A significant recognition of military service performed in Southeast Asia, the Vietnam Service Medal celebrates American active duty heroes who fought for freedom by securing American interests abroad. This challenge coin version of the Vietnam Service Medal is suitable for display or to be carried as a memento by the recipient or the recipient’s family and comrades-in arms. This coin upholds the significance of the Vietnam Service Medal and can even be engraved with the honoree’s name and date of award.
The Vietnam Service Medal honors any service member who served on temporary duty for more than 30 consecutive days, or 60 non-consecutive days, attached to or regularly serving for one, or more, days with an organization participating in or directly supporting ground operations or attached to or regularly serving for one, or more, days aboard a naval vessel directly supporting military operations in the Republic of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos within the defined combat zone between the dates of 15 November 1961 and 28 March 1973, and from 29 April 1975 to 30 April 1975.
This coin is minted in the USA from solid bronze, using special deep-relief coining dies, and hand-finished with an antique patina for exceptional quality and detail, then imbued with bold enamel. Die struck out of thicker blanks, this coin will have a substantive feel to it as well. The obverse features the colors of the Vietnam Service Medal ribbon and depicts an oriental dragon behind a grove of bamboo trees, representing the subversive nature of the conflict. The reverse has space available for engraving. The coin comes packaged in a polybag with a header card.
This coin is dedicated to the US military men and women fight for freedom and honors their commitment to their sworn duty in perilous and inhospitable conditions.