Jones

Date of Entry: 14/05/2018
Surname: Jones
Christian Names: John Paul
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Bentleigh
Service #: R62275
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Musician
Commencement of service: 28/06/1963
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

John Paul Jones was a Navy Musician with a bent for the flute and the piano.  He joined the RAN for nine years  in 1963.  He served mostly on Shore establishments until1965.  He then deployed on two occasions to the former Republic of South Vietnam aboard HMAS Sydney, a converted aircraft carrier, aka The Vung Tau Ferry.

 

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The Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll shows that Jones served for sixty eight days in South Vietnam.  In fact, he was  in Vietnam waters for a total of only five days and stayed aboard HMAS Sydney the whole time.  Sixty eight days are shown,  because the Navy counted the time from departure from the last Australian port until the first port of return.

 

John Paul Jones

 

For those five days in the safe sheltered waters of Vung Tau Harbour, Jones wears five medals, two of which are unofficial "tin" vanity trinkets.  The last two medals are self purchased and must not be worn on the left breast with genuine Defence Medals.

 

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The two offensive medals are commemorative medals  commissioned by a Naval Association associated with HMAS Sydney.

Before the early 1990s there were no medals for RAN personnel who crewed the support ships serving Australians in Vietnam. This has since been rectified with the official Australian Active Service Medal and the Vietnam Logistic Support Medal which are the first and second medals being worn by Jones

 

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We have been lambasting RAN veterans for wearing these two, and other "Tin"  medals for many years, and still they are worn.  To exacerbate the situation,  John Paul Jones is an executive of the Bentleigh, Victoria Sub Branch,  of the Returned and Services League (RSL).    Obviously he has been wearing these abominations for many years and the Bentleigh Sub Branch has no regard for such matters.

If the President of this Sub Branch has no regard for Australian Governor General and Department of Defence medal wearing protocols, he should stand down and allow someone with more fortitude to take his place.

 

Jones spent around five days playing his flute in the Vietnam war and should have been overwhelmed by the his generous rack of the three medals he was officially presented with, but alas, he needed two more medals, perhaps to represent one medal for every day spent in Vietnam waters.

 

Should Australian Army and Air Force veterans adopt the same criterion,  most would have more that three hundred and sixty five medals.

 

Jones has well earned his place as a medals cheat on this website and he is in good company with many others of his ilk.

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