Cunningham

Date of Entry: 07/11/2018
Surname: Cunningham
Christian Names: Ross
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Bateman Bay
Service #: 2794328
Service: Army
Branch: RAEME
Case Notes:

 

Ross Cunningham wears five medals, he is entitled to four.

 

Cunningham

 

He wears:

 

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM - Not Entitled

 

The RVCM requires service of 181 days in Vietnam. Cunningham served only 61 days as a National Serviceman with 102 Field Workshop Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME). If Cunningham was declared a Battle Casualty before completing the 181 days he would be eligible to wear the medal. Cunningham was not a Battle Casualty.

 

Cunningham

 

Here is the offending medal:

 

Cunningham

 

We have been unable to get Cunningham to respond to our requests for information. He was photographed at the Batemans Bay Returned and Services League (RSL) and was a member until 2016. The Secretary of the Batemans Bay RSL advised us that it was no business of theirs what medals Cunningham wears. In recent times we have had similar responses from the Bright RSL in Victoria, the Bundaberg RSL in Queensland and Wairoa Royal Returned and Services Association (RSA) New Zealand.

 

Most RSLs are vigilant to protect traditions and protocols, however some RSLs are like lost souls wandering in the dark and have no idea of Tradition and Protocols. It is timely for State RSL Headquarters to clearly detailing medals policy.

 

The Batemans Bay RLS Secretary responded to our polite request in the manner that most wannabes respond, and that is by attacking the messenger and stating that as the messenger was not listed on the Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll he does not have the right to question Cunningham. He also said, referring to his executive committee: inter alia

"We are well aware of the by-laws and I have no intentions of going against the executive of the sub-branch"

 

By "going against the executive" it is assumed he refers to the RSL President. This infers that the RSL is run by a Dictator rather than a democracy and the Secretary dances to the tune played by the President.

 

Cunningham is a medals cheat and Batemans Bay RSL are aiding and abetting him in his actions.

 

The actions of medals cheats are divisive and whilst ANZMI works tirelessly towards the eradication of this behaviour. It appears that individuals in RSLs are prepared to protect this behaviour, whatever the motive, it is wrong.

 

Welcome Ross Cunningham.

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