Korea Defense Veterans from other nations, join the
movement for recognition.
hear us, this is the KDVA and cease-fire veteran’s message to
you. You can duck
the issue, bob and weave all you want, deny if you like, but the
truth is as real and as obvious as a heart attack.
The war you drew the U.S., UK, and many other free nations into fighting to free
from the North Korean aggressor has not ended.
The casualties continue. Your blue and white flag
that flew before the cease-fire still flies in
today. The United
Nations Command that you authorized, with the
commanding, still operates under the same resolution, and its
mission hasn’t changed. The
Military Armistice Commission you sanctioned has operated
continuously since 1953. Your
flag is inside military offices, and flies over individual
units, headquarters, command centers, guard and out posts, at
Panmunjom, and is neatly tucked between the U.S. and ROK honor
guard flags. Your emblem is
troops for years have been oriented in how to conduct themselves
as representatives of the “UN”.
U.S. Military documents refer to cease-fire troops as
“UN Troops or Forces”, and the deployment has been called a
“UN Outpost”. Your
presence today is as real as the weapons carried on alert.
Without the UN
Intervention in 1950 there was a war of unification and
political doctrine. This
isn’t very different from a civil war.
The difference is really a situation where the free world
opposed the communist aggressor in a arbitrarily divided
country. YOU pulled
the U.S. and UK
in along with 14 other nations as combatants.
The 1950 to 1953 troops bore the brunt of the war and
were recognized with your service medal.
They earned it. WE,
too, are there because of YOU, and it is because of us that you
look good. We have
kept the aggressor where he belongs, north of the DMZ.
We didn’t do it without cost in lives and limbs.
U.S., UK, ROK, and troops from the other UN nations have
suffered since 1953.
WE are continuing YOUR mission in a war that is not
ended. We are proud
of the part we have played in South Korea's defense under your
too, have earned respect, but we have not received your
interested in your reasoning for withholding this medal.
It doesn't fit with the situation reality. We serve UNDER
YOUR FLAG, and whether we wear a blue hat, red hat, or a green one isn't
relevant. It was you that stipulated the U.S. be in
command to do YOUR work! Cease-fire troops are there
because your work isn't complete and we are the containment and
defense force in place just like you have elsewhere around the
globe. We serve under the command you sanctioned in 1950,
and NOBODY wore blue hats then or now. Recognize
us with the UN Korean Service Medal, extend the eligibility . .
. We earned it!
the United Nations to award the United Nations
to all Armed Forces serving under the UN Command in the Republic of
Korea from July 28, 1954 to a date to be determined.
Troops deployed to South Korea are still under the unchanged
United Nations Command mission and the same "STATE-OF-WAR"
continues to exist under a fragile cease-fire. As
long as the UN flag flew, or continues to fly, over any military
installations or guard posts in the Republic of Korea, or the Demilitarized
Zone, and U.S., UK or other Troops
previously or currently are part of the defense structure, a UN medal has been earned!
YOU DON'T FIGHT FOR THE MEDAL, YOU WON'T GET IT! NOW, LET'S
GO GET IT! CONTACT THE FOLLOWING:
- U.S. REPRESENTATIVE UN MISSION
- DEPUTY, UN PEACEKEEPING FORCE GENERATION
|Secretary Ban Ki-Moon
UN Secretary General
First Avenue at 46th Street
United Nations, NY 10017
Deputy Chief, Force Generation
UN Peacekeeping Operations
United Nations, NY 10017
|UNITED NATIONS MISSION
799 United Nations Mission
United Nations, NY 10017
KEY POINTS TO THIS AWARD
Congress and the Defense Department of The United States of America have
authorized the award of the new KOREA DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL (a campaign
medal) to all who served in defense of the Republic of Korea from 28 July
1954 to a date to be determined.
2) The Korea Defense Service Combat Recognition Act became Public Law
allowing retroactive award of the CIB/CMB on the same basis as other
regions/theaters/operations for Army Forces in Korea personally engaged
with enemy forces from 28 July 1953 - TBD.
States Armed Forces and UK Forces in Korea are in direct support of the United Nations
as members of the U.S. led UN Forces Command supporting the unchanged UN
Security Council Resolutions of 1950 as they continue negotiations seeking
a permanent peace.
4) U.S. Armed Forces Headquarters, and DMZ Outposts (UN Guard Posts)
continue to fly the
United Nations flag.
Armed Forces members, post armistice, have been given orientation in proper conduct as a
representative of both the United States and the United Nations
while completing the tour of duty in defense of the Republic of Korea.
