UN Yemen Observer Mission (UNYOM)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the UN Yemen Observer Mission (UNYOM).

UN Yemen Observer Mission (UNYOM)

UN Yemen Observer Mission (UNYOM)


Established in July 1963 to observe and certify the implementation of the disengagement agreement between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Republic, this Mission ended its activities and was withdrawn in September 1964.

Eligibility and criteria

Awarded for 60 days consecutive service between 11 June 1963 to 04 September 1964.

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 centre of the ribbon is a wide bar filled with varying shades of brown, indicating the dry and rugged mountainous mass in Yemen, while the lighter shades represent the desert. The centre is flanked by two stripes of UN blue.


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 UNTEA medal and before the UNFICYP medal.


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

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