French Medal for Operations in
Medaille Francaise des Operations en Coree (1952)
Instituted 8th January 1952
for award to the French Battalion deployed for land operations
during the Korean War, and to the Navy personnel serving in
the French Frigate "La Grandière". The total French deployment
numbered 3421, and they suffered 48% casualties.
The Medal; bronze, 36mm diameter. Obverse; a central eight
lobed circular motif containing the symbols of the Korean flag (
T’aegukki ) this is mounted on a flaming torch. Surrounding are the
familiar UN crossed olive branch symbols. The reverse bears the
inscription "REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / MEDAILLE COMMEMORATIVE FRANCAISE
DES OPERATIONS DE L'ORGANISATION DES NATIONS UNIES EN COREE". The
medal suspension is in the form of a pagoda roof.
Ribbon: the central area of the ribbon is a white stripe bounded by
pale blue stripes - the UN colours. At each edge are the (narrower)
stripes of the French Tricolour.