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General Information - A Catalgoue of Decorations and Campaign Medals
Issued By Denmark To United Nations Forces
For The Korean War 1950 - 1954

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General Information about Denmark's involvement in the Korean War

On 22 July 1950, the Danish Government offered the transport Motor Ship Bella Dan, but withdrew the offer and instead on the 18 August 1950 offered medical assistance in the form of a fully equipped and staffed hospital ship, to the United Nations forces serving in Korea, which was accepted.  So in July 1950 the Danish Government ordered the conversion of the 8,500 ton Motor Vessel JUTLANDIA to fill this requirement.

Conversion of JUTLANDIA, originally built at Nakskov Shipyard in 1934, was completed at the same shipyard in three months.  When finished the JUTLANDIA was a modern hospital ship with 300 beds, 3 operating theatres, a dental clinic, X-Ray facilities and staffed by a rapidly assembled, but very competent, medical staff.

The JUTLANDIA sailed from Copenhagen in September 1950, arriving at Pusan in October 1950 where it served basically as an evacuation hospital with 100 medical personnel, (a facility providing treatment and temporary hospitalisation until the patient could be moved to where they could receive long term care).  Returning to Denmark upon completion of its first tour in Korean waters it had a helicopter deck installed before returning to Korea.  On arrival back in Korean waters on its second tour JUTLANDIA war anchored at Inch’on, close enough to the fighting front so that wounded could be evacuated to the ship directly from battalion and regimental aid stations. 

In all the JUTLANDIA served three tours of five to eight months each and personnel were rotated each trip.  In all approximately 450 Danish medical personnel were involved during the war and of these about twenty-five percent were female hospital staff.  The JUTLANDIA returned to Denmark on 16th October 1953 (16th August 1957).  Nine Danish doctors also participated in the exchange of prisoners after the Korean War.