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The Order of Military Merit (Hangul: 무공훈장, Hanja: 武功勳章) is the primary military decoration awarded by the government of Republic of Korea (South Korea).

Classes of the Order

The order is awarded in one of five classes, as follows.

1st Class – Taegeuk Cordon

Taeguk Cordon Medal.png 1st class: 太極, Taegeuk[1] (Taegeuk Cordon or Grand Cordon) – Taegeuk Cordon of the Order of Military Merit is the highest decoration for military bravery and valour awarded by the government of South Korea. Members of the armed forces of South Korea, as well of its allies, are eligible for the award.

Document of award of the Taegeuk Cordon to the Unknown Dead of Greece for the Greek participation in the Korean War

Notable recipients

2nd Class – Eulji Cordon

Col. Edwin A. Doss' Eulji Medal with Silver Star (1952-63 design)

Ulchi Medal.png 2nd class: 乙支, Eulji[2] (Field Marshal Lord Eulji Cordon)

Notable recipients

3rd Class – Chungmu Cordon

Chungmu Medal.png 3rd class: 忠武, Chungmu (Lord High Admiral Chungmu Cordon)

Notable recipients

4th Class – Hwarang Cordon

Hwarang Medal.png 4th class: 花郞, Hwarang (Youth Military Corps Cordon)

Notable recipients

  • Major Steven Vorhees Boylan (later Col. US Army retired) For direct support of the 10th Korean "Meng Ho" Division in the central coast region of Viet Nam in 1966.
  • Sergeant First Class Richard E. Falk (Love Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division) For valor during 17–18 April 1953 in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill, Republic of Korea. History of this battle is described in S.L.A. Marshall's book, Pork Chop Hill. SFC Falk also received the Silver Star (G.O. #245 Hq. 7th Infantry Div.) and the Purple Heart. Youngest First Sgt. in training Compay G, 123rd Infantry Regt, Ft. Lewis, WA, 1953.

5th Class – Inheon Cordon

Inhun Medal.png 5th class: 仁憲, Inheon[3] (Field Marshal Lord Inheon Cordon)

Notable recipients


  1. 'Taegeuk' is also transliterated as 'Taeguk'
  2. 'Eulji' is also transliterated as 'Ulchi'
  3. 'Inheon' is also transliterated as 'Inhun'

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