Welbourn

Date of Entry: 03/05/2017
Surname: Welbourn
Christian Names: Anthony (Tony) Paul
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Horsham
Service #: 4719397
Service: Army (National Service)
Branch: Royal Australian Engineers
Commencement of service: 1967
Completion of service: 1969
Case Notes:

 

 

Tony Welbourn blames ignorance and bad advice for his medals offences. His excuse is "lame" and he is either a liar or the only Vietnam Veteran in history to not know about this simple medals protocol.

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Here is a close up of the medals Welbourn is wearing.

 

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The medals are:

Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp Vietnam

Vietnam Medal

National Emergency Medal

National Medal

Australian Defence Medal

Commemoration of National Service Medal

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Not entitled.

Vietnam Veterans Medal (VVM) Tin Trinket that has no integrity.

 

Welbourn earned Four medals for his service in the Defence Force and Two for his civilian Community Service, a total of Six, but added the last Two with the excuse,

that before his discharge from the Army, a couple of Army Officers told him it was OK to wear the RVCM and the VVM medals.

 

Here is what he said in response to our request to provide information about his entitlement to wear the medals

"VCM (sic)

You are correct I did not serve the 180 days requirement however on departure from Vietnam (November 68) I was clearly advised by the OC of my Unit Major xxxxxxxx that as my original posting was for 12 months (May 68-May 69) and I was being sent home to Australia, for a medical procedure, I was entitled to be awarded this medal.

This same information was passed to me on my completion of N S (June 69) by the Adelaide holding unit O C (Capt xxxxxxxxxx. Basis (sic) this information / advice at the time I have worn same.

 

Here is the criterion for the RVCM:

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Welbourn served only 141 days in Vietnam not the required 181 days and was not returned to Australia for any reason relating to enemy activity

Here is what he said about the VVM

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"Vietnam Veterans Medal –

This medal was issued (No.739) in the early 1970’s.

At the time I was advised the wearing of this medal was approved by the Govt of the day as long as same was positioned on the far left of all / any other service medals.

Having seen, over time, other Veterans wearing the same medal I have just assumed all was in order."

Regarding the VVM, despite Welbourn saying "The medal was issued (No739) in the early6 1970s" the VVM was never issued to any person, it is, and always has been a self purchased bit of "Bling" that has no integrity whatsoever.

As soon as we contacted him he agreed to remove the medals. Here is what he said:

"Given the above I hereby declare that at no time was I aware the two medals in question should not have been worn as per medal protocol. The medals have been worn in nothing but good faith. Should you advise / instruct these medals be withdrawn / removed I shall guarantee to immediately make contact with my medal provider and have same removed."

We are pleased that Welbourn has chosen to stop embarrassing himself by wearing false medals, however because he wore them for Forty Eight years and now promises to remove them, we will go easy on him and promise to remove him from this website after Forty Eight years. We have made note on our Calendar for the year Twenty One Seventy Five.

ANZMI has been operating in one form or another for Twenty years and still the message does not penetrate that if you falsify any aspect of your Defence Service you will end up occupying space on this website.

Every town in Australia has Returned Veterans, ex Servicemen and Women and Citizens who will report medals' offenders and Wannabes. Our work will continue until the last cheat is exposed.

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