Does the Government make mistakes on DD214 entries?
I reviewed a DD214 issued to a retired Army Colonel (O-6) two years ago.
The entry on the DD214 was for—KOREA SERVICE MEDAL – for service in Korea during the Korea War.
The Colonel had recently retired and never reviewed his DD214 for accuracy. Well, the Korean Service Medal criteria is:
Korean Service Medal
Service: All Services Instituted: 1950
Criteria: Participation in military operations within the Korean area during 1950-54.
The retired Colonel was NEVER involved in the Korea War. But he did serve in Korea in 1989. This means he is entitled to the Korea DEFENSE Service Medal and NOT the Korea Service Medal.
Criteria for the Korea Defense Service Medal is:
Korean Defense Service Medal
Service: All Services Instituted: 2003
Criteria: For service in the Republic of Korea or adjacent
waters for a qualifying period of time after 28 July 1954.
The Department of the Army clerk, or Records Clerk simply made an error when typing the Colonels DD214 data.
First Sergeant, US Army (Retired)
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