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Air Force Medals and Ribbons


Korean Service Medal


This medal (pictured below) was authorized on Nov. 8, 1950, for members of the United States Armed Forces for service in Korea, 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive days between June 27, 1950, and July 27, 1954.

The medal was designed by the Army Heraldic Section. The obverse shows a Korean gateway, encircled by the inscription "Korean Service." On the reverse is a symbol representing the unity of all being, taken from the national flag of Korea. Encircling this is the inscription "United States of America," with a spray of oak at the left joined to a spray of laurel at the right. The ribbon is light blue with with a thin stripe in the center and narrow white edges--the colors of the United Nations.

Graphics & Information Courtesy of United States Air Force

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