RYAN

Date of Entry: 10/08/2021
Surname: RYAN
Christian Names: Christopher
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Thornside
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

Major Chris Ryan (retired) served in the Australia Army, in Australia, Malaya and Papua New Guinea. For his service he wears seven medals, however one is a dud.

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The medals he wears are:

Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 with clasp PNG (ASM)
Australian Service Medal 1975 - with clasp SE ASIA (ASM)
Defence Force Service Medal with clasps 20 and 25 years (DFSM)
National Medal (NM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Papua New Guinea Independence Medal (1975)
PNGDF Anniversary Medal 1940 -1990 NON AUTHORISED TIN MEDAL

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The last medal worn is the dud, it is the PNGDF Anniversary Medal 1940 - 1990 and must not be worn on the left breast. Here are both sides of the medal.

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The medal was created and launched by the Pacific Island Battalion New Guinea Infantry Battalion Headquarters Pacific Island Regiment Association (PIB NGIB HQ PIR Assoc), an organization launched in 2015 honouring the military service of Papua New Guinea and Australian soldiers from 1940 to 1975.-

Here is current criteria for wearing the medal from the PIB NGIB HQ PIR Assoc:

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The Governor General of Australia authorises the wearing of foreign medals. Here is his list for Papua New Guinea Medals.

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Ryan's second last medal, Papua New Guinea Independence Medal (1975) is listed, however the last medal he wears, the PNGDF Anniversary Medal 1940-1990 is not listed.

Ryan is entitled to wear six medals, however he chooses to wear seven. The instructions for wearing the seventh medal, the PNGDF Anniversary Medal 1640-1990, are very clear, in that, if it is to be worn at all, it is to be worn on the right breast.

Bolstering medal racks with non approved "Tin" medals is a foolish action, as thousands of veterans all over Australia and New Zealand are agents for ANZMI, and will report transgressors like Major (retired) Christopher Ryan of Thornside Queensland.

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