Whyman

Date of Entry: 13/10/2019
Surname: Whyman
Christian Names: Hewitt Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Wagga Wagga
Service #: 2789339
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: 1968
Completion of service: 1977
Case Notes:

 

Hewitt Robert Whyman was born on the 16 October, 1947. In 1968, he was conscripted into the Australian Regular Army as a National Serviceman. He was allocated to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. According to all reports, on completion of his two year compulsory service, he remained in the Army until 1977, when he took his discharge.
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During his two years National Service, he was posted to the Republic of South Vietnam on the 27 December, 1969 as a Lance Bombardier. He served for 50 days in South Vietnam and returned to Australia on the 4 February, 1970.
In the above photograph Hewitt Whyman is wearing the following medals.

1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) 1945-1975. Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. Entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
4. Anniversary of National Service Medal. Entitled.
5. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.(RVCM) Not entitled.

The entitlement for the RVCM is 181 days service in the Republic of South Vietnam or continuous service in Vietnamese waters. Whyman had 50 days in country. This is well short of the requirement for the issue of the award. Sadly, Whyman has purchased the RVCM and had it court mounted with the rest of his medal entitlements.




The criteria for the entitlement to this award is very clear. It is known by every Australian who served in Vietnam during the war.




Hewitt was not a battle casualty of the Vietnam War. He was not evacuated from Vietnam due to wounds received in that war..
Hewitt Whyman is currently an Indigenous leader and mentor at Kapooka Army Base at Wagga Wagga. He has served with the Aboriginal Legal Service for many years as a Field Officer.

The Kapooka Chronicle and the Australian Army speak of him in glowing terms.




In the above photograph, Whyman is wearing the RVCM riband.

Whyman has volunteered his services to assist young Aboriginal youth through initial Army Recruit processes. He is there to mentor and provide guidance. We congratulate him for that.

As a mentor though, he should be setting a good example to the many recruits seeking him out for advice and guidance.
He is not entitled to wear the RVCM and he should immediately remove it from his rack. He did not earn it and he has purchased it on ebay, or at a medal shop.

ANZMI tried to contact Whyman and offer him an opportunity to explain his wearing of the un-entitled medal and request its removal from his rack. We received no response.

This site is littered with former Australian Defence Force personnel who have not spent the necessary time in the former Republic of Vietnam, yet choose to wear the RVC medal, knowing they have no entitlement.

A classic example of a former RAAF serviceman continuing to wear an un-entitled RVCM is Michael Joyce. Joyce served for 91 days in South Vietnam before he was repatriated to Australia after becoming ill. Again, well short of the required 181 days.

He was not a battle casualty and was not evacuated because of his wounds. His name does not appear on the Vietnam War Casualty List.

He was mistakenly awarded the RVCM following a bureaucratic bungle by former RAAF Administrators who put forward his name for the medal. Joyce maintains that he is entitled to wear the medal, because it was "sent" to him in the mail from the Department of Defence. Joyce knows, as does every other serviceman who served in that war, that he is not entitled to it. We can be thankful he did not get the Victoria Cross "sent" to him in the mail in error.
See -;
www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/683-joyce-1

ANZMI will pursue all reports of medal cheats and place them on this site when the facts are proven.

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