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  1. If anyone is interested, I started a new Korean Medals Website at https://koreanmedals.com/ Earthlink stopped giving free website and started charging. It is still under construction, so please be patient.
  2. Sorry to have been out of touch for so long. Work is driving me crazy. As to miniature medals. Some Korean Orders and medals are available as miniature medals Yak Jang 약장. Korean law requires miniature Medals to be ½ of their normal size, and current law expressly prohibits miniaturizing Orders that are normally worn on a sash or cravat. During the 1950s, most Korea Orders and Medals were breast medals. Miniatures from this time period can be found, but starting in the early 60s, Sashes and Cravats were added to the higher classes. Current legislation also prohibits the we
  3. I think I can be of some help. This ribbon group belongs to a Police Officer. 1st row (L to R) Minister of Home Affairs Commendation Police Commissioner General's Commendation 10 Year Long Service Medal 2nd row (L to R) 20 Year Long Service Medal United Nations Medal Red Cross Medal (Missing Red Cross Attachment) 3rd row (L to R) 1980 Overcoming National Crisis Medal 1984 Pope John Paul II visit to Korea 1985 IBRD IMF Annual Conference in Seoul 4th row (L to R) 1986 Asian Games Service Medal 1988 Olympic Service Medal 1988 Paralympic Service Medal I hope I have
  4. There is no problem with calling this medal the "Korean War Service Medal", the "ROKWSM", the "Crossed Bullets Medal", or to use the Korean term the "6.25 Incident Participation Medal". In fact on my webpage, if you look at Yi Ki-Poong's 1951 letter to the Commander in Chief. In the first paragraph, he calls it the "War Service Medal". As the title of my webpage states, "The real story behind the Republic of Korea's War Service Medal, or more precisely, the Republic of Korea's 6.25 Incident Participation Medal". My problem is with all of the "Purported Facts" that are floating around t
  5. A little off the beaten path, but there was a post in regards to the the Korean War Service Medal also known as the ROKWSM. The internet is full of misinformation on this medal and now I see that some of this misinformation has crept into this website. If anyone is interested, I have posted a web page which gives the full story on the ROKWSM with all of the support documents that I have been able to find. If anyone is interested you can find the information at http://home.earthlink.net/~kwsm/ I hope it is of some interest to the members. Sincerely, Don Pfeifer
  6. I have been collecting and researching Korean Orders, Medals and Decorations since '93. As far as I know, the Koreans have never posted any information on the numbers of medals issued to specific countries. In 1983 the Korean Ministry of Government Information, published "Decorations Overview". On Page 255, there is one little reference to 209,555 Orders being issued for the Korean War, but there are no specifics. Just for general information, there were three different design series of the Order of Military Merit issued during the War. The first official design was issued beginning in
  7. I think I can shed a little light on the subject. This is the Korean War Service Medal, type 1, only if the reverse is blank as was authorized by Korean Presidential Decree #390 on October 24, 1950. (I have been referring to the Type 1 medals with the English reverse as Type 1a.) Within a very short period of time, the Koreans realized that they could not afford to produce a million or more KWSMs in enamel. They redesigned the medal to the crossed bullets design (Type 2). The Type 2 medals were issued in large quantities long before Presidential Decree #892, dated April 14, 1954, which ef
  8. The Order of Military Merit was used for both Korean and foreign troops. During the Korean War the OMM was issued as both a combat and a noncombat decoration. The Original OMM was in four classes with only a number for each class. Late in 1950, each class was divided into three grades with the Gold Star, Silver Star and No Star attachment system, effectively giving a 12 class system. The designs for the planchets were changed in April, 1951 and a few months later, each class was given a name: Taeguk, Ulchi, Chungmu and Hwarang. In 1963, a fifth class was created and the star system was dr
  9. Order of Cultural Merit President Class (2nd Class) 1963 Series In 1967, the Order of Cultural Merit ceased to exist. The names for the three classes were given to the Order of National Foundation. In 1973, the Order of Cultural Merit was reinstated in 5 classes
  10. For the moment, to keep it simple, without the breast star, they are the 1958 series, with the breast star, they are the 1962 series. Visually, the planchet designs are identical for both series as well as the ribbons, but there were dimensional changes.
  11. Now you know why I have been working on a South Korean ODM book for 15 years. To tell you the truth, you have a fair representation of the South Korean Orders but there is a lot more. - Don
  12. Order of National Foundation 1962 Tanjang Class (3rd Class)
  13. Order of National Foundation 1962 Junjang Class (1st Class)
  14. I think this is a 2nd class. This style and ribbon color are correct for the 1958 revision. A breast star was added in 1962 and then completely redesigned in 1967.
  15. I think this is the 2nd Class breast star. A breast star was added to the 1st Class in 1958. Then in 1962, breast stars were added to the 2nd and 3rd Class. I would need to see the reverse of this breast star to confirm, but the Korean legislation strongly indicates that this is a 2nd Class.
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