THE UNITED NATIONS MEDAL (UNOGIL)

Obverse: The United Nations global projection emblem, above which are the letters “UN”.

Reverse: Plain, with the legend “IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE”.

Size: 35mm in diameter.

Ribbon: 35mm wide, the ribbon for this medal for this medal is blue with two 2.5mm white stripes, each 6mm from the edges. Six months of service in the Mission was necessary to qualify for award of the medal.

Suspension: The ribbon is threaded through a 12mm diameter ring, which passes through a loop fixed to the top of the piece. The ring will move forwards and backwards.

United Nations Observer Group in Lebanon, on the Lebanon – Syria border, 12 June 1958 to 9 December 1958. Its function was to ensure that there was no illegal infiltration of personnel or supply of arms or other material across the Lebanese border. The maximum strength of UNOGIL was 591 personnel. New Zealand had military observers attached to the force for the duration of its deployment.