Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'J'

Surname: Joyce
Christian Names: Gilbert Keith
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: The Caves
Case Notes:

Gilbert Keith JOYCE, 3166040 served in the Vietnam War with the Australian Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) from 07/01/1970 to 07/01/1971 as a Temporary Warrant officer Class 2 and is better known as Keith JOYCE.

As a result of that tour he was awarded the Military Medal by the Australian government for his actions in Vietnam as well as receiving awards from the South Vietnam Government and the United States Government.



The medals that JOYCE is wearing from left to right are;

Military Medal (entitled)

Australian Active Service Medal (entitled)

Vietnam Medal (entitled)

South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal with Silver Star (not entitled, should be Bronze Star)

South Vietnam Campaign Medal (entitled)

Frontline Medal (unofficial medal not entitled)

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation (entitled)

United States Army Meritorious Unit Commendation (entitled)

Infantry Combat Badge (pinned on the unofficial medal)

He would have been awarded the Cross of Gallantry Medal with Bronze Star by the South Vietnamese government as clearly shown in the document above, but he is wearing one with a Silver Star, next level up.

This is also recorded in the book first published in 2005 titled “The Men Who Persevered”which is the story about the AATTV. The book also shows he was awarded other US Medals which are not being worn in the photo of his medals.

He is also missing the Australian Defence Force medal and the unit citations and Infantry Combat Badge should be worn above the medals, not on them.

Front Line Service Medal (World War 2 unofficial TIN medal) from the Medal Yearbook 2011.

Issued by the 2/12 Battalion Association to identify those that took part in front line actions with the infantry, thus differentiating them from other units.

With being the recipient of a number of high awards we cannot understand why he is wearing the unofficial medal as there were no front lines in Vietnam as there would have been in World War Two.

Keith Joyce you have shown disrespect by wearing a Silver Star on the Cross of Gallantry medal and the unofficial WW2 medal. The Infantry Combat Badge denotes that you served on operations and there is no need to wear a worthless piece of metal. You have earned a place on this page.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

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
Case Notes:




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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