Decree No. 74-b/Qt, by the Vietnam Government on 15 August 1950 and Decree No. 96/DQT/HC, dated 2 May 1952, established the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. The sanction for all U.S. Army members to receive the medal was confirmed in HDQA General Orders No. 8, dated 19 March 1974.
Regardless of the number of times a unit has been awarded the RVN Gallantry Cross, only one emblem (with palm) can be worn.
Units that had been awarded the RVN Gallantry Cross with palm on more than one occasion were initially permitted to wear a fourragere by letter AGPB-AC, Subject: Wear of Vietnamese Unit Awards by U.S. Army Personnel, dated 11 February 1969. In April 1974, Department of the Army message 111030Z established the policy ending the use of the Vietnamese fourragere to show mulitiple awards by creating the policy of only one emblem authorized for wear.