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Korean War Service Medal

Criteria for award of the Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal (ROK-KWSM) have been established by the ROK government. To qualify for the medal, the veteran 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
  • Performed his / her 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

Purpose: Congress authorized the Commemoration to:


    • Provide the people of the United States with a clear understanding and appreciation of the lessons and history of the Korean War
    • Thank and honor veterans of the Korean War and their families
    • Pay tribute to the sacrifices and contributions made on the home front from by the people of the United States during the Korean War
    • Highlight advances in technology, science and medicine related to military research conducted during the Korean War
    • Recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States in the Korean War
    • Highlight the role of the Armed Forces of the United States, then and now, in maintaining world peace through strength

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