Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation

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Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
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Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Awarded by South Korea
Type Unit award
Eligibility Military units of South Korea, as well as all military units who participated as part of the U.N. forces during the Korean War
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Please see "Presidential Unit Citation (disambiguation)" for other nations' versions of this award

The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation (Hangul: 대한민국 대통령 부대 표창; Hanja: 大韓民國大統領 部隊表彰) is a military unit award presented by the government of South Korea to both South Korean and foreign military units. The award is currently given primarily to South Korean military units, but it may still be awarded to foreign military units. By order of the South Korean government, the award was retroactively authorized[when?] to every unit of the United States Army that had deployed to the Korean Peninsula between 1950 and 1954[citation needed].

Appearance[edit]

When the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation is worn on the uniform it is as a ribbon 1 38 inches (35 mm) wide surrounded by a gold frame. The ribbon is white, with a 1564 inch (6 mm) red above blue Taeguk in the center. At the edge of the ribbon, on each side, are the following stripes: 1364 inch (5 mm) Hunter Green; 164 inch (0.4 mm) White; 164 inch (0.4 mm) Old Glory Red; 164 inch (0.4 mm) white; 164 inch (0.4 mm) Old Glory Red; 164 inch (0.4 mm) white; 164 inch (0.4 mm) Hunter Green.[1]

Recipients[edit]

  • Awarded to the 7th Infantry Division three times. The first was for service at Inchon, the second for service during the period of 1950-1953, and finally for deployment to the Korean Peninsula from 1945-1948 and 1953-1971.[2]
  • One Turkish unit, Turkish Brigade, which repulsed a Chinese force three times its size during the battle of Kumyangjang-Ni (25–26 January) of the Korean War, was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation from the President of Korea on July 11, 1951.[citation needed]
  • One South African unit, the 2 Squadron SAAF was also awarded this battle honour. It was presented on November 1, 1951. It reads "This unit was dispatched form South Africa in support of the United Nations Forces in Korea. It was equipped with P51 aircraft and has functioned continually in support of operations of the Eighth Army. Through all gallantry and devotion to duty of its personnel it has earned high praise and its losses in pilots have been heavy. It continued to meet cheerfully all tasks allotted to it, and gives a higher performance than is normally expected."[4]
  • February 1951 a Dutch battalion (Van Heutsz) embedded into the US 2nd Infantry Division was awarded the U.S. Presidential Unit Citation for the capture oh Hill 325, north of Manjong Station. The under-strength A Company, reinforced by personnel from B and heavy weapons companies, was ordered to recapture Hill 325 on the 15th of February 1951. At 0230 hrs the next morning, the Dutch were beaten back by heavy machinegun fire; at 0345 hrs they tried again and this time advanced to within 300 metres of the crest before again being repulsed. Just before dawn the exhausted Dutch, their ammunition almost expended, fixed bayonets and, shouting their battle cry, gained their objective. For these actions the Van Heutsz received its first U.S. Presidential Unit Citation. This came at a cost, however, as the battalion had suffered over a hundred casualties.[citation needed]
  • The award was awarded to Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Korea for service between 9 December 1999 to 24 April 2002.[citation needed]
  • October 2013, Seventh Air Force was recognized for longstanding achievements in operational readiness and force employment in South Korea.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation". http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/. The Institute of Heraldry. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lineage and Honors 7th Infantry Division (Bayonet)". http://www.history.army.mil/. US Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lineage and Honors 65th Infantry Regiment (The Borinqueneers)". http://www.history.army.mil/. US Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "2 Squadron". http://www.af.mil.za/. South African Air Force. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Doscher, Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. (1 October 2013). "ROK President awards 7 AF Presidential Unit Citation". United States Forces Korea. 7th Air Force PAO. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Doscher, Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. (11 October 2013). "ROK President awards 7 AF Presidential Unit Citation". Crimson Sky (Vol 5, Issue 1) (Seventh Air Force). Retrieved 2 June 2014. 

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