The Vietnam Medal was instituted in 1968 to recognise New Zealanders who served in the Vietnam War. New Zealand
and Australia jointly developed and instituted the Vietnam Medal. The Vietnam Medal was the first operational service
medal for Australian or New Zealand personnel to be designed and produced in Australia.
South Vietnamese Campaign Medal
The South Vietnamese Campaign Medal was awarded by the Government
of South Vietnam to New Zealand and Australian forces who served for six
months in Vietnam between 1964 and 1973. The Sovereign approved the
wearing of the South Vietnamese Campaign Medal by eligible New Zealand
personnel in 1966.
New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike)
This medal was instituted in 1992. It was issued in silver to recognise service in warlike operations for
which no separate New Zealand or British Commonwealth campaign medal was issued. By the time it
was replaced in 2002, four clasps had been issued for warlike operations between 1956 and 1991 in
the Suez Canal region, Malaya, Vietnam and Kuwait. First issued in 2008 to Vietnam Veterans.
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