French Commemorative Medal for Indochina

Accession Number REL34026
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Bronze
Maker Unknown
Date made Unknown
Conflict Period 1950-1959
Period 1940-1949

Commemorative Medal for Indochina. Unnamed as issued. The obverse bears the inscription 'REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE INODCHINE', and features the Naga, a seven headed cobra representing Cambodia, and the Erawan, a three headed elephant representing Laos. The reverse shows a wreath of olive and oak leaves and the inscription 'CORPS EXPEDITIONNAIRE FRANCAISE D'EXTREME ORIENT'. The suspender shows a coiled dragon, representing Vietnam.

History / Summary

The Commemorative Medal for Indochina was created on 1 August 1953 and was issued to French veterans who had served in Indochina after 16 August 1945, for a period of not less than 90 days.