Vietnam Service Medal

The Vietnam Service Medal is awarded to all service members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, between July 4, 1965 and March 28, 1973, served in Vietnam and the contiguous waters and airspace, in Thailand, Laos or Cambodia or airspace in direct support of military operations in Vietnam. It was also authorized for service members who took part in Operation Frequent Wind on April 29th & 30th, 1975.

This decoration was authorized in July 1965.