Ronald Bruce FEWSON is involved with the Beenleigh RSL situated just north of the Gold Coast and like a number of other veterans wears un-official commemorative medals with his official medals.
He served in World War 2 with the Royal Australian Air Force, discharged in1949 and enlisted with the Australian Army and served in the Korean War with 3 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. Like a number of veterans from all wars, he is not happy with just wearing his official medals on his left breast but has added un-official medals to them.
There are set protocols regarding the wearing of medals official and un-official at the following website.
Ex-service organizations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in particular military campaigns, periods of service or types of service that have not been recognised through the Australian honours system. Awards made by foreign governments which have not been approved by the Governor-General for acceptance and wear are also "unofficial". There is no impediment to wearing such medals in appropriate private settings, such as a meeting of the relevant ex-service association, or a reception hosted by the relevant foreign government. Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.
Here are the two un-official medals that Fewson is wearing on the wrong side.
The RSL’s are aware of the protocol of wearing medals but fail to enforce them. It is an insult to the veterans who do the right thing and wear just their official medals and do not like to make them selves look like Christmas trees wearing useless trinkets. Many of the younger veterans are even more disgusted when they see the older veterans piling on trinkets that should be worn on the right breast below next of Kin medals if wearing them. How many medals to do want for one war? Does it make you feel like a big hero with the more trinkets you wear? Be satisfied with what you have been officially awarded.
Ronald Bruce Fewson you together with others from your area can grace our Medal Cheat site.
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