Michael French was born in Hobart on the 15 September, 1948. He is a resident of Circular Head, a small town in North West Tasmania. French is a Medals Cheat.
In the above photograph, taken in August, 2016, French is wearing the following medals -;
1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945 – 1975, (AASM 45-75) clasp Vietnam. Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. (VM) Entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM) Entitled.
4. Vietnam Campaign Medal. (VCM) Entitled.
5. Regular Force Service Medal. Tin junk medal, purchased.
6. Army Service Medal. Tin junk medal, purchased.
French enlisted in the Australian Army as a regular soldier in 1968. Following completion of his recruit training he was posted to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. Following Corps training, French was posted to the Republic of South Vietnam on the 9 July, 1970 with 104 Signals Squadron. He returned to Australia on the 1 May, 1971.
As a result of his service, he was appropriately awarded the above AASM 45-75 clasp Vietnam, VM, ADM and VCM. The same as everyone else who served for six months or more in Vietnam.
However, French, for his own egotistical reasons, has decided to purchase two extra medals and have them court mounted with his original medals. The court mounting would have also cost French about $200.00.
The last two medals are tin worthless trinkets that should not be worn on the left side with genuine awarded medals. They are purchased adornments that have no standing whatsoever for military service in the Australian Defence Force.
They are -;
1. Regular Force Service Medal. Purchase price. $70.00. (RSM Awards)
2. Army Service Medal. Purchase Price $140.00.(English Tie and Medal Company)
These Medal Manufacturers make a lot of money plying their trade and selling tin medals to gullible and vain Australians who like to increase their rack for no other reason than to impress people.
Non ex-service individuals would have no idea that French wears two tin purchased medals on his impressive rack.
We say to Mr. French, you have been amply rewarded for your respected military service. Get rid of the tin.