Pro Patria Medal

Pro Patria Medal (1974)
For service in preventing or suppressing terrorism or, from 1977, in defence of South Africa, during the Border War between 26 August 1966 and 21 March 1990. Qualifying service was 55 (originally 60) days in an operational area, or being involved in combat or a skirmish, or being wounded or killed in action. (“Terrorism” meant the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia’s campaign to end South African rule in South West Africa, and “defence of South Africa” meant operations in neighbouring states, e.g. Angola.) Insignia: A gold-coloured octagonal bronze medal, displaying a golden aloe flower on a blue roundel (obverse). A clasp inscribed “Cunene” was issued for the 1975-76 Angola campaign.