The ribbon drape represents the flag of the Republic of Vietnam, which consists of a yellow field and three horizontal red stripes. It is flanked by stripes of green to represent the jungles of Vietnam. On the left side of the ribbon are stripes of red, white and blue representing the United States flag, and on the right side are stripes of white and black representing the POW-MIA flag.
On the front of the medal is a dragon, often used in Vietnamese folklore and mythology and a recognizable symbol of Vietnam. Below the dragon is an enameled ribbon of the Vietnam Service medal, which was issued to all U.S. military personnel who served in Southeast Asia from 1961-1975. The anniversary dates on the medal represent the deployment of MAAG-1 in 1956 to the end of the war in 1975.
On the reverse side of the medal is an enameled POW-MIA flag, which serves "as a symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia”. Surrounding the POW/MIA Symbol are the words, “In Honor of Your Service – You are not Forgotten.
Pieces of History has also previously minted the 50th Anniversary medals for World War II and the Korean War, both of which bore the official Department of Defense 50th Anniversary Committee seals.
For more information please call (800) 564-6164, or to see the medal visit http://www.piecesofhistory.com
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