Fudge

Date of Entry: 20/11/2017
Surname: Fudge
Christian Names: Malcolm Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service #: R64448
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Gunnery
Commencement of service: 05 Jun 1965
Completion of service: 20 Jul 68
Case Notes:

 

Malcolm Robert Fudge joined the Royal Australian Navy on 5 June 1965, at a time when Australia was conducting a number of warlike operations in South-East Asia and Vietnam.

Within 12 months of joining, Fudge would see operational service in SE Asia whilst serving on HMAS Parramatta. The following year saw Fudge posted to HMAS Sydney whilst she was engaged on logistics operations to Vietnam, with Fudge recording 101 days operational service.

For his service, Fudge is entitled to wear:

  1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (with clasp VIETNAM)
  2. Vietnam Logistic Support Medal
  3. Australian Service Medal 1945-75 (with clasp FESR)

 

Fudge 1

 

Fudge 2

 

The above photographs appeared in the online edition of the Melbourne Age as part of their coverage of the 2016 ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Melbourne.

There is always interest in a veteran that is emblazoned with medals, which is obvious in the second photograph where it concentrates on the medals rather than the wearer’s head.

The caption below the photographs reads:

Malcolm Fudge comes every year for the dawn service and to march. He served in Borneo and Vietnam in 1966, 1967 and 1968.

On Anzac Day he likes to reflect on the service of his grandfather (Boer War) and his stepfather and two uncles (World War II). "I like to
think about them and their service rather than my own. Some parts of my service were fantastic, other parts I don't like to dwell on."

One the left side of his blazer he wears his medals, on the right his family's medals.

Fudge appears to be doing the right thing in that he has displayed family medals

On the right side of the chest, and his own on the left, as dictated by protocol.

To the untrained eye, Fudge has an impressive number of medals. However, the red arrow points towards three medals that at best, can be described as ‘tin junk’, namely:

  1. Vietnam Logistic Support Commemorative
  2. Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) Commemorative
  3. HMAS Sydney Commemorative

These medals have no official standing, or credibility, within the Australian Honours and Awards system. They are commemorative medals sourced by various associations and should never be worn in public at service commemorations.

To add insult to the recognised operational service of other veterans, Fudge has seen fit to adorn these pieces of tin with a number of campaign clasps, making him seem even more of a battle-hardened veteran.

To the reasonable man, it could be argued that Fudge may have mistakenly put the tin medals on his coat that day. However, medal protocol is widely known and advertised within the defence and ex-service environment, yet many still do what they wish and even more seemingly turn a blind eye to the behaviour of their fellow veterans.

The behaviour of Fudge has likely gone unchecked for a number of years, as the photographs below, taken at the 2009 Kinglake ANZAC Dawn service, attest to.

Fudge 3

 

Fudge 4

To quote Fudge, “Some parts of my service were fantastic, other parts I don’t like to dwell on”. Perhaps, Fudge should dwell on the dishonesty he has perpetuated and the insult to the service of other veterans, in particular, his own relatives, who’s medals he proudly displays along with his own. Welcome to ANZMI, where others can dwell on what you have done.

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