Veterans may qualify for Republic of China Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge

Meade County, S.D – South Dakota veterans who served in Taiwan between 1955-1979 may be eligible for the Republic of China Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge.  

From 1955 to 1979, a Mutual Defense Treaty was established between the United States of America and the Republic of China (ROC), which protected Taiwan from invasion in the aftermath of the Chinese Civil war. 

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China has produced the “U.S.-R.O.C. Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge” to express appreciation for the contribution to maintain the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, made by all American soldiers who served in Taiwan during that period. 

The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, in partnership with Meade County VSO, Angella Sutton, is taking the lead in informing veterans of this medal.  

“Recognizing these heroes provides us an opportunity to thank and honor the sacrifices they made,” said Larry Zimmerman, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. “Every veteran has a story to tell and along with that military service comes a variety of medals and awards”.  

In addition, the Ministry also produced “Honor Medal for 823 Bombardment” for those who helped Taiwan defend itself during the 1958 Taiwan Strait Crisis. 

Veterans that served during this time frame are encourage to contact their local County or Tribal Veterans Service Officer for an application.  Veterans will need a copy of their DD214 form as well.    

For more information, contact: Angella Sutton, 347-7623 / E-mail: