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Surname: HOLMES
Christian Names: Christopher William Ashley
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Hartfield
Service #: R63859
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Commencement of service: November 1964
Completion of service: February 1985
Case Notes:

 

Christopher William Ashley Homes is a retired Warrant Officer (WO), from the RAN where he served for twenty one years. Sailors can become WOs, after years of diligent service and achievement, as such they are held in high regard. Unfortunately Christopher Holmes has cast questions on his service and integrity by wearing a "mish mash" of medals:

 

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Here is a close up of his medals rack:

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Above his medals, he wears a Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB). The RASB must not be worn when medals are worn.

Here is a description of his seven medals:

Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM) Worn in wrong place
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM) Worn in wrong place
National Medal (NM) Worn in wrong place
Australian Logistic Support Force Medal (ALSM). None approved self purchased tin medal
Australian Service Medal (ASM). Wrongly positioned
Australian Active Service Medal (ASM). Worn in wrong place.
Australian Defence Medal (ADM).

An apt description of the medal rack is that it could be equated to a 'Dogs morning repast".

Except for one, all of the medals are wrongly placed and do not signify his service. Here is the order in which they must be worn.

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This medal below which is included in his medal rack, must not be worn on the left breast, as it is a self purchased Tin medal, that was created by RAN ex service organizations, and was never approved by the Governor General.

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Australian Logistic Support Force Medal - "Tin"
 


In due course the Governor General approved the issue of a genuine medal, the VLSM, to all who served in Vietnam and did not qualify to the Vietnam Medal or the Republic of Vietnam Campaign medal.

Holmes wears the AASM, VLSM and the tin ALSM for his Vietnam service. He is only entitled to wear the first two medals for his few days visit in Vung Tau Harbour aboard HMAS Swan in October and December, 1971. Reports of Proceedings from Swan's visits are detailed below

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Visit October 71
 

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Visit December 1971
 


After two days aboard an Australian warship in the Vung Tau Harbour, a reasonable person would believe that receiving two medals, and the title of Vietnam Veteran, would be sufficient, however HOLMES added a "Tin" medal to his rack, for reasons known only to himself.

HOLMES needs to straighten out his rack, and then remove the "Tin", his two by one day visits, to Vung Tau Harbour, and his two Vietnam medals, should be enough for his ego.

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