The second last medal is the United NationsTransitional Authority in East Timor Medal
These are Garry's full size medals and these are what he will wear on ANZAC Day. It makes it a bit harder to see what he has earned doesn't it.
Another proud wife sent me these medals. You have seen most of these before.
And now some more very special medals......
Our Vietnam Veterans did not get much respect when they came home from war, and often much worse which makes me so ashamed. Study these medals and if you meet someone who wears them please quietly thank them for their service.
Australian Active Service Medal with Vietnam Clasp
The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 recognises the service of Australian Defence Force and certain other persons in prescribed warlike operations such as the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Indonesian Confrontation and the Vietnam War. Another award entitled, Australian Active Service Medal, recognises service of Australian Defence Force and certain other persons in prescribed warlike operations from February 1975 onwards.
The Prime Minister, the Hon. John Howard MP, announced the introduction of the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 in December 1997. The 30-year period covers numerous conflicts in Australia’s region. Many Australians today are affected by their own or their loved ones’ involvement.
The Governor-General awards the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Force or their delegate. The medal has the clasps: Korea, Malaya, Malaysia, Thai/Malay, Thailand and Vietnam. Veterans who have received or who are entitled to the Korea Medal, a General Service Medal for service in the Malayan Emergency 1948-1960 or the Indonesian confrontation 1962-1966, the Vietnam Medal and some categories of the Vietnam Logistics and Support Medal are eligible for the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975.
The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 is a nickel-silver medal ensigned with the Crown of St Edward. The front has a Federation Star with the inscription ‘The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975’. The reverse has a wreath of golden wattle flanking a central horizontal panel.
I had trouble finding information on this medal but I think it look fairly self explanatory.
This award has was issued by the South Vietnamese Government for six months service in South Vietnam. Approximately 50,000 were issued to Australian and New Zealand service personnel.
The Vietnamese Campaign Medal is a six-pointed star in white enamel, superimposed over a radiating bright metal background. A circular inset to the white star consists of a map of Vietnam in bright metal, with a flame in red enamel arising from it. The background to the inset is dark green enamel.The ribbon of the medal has three white stripes. On either side of the central white stripe are broader stripes of dark green, while the two outer white stripes are flanked at the edges by narrow strips of green. The ribbon is mounted so that it tapers to the width of the central white stripe. The medal is issued with a bar which is impressed '1960-'.
Again, a proud wife sent me this picture of her husband's medals and you have read about all of them except for the fourth from the left. It is the National Medal.
(Above) Here are the medals my Father, Kevin Harvey, wore and now I wear on ANZAC Day: Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp Vietnam, Australian Vietnam Medal, Defence Force Service Medal and Clasp, National Medal and Clas, Australian Defence Medal, Australian National Service Medal, Vietnam Campaig, Medal US Bronze Star.
My father joined the Army in the 1950's and served until the early 1980's (27 years). He did a tour in Vietnam when he was awarded the US Bronze Star for 'Administrative excellence'
(Above) Here are my medals. I enlisted in 1987 and did a tour of East Timor and am now in the Middle East Region. The medals are: Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp East Timor Defence Long Service Medal with two clasps Australian Defence Medal UNTAET Medal
I think that is enough for tonight. I hope you all kept up. At the very least you will be a little more aware of at least a few of the medals our troops will be wearing on ANZAC Day.
Till next time...................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!