UN Golan Heights (UNDOF) Full Size Medal
The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) is a United Nations peacekeeping mission tasked with maintaining the ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Part of it's mandate was to establish a buffer zone, as provided in the Agreement on Disengagement between Israeli and Syrian Forces of 31 May 1974 on the Golan Heights. The Mission continues to perform its functions effectively with the cooperation of the parties.
Each United Nations medal is identical in design, with a unique ribbon to identify the specific mission. The UNDOF ribbon contains a central stripe of UN blue with a red line down the middle representing the UN patrolled Area of Separation; two narrow stripes of black, representing the volcanic rock of the Golan region appear on either side with two narrow bands of white, symbolic of the snow on Mt. Hermon, outside these. At either end are wide bands of burgundy, symbolizing the purple haze at sunset and the native thistles of the Golan.
Qualifying time for the medal is 90 days of service in the Mission. Subsequent tours of the same regions would be denoted with a numeral attached to the ribbon. Military Observers from Poland assigned to UNDOF as parent mission, then detached for service in UNGOMAP, are also eligible, after 90 days of service, for the UNDOF medal with a clasp indicating service with UNGOMAP (please search medal MED0205 if you require this clasp).
United Nations medals are not engraved.
All official medals are sent loose on the ribbon unless medal mounting is also purchased on the same order.