Thursday, June 8, 2017
1965 ARVN 5th Infantry Division Valor Citations - QLVNCH SD5BB
Pair of valor citations for Republic of Vietnam Sergeant Vũ Đình Du of the 5th Division,
circa July and September, 1965, RVNHS Archive.
These two valor citations pertaining to a Sergeant of the Republic of Vietnam 5th Division were recently acquired by RVNHS. The sergeant's name was Vũ Đình Du. The first of the two citations is for general merit and is dated July 28, 1965. The second citation is for bravery during an operation in Bình Dương Province on September 9, 1965, in which the sergeant successfully located and captured a three hundred meter enemy tunnel, which included hidden mines. He also took three enemy prisoners in the process. The citation is dated September 14, 1975.
Soldiers of the Republic of Vietnam 5th Division, circa mid-1960s.
Citation for merit for Republic of Vietnam Sergeant Vũ Đình Du of the 5th Division,
dated July 28, 1965, RVNHS Archive.
Citation for bravery for Republic of Vietnam Sergeant Vũ Đình Du of the 5th Division for the capture of an enemy position, material, and prisoners,
dated September 14, 1965, RVNHS Archive.
Both valor documents are signed by then 5th Division commander, (then colonel and later lieutenant general) Phạm Quốc Thuần. Citations of this type were awarded for exceptional efforts of bravery and service to a soldier's unit. These two citations represent the valor of many regular soldiers of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, and attest to their determination to observe their duty on behalf of their country.
Lieutenant General Phạm Quốc Thuần, signator of both valor documents.
Map showing the provinces of the Republic of Vietnam in 1967.
Bình Dương Province is located north of Saigon.
Soldiers of the Republic of Vietnam 5th Division, circa 1969.