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Posted 8/4/2010 Printable Fact Sheet
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The Korean Service Medal was established by President Truman per Executive Order 10179, dated 8 November 1950, and announced in DA Bulletin 21, 1950. The design, created by Mr. Thomas J. Jones, uses the symbols associated with Korea to reflect service in that country.

There were ten campaigns designated for the Korean War and displayed as streamers on the Army flag. The campaign streamers are of the same design as the suspension ribbon for the metal. A bronze star is worn on the ribbon to indicate individual participation for each campaign. The inscriptions on the Army flag streamers are:

UN Defensive 27 Jun - 15 Sep 50
UN Offensive 16 Sep - 2 Nov 50
CCF Intervention 3 Nov 50 - 24 Jan 51
First UN Counteroffensive 25 Jan - 21 Apr 51
CCF Spring Offensive 22 Apr - 8 Jul 51
UN Summer-Fall Offensive 9 Jul - 27 Nov 51
Second Korean Winter 28 Nov 51 - 30 Apr 52
Korean, Summer-Fall 1952 1 May - 30 Nov 52
Third Korean Winter 1 Dec 52 - 30 Apr 53
Korean, Summer 1953 1 May - 27 Jul 53

The Korean Service Medal was awarded for service between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954 under and of the following conditions:

Within the territorial limits of Korea in waters immediately adjacent thereto: or

With a unit under the operational control of the Commander-in-Chief, Far East, other than those units within the territorial limits of Korea, which has been designated by the Commander-in-Chief, Far East, as having directly supported the military efforts in Korea; or

Was furnished an individual certificate by the Commander-in-Chief, Far East, testifying to material contribution made in direct support of the military efforts in Korea

Medal Description
On a Bronze medal, 1 ? inches in diameter, a Korean gateway, encircled by the inscription Korean Service. On the reverse is the Korean symbol taken from the center of the Korean National flag with the inscription United States Of America and a spray of oak and laurel encircling the design.

Ribbon Description
The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consisting of the following stripes: 1/32 inch White 67101; 19/32 inch Bluebird 67117; center 1/8 inch White; 19/32 inch Bluebird; and 1/32 inch White.

Authorized Device

Weighted Airman Promoted System Point Value: 0

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