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Foreign Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - The Korean War Service Medal

Obverse View

The Korean War Service Medal obverse view

About the Korean War Service Medal

Instituted in 1950 by the Republic of Korea, the Korean War Service Medal was offered to all personnel who served in the Korean War, however, the regulations of the day did not permit the acceptance or wearing of this medal by British Commonwealth military personnel. In 2001, the Korean Government again offered the Korean War Service Medal to British Commonwealth forces in recognition of the significant contribution and bravery of the veterans who had fought in the war. The Sovereign subsequently approved the acceptance and unrestricted wearing of the award by eligible New Zealanders.

Applications for this medal are still open. Please complete either NZDF Medals Office Form No. 1 (for your own medal) or Form No. 2 (for the medal of a deceased relative).

Medal Regulations

Documents relating to the acceptance of the Korean War Service Medal can be viewed here.

Clasps and Bars

No clasps or bars were issued for this medal.

Order of Wear

The position of this medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.

How to apply

To apply for the Korean War Service Medal please complete either NZDF Medals Office Form No. 1 (for your own medal) or Form No. 2 (for the medal of a deceased relative).

Other Campaign Medals awarded to New Zealanders for service during the Korean War

The Korea Medal

The United Nations Medal (Korea)