Mason

Date of Entry: 05/06/2017
Surname: Mason
Christian Names: Herbert Alec
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Epping
Service #: 327842
Service: Australian Army
Branch: RAEME
Commencement of service: 1965
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

Herbert Alec Mason was born on the 28 August, 1945. He is the current President of the Epping (Victoria) Returned and Services League (R&SL) Sub Branch, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

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About 1965, Mason enlisted in the Australian Regular Army. Following Recruit Training he was posted to the Corps of RAEME .

On the 29 December, 1967, Mason was deployed to the Republic of South Vietnam as a member of the 1st Independent Armoured Squadron Workshop. He was later attached to the 1st Armoured Squadron Workshop.

In March, 1968, whilst on Base at this last posting, MASON received an accidental bullet wound to his foot. He was then hospitalised for 17 days in country, and returned to Australia as a Non Battle Casualty. (NBCAS) after 102 days in South Vietnam.

In the above photograph, Mason is wearing the following medals -;

1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945 -1975. (Entitled)
2. Vietnam Medal. (Entitled)
3. Centenary Medal. (Entitled)
4. Australian Defence Medal. (Entitled)
5. Vietnam Campaign Medal. (181 days service in South Vietnam. Not entitled)

The Vietnam Campaign Medal is awarded for 181 days service in the former Republic of South Vietnam. There are exceptions and these are listed below -;

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

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The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was issued by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam for service in the prescribed area of operations in Vietnam during the period commencing on 31 July 1962 and ending on 28 March 1973 for Australian personnel.

The Australian government maintained the basic qualifying criteria specified by the Republic of Vietnam for allied troops. To be eligible for the medal a person must have completed a minimum period of 181 days, either continuous or aggregated, unless:

killed on active service (KIA);
wounded in action i.e. classified as a Battle Casualty and evacuated as a result of those wounds; or
captured and later released or escaped.
Medical evacuation from the area of operations for any reasons other than wounds received in action does not constitute an exemption from meeting the minimum qualifying period.
Design
The medal is a gold and white enamelled star with a green, red and gold centre motif.
Ribbon
The ribbon is green with three white stripes.
A ribbon device bearing the inscription ‘1960–’ is worn on the medal ribbon. A smaller device with the inscription ‘60- ’ is worn on the ribbon bar.

Mason was not “wounded in action and he was not classified as a Battle Casualty and evacuated as a result of those wounds”.

Concerned members of Epping and nearby R&SL Sub Branches expressed their concerns to ANZMI that Mason is a medal cheat.

We contacted Mason in regards to wearing the medal. . He stated that he was entitled to wear it. He informed us that in 1968, he was a patient in Heidelberg Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria , following his return from South Vietnam and was receiving treatment for the wound to his foot, when he received the Vietnam Medal and The Vietnam Campaign Medal in the mail. ANZMI then informed him that he did not meet the criteria and that he must have purchased it. He denied that.

A few hours later, Mason sent an email to ANZMI stating that, “he had lied about the particular medal and that he has no entitlement to wear it, and I have. I apologise for lying to you.”

Herbert Mason is a President of a Victorian R&SL Sub Branch. He has held that position for some time. He sets a bad example for all the Epping R&SL members and the Victorian R&SL State Branch. In particular, the younger Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans that the R&SL is attempting to attract to the organisation.


During the past few years, ANZMI have exposed numerous Victorian R&SL Sub Branch Presidents and other Executives for being Medal Cheats, Valour thieves or just outright imposters. They all appear on this website -;

Lance Mailer Smith – President. Glenroy R&SL. Victoria.
John Malcolm Griffiths. President. Essendon R&SL. Victoria.
Geoffrey Phillip Lyles. President. Kyneton R&SL. Victoria.
Douglas Craig O’Loughlan. President Bright R&SL. Victoria.
David Hugh Edwards. President. Leongatha R&SL. Victoria.
Now, Herbert Alec Mason, President Epping R&SL Victoria, can be added to the growing list.

It is the responsibility of State Branch R&SL Victoria, to audit their executives and members more fervently. It is not that hard. Someone is asleep at the wheel.

Mason should apologise to the membership at the Epping R&SL Sub Branch, Victoria, for being a medal cheat, and then resign the Presidency immediately.

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