Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
A former member of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army or the Royal Canadian Air
Force is eligible to be awarded the medal where the member:
(a) was in the Canadian armed forces during all or part of the period from
27 June 1950 to 27 July 1954:
(b) was in the qualifying area (defined as Korea and the adjacent areas,
including Japan, Okinawa and Korean waters); and
- during the period referred to in (a),
(i) was on the strength of an army unit or formation in Korea for at least one
(ii) was on active service for at least 28 days on a ship or craft engaged in
operations in the qualifying area;
(iii) flew one sortie over Korea or over Korean waters in the Yellow Sea or
Sea of Japan, or:
(iv) accumulated at least 28 days service in the qualifying area.
The medal may be awarded posthumously.
There is no bar to this medal.
A circular medal of copper and zinc alloy (silver in colour), 1.42 inches (36 mm) in
A crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right, circumscribed with the legend:
ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA · CANADA · the word CANADA being at the bottom.
Centred, in five lines, the words: KOREA/VOLUNTEER/1950 - 1954/VOLONTAIRE/COREE within a
laurel wreath, with a maple leaf centred at the bottom.
A claw at the top of the medal is attached to a straight bar.
A yellow ribbon, 1.25 inches (32 mm) wide, with a central red stripe (6 mm wide) between
two white stripes (2 mm wide), and has UN blue edge stripes (7 mm wide).
Established in 1991.
Service between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954.
There have been 16,191 issued to 11 March 1994.
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