Stewart

Date of Entry: 29/12/2019
Surname: Stewart
Christian Names: Fredrick James
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Huskisson
Service #: R109737
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Supply and Secretariat (Steward)
Commencement of service: early 1970's
Completion of service: after 1991
Case Notes:

 

Frederick James Stewart wears eight medals, he is entitled to wear seven.


His first two medals are for service in Vietnam. The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Nominal Roll shows Stewart served thirty days in Vietnam, however twenty two of the thirty days were spent sailing from Sydney to Vung Tau. After less than twenty four hours at anchor, he spent eight days sailing from Vung Tau to Hong Kong. He actually spent only twenty hours anchored in Vung Tau Harbour and received two medals. This information can be found on page 117 of this reference: www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1420171

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His last two medals are for service in the First Gulf War during 1990/1991 One is genuine, but the last one The Kuwait Liberation Medal, may be worn on the right breast, as it is not on the Governor Generals approved list, of Foreign Medals. See here: www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awa...n-awards-australians

 

The wearing of this non approved Kuwait medal is becoming prevalent in the ex RAN community, and it is time for the Returned and Services League (RSL), (for example the Huskisson RSL) to counsel those who offend. RAN Associations are also ambivalent towards this breach of protocol, and to protect Veterans covenants and tradition, they must take action to curtail this behaviour.

Veterans' Vessel VV ANZMI, now has a starboard watch of ex RAN veterans who flaunt protocol and tradition by wearing this and other non approved medals.

Serving on AV ANZMI is not a pleasure cruise.
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