Middleton

Surname: Middleton
Christian Names: Raymond N
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Coomera
Service: Army
Branch: Artillery
Case Notes:

Raymond N MIDDLETON believed to reside in the Coomera area Queensland and visits the Southport RSL.  42743 Gunner Middleton served with 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Army in South Vietnam. Purchased a South Vietnamese a Cross of Gallantry and awarded it to himself.

 

 

Ray Middleton did his tour of South Vietnam and is entitled to wear the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation awarded to 161 Battery on his right breast.

http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/category/m/m2a.html

This citation was awarded to 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery by the President of South Vietnam to recognise service in Vietnam from 17 July 1965 to 8 May 1971. The citation was presented by General Nguyen Van Minh, Commander of Military Region III, at a Battery Parade at Vung Tau, South Vietnam, on 8 May 1971. The citation was also awarded to 2 New Zealand Army Training Team Vietnam (2 NZATTV).

This unit citation is worn as a dress embellishment by members of 161 Battery. Personnel who were posted to 161 Battery during the period for which the citation was awarded (and up to the unit’s withdrawal from Vietnam in 1972) may wear the insignia of the award at all times. Personnel subsequently posted to the unit may wear the insignia only while they are serving with the unit.

This unit citation is sometimes referred to as the Republic of South Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Presidential Unit Citation, or the Republic of South Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation in the colour of The Cross of Gallantry with Palm Leaf.

He is not entitled to wear the individual South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He has purchased this medal to try and make himself out to be some kind of hero when he attends services wearing his medals. He is also wearing an un-official medal with his official medal which goes against the rules of medal protocol.

There is a full list of New Zealand soldiers who were official awarded foreign medals at the following web site and his name is not on it.

http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/resources/awards

The medals Middleton is wearing from left to right are as follows;

New Zealand Operational Medal (entitled)

Vietnam Medal (entitled)

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (warlike) (entitled)

South Vietnam Campaign Medal (entitled)

South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm (not entitled, purchased)

New Zealand Army 150th Anniversary Medal (not entitled, un-official commemorative medal)

There are strict rules regarding the wearing of medals which have been published by the government and by the RSL. Below is just a small list of medals that should not be worn with official medals.

Ray Middleton and others like him are not satisfied with the medals they have been officially award and purchase un-official commemorative medals as well as other official medals they are not entitled to for no other reason than they are show ponies and want people to believe they are  some kind of heroes.

Ex-service organizations should check the records of their members and ensure they are only wearing the medals they are entitled to and also that they are not wearing un-official tin medals.

Ray Middleton, your lack of any pride or respect for the medals you are entitled to wear and by wearing a tin medal as well as a self purchased Gallantry Medal you will now grace our web site for all to see.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

 
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