Pelczar

Surname: Pelczar
Christian Names: Otto
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service: RAN Reserve
Case Notes:

Commander Otto Pelczar, Royal Australian  Navy Reserve, Retired

Otto Pelczar’s photograph was featured on a Government Veteran’s website, he was being displayed as an example of an Australian Veteran.

 The photograph was bereft of any identity and it took some time to track Pelczar down to a Returned Services League (RSL) establishment in Perth, Western Australia, where he is a member and a Sub Warden of the Western Australian State War Memorial. The hat with white badge he is wearing in the photograph shown below, is his Sub Warden's Hat.

 

 

The web site featuring Pelczar was for the Centre for Military and Veterans Health -  http://www.cmvh.org.au/  and was very prompt in removing the photograph when they were made aware that the Pelczar photograph was offensive. 

Shown in the photograph which was taken some years ago, he is also wearing foreign medals of a relative on his right breast, which he is entitled to do, however on his left breast he is wearing an unauthorized “Tin” self purchased Atomic Association medal.  Since the photograph was taken he has acquired more medals, however he still has the Atomic medal on his rack. Most Veterans who see a person wearing “Tin” usually give the wearer a hint about correct protocol, apparently the Perth RSL are a bit shy to give advice to an ex Navy Reserve Commander.

Here is a current photograph of his medal rack still bearing the "Tin" Atomic Association medal and a photo of the Atomic medal shown separately

 

 

All of his medals are for Navy Reserve service, he wears no campaign medals. We approach our work without fear or favour and report that the worst “Tin” offenders are ex Navy, usually of the rank of Ordinary and Able Seamen, we don’t expect ex Senior Navy Officers to be following the trend as is the case with ex Commander Otto Pelczar.

Commander Pelczar’s is on the lower scale of offences against ex Servicemen and Veteran protocol, however, as an ex Senior officer he must have know better, in addition you would assume that the Perth RSL, which is heavy with ex Senior Defence Officers, would take action to stop one of their own from making a fool of himself and of their establishment.

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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