UN Emergency Force Middle East (UNEFME)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the UN Emergency Force Middle East (UNEFME).

UN Emergency Force Middle East (UNEFME)

UN Emergency Force Middle East (UNEFME)


Established in October 1973 to supervise the cease-fire between Egyptian and Israeli forces and, following the conclusion of the agreements of 18 January 1974 and 4 September 1975, to supervise the redeployment of Egyptian and Israeli forces and control the buffer zones established under those agreements. The mandate for this Mission expired in July 1979 and the troops were withdrawn.

Eligibility and criteria

Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 26 October 1973 to 24 July 1979.

The UN strictly applies their medals policy and will not consider requests for initial issue of the UN medals that are submitted more than one year after repatriation from the mission area.

The qualifying service is not required for members killed or presumed killed while on assignment. In such cases, the medal may be awarded posthumously.


A circular bronze alloy medal, 1.4 inches (35mm) in diameter.

On the obverse, the representation of the UN symbol surmounted by the straight letters UN, both in bas-relief.

On the reverse, an inscription bearing the words "IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE" in English (and only in English).

A 0.5 inch (12mm) bronze ring, which holds the ribbon, passes through a small hollow ball at the top of a claw joined to the top of the medal.

The ribbon bears a wide central band of a sand or buff colour symbolizing the Sinai Desert, with two narrow dark blue lines through the middle, representing the Suez Canal. Two wide bars of UN blue appear at either end.


There is no bar to this medal.


The medal shall be worn in sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner:

  • on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above, after the UNIPOM medal and before the UNDOF medal.


The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.

Historical notes

The following is a list of members who have died while serving in the theatre of operations:

  • Pte Abbott T.E.
  • Cpl Blais J.P.C.
  • Sgt Daily L.W.
  • Sgt Demers J.F.B.
  • Pte Dodge C.A.
  • Capt Foster G.G.
  • WO Henderson D.M.
  • Cpl Kennington M.H.T.
  • WO Korejwo C.B.
  • MWO Landry G.
  • Cpl Miller R.W.
  • Capt Mirau K.B.
  • Cpl Simpson M.W.
  • MCpl Spencer R.C.
  • Cpl Stringer B.K.
  • Capt Wicks R.B.

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