We are in the process of adding names to our Vietnam Veterans Memorial in our city and we need to verify that the names we add are those of veterans who were IN Vietnam. Some of them have on them that they were in Vietnam and others I can't find anything that tells me they were ever there, but they swear they were in country. Is there another… Show more
Some USAF units served in Vietnam before the Vietnam Service Medal existed, the time from 1961-1965. In the early years service members in Vietnam were awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, which will show up on the DD-214. Service members could elect to exchange the AFEM for the Vietnam Service Medal later.