UNITED NATIONS COMMAND - KOREA (UNC- K)
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Australian Deployment Dates: 1 July 1950 to 19 April 1956

Strength: Approximately 17,000. Deployment included one Aircraft Carrier (HMAS Sydney), two destroyers, two Infantry Battalions with supporting arms and services, and a RAAF Fighter Squadron with supporting services.

Area of Operations (AO): Korea and in some cases Japan.

Purpose: UNC-K was the UN's first peace restoration (peacemaking) operation. The operation was in response to the North Korean invasion of South Korea in an attempt to force re-unification of the peninsula. An armistice was concluded in 1953.

Comments: Australia's largest combined service operation since the Second World War.

Veteran Entitlement Act (VEA): Schedule 2; 1 July 1950 to 27 July 1953. Schedule 3; 28 July 1953 to 26 Aug 1957.

Service Type: Warlike (1 July 1950 to 27 July 1953) and Non-warlike (28 July 1953 - 26 August 1957).

Awards & Qualifying Periods:
The ships and units which were awarded the South Korean Presidential Unit Citation are; HMAS ANZAC, HMAS BATAAN, HMAS CONDAMINE, HMAS CULGOA, HMAS MURCHISON, HMAS SHOALHAVEN, HMAS SYDNEY including 805 Squadron, 808 Squadron, 815 Squadron, HMAS TOBRUK, HMAS WARRAMUNGA and 77 SQN (RAAF).

Died: 339

Wounded: Approximately 1,200

Prisoners: 29
Army Combat Badge
Army Combat Badge

AASM 1945 - 1975 ASM 1945 - 1975 British Commonwealth Korea War Medal UN Korea Medal
AASM 45-75 ASM 45-75 British Commonwealth
Korea War Medal
UN Korea Medal
   
United States Presidential Unit Citation South Korean Presidential Unit Citation
United States Presidential Unit Citation South Korean Presidential Unit Citation