WW2 Laos Combat Veteran Medal -Laotian War
short of history : Order of a Million Elephants & White Parasol - (1909)
The Order was created by Sisavang-Vong, the King of Louang-Prabang on May 1, 1909 to recognize exceptional military and civil service. It is originally awarded in one, then four and finally five classes (Grand Officer, Grand Cross, Commander, Officer and Knight). The uniface insignia is composed of three white enamel elephants with red enamel headpieces suspended beneath a golden crown, surmounted by a stylized parasol. The Knights badge is 56mm and the other levels, 62mm. It was widely awarded to French officials and military personnel, including those who participated in the Franco-Laotian Resistance (against the Japanese) in 1944 and to members of the French Military Mission and the French Expeditionary Corps, which participated in the Laotian War.