Friendship Decoration

Instituted on June 20, 1960, the Friendship Decoration was awarded to foreigners, who supported and helped the Vietnamese in the defense of their country. This medal may possibly be a very early version of the Decoration. It is a 30mm round disk. The obverse depicts two hands shaking with the North Vietnamese flag in the background. The inscription reads, DOAN KET CHIEN THANG GIAC MY (Solidarity against American Aggression).

Early Version of the
Friendship Decoration

A Friendship Order was instituted on January 28, 1957.

Some other early medals and badges of the NVA/VC struggle against America include:
 Liberation Order
 Ho Chi Minh Insignia
 Brass Fortress of the Fatherland Decoration
 Friendship Decoration
 Defeat American Aggression Badge