First New Jersey Korean Service Medals Awarded
Photos and story by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA
The first New Jersey Korean Service Medals were presented in a ceremony at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park Apr. 30.
Brig. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General of New Jersey presented the medals to 15 residents of the veterans home.
The New Jersey Korean Service Medal was approved Feb. 3, 2003. In order to receive the medal, veterans must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a New Jersey resident who was on active duty in any branch of the armed forces of the United States in Korea, Japan, or the contiguous waters or airspace on or after June 23, 1950 and on or before January 31, 1955.
- Been given an honorable discharge for their service and:
- Was attached to or served for one or more days with an organization participating in or directly supporting military operations; or
- Was attached to or served for one or more days aboard a United States Naval vessel directly supporting military operations; or
- Participated as a crew member in one or more aerial flights into airspace above Korea or contiguous areas, except that this time limit may be waived for persons participating in actual combat operations; or
- Posthumous - the surviving spouse or immediate family member of any resident of the State meeting the requirements for the medal who was killed while on active duty or who died after receiving an honorable discharge from the armed forces. Only one award of the medal and ribbon per eligible veteran.
Anyone interested in applying for the New Jersey Korean Service Medal should send a completed application together with copies of all pertinent information including discharge documents and mail it to:
New Jersey Department of Military
Be sure to include full name, home address and daytime telephone number.
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