A Vietnamese National Order; 2nd Class Breast Star
A Vietnamese National Order; 2nd Class Breast Star - Silvered and gilt bronze, 95 mm x 95 mm, missing its central vertical pinback, flanking dual prongs intact, light contact overall, better than very fine. Footnote: The National Order of the Republic of Vietnam was established in the summer of 1950, when the State of Vietnam became a part of the French Union. The award was patterned after Napoleon's Legion of Honour of 1812 and the French Colonial Order of the Dragon of Annam. The original decree states: "The National Order is designed to reward persons, living or dead, who have distinguished themselves by grandiose works, by remarkable deeds in the discharging of their duty of by their bravery and those who have honoured and served the country by their lofty virtues or their outstanding knowledge. The National Order is also designed to reward the various organizations of the Army, the officially recognized groups, the administrative agencies (provinces, municipalities, towns, delegations, cantons, villages, districts) actuated by a lofty spirit of sacrifice and bravery and which have carried out actions whose glamour glorifies the country. Moreover, the National Order may be awarded to foreigners for diplomatic reasons. The National Order may be awarded on a civil or military basis."