Woodward

Date of Entry: 09/11/2018
Surname: Woodward
Christian Names: Roy Gerald
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Victor Harbour
Service #: 447746
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Case Notes:

 

Roy Gerald Woodward did hard service in Vietnam as an Infantry soldier. Arguably the hardest job in the Army.

 

Woodward

 

Woodward was well rewarded for his service by being presented with four medals. For reasons known only to himself he has purchased and attached a fifth unauthorised "Tin" medal to his rack. It is the medal nearest his left shoulder.

 He wears:

 Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) - entitled

Vietnam Medal (VN) - entitled

Australian Defence Medal - entitled

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal -entitled

Front Line Medal - A non official medal that must not be worn on the left breast.

 

The "Front Line Medal" is occasionally seen mixed with legitimate medals. There is no reason for any person to wear it, particularly a Vietnam Veteran. It is an unofficial medal that was created by the 2/18 Infantry Battalion Association after WW2 to raise money, and as an "In house" memorial to members of the 2/18 Battalion who were captured by the Japanese in Singapore in 1942 and suffered brutal hardship.

 

Here is the controversial medal:

 

Woodward

 

He and all those who flaunt protocol and tradition by wearing unofficial medals will be allocated space on this website.

 

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