Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM)
The Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal was established on 24
February 1993, in order to extend recognition to persons who
rendered service in support of the Australian Armed Forces in
operations in Vietnam between 29 May 1964 to 27 January 1973, but
who did not qualify for the Vietnam Medal. It is also
ranked with war medals.
The Committee of Inquiry into Defence and Defence-related
Awards (CIDA) extended eligibility of the medal to civilian
surgical and medical teams and other civilian groups who served
in Vietnam under Government jurisdiction.
Persons who have been awarded or are eligible to be awarded
the Vietnam Medal are not eligible for the award of the Vietnam
Logistic and Support Medal. The medal may be awarded
The medal is awarded for one day or more of service in the
declared area of operations of Vietnam during the relevant period
to persons who were:
- a member of the crew of a ship or aircraft operating in
support of the Australian Armed Forces;
- attached to a unit or organisation operating in support
of the Australian Armed Forces; or
- attached to, or serving with, a unit of the Australian
Armed Forces or allied forces as an observer.
The Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal is a nickel-plated
circular nickel-silver medal of the same design as the Vietnam
Medal. The suspender is of a different, plainer design than
that of the Vietnam Medal.
The obverse shows the crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II, with
titles, while the reverse has a the inscription VIETNAM above a
symbolic representation of the ideological war in Vietnam.
A male figure stands between two spherical shapes. Adjacent to
the right heel of the man on the reverse of the Medal is a
cartouche of a ram's head, the mint mark of the Royal Australian
The ribbon has a vertical central section of bright yellow
which has centrally superimposed on it three thin stripes of red,
(representing the South Vietnamese flag) flanked on the left by a
dark blue stripe representing the Navy and on the right, a brown
stripe representing the colour of inland and coastal waterways of
Vietnam. These two stripes are flanked in turn on the
left by a red stripe for the Army, and a light blue stripe for
the Air Force.
Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Defence and Defence
A Matter of Honour - The Report of the Review of Australian
Honours and Awards
Additional research by Barry Saxby OAM and Clive
Image adapted from that provided by Director of Honours and
Awards, Department of Defence, April 1999