Date of Entry: 30/07/2019
Surname: Swan
Christian Names: Brian Lawrence
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Epping
Service #: O2453
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Shipwright
Commencement of service: 01 July 1956
Case Notes:


Brian Swan is listed as having served as a Lieutenant in Vietnam for 177 days on board HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War. The RAN counting system was flawed. Swan would have spent less than a total of 3 days in Vung Tau Harbour during his 8 visits to Vietnam. HMAS Sydney had a turn around time of less than 7 hours per visit in Vung Tau Harbour, but counted time, as being in Vietnam from the departure from their last Australian port until the return to their first Australian port


Swan had no hand in the flawed "Days in Vietnam" system but he exaggerates his service by adding two extra self purchased "Tin" commemorative medals to his rack.

Swan was awarded the prestigious Member of the Order of Australia Medal (AM) in 1988 for services to the RAN. For his Defence service he wears nine medals, he is entitled to wear only seven, he has chosen to add two "Tin" self purchased Navy Association medals. Here is a list of his medals:

Member of the Order of Australia Medal (AM)
Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM)
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM)
National Medal (NM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Logistic and Support Medal Tin self purchased medal Not to be worn with official medals
HMAS Sydney Medal Tin Self purchased medal. Not to be worn with official medals.

Here are two offending medals:

Subsequent to his service as a Lieutenant on board HMAS Sydney, Swan received the prestigious promotions to the rank of Captain (RAN).

Swan is the Vice President of the Epping, New South Wales, Returned and Services League (RSL) and is obviously blasé about protocol and tradition for wearing medals. We suggest a review of medals protocol at Epping RSL and that Vice President Brian Lawrence Swan be first to be counseled.

We welcome aboard Captain Brian Swan, an ex RAN Senior Officer who we welcome as a shipmate to all the other medals cheats on this website

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