Korea Defense Veterans from other nations, join the movement for recognition.   

United Nations, 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 South Korea 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 South Korea today.  The United Nations Command that you authorized, with the U.S. 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 emblazoned everywhere!  

Cease-fire 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 flag.  WE, too, have earned respect, but we have not received your recognition.  .

We aren't 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!




Tell the United Nations to award the United Nations Korean Medal 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!  IF YOU DON'T FIGHT FOR THE MEDAL, YOU WON'T GET IT!   NOW, LET'S GO GET IT!  CONTACT THE FOLLOWING:



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
U.S. Representative
799 United Nations Mission
United Nations, NY 10017



1) The 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.

3) United 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.

5) U.S. 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.

6) 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 Nations.

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.

8) Armed 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 Medal  

Establishing Authority

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 Nations."

Acceptance by the United States

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.

Effective Dates

The United Nations Korean Medal was awarded for qualifying service between the inclusive dates of June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954. There are three exceptions to this terminal date, each requested by the Governments noted: Netherlands: 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, 1955).


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:

Army: After the Philippine Independence 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 citations.


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, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, United Kingdom, Union of South Africa, and the United States . 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 Philippines).


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 Member 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 Republic of Korea in defending itself against armed attack and thus to restore international peace and security in the area;
2. Notes that Member s of the United Nations have transmitted to the United Nations offers of assistance for the Republic of Korea;
3. Recommends that all Member 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 United States 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 United States to provide the Security Council with reports as appropriate on the course of action taken under the unified command.  (The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, Website, 11 September 2005)
The Korean War and the Armistice:  Since the armistice, which has lasted 45 years, north Korea 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 U.S. 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)
Peace Negotiations:  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, Copyright 1961) 
Freedom's Frontier:  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)) 
Christmas Menu:  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 here)
Your Mission . . . 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 Korea 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)
Take the UN Flag Down:  North Korea has urged United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to lower the U.N. flag that has flown over the American-led military force in South Korea for 49 years.  The request, contained in a December 13, 1999 letter, is in response to allegations that U.S. soldiers killed hundreds of civilian refugees at the village of No Gun Ri in July 1950.  Li Hyong Chol, North Korea 's U.N. Ambassador stated, "the United States is still maintaining the U.N. Command in South Korea ..."  (Army Times, December 27, 1999, Pg. 6)
Gen. Tilelli saysGen. 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.  North Korea has made steady progress in its surface-to-air missile capability, he said, and existing SCUD missiles allow North Korea to target all of South Korea .
     U.S. Forces Korea is an outgrowth of the legal and moral security commitment the United States made to South Korea 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 South Korea 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 site, 10/21/99)
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 France Presse)