Korean War Service Medal Information
On August 20, 1998, Francis M. Rush Jr., Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, approved the acceptance and wearing of the Korean War Service Medal (KWSM). Military veterans, who served in the country of Korea, its territorial waters or airspace, are eligible to receive this medal. The period of service for the KWSM is June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. Veterans who served in Japan, Guam, Okinawa or the Philippines are not eligible.
To be eligible, service must have been performed while on permanent assignment in Korea, while in temporary duty in Korea for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days, or while serving as a crew member of an aircraft in aerial flight over Korea participating in actual combat operations, or in support of combat operations.
Additional eligibility information:
If the veteran is deceased, his/her primary next-of-kin (PNOK) may apply for the KWSM.
If the veteran is married, the primary next-of-kin is the veteran's spouse, children or siblings, in that order of precedence.
If the spouse is living, he/she must apply before the veteran's eldest son or daughter. If the veteran's eldest son or daughter applies, the request must explain that the spouse is deceased.
If the veteran was not married, the PNOK is the veteran's father/mother or brothers/sisters, in that order of precedence.
If the veteran's parents are living, they must apply before the veteran's eldest brother or sister applies. If the veteran's eldest brother or sister applies, the request must explain that the parents are deceased.
Information provided by http://www.korea50.mil
Republic of Korea
Korean War Service Medal Contact Information
U.S. Air Force Personnel Center
550 C Street West, Suite 12
Randolph Air Force Base, TX 78150-45714
Telephone: (800) 558-1404
Fax: (210) 565-3118
Web site: http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/awards
If required documentation is not available to the veteran or the next of kin, it may be obtained by contacting the local veterans service agency or by contacting:
National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)
(Military Personnel Records)
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100