Thurley

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:

 

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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