There were many Vietnam Bronze Star Medal recipients. According to the National Archives, limited military personnel information is available to the public. However, former service members or their immediate family members may request a veteran’s service records. A veteran can authorize the release of information to a non-relative through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).Know More
According to the U.S. Air Force, the bronze star recognizes acts of heroism performed in ground combat if they are of a lesser degree than that required for the Silver Star. It may be awarded for individual acts of heroism, merit or meritorious service in a combat zone. When awarded for acts of heroism, the medal is given with the “V” device. This is a miniature bronze “V” authorized to be worn on certain medals and ribbons.
The Bronze Star is the fourth-highest individual military award. It may also be awarded to foreign soldiers serving alongside members of the U.S. military. The Bronze Star was established in 1944 and was designed by Rudolf Freund. It was originally believed the medal would aid the morale of World War II veterans. The Secretary of Defense or other high-ranking military commanders may award the Bronze Star Medal to deserving applicants.Learn more about Vietnam War
In figures released in 1995, Vietnam claimed 2 million civilians died on both sides, while 1.1 million North Vietnamese soldiers and between 200,000 and 250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers lost their lives in the war. Roughly 58,200 American soldiers died during the United States' involvement in the conflict.Full Answer >
The Vietnam War lasted 19 years and 180 days. The war lasted from Nov. 1, 1955 to April 30, 1975, according to the dates finalized by the Department of Defense in 1998. There was no formal declaration of war to start the Vietnam conflict.Full Answer >
The commonly accepted dates for the Vietnam conflict are 1954 to 1975. Most of the military fighting occurred between 1957 and 1973. Because Congress never officially passed a vote to declare a war, the United States was never technically at war with North Vietnam.Full Answer >
The Vietnam War began as a colonial conflict between the Viet Minh of Ho Chi Minh and the French administration that was seeking to regain control of Indochina after World War II. This conflict culminated in the French leaving Vietnam, the dividing of the country into two parts and the United States stepping in and replacing the French first with military advisors and then with active ground troops.Full Answer >