Jump to content

Republic of Korea: Medal for Participation in Vietnam War,


Recommended Posts

Could someone please clue me in on why the Korean medal for Participation in the Vietnam War is so damn hard to find? One would think that one was dealing with a Faberge egg instead of a campaign medal. Considering the relatively large number of ROK's that served in Vietnam, one would think that they'd be a bit easier to come by than they are.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

As you may know, Koreans are subject to severe penalties for unauthorized buying, wearing or selling ROK medals. Don't know if this applies to giving them away, but I'd assume so. After many years of traveling there, I was able to get some of the ROK medals from the manufacturer including the Viet Nam medal.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was unaware of the penalties angle to this but it does shed some light on the matter. It's too bad that the US doesn't follow similar policies for people who strut around wearing more medals than the president of Paraguay. Thanks for the info. NGL

The U.S. Only really has issues when it is the MOH, other orders and medals it seems are passable to a point. In terms of owning etc, not wearing them :D

I think any order or medal in which the country doesn't exist anymore could in theory be worn as jewellery pieces.

There are some celebs that get away with wearing stuff that is still issued now a days (Serbian Order of the White Eagle anyone? :), Russian Order of St. George etc)

Edited by Rogi
Link to comment
Share on other sites

That's my point. The US should have strict laws dealing with people who wear awards that they don't deserve.

I agree, but I think that it would spawn some debate on whether or not people should collect militaria in the first place. Anything even remotely similar to the topic and it usually gets people talking about collecting.

The down side is that those people that are opposed to collecting orders and medals, never seem to meet (or even listen) to people that enjoy it and do it to commemorate the Veterans and the history of these recipients that served. I'm sure if we brought a bunch over to the forum here and explained our points and why we do it, that a lot could change :)

but then I'm getting off topic :D

Stricter laws on wearing orders and medals - yes :D (but not restricting people wearing items they've earned, ie not having every Veteran file a request with their gov. to wear something they've earned, even if the Nation they earned it with is not that friendly with their current nation)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Blog Comments

    • As a theology student my professor, a much published former Naval chaplain, set us an essay, saying that if we could answer that successfully we would be guaranteed  a good degree "Which of the gospel writers was the biggest liar, discuss."   I got a good mark, but  don't want to be burned for heresy.   P
    • As my father used to say: "Tain't so much Pappy's a liar - he just remembers big."  
    • Brian: First, let me say that I always enjoy reading your blog and your "spot on" comments.  Another fine topic with such a broad expansion into so many different facets.  I had watched this a week or two ago and when reading your blog, it reminded me of this great quote.   There is a great video on the origins of "Who was Murphy in Murphy's Law"   Anyway, about mid way through this video, there is this great quote and I think it sums it up quite well to your statem
    • I've received word from the Curator that she has permission to re-open this summer.   We're already making plans for a November event at the Museum.   Michael
    • I recall I did the same on hot days at Old Fort York back in 1973-74 - wool uniforms, and at 90F they would let you take your backpack off.   Michael
  • Create New...