Order of Military Merit (South Korea)
The Order of Military Merit (Hangul: 무공훈장) is the primary military decoration awarded by the South Korean government. It is awarded to a person who rendered "outstanding military services by participating in an action in time of war or in quasi-state of war or by performing his/her duty equivalent to combat, such as responding to the attack of an enemy in a contact area."
|Order of Military Merit|
|Awarded by South Korea|
|Type||Order of merit|
|Awarded for||Outstanding military services by participating in an action in time of war or in quasi-state of war or by performing his/her duty equivalent to combat, such as responding to the attack of an enemy in a contact area.|
|Next (higher)||Grand Order of Mugunghwa|
|Revised Romanization||Mugong Hunjang|
The Order of Military Merit is awarded in five classes and each of these has three grades. In descending order of rank, the classes are: Taeguk (태극), Eulji (을지), Chungmu (충무), Hwarang (화랑) en Inheon (인헌). Each class has a first, second or third grade, denoted respectively by a gold star (금색 별), silver star (실버 스타), or an unadorned ribbon.
|2nd||Eulji (을지) also sometimes spelt Ulchi||Eulji Mundeok|
|3rd||Chungmu (충무)||Yi Sun-sin|
|5th||Inheon (인헌)||Gang Gam-chan|
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