Medals awarded for service by American military personnel during the Korean War include the Korean Service Medal issued by the United States, the Korean War Service Medal issued by the Republic of Korea, and the United Nations Service Medal Korea. Qualifying veterans served in Korea between 1950 and 1954.
To qualify for the Korean Service Medal, veterans must have served within the territorial limits of Korea or under a command that directly supported military efforts in Korea. The medal was established by President Truman in 1950.
The Korean War Service Medal was first awarded by the Republic of Korea to U.N. forces in 1950. However, due to legal restrictions on accepting foreign awards, American veterans could not accept the medal until the Secretary of Defense approved it in 1999.
Recipients of the United States Korean Service Medal automatically qualify to receive the United Nations Service Medal Korea. The medal is informally known by its prior name, the United Nations Service Medal.