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 >
Although no government sites are available, some private organizations update their online lists as recipients receive military medals. The website WW2 Awards has a list of more than 2,600 recipients as of May 2015.Full Answer >
In Vietnam, the United States Marine Corps supported troops by ground and air, and provided logistical support and supplies. The Marine Corps began its time in Vietnam in an advisory capacity, but it became necessary to provide more protection for the airbase where they were located. The Marines created Combined Action Platoons made up of Marines and Vietnamese soldiers as part of their counterinsurgency effort in Vietnam.Full Answer >
The Vietnam veterans were treated with disdain and were essentially shunned once they returned home from war. The veterans were seemingly blamed for what had happened in Vietnam until 1982 when the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was erected in Washington, D.C.Full Answer >