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Korean War Medals and leaflets

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This is my small collection of Korean War medals, two surrender leaflets and a Honor Guard hat badge from unknown date.

I have a question on the R.O.K. Korean War Service Medal. This was one of the first medals to come out and it has the yin and yang symbol on the medal ribbon whereas the medals you see now do not have this on the ribbon. Does anyone know anything about this?

Bob

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Very nice display Bob. I have always wanted to see more info and items from the Korean War, it seems to be forgotten in more ways than one... Scott.

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Perhaps it was an economy measure. It must have been more complicated and expensive to produce the symbol on lengths of ribbon.

Regards

Brett

PS I admired your display.

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Perhaps it was an economy measure. It must have been more complicated and expensive to produce the symbol on lengths of ribbon.

Regards

Brett

PS I admired your display.

Brett,

Thank you. The display was from when I collected a little bit of everything until I realized that there is too much to collect and have money to buy it all!!!

Bob

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ID: 5   Posted (edited)

Bob <BR>Although my collecting is focussed on medals (including Korean War medals), I like to collect associated materials (photos, paper, badges etc), which is why I found your display so appealing. However, I agree. The ' extras' add to the cost of collecting (and complicate storage). <BR>Regards Brett

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I've been trying to amass a few of these "Psy-War" pamphlets too. I've not yet got the safe conduct pass, but I pick them up when I can.

Here are a few of mine:

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"PEACE" magazine, published by the Chinese People's Volunteers which basically consists of short articles and cuttings taken from western newspapers about anti-war demonstrations, protests and the like. There's a rather disturbing letter from a POW on the back.

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A few Korean language ones - I've not yet had them translated and the red one may be either Northern or Southern (if anyone could help I'd be much obliged)

Finally, my 'favourite'. This is an Xmas card dropped, I believe, in the lines oposite the Commonwealth soldiers who would pick them up. Inside the card (which is signed off by the Chinese and North Korean forces) is a type-written note especially for UK forces:

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and inside:

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Truely a piece of history.

B-P

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ID: 7   Posted (edited)

To my knowledge these ribbons with the ying/yang symbol were originally not intended to be used in combination with the medal, but for the ribbon bar only. The intended ribbon for wear with the medal (without the ying/yang) is very hard to find and thus, when the original ribbon was worn out, the other ribbon with the ying/yang is used as a replacement.

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I believed that the Ying/Yang symbol were originally intended to be little badges on the medal ribbon, but often fell off which is why later versions have ribbons with the design woven in?

BP

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I believed that the Ying/Yang symbol were originally intended to be little badges on the medal ribbon, but often fell off which is why later versions have ribbons with the design woven in?

BP

Bp

Thank you for the information.

Bob

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You've got the more unusual version of the French Korean War Medal. : )

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ID: 11   Posted (edited)

bmsm,

Some (North ?) Korean propaganda leaflets

Rgds

Dave

 

 

 

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correct orientation of document

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ID: 12   Posted (edited)

And a Safe Conduct Pass - looks like for US/Korean POW in Chinese prisoner camp !

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additional information

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Dave

Thank you for your very interesting posts.  Also, for the link.  I had no idea that this was such a rich field for collecting and research.

Regards

Brett

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ID: 15   Posted

 

This is my small collection of Korean War medals, two surrender leaflets and a Honor Guard hat badge from unknown date.

I have a question on the R.O.K. Korean War Service Medal. This was one of the first medals to come out and it has the yin and yang symbol on the medal ribbon whereas the medals you see now do not have this on the ribbon. Does anyone know anything about this?

Bob

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Bob,

I recently found this very scholarly write up on the medal your post refers to.  The author has gone to the source and seems to have resolved your question in his article.

http://home.earthlink.net/~kwsm/ 

Regards,

Gordon

 

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