President Harry S Truman created the Korean Service Medal with Executive Order
No. 10179, of 8 November 1950 to commemorate the service of members of the
Armed Forces of the United States during operations in the Korean area.
a. Eligibility for the medal is based on the following:
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(1) Duty must be performed in Korea, including the waters adjacent thereto.
(2) Such duty must have been performed between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954.
The medal was designed by Thomas Jones, a sculptor on the staff of the Army
Institute of Heraldry. The front, or obverse, depicts a traditional Korean
gateway while the back, or reverse, shows the Taegut or Yin-Yang symbol taken
from the South Korean flag.
Korean Service Medal Stars
One bronze service star may be worn for each campaign;
one silver service star in lieu of five bronze:
UN Defensive -- 27 Jun-15 Sep 1950
UN Offensive -- 16 Sep-02 Nov 1950
CCF Intervention -- 03 Nov 1950-24 Jan 1951
First UN Counteroffensive -- 25 Jan-21 Apr 1951
CCF Spring Offensive -- 22 Apr-08 Jul 1951
UN Summer-Fall Offensive -- 09 Jul-27 Nov 1951
Second Korean Winter -- 28 Nov 1951-30 Apr 1952
Korea, Summer-Fall 1952 -- 01 May-30 Nov 1952
Third Korean Winter -- 01 Dec 1952-30 Apr 1953
Korea, Summer 1953 -- 01 May-27 Jul 1953