Special Army Order No. 149
Special Army Order
The War Office
6 th November 1951
68/GENERAL/8824 A.O. 149/1951
Grant of the United Nations Service Medal with clasp, Korea, for
Service in Defence of the Principles of the Charter of the
United Nations since 27 th June 1950
- His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve the acceptance by personnel of the United Kingdom Forces and British Commonwealth Forces, of a United Nations Service Medal with clasp, “Korea”, for service in defence of the Principles of the Charter of the United Nations during the period 27 th June 1950, to a date to be decided later, inclusive.
- (a) The medal will be known as “The United Nations Service Medal”.
(b) A clasp bearing the word “KOREA” constitutes part of the suspension of the medal from the ribbon.
(c) The ribbon consists of nine blue and eight white alternating stripes, the blue representing that of the United Nations flag.
(d) The United Nations Service Medal will be worn immediately after the Korea medal, or in accordance with the order of precedence for war medals laid down in regulations.
- The medal will be granted –
- to officers and other ranks of the British Army and British Commonwealth Forces, the eligibility of whose units has been published in General Orders by the United Nations Commander-in-Chief,
- to members of the specially approved civilian categories whose organisations have been certified by the United Nations Commander-in-Chief as having directly supported military operations in Korea, and,
- posthumously, in the case of those eligible who died before receiving it; the medal being given to the legal beneficiary in accordance with the provisions laid down in King’s Regulations.
- The qualifying conditions will be:-
- (i) Army personnel on the posted strength of a unit or forma. – service of one day or more in Korea or in certain areas adjacent thereto (to be defined later).
- For Carrier-borne Ground Liaison Sections and other Army personnel posted for duty in H.M. Ships of the Royal Navy engaged in operations in Korean waters, the time qualification will be service of one day or more.
- For official visits, inspections, etc., by Army personnel on duty – service of 30 days, either continuous or aggregated, while inspecting or visiting units eligible to qualify for the awards.
- Civilian categories . - Service of one day or more in Korea or in certain areas adjacent thereto (to be defined later). Details will be published in due course of those whose entitlement has been authorised in General Orders by the United Nations Commander-in-Chief.
- Special awards . - Service in active operations against the enemy under the conditions other than those prescribed in (a) and (b) above, if such action has been rewarded by the grant of a personal honour or decoration, or if an individual certificate testifying to such operational service has been furnished by the commander of an independent force, or of a division, ship or air group or comparable or higher unit.
Note. – No personnel of the United Nations or its specialised agencies or of any national government service other than members of land, sea and air forces and those civilian categories referred to at para. 3 (b), and no International Red Cross personnel engaged for service under the United Nations Commander-in-Chief with any United Nations relief team in Korea, are eligible for the award of the medal.
5. (a) (i) Officers commanding units (Officers i/c Administration for senior offices and extra-regimentally employed personnel) may authorise the wearing of the ribbon by personnel of those units specified as eligible in General Order by the United Nations Commander-in-Chief.
- Any medal rolls (A.F. B95) still held (which were prepared for the Korea Medal in accordance with Army Order 103 of 1951) should be endorsed as follows:- “Certified that the unit of the undermentioned personnel has been published as eligible for the United Nations Service Medal in United Nations Commander-in-Chief’s General Order No. and that all the personnel listed, except those marked with an asterisk, have been issued with the ribbon”. The names of individuals to whom the ribbon has not been issued will be marked with an asterisk.
- A similar certificate, in memorandum form, should be submitted for personnel of units in Korea who have already sent nominal rolls for the Korea Medal to the United Kingdom.
(b) (i) Officers commanding units (Officers i/c Administration for senior officers and extra-regimentally employed personnel) will prepare medal rolls on A.F. B95 for all personnel, who, though eligible to qualify for the United Nations Service Medal, are ineligible for the Korea Medal. The actual place(s) of service should be shown in the “remarks” column and the number of the General Order of the United Nations Commander-in-Chief should be quoted.
(ii) The names of officers and warrant officers will be entered in order of rank and the names of non-commissioned officers and men will be entered in alphabetical order.
(iii) The names of the individuals convicted of offences for which the award is to be forfeited, under the conditions laid down in King’s Regulations, 1940, Appendix XXXI, will be entered in read on the rolls and the nature of the offence stated in the “remarks” column.
- The rolls of other ranks may then be forwarded for safe custody to the appropriate Officer i/c Records, and those for officers to the Under-Secretary of State, The War Office (A.G. 4 Medals). Further instructions concerning the submission of the rolls of the War Office will be issued to Officers i/c Records in due course.
- All applications in respect of service defined in para. 4(a) (iii) above will be submitted in memorandum form to the Under-Secretary of State, The War Office (A.G. 4 Medals). Full details of the nature of the duties, the authority for the visit, etc., and the dates of entry into and exit from the operational area will be supplied with each application. A.F. B95 is not required to be submitted in such cases.
- (i) An officer who has left the operational area and is not serving with his unit may make an individual application in memorandum form (in lieu of A.F. B 95) to the Under-Secretary of State, the War Office (A.G. 4 Medals).
- An application in similar form may be made by the present commanding officer in respect of any individual rank who is no longer servicing with his qualifying unit, and where there is some doubt as to whether his name has been included in a unit nominal roll.
8. (a) Officers not now serving, or the legal beneficiaries of those deceased, may apply direct to the Under-Secretary of State, The War office (A.G. 4 Medals).
(b) (i) Other ranks discharged, or released, or transferred to the Royal Army Reserve, and the legal beneficiaries of those deceased, should apply to the Officer i/c Records of the regiment or corps with which the last period of army service was rendered.
- A nominal roll on A.F. B.95 should be prepared and certified by the Officer i/c Records in respect of eligible individuals whose names are not included in the roll submitted by the unit.
9. Administrative duties in connection with the award and issue of medals to members of the approved civilian categories referred to at para. 4(b) above will be undertaken by the War Office (A.G. 4 Medals).
- The issue of the medal will be undertaken as son as circumstances permit.
By Command of the Army Council,
(Signed) G.W. Turner
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