military Assistance
Advisory Group these refugees have been given an opportunity to start
their lives anew in the free territories of Viet-Nam. The free people of
Viet-Nam express their heartfelt gratitude for this unselfish
manifestation of friendship and support."
No devices were authorized for this award.