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

Surname: Sykes
Christian Names: Larry Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Moree
Service #: 220918
Service: Army
Branch: Engineers
Case Notes:

 

Larry Sykes was sent to Vietnam aged 23 years in 1971.  He served in Vietnam with RAE units from 4 September 1971 until 20 February 1972 which is 165 days.

 

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Larry is wearing the following medals:

 

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) -  Not entitled

 

He is wearing four medals and he has earned only three.  He did not earn the RVCM  because he did not serve in Vietnam for the required 181 days and was not returned to Australia as a Battle Casualty. 

 

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Here is the fake medal he is wearing:

 

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Notice also he is doing the ridiculous hand over the heart salute. For some reason that American tradition is creeping into Australian commemorative occasions. It is done by Americans when in civilian clothes when their National Anthem is played.

 

 It is not an Australian tradition and has been misinterpreted from the UK and Australian tradition of placing the right hand over medals.

 

 As lessened membership criterion in the RSL erodes long existing protocols, current non returned Executives increasingly don't have a clue about ceremonial traditions.  The "Hand over the heart" salute has no place in Australia.   Here is what is supposed to be happening:

 

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As an Army Engineer Sykes would have done some hard work in Vietnam, however he now wears a medal that he did not earn.  He would know the rules because he would have had to purchase the medal himself and add to his rack.

 

Larry Sykes is a medals cheat and very welcome to this web site.

 

 

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