Some American Korean War medals and ribbons include the Korea Defense Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal. The Republic of Korea awarded soldiers the Korean Service Medal and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation. The United States also issued service members standard medals and ribbons including the Purple Heart, the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Silver Star and other military service decorations during the Korean conflict.Continue Reading
The Korean Service Medal was the first decoration issued by the United States government recognizing military service members who served in the Korean War. President Harry Truman created the medal by an executive order in 1950. The medal is a circular bronze medallion stamped with "Korean Service" and illustrated with a classical portico. The ribbon is primarily light blue with a single thin white stripe down the middle and two even thinner white stripes along the outer edges.
The U.S. Congress proposed the Korea Defense Service Medal which was then signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002. The medal features an illustration of a traditional Korean circular dragon and the words "KOREA DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL." The medal's ribbon features a central thick blue stripe flanked by yellow and white stripes on either side against a forest green background.Learn more about Collecting