VETERANS of the Korean War have been approved to wear the Republic of Korea War Service medal by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).
As a foreign award, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal is not administered by Defence. Eligible veterans may purchase the replica medal from any reputable medal dealer.
Veterans who have been awarded with the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with clasp KOREA (AASM KOREA) are eligible for the Republic of Korea War Service medal.
The eligibility criteria as directed by the Republic of Korea are as follows:
• served between 25 June 1950 and 27 July 1953
• service prescribed must have been performed while:
– on permanent assignment
– on temporary duty within the territorial limits of Korea or on waters immediately adjacent for 30 consecutive or 60 non–consecutive days
– as crew members of aircraft in aerial flight over Korea participating in combat operations or in support of combat operations.
Further information on the medal, including fact sheet, is available at the Defence Honours and Awards website: https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/mccormack/media-releases/republic-korea-war-service-medal-approved-wear