Hill

Date of Entry: 20/01/2020
Surname: Hill
Christian Names: Allan
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Rockingham
Service #: R59496
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Fire Control
Commencement of service: 19 November 1962
Completion of service: 17 May 1964
Case Notes:

 

If you insist on wearing "Tin" medals it is best not to exhibit them, by getting media attention and exaggerating your service.


Allan Hill sailed aboard HMAS Parramatta on 25 May 1965 from Singapore to Vietnam on escort duties for HMAS Sydney. HMAS Parramatta arrived back to Singapore on 14 June 1965. In a media report Hill described his service in Vietnam as "A cuff diver whose roll was to work closely with Clearance Divers looking for explosives in the Mekong Delta River"

HMAS Parramatta was in Vietnam for three uneventful days, patrolling and mostly at anchor, well away from the Mekong Delta River. The Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll shows Hill as serving in Vietnam for twenty one days, but the RAN system counts days from departure from the last allied Port, to arrival back to another allied Port.


Here is an excerpt of HMAS Parramatta's Report of Proceedings for the time spent in Vietnam in November 1965.


Hill wears eight medals, for his three days service in Vietnam and his routine RAN service, he qualifies for five.

He has added three non authorised commemorative "Tin" medals, to his rack, these are.

Far East Service Medal - TIN
Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal- TIN
HMAS Sydney Medal - TIN


Hill needs to adjust his ballast, otherwise he may list heavily to the port side. Not only will the listing upset his bearing but will also sink his reputation.

Such listing will never upset HMAS ANZMI, where he will stay in the brig until he removes the offending medals, then he shall be allowed the poop deck to contemplate his offence.

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