Parama Weera Vibhushanaya

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Parama Weera Vibhushanaya
Parama Weera Vibhushanaya Medal, obverse.
Awarded by Sri Lanka
Type Medal
Eligibility Military personnel only.
Awarded for ... individual acts of gallantry and conspicuous bravery of the most exceptional order in facing the enemy, performed of their own accord whilst on active service, and without any consideration of the risks to his own life and security..[1]
Status Currently awarded
Established 1981
First awarded 1991
Last awarded 2013
Total awarded 29
29 (including awards to MIA personnel later declared KIA)
Next (higher) None (Highest)
Next (lower) Weerodara Vibhushanaya (Non-combat)
Parama Weera Vibushanaya ribon.gif

Parama Weera Vibhushanaya ribbon bar.

Parama Weera Vibhushanaya (Supreme Heroism Decoration) (Sinhalese: පරම වීර වීභූෂණය parama vīra vibhūṣanaya Tamil: பரம வீர விபுஷனைய), is the highest Sri Lankan military decoration equivalent to the British Victoria Cross (which was the highest decoration in the Ceylon Army till 1972), or the United States Medal of Honor, that is awarded as a reward for all ranks of the tri services (Regular/Volunteer) individual acts of gallantry and conspicuous bravery of the most exceptional order whilst on service.

How the medal is awarded

Field Commanders report acts of individual and conspicuous acts of bravery to Service Commanders who forward reports and recommendations to a Tri-Services Board. Their report is sent to the President who makes the awards. Recipient of the decoration will be entitled to use the post-nominal letters "PWV" after his/her name.



  1. Sri Lankan military awards and decorations
  2. "PWV Citation – S/198852 Rec Abeyrathnebanda A. M. B. H. G. 21 SLSR (Posthumous)" (PDF). The Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 24 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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