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Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.
Korean War & Korea Defense Veterans: A Continuity of Service in the Defense of Freedom
Incorporated June 14, 1985; Chartered by Congress June 30, 2008
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Republic of Korea - Ambassador for Peace Medal

Korean War Veterans who served in the Korean War may be eligible for the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal. This commemorative medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean government to United States service men and women who served in the Korean War.

The Ambassador for Peace Medal began to be presented to veterans as a special memento for those of who returned to South Korea through the ‘Revisit Program’. The honor has since expanded to veterans who cannot travel the long journey to Korea.

Criteria:

  1. To be eligible, the veterans must have served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. It is also available for the veterans who have participated in UN peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955.
  2. The commemorative medals may be awarded posthumously. However, please understand that the highest priority for presenting the medal is given to veterans who are currently surviving in the United States of America. The next of kin, such as the spouse or descendants may apply for the medal on behalf of a deceased veteran.
  3. In order to apply for this commemorative medal, veterans or their family members have to complete the application form. Application form is listed below and can also be obtained contacting one of the Korean Consulates listed on pages 3 – 6 of this correspondence. Veterans need to provide a copy of their DD214 or Discharge papers from Active Duty along with their application form for verification purpose.
  4. Please send your completed application form to the Defense Attaché Office, Embassy of the Republic of Korea or to one of the Republic of Korea Consulates. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the Defense Attaché Office at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea or one of the Republic of Korea's consulates located in the United States.

Click HERE for an application form and a list of Korean Consulates in the U.S.

Information paper produced by James R. Fisher, Executive Director, Korean War Veterans Association – August 19, 2015
Updated July 23, 2019