Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'A'

Surname: Auston
Christian Names: Robert Barry
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sydney
Case Notes:

Robert Barry AUSTON R55973 President of the HMAS Sydney Association when this photo was taken at the Long Tan Day Commemoration Ceremony on 18 August 2011 in Sydney (now known as Vietnam Veterans Day).  

Robert AUSTON served with the Royal Australian Navy during the Vietnam War and did eight trips to Vung Tau for short periods, one trip on HMAS Melbourne, the others on HMAS Sydney.

Though the ships only spent a short period of time in the port at Vung Tau, not even a day, the trips were counted in days from the time the ship left Australia till it returned.

In the photo he is wearing on his left breast two un-official tin medals which were bought and not awarded. These medals if worn should be on the right breast.

The medals have been positively identified as the Australian Logistic Support Force Medal and the HMAS Sydney Medal.

It would appear just about every sailor that served on the troopship HMAS Sydney wears that tin medal. It was never awarded by the Defence Department.

Some years after the war ceased the Vietnam Logistic Support Medal was struck and awarded for these short trips and visits by other defence and civilian personnel.

By wearing un-official bought medals these ex-servicemen are showing a total disregard for the order of wearing medals and a lack of respect to other veterans.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

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