UN Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine (UNTSO)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the UN Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine (UNTSO).

UN Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine (UNTSO)


A force to observe and maintain the cease-fire and general armistice agreements between Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria, following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Eligibility and criteria

Awarded for 6 months consecutive service between 23 June 1948 to the present time.

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 has a UN blue background with two narrow white stripes—the colours of the UN.


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 UNEF medal and before the UNGOMAP 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:

  • LCol Flint, G.A.
  • Maj P.D. Hess-von Kruedener

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