Just when we thought we had cleaned up the Navy's propensity to wear tin medals, along comes Kenneth Edward Neath a prime example of wearing "Vanity" medals that are nothing more than worthless tin junk.
Neath has been awarded four medals for his service, but wears six. The last two are self purchased duplications of the second and third medals.
He was awarded these:
Australian Active Service Medal(AASM) for service in Vietnam
VietnamLogistic and Support Medal(VLSM), for service as a member or crew of a ship in the prescribed area of operations of Vietnam in support of Australian forces
Australian Service Medal(ASM) with Clasp FESR for his service with the Far East Special Reserve for service in South East Asia and
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)for completing his enlistment period in the RAN
Here are the worthless duplications of his second and third awarded medals:
These medals are Commemorative self purchased junk created by Navy Associations. As such if they are to be worn at all, they should be worn on the right breast. These two medals would have cost Neath more that $120 and do nothing more than feed his vanity to be seen as a Veteran with six medals instead of four.
Neath also wears his Return from Active Service Badge (RASB) together with his genuine and fake medals.
This is a common fault in the Veteran Community and whilst not a big offence it is not what the badge was meant for. See here:
Despite our efforts to eradicate the wearing of "Tin" Vanity Medals we are sure that soon we will be publishing more offenders
We welcome Kenneth Edward Neath to our ever expanding list of medals cheats.
UPDATE ON KENNETH EDWARD NEATH 19 Dec 2016
The appearance of Neath on the ANZMI site in 2014 does not seem to have fazed him at all. On top of that, successive RSL Sub-Branch Executives seem to have turned a blind eye to his continual attendance at commemorative services in Eden and Merimbula, wearing the abomination medals and perpetuating his dishonesty.
Neath pops up at the 2015 Centenary of ANZAC service in Eden, still with all his medals on show.
In 2016, Neath once again pops up, this time at the Vietnam Veterans Day service in Merimbula. Once again he is wearing his dodgy medals. He even gets interviewed for the local media (Merimbula Magnet online), with the following being reported about his Vietnam service:
“Vietnam War veteran Ken Neath from Eden was in the crowd. He worked in the engine room of the HMAS Melbourne in 1967 while it was flying night operations into north Vietnam, then on the MV Jeparit in 1968 – the “most controversial ship in the war”
Neath was posted to HMAS Melbourne for the period February to August 1967.
Every month, the Commanding Officer of HMA Ships will provide a Report of Proceedings (ROP), to the Admiral, summarising the activities of that ship and other noteworthy items. ROPs for vessels involved in all Australian conflicts, up to Vietnam, are a matter of public record and can be viewed on the Australian War Memorial website.
An inspection of HMAS Melbourne’s ROPs for the period of Neath’s posting, shows:
Alongside Garden Island undergoing refit.
1-17 Alongside Garden Island undergoing refit.
17-31 Sydney/Jervis Bay area performing workups.
1-30 Workups and exercises on East Coast.
1-9 Passage to Rabaul (commence FESR duties).
10-18 Passage to Subic Bay, Phillipines.
19-25 Passage to Yokohama, Japan.
29-31 Passage to Kure, Japan.
1-3 At Kure, Japan.
3-21 Passage to and alongside Hong Kong.
21-30 Passage to and alongside Singapore.
1-5 Singapore to Manila, Phillipines.
7-26 Exercise SEADOG with US Navy.
26-31 Passage to and alongside Singapore.
1-8 Singapore to Fremantle (cease FESR duties).
8-11 Alongside Fremantle.
11-31 Passage to and alongside Sydney.
As you can see, there were no “flying night operations into north Vietnam” during this deployment. How long Neath has perpetuated this falsehood is anybody’s guess, but they say that if you lie to yourself often enough, you start believing that lie.
One may think that is all, but as they say on the TV, “But wait, there’s more”!
Neath can also be seen wearing the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).
The Australian Defence Medal was established on 20 March 2006 by Letters Patent. It recognises qualifying efficient service of current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) Regular and Reserve personnel, including National Servicemen, who have served since the end of World War II.
As for any medal, there are regulations and criteria for its award, namely:
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:
- he 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.
The Service Records for sailors who joined the Royal Australian Navy prior to 1970, are digitised and available to the public on the National Australian Archives (NAA) website.
The above copy of the front page of Neath’s “Ratings Record of Service Card” shows that he enlisted on 22 October 1966 and that enlistment period was for 9 years.
The rear of this document shows quite clearly that Neath received a “Free Discharge” (being one at own request) on 29 May 1969.
Neath did not complete his initial enlistment, nor did he complete at least 4 years service, having discharged just over 2 years and 6 months after enlistment. In no way has Neath qualified for the award of the ADM, another lie he has perpetuated.
Kenneth Edward Neath, you have already been called out once for your behaviour, but you have continued your charade and brought yourself attention once again.
To have been detected on the day of the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan Commemorations, makes it even worse in the disrespect you have brought on your fellow veterans.
However, the blame cannot lay entirely with you. The fact that successive executives of various RSL Sub-Branches have knowingly and willingly let you partake in commemorative services is a clear indictment on their own integrity and fitness to hold such responsible office.