Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)


This award was authorized by the government of Saudi Arabia to members of the coalition forces who participated in Operation DESERT STORM and the Liberation of Kuwait. On Oct. 7, 1991, the Deputy Secretary of Defense authorized the acceptance and wear of the Kuwait Liberation Medal by members of the U.S. armed forces.



To be eligible for this award, U.S. military personnel must have: Served in support of Operation DESERT STORM between Jan. 17, 1991 and Feb. 28, 1991, in one or more of the following areas: the Persian Gulf; Red Sea; Gulf of Oman; that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies N of 10 degrees N latitude and W of 68 degrees E longitude; Gulf of Aden; or, the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates.


Please refer to DOD 1348.33-M for specific individual eligibility requirements.



A silver star of 15 rounded points (with shorter rounded points between them) is surmounted by a gilt medallion which contains a wreath tied at it’s based a crown at its top. In the center of the gilt medallion is a silver representation of the Earth, over which is superimposed a gilt representation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Above the gilt medallion are the crossed swords and palm tree taken from the Royal Cypher. Beneath the gilt medallion is a swallow - tailed scroll with its ends folded back and point upward so they follow the contour of the gilt medallion. On the scroll are the words, “Liberation of Kuwait” in English, and the same inscription above it in Arabic. The reverse side of the medal is blank.



The ribbon consists of a central stripe of green five-eighths of an inch wide, bordered on either side by a white stripe three-sixteenths of an inch wide, a black strip one-sixteenths of an inch wide, and red edge stripes five sixteenths of an inch wide.