Victor Albert Dey was born on Anzac Day, 25 April, 1930. He is currently the National President of the Korea Veterans Association of Australia. (KVAA)
Dey served with 3 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Korea. He served in Korea from the 7 June, 1952 until the 9 June, 1953.
In the above photographs Dey is wearing the following medals. The last two medals on his rack are tin trinkets.
1. Medal of the Order of Australia. (OAM)
2. Australian Active Service Medal 1945 -1975 clasp Korea. (AASM 45-75)
3. Korea Medal.
4. United Nations Service Medal for Korea.
5. Australian Service Medal. 1945 – 1975. Clasp unknown. (ASM 45-75)
6. Australian Defence Medal.
7. The Republic of Korea War Service Medal. - Tin purchased.
8. Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal. – Tin purchased.
The above is the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
The above is the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal.
The adornment worn around his neck is an unofficial Korean special military coin, with ribbon. It was initially introduced in the United States as a commemorative gesture to those who served in Korea. It can be purchased for about 50 US dollars.
Dey has been the President of the KVAA for many years. We have been reliably informed that Dey has continued to wear the tin trinket medals during his time as President of the Association, even ignoring advice, that if worn at all, they should be worn on the right, with other commemorative medals.
As a result of this and other dissention within the KVAA , 60 Korean Veterans resigned from Dey’s Association and formed their own Korea Veteran’s Sub Branch of the Victorian Returned and Services League. (R&SL.)
Dey, as National President of the Korea Veterans Association of Australia is setting a bad example for his committee and members.
There are numerous members of the Association he is President of that wear these tin trinkets. Quite a few appear on this site.
Dey has been appropriately rewarded for his valuable service in Korea, and he should be proud to have been awarded and wear the three genuine medals issued for that conflict.