Hawkins

Surname: Hawkins
Christian Names: Peter Stanley
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: RAAF
Case Notes:

Peter Hawkins enlisted into the RAAF, 10 Feb 1967, served as an Airfield Defence Guard at Ubon, Thailand,  arriving 15th Dec  1967 returning to Australia after 6 months on compassionate grounds.  On return he remustered as a Physical Training Instructor serving in numerous units as expected of a long serving member of the RAAF and then he eventually remustered again finishing his career as a Warrant Officer, Discipline. WO(D)

An Airman of such standing and integrity, someone young Airmen & women could look up to and to aspire to become, a role model for the young officers to emulate, someone who's leadership they could epitomize.

A WO(D) is the equivalent of a Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) in the Army and above we have described some of the attributes that can/should be expected from such a person.

Warrant Officers' are often charged with the duty of Guardian, preserving and enshrining the traditions and history of their Unit and Service. Such a person only receives this appointment because he was held in high esteem. One would think that after taking the uniform off he would have maintained such dignity.

Not so for Peter Stanley Hawkins, it is alleged that on occasions, he has embellished his service with stories that are far fetched but, as these cannot be substantiated we will not go into details, unless of course a reader of this can confirm and substantiate any such stories.

He claims to have served in South Vietnam as seen on an application to transfer from one RSL Sub Branch to another below.
 



 

Peter Hawkins, you have been caught out wearing the Vietnam Medal and Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with clasps Vietnam which, you are not entitled to.  You have been caught wearing what appears to be Tin at the end of your medals rack as well.  If you must wear tin to enhance your service then the appropriate area to wear them would be on the right breast and well below any NOK medals you may be able to wear.



  



Why would a man with such an exemplary career would resort to embellishing and tarnishing his long service is something we here at ANZMI cannot fathom. It is the actions of a fool, one who needs help.  If you need to dress yourself up to be something you are not after a 35 year career it possibly indicates a low esteem and dissatisfaction within yourself.

You should have been proud to wear the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp Thailand, the Defence Force Service Medal with 20, 25, 30, & 35 year clasps and the National Medal. There should be no reason to embellish your career as those medals speak for themselves.

Peter Stanley Hawkins, you once were a leading example of integrity, a founding member of the Blue Eagles where you are held in high regard.  You have let your peers down and you have insulted veterans who do not need to embellish themselves.

Under the Defence Act 1903 you were appointed to the rank of Warrant Officer and to carefully and diligently discharge your duty as required by Military Law and to conduct yourself in a manner to ensure respect for lawful authority and to uphold the honourable tradition of the rank, "Warrant Officer".

Under the Defence Act, something you would have advised on and were required to administer, it is an offence to wear medals one is not entitled to. By wearing these medals you are not entitled to, you have shown contempt and disregard to all your former peers and fellow veterans and dishonoured yourself. Remove these medals from your rack before you perpetuate your dishonour.

Peter Stanley Hawkins was sent a letter from ANZMI asking him to prove his entitlement to wear these medals. He was also given an opportunity to repent and apologise to the veteran community. He did neither instead he chose to ignore the letter.

Peter now resides here and the "war service" he claims is now available to the world.

29th May 2011

 

We have managed to identify the un-official tin medal that Peter Stanley Hawkins is wearing as well as other RAAF personnel who also wear it. The medal is known as the Ubon Medal, a worthless medal obliviously struck up by ex RAAF persons that served at the RAAF Base Ubon Thailand during the Vietnam War.

Whoever designed the medal should have chosen a different ribbon for two reasons; the first is that the colours chosen are that of the Thai National Flag. Using the colours of a National flag to make up worthless piece of junk for these glory hunters to make them selves look like they are some kind of heroes by wearing extra medals they are not entitled to, is an insult to service personnel who have earned their official medals.

The second and this is just as insulting more so to the Thai people is the ribbon had been used for an official Thai medal in 1933 named “The Safeguarding the Constitution Medal” and was awarded to those who assisted in suppression of the 1933 rebellion against the constitution and the newly formed constitutional monarchy of 1932.

On the observe is a radiant two-tiered pedestal bearing the Constitution within a floreate wreath. On the Reverse is the deity Pra Siam Taewathirat (Lord Protector of Siam).

The top bar is inscribed in Thai “Sacrificing Your Life” and on the suspension “For The Country”

Our recommendation to these ex RAAF personnel, who wear the medal, is to remove it as it is highly offensive to the people of Thailand. It should also not be worn with official awarded medals.

You will see in the photograph taken in 2007 in Perth other ex RAAF personnel wearing the same tin medal and one member has it mounted in front of an official medal. Obviously some ex RAAF personnel have no knowledge re the protocol of the wearing medals which does not say much for their pride or intelligence.

 

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth obtained from Service records.

 

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