A bronze medal, 1 3/8 inches in diameter,
with a top view of the globe enclosed at sides and bottom by a wreath and
the letters "UN" at the top of the medal. On the reverse side is the inscription
"IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE". The United Nations Service Medal Korea is the
same design, except the obverse does not include the letters "UN" and the
medal has a hanger bar with the inscription "KOREA". On the reverse side
of the United Nations Service Medal Korea is the inscription "FOR SERVICE
IN DEFENCE OF THE PRINCIPLES OF THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS".
Although the same medal is used for
all the United Nations Medals, a different ribbon is authorized for each
operation. The operations in which United States military personnel were
awarded the medal and authorized by DOD to accept the medal
United Nations Service Medal
Korea: Equal stripes of Bluebird 67117 and White 67101 (9 Bluebird and
8 White stripes), each 5/64 inch wide.
United Nations Truce Supervisory
Organization (UNTSO) in Palestine (UNTSO Ribbon). 7/32 inch Bluebird,
3/32 inch White, ¾ inch Bluebird; 3/32 inch White; and 7/32 inch
Prior to 13 October 1995, all US Military
personnel wore the blue and white United Nations Ribbon (UNTSO) regardless
of the ribbon awarded. On 13 October 1995, the Assistant Secretary of Defense
(Personnel and Readiness) approved a change to the wear policy of the United
Nations Medal. Effective on that date, personnel who are awarded the United
Nations Medal may wear the first medal and ribbon for which they qualify.
Subsequent awards of the United Nations Medal for service in a different
mission will be denoted by a bronze service star. Not more than one ribbon
may be worn at any time.