"There are good ships and wood ships, ships that sail the sea,
but the best ships are friendships, may they always be!" -Irish Proverb
The Korean Service Medal is a decoration of the United States military
and was created in November 1950 by order of President Harry Truman. The Korean Service
Medal is the primary United States decoration for participation in the Korean War and is
awarded to any U.S. service member, who performed duty in the Republic of Korea, between
June 27, 1950 and June 27, 1954. The United States Department of Defense declared thirteen
official campaigns of the Korean War, all of which are annotated by service stars on the
Korean Service Medal. Some campaigns apply to all branches of the U.S. military, while
others are branch specific.
6 Service stars are authorized to the Korean Service Medal for participation in the following campaigns, as noted by the Stars below. One Star earns the medal and subsequent campaigns each earn a Bronze Star. Five Bronze Stars are indicated on the Korean Service Ribbon above, by one Silver Star.
The United Nations Service Medal is an international military decoration which was established by the United
Nations on December 12, 1950. The decoration was the first international award ever created and recognized
the multi-national defense forces which participated in the Korean War.
The United Nations Service Medal is awarded to any military service member, of an Armed Force allied with South Korea, who participated in the defense of Korea from North Korean aggression between the dates of June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954.
The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation was awarded to units of
the Armed Forces of the United States that displayed great gallantry under extremely hazardous conditions during the
The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation was accepted in accordance with Public Law 83-354, which authorized the acceptance and wear of foreign decorations, medals, and awards in connection with services rendered in Korea between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1955.
The Korean Service Medal is the primary United States decoration for participation in the Korean War and is awarded to any U.S. service member, who performed duty in the Republic of Korea, between June 27, 1950 and June 27, 1954.
This medal is awarded to members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard for combat action service. The principal requirement is that the personnel must have been in a ground or surface combat fire-fight, or action during which they were under enemy fire, and that their performance under fire must have been satisfactory.
The World War II Victory Medal may be awarded to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served on active duty in World War II at any time between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946, both dates inclusive.
The China Service Medal was a military medal awarded by U.S. Navy to personel who served ashore in China or were attached to any of the vessels that operated in support of operations in China between September 2, 1945 and April 1, 1957.
The Navy Occupation Service Medal is a decoration of the United States Navy which
was issued to Navy personnel who participated in the Asian occupation forces following the close of the
Second World War.
The Pacific Clasp was authorized for any service performed in the Asiatic-Pacific area between the dates of September 2, 1945 and April 27, 1952. The USS TOLEDO served actively for periods in the Korean War from July 1950 through February 1953.