Mallaghan

Date of Entry: 05 /08/201
Surname: Mallaghan
Christian Names: Thomas Gerard
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Phillip Island
Service #: R96066
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Junior Recruit
Commencement of service: 02 Apr 1967
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

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Browse through the pages of ANZMI and you may recognise a theme – Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch Presidents who are exposed as medal cheats.

Why these people have to display such disrespect towards the members they are supposed to be representing is beyond belief. Do they feel inadequate because others may have more medals, or is it just to groom their own ego and inflate their self-importance?

If you are unfortunate enough to meet any of these miscreants, you might like to ask them “Why”?

Thomas Gerard Mallaghan is the President of the Phillip Island RSL Sub Branch, and has been since 2015.

The above photograph was taken on ANZAC Day 2015. Here, it can be seen, at the end of his Feddeeral medals, Mallaghan has added the Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) Long Service Medal.

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Mallaghan has been photographed wearing this medal since 2013 and as recently as 2017 at a community function at Phillip Island.

He has been appropriately recognised for both his State and Federal service, as a member of the Royal Australian Navy and the State Emergency Service of Victoria.

The SES has a good media presence and there are no shortage of SES members marching on ANZAC Day, wearing their Federal medals on the left breast, and State medals on the right, as do their Country Fire Authority compatriots.

That Mallaghan, a man of his position and experience, was unaware of medal protocol, simply would not stand up to the scrutiny of a ‘reasonable person’.

The Victorian RSL State Executive appear to be not at all interested in administering medal protocol, evident by the number of their executives that grace this site!

Service in the Defence Force instills in one a set of values, among them, and across all three Services – Honesty, Honour and Integrity. These values are the cornerstones of the Forces that have given great service to this country since Federation.

Is there a culture among RSL Executive of dumping these values, along with personal pride and respect for the rules and regulations, once they leave that uniform behind? If so, it is certainly time for a new team to take over before the RSL fades into irrelevance and is just a place for old men, shiny trinkets and tall stories.

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