Juraszko

Surname: Juraszko
Christian Names: Peter Lou
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: 115788
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: RAAC
Commencement of service: Dec 1981
Completion of service: Jul 1987
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One of the central characters in the classic 1939 movie The wizard of Oz is the Tin Woodman, who is now better known as The Tin Man.  He is something of a sad character and his life's pursuit is to find himself a heart.  Here at the ANZMI we often, some of us think far too often, come across similar heartless characters.  While they may not be made of tin, they sport medals which are and like the mythical Tin Man, they certainly lack heart.  How else can you explain their need to wear unofficial 'commemorative' medals which we refer to as 'tin' medals.  We use that term specifically to reflect the total lack of worth and honour that these self-purchased gongs depict. So once again we face yet another 21st century Tin Man in the guise of Peter Lou Juraszko.

 

Peter Lou Juraszko joined the Australian Army Reserve in December 1981and was discharged in July 1987.  During this period he seems to have served with the 2/14th Queensland Mounted Light Infantry, a regiment that can trace its lineage back to 1860.  In fact it was the first Australian military unit to wear the coveted emu plume in its headgear. The regiment has served with distinction on active service from the Boer War, the Gallipoli and Palestinian campaigns of the First World War, including the charge at Beersheba and the Second World War.  In more recent times, members of the regiment have also seen active service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today the regiment forms part of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps.

Peter Juraszko has every right to feel proud of his service with this historic regiment and this has been recognised with him being awarded the Australian Defence Medal. He is not entitled to any further medals and this might explain his apparent need to embellish his rack by adding 2 'tin' medals, which we believe are the CMF/Reserve Forces Medal and the Remembrance Medal. Both of these worthless trinkets can be purchased on-line.

When it comes to unofficial commemorative medals, Peter Juraszko is very much like the Wizard of Oz's Tin Man; cursed to wander without any heart, at least until he despatches his tin into a receptacle made of similar material..

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