States Military began authorizing the Vietnam Gallantry Cross in
March 1968 with retroactive
presentation of the decoration to 1961.
In 1974, Army General Order Number 8
authorized the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation to every military unit
of the United States Army which had served under the Military Assistance
Command from 1961 to 1974. This effectively granted the unit version of the
award to any member of the U.S. Army who had served for any period of time
in the Republic of Vietnam.