Established on January 20, 1968, the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) Gallantry Cross Unit Citation honors units of the military and that carried out feats of valor or heroism in combat with hostile forces of the same degree that would warrant the Gallantry Cross Medal if performed by an individual. The award was authorized for issuance with different devices at the level of the Armed Forces (palm), Brigade (bronze star), Corps (gold star, Division (silver star), or Regiment (bronze star); there was also a Unit version of the award. It is roughly comparable to the Legion of Merit award.
The former Republic of South Vietnam created a series of awards to honor military members and civilians who carried out service on behalf of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War and related operations between 1949 and 1974. As the nation no longer exists, the awards are considered obsolete.
The ribbon features a broad yellow central section decorated with 16 paired thin vertical red lines; a thick vertical red stripe appears on each edge. It was typically issued with a bronze palm and a gold frame featuring a leaf pattern.