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   Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Service: ALL
Instituted: 1991
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
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  1. Authorized by the Government of Saudi Arabia to members of the Coalition Forces who participated in Operation DESERT STORM and the liberation of Kuwait. The Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum authorized the acceptance and wearing of the Kuwait Liberation Medal by members of the Armed Forces of the United States. 
  2. To be eligible, U.S. military personnel must have: 
  • 1. The Persian Gulf; 
  • 2. The Red Sea; 
  • 3. The Gulf of Oman; 
  • 4. That portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude; 
  • 5. The Gulf of Aden; or 
  • 6. The total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Omar, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. 
  1. Have been, as follows: 
  • 1. Attached to or regularly serving for one or more days participating in ground and/or shore operations; with an organization; 
  • 2. Attached to or regularly serving for one or more days directly supporting military operations; aboard a naval vessel; 
  • 3. Actually participating as a crew member in one or more aerial flights supporting military operations in the areas designated above; or 
  • 4. Serving on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days during this period. That time limitation may be waived for people participating in actual combat operations.

  1. The Kuwait Liberation Medal granted by decree of the King of Saudi Arabia, dated 23-10-1411H, was accepted by the Deputy Secretary of Defense per memorandum dated 7 October 1991, subject: Acceptance of Foreign Award in Recognition of Active Field Service in Time of Combat Operations.
  2. A gold device consisting of two crossed sabers and a palm tree is affixed to the service ribbon.
  3. The sunburst symbolizes the light of freedom. The globe, depicting the Arabian Peninsula, denotes the theater of operations and is encircled by palm, denoting victory. The palm tree with crossed sabers is the emblem of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Green, red, white and black are the colors of the flag of Kuwait. Green and white are colors in the flag of Saudi Arabia.