John Christopher Banville was born on the 18 June, 1947. He is now 67 years of age. He enlisted in the RAN on the 26 June, 1964 as a 17 year old for a term on 9 years. After a short period training at HMAS Cerberus, he was posted on board the HMAS Yarra on the 19 September, 1964.
Banville is a medals cheat.
Between the 31 March, 1965 and the 4 May, 1966, the HMAS Yarra had four operational deployments in Malaysia , Singapore waters during the Indonesian confrontation. Banville served on three short term deployments between those dates with an aggregate service of 123 days.
In the photograph below, Banville is wearing the following medals and clasps -;
The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 clasp Malaysia (Entitled)
General Service Medal 1962 Clasp Malaysia. (Entitled)
Vietnam Logistic Support Medal. (Not entitled)
Australian Service Medal 1945-1975, clasp FESR (Far East Strategic Reserve) (Entitled)
Australian Defence Medal. (Not entitled)
Malaysian Pingat Jasa Medal 90 days qualifying service in Malaysia.(Entitled)
Banville is not entitled to wear the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal. He left the HMAS Yarra on the 12 September 1965. He then remained posted to the shore establishment of HMAS Cerberus and took annual leave until he was discharged as "Unsuitable" on the 12 January, 1966, 1 years and 7 months after he enlisted.
The HMAS Yarra was initially accredited with operational service in Vietnam waters for 14 days in April/May 1966. Banville was not a member of the crew during this time. He was at HMAS Cerberus awaiting his discharge.
His Naval record below confirms this fact -;
He has no Vietnam service and his name does not appear on the Vietnam Nominal Roll at the Australian War Memorial website.
As Banville also did not complete his initial enlistment period of 9 years or alternatively, 4 years service, he is also not entitled to wear the the Australian Defence Medal.
Below is the criteria for the Australian Defence Medal from the "Its and Honour" a Government site.
How it is awarded
The Governor-General (or his delegate) awards the Australian Defence Medal on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Force (or his delegate).
The eligibility criteria requires completion of an initial enlistment period or four years service, whichever is the lesser. The criteria also includes those who could not serve the four-year qualifying period or complete an initial enlistment period for one or more of the following reasons:
• the death of a member during service;
• the discharge of the member as medically unfit due to compensable impairment;
• the discharge of the member due to a prevailing discriminatory Defence policy, as determined by the Chief of the Defence Force or his or her delegate.
Banville is a member of the Karuah RSL Club. He is a medals cheat who is trying to impress his colleagues that he is entitled to medals that he has not earned.
We do not discredit Banville for being discharged from the Royal Australian Navy as "unsuitable".
Not everyone is suited to a military career, however to blatantly wear medals that you have purchased and add to your genuine rack shows that he lacks character and is dishonest with his fellow RSL colleagues. He needs to get rid of his unearned medals and apologise to his Karuah RSL Sub Branch members for his lack of respect and his dishonesty.