Australian General Service Medal for Korea

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Australian General Service Medal for Korea
AGSMK (Australia) medal obverse.jpgAGSMK (Australia) medal reverse.jpg

AGSMK Ribbon.png
Obverse (left), reverse (right)
and ribbon (bottom) of the medal
Awarded by Australia
TypeCampaign medal
Awarded forService in operations in South Korea during the post-Armistice period.
StatusCurrently issued
Established24 November 2009
Last awarded23 January 2014
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Australian Service Medal 1945–1975
Next (lower)Australian Service Medal

The Australian General Service Medal for Korea (AGSMK) recognises former defence force personnel who completed 30 days of service in operations in South Korea, including any location 161 km (100 mi) seaward from the coast of South Korea, during the post-Armistice period, 28 July 1953 to 19 April 1956. The medal was established by letters patent by Queen Elizabeth II on 24 November 2009[1] and further determination approved by the Governor General on 12 March 2010.[2] The AGSMK was announced on 12 February 2010 by the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, the Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP, following the recommendations of the 2005 Post-Armistice Korean Service Review.[3]


The AGSMK is a circular nickel-silver medal 38mm in diameter ensigned with the Federation Star. The obverse has a central design of a relief map of South Korea superimposed over polar projection lines representing the United Nations and surrounded by the words Australian General Service Medal Korea. Centred on the reverse are the words Post Armistice Service 1953–1956 surrounded by Australian gum leaves and blossoms with two Federation Stars included in the bottom left and right hand quadrants. The medal has an antique silver finish with a raised polished outer edge. The medal ribbon is 32 millimetres wide and has a central yellow stripe 8mm wide, flanked by 6mm stripes of blue, which in turn are flanked by 6mm stripes white.[2] The ribbon colours are representative of the colours used for the Korea Medal and the United Nations Korea Medal.[4]

The ribbon bar consists of a strip of full-sized ribbon with no emblem.[2]

Order of wear[edit]

The AGSMK is placed immediately after the Australian Service Medal 1945–1975 in the Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards.[2]


  1. ^ Commonwealth of Australia Gazette S20 3 March 2010 Archived 5 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d Commonwealth of Australia Gazette S31 12 March 2010 Archived 5 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ It's an Honour
  4. ^ "Australian General Service Medal for Korea". Defence Honours and Awards. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014.

See also[edit]