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1Lt Jonathan Hayt
D Company
24th Special Services BN
24th Infantry Division
Commanding Officer, RC#4
1955 - 1956
Lt Kameron Ince
4th Turkish Brigade
G2 Staff, CIC Liaison
HQs, 25th Inf Div
1953 - 1954
Pfc Julio Martinez
1/12th Cav, 1st Cav Div
2/38th Inf, 2nd Inf Div
Sp4 Bill Strouse
15th QM Co
1st Cav Div
1957 - 1958
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This symbol created by a Turkish enlisted man -

1. When the 1st Turkish Brigade arrived in Korea,
Gen. Walker (CG of 8th Army) announced that
Gen. McArthur had designated the Turkish
Brigade as "North Star".
An enlisted man drew this symbol and submitted
it to Gen. T. Yazici, commander of the brigade.  It
was approved and it became the symbol of the
Turkish Brigade.
The 31st anniversity of the Turkish Republic was
celebrated in 1954.
The Korean goverment gave this memorial badge to
all 5 Turkish brigades (around 16.000) which served  
between 1950-1954.
At the upper side of the badge, It says "XXX1 (31st)
Anniversary of Republic.
Below this, it says "5 th Turkish Brigade" ( which
was serving at the time)
At the center is the symbol of the Turkish Brigade.
Below, is the word " Korea" where the badge was
At the bottom "1923-1954" means the date of Turkish
Republic foundation year and the medal given year.
The information below has
not been confirmed by me.
United Nations Korean  Medal
given to the Turkish troops
A jeep belonging to
the Turkish Brigade
Being that this is a commemorative medal issued for this one particular celebration. I would
guess that it was only made available to the Turkish troops who were in Korea at that time.
And not the 4 brigades who preceded them
The medal was initiated by U.N. General Assembly Resolution 483 (V) of 12
Dec 1950.
Originally entitled the "United Nations Service Medal" in the mid-1950s, a
1961 UN administrative change redesignated it the "United Nations Korean
The light blue in the ribbon -- and in all emblems of the United Nations -- was
selected as a hue that did not appear in the flag of any member nation at that
time of its creation.
No official reason is given for the 17 vertical stripes, but it is an important
fact that 17 member nations officially bore arms as part of the U.N. forces in
Korea (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Greece,
Luxembourg, Netherlans, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand,
Turkey, Union of South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.
Denmark and Italy provided medical support only).
The medal itself was issued with clasps and reverses in approximately a dozen different languages
to accommodate the native languages of participating member nations. The blue-and-whilte ribbon
design is common to all the various medals, except that the Turkish version sometimes is seen
with a simple dark red ribbon replacing the blue-and-white version, a symbolic rejection of a color
scheme the Turks perceived as representing the flag of historical rival Greece.