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   United Nations Medal
Service: ALL
Instituted: 1964
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
United Nations Medal
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  1. Authorized by the Secretary General of the U.N. for specific U.N. missions and actions. E.O. 11139 authorizes the Secretary of Defense to approve acceptance and wear by U.S. Service members who meet criteria specified by the Secretary General of the United Nations. 
  2. United Nations Medal (UNM) is an all encompassing term used to describe the basic bronze medallion, with the U.N. emblem and the letters U.N. on the obverse, suspended from a ribbon. 
  3. Each U.N. mission or action for which a UNM is awarded is commemorated by a suspension and service ribbon of unique colors and design. The ribbon and medallion combination take on the name of the specific operation for which the combination was created; for example, the operation in the former Republic of Yugoslavia is the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), yielding the UNPROFOR Medal. 
  4. Procedures for approval, acceptance and wear of an UNM by U.S. Service members include: 
  • 1. The Secretary General of the U.N. will offer to award a UNM to the Secretary of Defense for U.S. participants in designated U.N. missions or actions, will provide specific award eligibility criteria, and will determine eligibility of individual participants. 
  • 2. The Secretary of Defense is approval authority for acceptance wear of UNM offered for specific U.N. missions or actions. 
  • 3. If approved by the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Service members who meet the criteria may accept and wear the first UNM with unique suspension and service ribbon for which they qualify. To recognize subsequent awards (if approved by the Secretary of Defense) for service in a different U.N. mission or action, the Service member will affix a bronze service star to the first U.N. suspension and service ribbon awarded. 
  • 4. A UNM will normally be awarded by the Chief of the U.N. Mission to qualifying U.S. Service members prior to their departure from service with the U.N.