RAAF Vietnam 1975

Inquiry into Eligibility of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Personnel, serving in Vietnam between 29 March and 29 April 1975, for the Vietnam Medal

  • RAAF personnel who served on a United Nations mission and assisted with the evacuation of the Australian Embassy, Saigon, believe that they should be awarded the Vietnam Medal for their service in the Vietnam War. These personnel have been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp ‘VIETNAM’.
  • Eligibility for the Vietnam Medal ceased in January 1973 with the signing of the Paris Peace Treaty and the end of Australia’s military commitment to the Vietnam War.
  • In July 2010 the Government accepted the following recommendations:
    • Recommendation 1: That service rendered by the RAAF personnel of Detachment S, in Vietnam between 29 March and 29 April 1975, not be recognised as service falling within the intent and express terms of the Royal Warrant for the Vietnam Medal.
    • Recommendation 2: The Australian Government takes no action to recommend to the Government of the United Kingdom that the period of service for the Vietnam Medal be extended to include the service rendered by the RAAF members of Detachment S, who rendered served in Vietnam between 29 March and 29 April 1975.
    • Recommendation 3: The service rendered by the RAAF members of Detachment S in Vietnam between 29 March and 29 April 1975 has been appropriately recognised with the award of the Australian Active Service Medal, with clasp ‘VIETNAM 1975’.
    • Recommendation 4: That no other award be considered for RAAF members of Detachment S as a result of their service in Vietnam between 29 March and 29 April 1975.

Media Release – Announcement of Inquiry
Terms of Reference
Report
Media Release – Announcement of the acceptance of the Tribunal’s recommendations

Insertion
by Ken McFadyen
Oil on canvas on hardboard, 1968

RAAF's first operation over North Korea
Robert Taylor
Oil on canvas, 1986