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COUNTRY:

Korean / Republic of Korea (ROK)

 

NAME:

Korean Order of Military Merit, Taeguk Class (Somes written as "Taegeug")

 

DESCRIPTION:

It is the highest decoration awarded by the Republic of Korea for military merit. It is basically the Republic of Korea's Medal of Honor.

 

RIBBON:

The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of a light blue or bluish teal background with a Korean blue and red ying-yang in the center (either printed or embroidered). The ying and yang is flanked on each side by four white stripes.

 

 

CRITERIA:

This decoration is commonly listed among the awards for high ranking American officers of all service branches (normally Colonels, Captains, and all levels of generals and admirals) involved in the Korean War and Vietnam War.

 

The decoration is primiarly given out to for command leadership roles of entire divisions or commands that aided Korean troops to withstand attack by enemy troops.

 

South Korean Minister of National Defense often presented the decoration during a ceremony.

 

 

DESIGNS & HISTORY:

The "'Taeguk" class is named after the term used to describe the blue and red ying-yang from Korea.

 

Today the decoration includes a medal worn on a sash ribbon and ribbon bar. The ribbon bar is slightly different today, as you can see below, from the modern decoration. It is believed the change in design occurred sometime during the 1960s (perhaps in 1961).

 

KOREAN WAR EXAMPLES:

 

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Embroidered version

 

 

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Printed version

 

 

MODERN EXAMPLE:

 

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(Note change in ribbon and medal design)

Picture from: http://czar94.cafe24.com/rpm/Asia/Republic.../koreamedal.htm

 

 

RIBBON BAR IN USE:

 

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General Frank Fort Everest, USAF

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