Peter Ravelje wears five medals, he is entitled to four, he is a medals cheat.
Ravelje is a member of the Vietnam Veterans Motor Cycle Club (VVMCC) and wears all the “buttons and bows” associated with that affiliation. Here he is in full splendor.
The last ribband on the right hand side of his ribbands is the ribband of the medal for the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (VCM), issued by the Government of the Republic of South Vietnam
Ravelje’s offence is on the lower end of the wannabe scale but he is wearing the VCM which he is not entitled to wear, and we will prove that in this site entry. To be eligible to wear the VCM a member of the Defence Force had to serve in Vietnam for a period of more than 180 days. Any person wounded as a direct result of enemy action, or the families of any person killed in action before the expiration of the 180 day period were eligible. The 180 days could be cumulative, taking into account numerous visits, as was the case of some Defence personnel.
If you did not complete a total of 180 days you were not issued a medal, and to illegally wear one, it would have to be a purchased fake medal.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll shows Ravelje as serving as follows:
The dates on the Nominal Roll show less than 170 days service in Vietnam.
Ravelje’s Service File confirms the 170 day period.
Reading from the bottom up Ravelje arrived Saigon 17 December 1969 and returned to Sydney on 4 June 1970.
The VCM is an important medal and only those who served the stipulated time can wear it.
Recently another member of the VVMCC, Ian Keith Fruend was exposed as a VCM cheat also an ex RAAF, Vietnam Veterans Association executive Carl William Boye has been exposed for the same deceit.
If you are wearing a VCM, and have not earned it, you are running the risk of being named and shamed on this web site.
We say - Go ahead make our day!
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