Wilkinson

Date of Entry: 18/08/2018
Surname: Wilkinson
Christian Names: Ian Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Lithgow
Service #: R103588
Service: Navy
Branch: Cook
Commencement of service: 1968
Completion of service: 1972
Case Notes:

 

UPDATE - IAN WILKINSON AUGUST 2018

In our original entry, ANZMI quoted a newspaper article dated May 2017, that stated Ian Wilkinson had previously been the President and Treasurer of the Lithgow Returned and Services League (RSL)

The Lithgow RSL Sub Branch has requested that we advise as follows:

"The Lithgow RSL Sub-Branch have been alerted about a new addition to the website, one Ian Robert Wilkinson RAN R103588. It mentions that he was a previous President and Treasurer of the Lithgow RSL Sub-Branch. Could you please make it known somehow, that Ian Wilkinson has not been a member of the RSL since 2009 and that the Lithgow RSL Sub-Branch does not condone nor appreciates his actions and that on several occasions, some of our members have pointed out to him that he should not be wearing those 'trinkets' where they were, without any success of his removing them"

It is obvious that the Lithgow RSL Sub Branch is an establishment that appreciates protocols and traditions.

ANZMI thank the Management team of Lithgow RSL Sub Branch for providing the additional information.

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Ian Wilkinson was formerly the President and Treasurer of the Lithgow NSW Returned and Services League (RSL). He wears six medals, three are for Defence Service, one is for civilian service and the other two are self awarded  "trinkets". 

 

Wilkinson 1

 

Notice he wears uppermost on his left breast the two non official "Trinkets". 

 

Wilkinson 2

 

These medals are:

 

HMAS Sydney Medal.

Vietnam Logistic Support Medal.

 

Below the "trinkets"  he wears a rack of four legitimate medals consisting of;

 

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) - For Vietnam service

Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM) - For Vietnam service

National Medal (NM) - For civilian work

Australian Defence Medal (ADFM) - For Serving in Defence Force

 

Here are two paragraphs from  a media quote about Wilkinson.

 

Wilkinson 3

 

He is quoted as saying he did "twelve and-a-half trips to Vietnam" during his service.  The Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll shows, he served in Vietnam for ninety four days, this relates to 2,256 hours.  Despite what he says and despite what the Nominal Roll shows Wilkinson spent less than three days in Vietnam, in fact, he was on board HMAS Sydney in Vung Tau harbour for an all up total of 59 hours which is 2,159 less that what the RAN recorded.  He actually did only four trips to Vietnam not twelve and a half.  Each of his four visits were for an average of less than seventeen hours.

 

Wilkinson 4

 

The RAN in their mysterious administrative ways, counted time for all RAN who visited Vietnam from the time they left Australia until they returned to Australia.  Army personnel were only credited with the days they had their feet on the ground.

 

An example of the RAN maladministration is that of a monumental blunder that has been uncovered by an official Government Tribunal, whereby thousands of RAN personnel were wrongly awarded the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM)    

 

See paragraph 22 of this reference.

 

https://defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/AF17314681.pdf

 

Apart from exaggerating his time in Vietnam, Wilkinson's offence is wearing the two "tin" medals on his left breast. 

 

It is iterated, that despite the inference of ninety four days "at war", his time in Vietnam was all spent  in the safe Vung Tau Harbour on board the huge RAN ship, HMAS Sydney and his total time in Vietnam was for fifty nine hours only.

 

Wilkinson should be happy for his  service with the Defence Force during the Vietnam conflict and should not need to exaggerate his medal entitlement or his time in Vietnam.

 

Wilkinson can now sail on board the HMAS ANZMI ,where instead of being an officers' Cook aboard HMAS Sydney,  he can be an example to others who bolster their medals with "tin" fakes and exaggerate their time in war zones.

 

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