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   Korean War Service Medal
Service: ALL
Instituted: 1950 ( accepted 2000)
Authorized: Republic of Korea
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Korean War Service Medal
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  1. Awarded pursuant to DoD Acceptance in May 2000.
  2. To wear this medal on U.S. military uniforms, U.S. military members must have: * Served between the outbreak of hostilities, June 25, 1950, and the date the armistice was signed, July 27, 1953; * been on permanent assignment or on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days, and * performed their duty within the territorial limits of Korea, in the waters immediately adjacent thereto or in aerial flight over Korea participating in actual combat operations or in support of combat operations.

  1. The medal was originally offered to United Nations forces serving in Korea and adjacent waters by the Republic of Korea in 1951. At the time, U.S. law prohibited the military from wearing medals issued by foreign governments; however, Congress changed that in 1954. By then though, most U.S. servicemembers eligible for the medal had returned home.
  2. In a letter sent to Defense Secretary William S. Cohen May 13, Republic of Korea Defense Minister Seong Tae Cho announced his government would provide the Republic of Korea War Service Medal to eligible U.S. veterans of that conflict, or to their surviving next of kin.
  3. Approximately 1.8 million Korean War veterans are eligible to receive the medal. Next of kin to eligible deceased veterans can also apply.
  4. The ROK specifies the eligibility period and criteria. Only the ROK-provided medal is approved by the U.S. government to meet the criteria for wear on the military uniform.
  5. To apply, veterans must provide a copy of their discharge paper, DD-214, or a corrected version of that document, a DD-215. National Guard members must provide their statement of service equivalent, NGB Form 22.
  6. Contact your branch of service Personnel Center for additional information on how to apply for, or to request the medal.
  7. Because the order of precedence for non-U.S. service medals and ribbons is determined by date of approval, the ROKWSM should be worn after the Kuwait Liberation Medal, which was the last foreign medal approved for wear by U.S. military people. For the majority of Korean War veterans the medal will be worn after the United Nations Medal, or the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal if they served during that conflict.