The United States Armed Forces in Korea are members of a containment
operation of a viable enemy as well as assistance and defense to a nation
resulting from the Armistice Agreement of 1953 (temporary halt to open
hostilities with no surrender, peace treaty or other agreement) negotiated with the assistance and support of the United
7) U.S. and UK
Armed Forces in Korea during patrol activity and guard duty at all times
wear/wore combat attire including helmets, battle dress uniforms, carry loaded
weapons and ammunition, communications devices, other required gear and
they remain(ed) on a high alert status equal to that found in other UN
Operations everywhere else in the world.
Forces from the ROK, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada,
New Zealand, Greece,
Turkey, Thailand, Philippines. Ethiopia and France still have a military
presence in South Korea.
United Nations Korean
The United Nations Korean Medal was originally designated as the United
Nations Service Medal but was officially renamed the United Nations
Korean Medal on November 22, 1961. It was established pursuant to General Assembly Resolution 483(V) on
December 12, 1950, which provided for "the design and award, under such regulations
as the Secretary-General shall prescribe, of a distinguishing ribbon or
other insignia for personnel which has [sic] participated in Korea
in the defense of the Principles of the Charter of the United
Acceptance by the
Acceptance and wear of this medal was authorized by Public Law 83-354,
which authorized the acceptance for foreign medals and decorations from
June 27, 1950
through July 27, 1955, for the Korean War.
The United Nations Korean Medal was awarded for qualifying service
between the inclusive dates of June 27, 1950
July 27, 1954. There are three exceptions to this terminal date, each requested by
the Governments noted:
January 1, 1955; Thailand
and Sweden, July 27, 1955
The United Nations Korean Medal was generally awarded for any period of
service while assigned as a member of the Armed Forces dispatched to Korea
or adjacent areas for service on behalf of the United Nations. Service
in qualifying organizations had to be certified by the United Nations
Commander-in-Chief as having directly supported military operations in Korea. In the case of the
United States, such certification was issued in General Orders 31 (June 20, 1955);
General Orders 33 (July 11, 1955); and General Orders 36 (July 13,
The design of the medal was specified in Section II United Nations
regulations issued on September 25, 1951.
Order of Precedence
The order of precedence for wearing the United Nations Korean Medal is
set by the national government of the recipients. In the case of the United States, the medal is worn as follows:
After the Philippine
Medal and before the Inter-American Defense Board Medal.
Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard: After the Philippine Independence
Medal and before the United Nations Medal.
Air Force: The United Nations Korean Medal is worn after foreign unit
No devices were authorized for the United Nations Korean Medal; however,
the suspension bar on the obverse contains the word KOREA
(in the language in which the medal was issued).
Description and Symbolism
In the center of a bronze medallion one and a quarter inches in
diameter, the emblem of the United Nations
The reverse bears the inscription FOR SERVICE IN DEFENCE OF THE
PRINCIPLES OF THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS. Medals bearing this
inscription were made available in English for Australia,
New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, United Kingdom, Union of South Africa, and the
. It was also made available in Amharic (for Ethiopia); in Dutch (for the
Netherlands); in French (for Belgium, French Canadians, France
and for Luxembourg). It was made available in Greek (for Greece); in Italian (for
Italy); in Korean (for South Korea); in Spanish (for
Colombia); in Thai (for Thailand); and in Turkish (for Turkey). It was also produced unofficially in Tagalog (for the
WHAT THEY SAID, WE QUOTE THEM.
SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS
2.A.3. 84(July 7, 1950)
The Security Council,
Having determined that the armed attack upon the Republic of Korea by
forces from North Korea constitutes a breach of the peace,
having recommended that
s of the United Nations furnish such assistance to the Republic of Korea
as may be necessary to repel the armed attack and to restore
international peace and security in the area,
1. Welcomes the prompt and vigorous support which Governments and
peoples of the United Nations have given to its resolutions 82 (1950)
and 83 (1950) of 25 and 27 June 1950 to assist the
in defending itself against armed attack and thus to restore
international peace and security in the area;
2. Notes that
s of the United Nations have transmitted to the United Nations offers of
assistance for the Republic of Korea;
3. Recommends that all
s providing military forces and other assistance pursuant to the
aforesaid Security Council resolutions make such forces and other
assistance available to a unified command under the
United States of America
4. Requests the
to designate the commander of such forces;
5. Authorizes the unified command at its discretion to use the United
Nations flag in the course of operations against North Korean forces
concurrently with the flags of the various nations participating;
6. Requests the
to provide the Security Council with reports as appropriate on the
course of action taken under the unified command. (The Permanent
to the United Nations, Website, 11 September 2005)
Korean War and the Armistice:
Since the armistice, which has lasted 45 years,
has engaged in scores of incidents in violation of the agreement. These
incidents have included attacks on U. N. personnel or South
Korean civilians, tunneling under the Demilitarized zone into the
Republic of Korea, sinking of South Korean military and civilian ships,
landing of north Korean agents in the south, a plot to murder the
president of the Republic of Korea, and random shooting across the DMZ,
to name a few.
