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Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation

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Unit award

Currently awarded

South Korea and foreign military units including units that participated in the defense of South Korea as part of the U.N. forces during the Korean War.

Awarded for
Exceptional meritorious service to South Korea.

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 of the government of South Korea that may be presented to South Korean military units, and foreign military units for outstanding performance in defense of the Republic of Korea. In recognition of allied military service to South Korea during the Korean War, all United States military departments were authorized the unit award for that period.


Appearance and wear

When the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation is worn on the South Korea military uniform (right side) 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. No ribbon devices are authorized for wear with this award.

Smaller version

Foreign military unit members who are authorized to wear the award, either wear the award on the right side of the uniform (e.g. U.S. Army) with any other same size unit award emblems or wear the slightly smaller size version of the award on the left side of the uniform (e.g. U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force) with their other service ribbons.

Post-Korean War

  • U.S. Marine Corps for service in South Korea between 9 December 1999 to 24 April 2002.
  • 2nd Infantry Division was recognized in 2011, for their support of South Korea over the preceding 60 years.
  • Seventh Air Force was recognized in October 2013, for longstanding achievements in operational readiness and force employment in South Korea.
  • U.S. Eighth Army was recognized on October 1, 2014, for outstanding performance in defense of the Republic of Korea.
  • Korean War

  • First Marine Division, Reinforced for operations from 15 September to 11 October 1950, including the Inchon landing and the battle for Seoul.
  • 58th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company for their bridge building efforts with the X Corps at the Chosin Reservoir and the Inchon landing in 1950.
  • 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.
  • One Italian unit, the "Ospedale da Campo n° 68" (Field Hospital no. 68) of "Corpo Militare della Croce Rossa Italiana" (Military Corp of Italian Red Cross), was awarded this battle honour twelve: October 6, 1952 and December 30, 1954.
  • 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.
  • One unit of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division, the 65th Infantry Regiment was awarded this battle honor twice during the Korean War. The first was for service in the Uijongbu Corridor in June 1951. The second was for service in the Iron Triangle at Hill 717 in July 1951.
  • 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 from South Africa in support of the United Nations Forces in Korea. It was equipped with P-51 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."
  • 16 Field Regiment of the Royal New Zealand Artillery.
  • A Dutch battalion (Van Heutsz) embedded into the US 2nd Infantry Division was awarded the U.S. Presidential Unit Citation in February 1951, for the capture of 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.
  • 17th Bombardment Wing, Light
  • References

    Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Wikipedia

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