The crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right with the words ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F.D. inscribed around the medal.
Bearing the word ‘VIETNAM’ at the top centre above a depiction of a man standing between two symbolic spheres, in representation of the ideological war in Vietnam.
A broad central stripe of bright yellow surmounted by three thin red stripes and flanked by two red stripes. On the left edge is a dark blue stripe and a light blue stripe on the right edge.