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THE KOREA MEDAL
THE KOREA MEDAL

The institution of this medal was approved in 1951. Struck in cupro-nickel and 36mm in diameter, it hangs by a straight fixed suspender from a yellow ribbon 33 mm wide with two 6.35 mm light blue stripes. As King George VI died before its issue, the obverse bears the laurated head of Queen Elizabeth II with the surrounding legend 'Elizabeth II Dei Gra: Britt: Omn: Regina F:D'. The reverse shows Hercules armed with a sword in his right hand holding off the Hydra with his left arm and leg. In the exergue is the word 'Korea'. Qualification for award to members of the 3rd Battalion was service of one day or longer on the posted strength of the Battalion. The naming is in small impressed block lettering.

THE UNITED NATIONS MEDAL FOR KOREA
THE UNITED NATIONS MEDAL FOR KOREA

Those qualifying for the Korea Medal were also entitled to the United Nations medal for Korea. This bronze medal, 35.5 mm in diameter, hangs by a straight fixed suspender with a bar containing the word 'Korea'. The medal suspender and bar are all one piece and hang from a ribbon 37 mm wide and comprised of nine blue and eight white stripes. The obverse shows the world motif of the United Nations Organisation and the reverse bears the inscription 'For Service in the Defence of the Principles of the United Nations'. Naming is in small impressed block lettering, similar to the Korea Medal.

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