Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea

Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea.  A circular medal of copper and zinc alloy (silver in colour), 1.42 inches (36 mm) in diameter.

Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea



This Korean War medal was established in 1991 for service between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954.

Eligibility and Criteria

A former member of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army or the Royal Canadian Air Force is eligible to be awarded the medal where the member:

  • was in the Canadian armed forces during all or part of the period from 27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954:
  • was in the qualifying area (defined as Korea and the adjacent areas, including Japan, Okinawa and Korean waters); and
  • during the period referred to in (a),
    • was on the strength of an army unit or formation in Korea for at least one day;
    • was on active service for at least 28 days on a ship or craft engaged in operations in the qualifying area;
    • flew one sortie over Korea or over Korean waters in the Yellow Sea or East Sea (Sea of Japan), or:
    • accumulated at least 28 days service in the qualifying area.

The medal may be awarded posthumously.


A circular medal of copper and zinc alloy (silver in colour), 1.42 inches in diameter. For mounting, a claw at the top of the medal is attached to a straight bar.

The obverse has a crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right, circumscribed with the legend: ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA · CANADA · the word CANADA being at the bottom.

The reverse has, in five lines, the words: KOREA/VOLUNTEER/1950 - 1954/VOLONTAIRE/COREE within a laurel wreath, with a maple leaf centred at the bottom.

The ribbon is composed of seven bands: United Nations blue, yellow, red, white, red, yellow, and United Nations blue.

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