Date of Entry: 01/11/2019
Surname: Thurley
Christian Names: Randall G.
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: 140263
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Case Notes:


UPDATE Randall THURLEY December 2019

Randall Thurley has sent the following appeal:

"Name: Randall Thurley
Email: xxxxxxxxxx


I noticed you have a photo of me and a statement saying that I am not entitled to wear one of my medals. As I am no longer serving, I am entitled to wear all my medals. I'd appreciate if you would please take the photo and post down.



Thurley has failed his basic medal's protocol test. The Governor General, advised by the Prime Minister, says who wears what. Thurley has no say in it.

The Kuwait medal that Thurley demands to wear, is not on the Governor Generals list of approved foreign medals. Here is the list:

Thurley wears five medals for a single RAN deployment, three are for the deployment, one is for his defence service. The fifth is an unapproved duplication of the fourth.

Thurley is wrong in his knowledge of medals protocol, and he is wrong in wearing a medal, not approved to be worn.

The RAN generally, and individual ex RAN members, have made monumental protocol errors, starting from the incorrect issue of the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) to thousands of sailors, who do not fill the criteria to wear it. That blunder has been proven by an enquiry, however the matter is so far entrenched, that the mistake cannot be rectified.

Over the passed fifty years there have been dozens of ex RAN members exposed for wearing unauthorised association "Tin" medals, such as the FESR Medal, HMAS Sydney medal, and the Vietnam Logistic Support medal.

Now we have Sailors wearing two medals for the one deployment, these are the approved Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal and the not approved, Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait medal.

Department of Honours and Awards have amended their website so that there is now no confusion. See below where the instructions include. "The offer of the Kuwait medal could not be accepted", and "It is recommended that the medal be worn on the right breast"

Thurley will remain cruising on board the Australian Veterans (AV) ship, AV ANZMI forever more.




On 13 August 1991 when HMAS Success departed for the Persian Gulf to participate in operation Damask following the Iraq invasion of Kuwait, Randall G Thurley was aboard and served in that theatre of war.


The medals he is wearing are:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM_
Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait Medal (SALKM)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (KLM) Must not wear with National medals.

For his RAN service, and for his service in the Persian Gulf aboard HMAS Success, Thurley was awarded the first four medals. The fourth medal, the Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait Medal, is authorised by the Australian Governor General to be worn on the left breast with Australian National medals.

The fifth medal he wears is the Kuwait Liberation Medal. The Government of Kuwait introduced the Kuwait Liberation Medal in 1995 to recognise those who served in support of Operation Desert Shield or Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991. The medal is not approved for wear by members of the ADF, but is allowed to be retained as a memento by members who received it.

Thurley is listing to his Port side, because he is bearing 20% non manifest weight. His Plimsoll line is compromised and he will not be out of the danger zone until he unloads the commemorative Kukwait Liberation medal that causes him to list.

Thurley is one of many ex RAN who wrongly wear this medal, and perhaps this entry may solve his and others listing problems, because any person wearing the medal will surely be sunk.

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