The Korean Service Medal was established by Executive Order 10179 signed by President Harry S. Truman on November 8, 1950.
The Korean Service Medal was awarded for qualifying service between June 27, 1950, and July 27, 1954.
The Korean Service Medal was awarded to service members who participated in operations in the Korean war zone between June 27, 1950, and July 27, 1954.
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
The Korean Service Medal is worn after the National Defense Service Medal and before the Antarctic Service Medal.
The Korean Service Medal was designed by Thomas Hudson Jones (1892-1969).
The first recipients of the Korean Service Medal received their medals on February 6, 1951. They were:
In the center of a bronze medallion one and a quarter inches in diameter, a stylized Korean gateway is depicted with the words KOREAN SERVICE following the contour of the medal. The Korean gateway was selected to symbolically represent the geographic area of operations.
In the center of a bronze medallion one and a quarter inches in diameter, the Taeguk is depicted, surrounded in the upper half of the medal by the words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and in the lower half by branches of laurel leaves (to the left) and oak leaves (to the right).
The Taeguk is the Korean national symbol and is taken from the Korean flag. It represents the unity of all things. The branches of laurel and oak represent achievement and strength.
The ribbon to the Koran Service Medal consists of light blue bisected by a center stripe of white. The colors are those of the United Nations, under whose authority the war was fought. Since the war was fought under the authority of the United Nations, the American colors were not incorporated into this ribbon.