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    rdave
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    Hi All,

    Any ideas what this medal is for ?

    Reportedly it was found in Vietnam many many years ago, but I have never seen it before ?
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    #17330
    rdave
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    Hi All,

    Perhaps Dahomey ? Anyone knowledgeable with their awards ?

    UDD = Dahomey Democratic union, late 50s

    President Colonel Soglo had a personal guard and the 5-pointed star is consistent with the National Order of Dahomey …

    #17374
    ed muller
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    Check out Wikipedia on Dahomey, the Dahomey coup of 1963,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1963_Dahom … 7%C3%A9tat

    the Dahomeyan Democratic Union,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahomeyan_Democratic_Union

    and the principles involved,
    Hubert Maga who was president of the country during 1960 – 1965

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubert_Maga

    Justin Ahomadegbé-Tomêtin – who appears to have been leader of the UDD but not president of the country,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Aho … m%C3%AAtin

    and Christophe Soglo – chief of staff and sometimes president of Dahomey

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christophe_Soglo

    It is a confusing trail but it appears that the UDD party was abolished by Maga before Soglo took over (Coup). It also appears that Ahomadegbe-Tometin was only really president after 1970 when his party had already been abolished.

    The medal in question seems (stongly) to be Dahomey but which president and whether of the country or merely party, I cannot tell. But check out the history of the 1960’s and 1970’s in Dahomey/Benin for a real, political soap opera.

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    In conclusion I would guess it is more likely under Ahomadegbé-Tomêtin (1st choice) or Maga (2nd choice)

    Ed M

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