Many of these incidents have resulted in the
death or injury of
and ROK personnel. United Nations troops have very professionally
handled all of these provocations, and have demonstrated the most mature
judgment in all instances. (USFK Backgrounder 18, pg. 30, Website
(Current as of November 2000)
|Bell of South Korea:
Gen. B. B. Bell, the Army's top officer in Europe, has been nominated
for Commander in Chief of U.S. and United Nations forces
in South Korea. (Army Times, Frontlines, pg. 4, October 3, 2005)
The 16 UN member-countries that fought in Korea signed a joint
declaration in July. They vowed to resist any new Communist attack
on South Korea. The truce agreement established an armistice
commission of UN and Communist officers and observers to carry
on the truce. (World Book Encyclopedia, Vol. 10, pg. 304,
Today this divided land abides by the terms of the longest military
armistice in modern recorded history. No peace treaty has been
signed. The forces of the United Nations and the Republic of
Korea are not actively engaged in open combat, but they still oppose
the Communists along the 151 mile Demilitarized Zone and small scale
fighting occasionally breaks out. South of the
DMZ, United Nations troops support UN objectives and stand ready to
repel any future invasion from the north. Their presence not only
protects the ROK, but contributes greatly to the security of the Pacific
and the Free World. (Korea-Freedom's Frontier, Information Office,
United States Forces Korea, pg. 1, circa 1957-1965 (One (1) copy each
for U.S. Military and Civilian personnel))
|The Unique Command
Structure in Korea: The Commander in Chief, UN Command, has
operational control of the ROK armed forces, a company each from Turkey
and Thailand and token detachments and/or liason groups from Australia,
Canada, Ethiopia, France, Greece, New Zealand, the Philippines, Republic
of Korea, and the United Kingdom in addition to Turkey and
Thailand. (Korea-Freedom's Frontier, Information Office,
United States Forces Korea, pg. 2, circa 1957-1965 (One (1) copy each
for U.S. Military and Civilian personnel))
Your service in this United Nations outpost should give you a
full measure of self satisfaction of doing your part for the nations of
the free world and the security of the United States. (MG Teddy H.
Sanford, CG 7th ID, extract from message to officers and men at
Christmas 1959 (copy published on this website - click
. . . Keep the Peace:
The mission of the 314th Air Division/Korea Base Command is to accomplish
the United Nation’s aim of keeping the peace in
by maintaining a constant air defense alert.
(USAF in Korea Welcomes You, Edited by The Directorate of
Information, 314th Air Division/Korea Base Command, Osan Air Base,
Korea, 1964, pg. 3)
the UN Flag Down:
has urged United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to lower the
U.N. flag that has flown over the American-led military force in
for 49 years. The
request, contained in a December 13, 1999 letter, is in response to
soldiers killed hundreds of civilian refugees at the
No Gun Ri
in July 1950. Li Hyong Chol,
's U.N. Ambassador stated, "the
is still maintaining the U.N. Command in
..." (Army Times,
December 27, 1999, Pg. 6)
says: Gen. John Tilelli is
Commander of the Combined Forces Command and serves as commander in
chief of United Nations Command.
He stated that the "threat" from the North hasn't
diminished over time.
has made steady progress in its surface-to-air missile capability, he
said, and existing SCUD missiles allow
to target all of
U.S. Forces Korea is an outgrowth of the
legal and moral security commitment the
at the time of the war. This
partnership has been strengthened in 1978 by establishment of the
Combined Forces Command an integrated headquarters responsible for
planning the defense of
and directing combat forces to defeat enemy aggression.
Today. U.S. Forces Korea operates as a joint headquarters through
which American combat forces would be sent to the Combined Forces
Command fighting components. According
to the Army commander of U.S. Forces Korea, the mission has not changed
in 45 years. (DoD Web
|End of the War?
"Landmines, planted since the end of the Korean War (in 1953),
have been taken out so that ground troops could be deployed in surprise
attack formations," Li Chul-Su said at a press conference. He is a
defecting fighter pilot. (UN Web site 27 May 96 - Source: Agence
YOUR PHOTOS SHOWING THE UN FLAG FLYING AT YOUR BASE. WE
WANT PHOTOS FROM ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, AND MARINE INSTALLATIONS.
WE WANT DOCUMENTS, PASSES, NEWS ARTICLES, OR ANY OTHER PRINTED MATERIAL
NOTING A UN CONNECTION TO CEASE-FIRE DUTY.