On a bronze medal, 1 ¼ 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.
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.
The Korean Service Medal was awarded
for service between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954 under and of the following
a. Within the
territorial limits of Korea in waters immediately adjacent thereto:
b. 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
c. 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
The following are authorized components
and related items:
a. Medal (regular
size): MIL-DTL-3943/223. NSN 8455-00-269-5771 for set which includes regular
size medal and ribbon bar.
b. Medal (miniature):
MIL-DTL-3946/223. Available commercially.
MIL-DTL-11589/78. NSN 8455-00-264-1478.
d. Streamers for
units receiving campaign credit - manual requisition in accordance with AR
840-10. The inscription will be as shown on the unit's lineage and
a. 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.
b. 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
UN Defensive 27 Jun - 15 Sep 50
UN Offensive 16 Sep - 2 Nov 50
CCF Intervention 3 Nov 50 - 24 Jan
First UN Counteroffensive 25 Jan -
21 Apr 51
CCF Spring Offensive 22 Apr - 8 Jul
UN Summer-Fall Offensive 9 Jul - 27
Second Korean Winter 28 Nov 51 - 30
Korean, Summer-Fall 1952 1 May - 30
Third Korean Winter 1 Dec 52 - 30
Korean, Summer 1953 1 May - 27 Jul
c. Order of precedence
and wear policy for service medals awarded to Army personnel is contained
in AR 670-1. Policy for awards, approving authority and supply of medals
is contained in AR 600-8-22. Policy for display of campaign streamers on
guidons/flags and supply of streamers is contained in Chapter 9, AR