Authorized by the Department of Defense in February of 2004.
Ribbon is detailed as largely green (live drab) with a thick center blue stripe and outboard white-green-yellow striping repeated at both sides.
Award Criteria (as detailed by various official sources):
Individuals must have been assigned, attached, or mobilized to units operating or serving on all the land area of the Republic of Korea, and the contiguous waters out to 12 nautical miles, and all airspace above the stated land and water areas. To be eligible for the KDSM, personnel must have been physically present in the stated areas for 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive days, or must meet one of the following:
-Be engaged in actual combat during an armed engagement, regardless of the time in the areas of eligibility
-Be killed, wounded, or injured in the line of duty and required medical evacuation from the area of eligibility
-While participating as a regularly assigned aircrew member flying sorties into, out of, within, or over the area of eligibility in support of military operations. Each day that one or more sorties are flown in accordance with these criteria shall count as 1 day toward the 30 or 60 day requirement.
User Tags Detailing this Ribbon:
korea   united states   usaf   usmc   usn   uscg   usarmy   reserves   cold war   modern