Willick

Date of Entry: 01/11/2019
Surname: Willick
Christian Names: Kennth William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Woodgate
Service #: R65934
Service: Royal Australain Navy
Branch: Engineering Mechanic
Commencement of service: 26.11.1966
Case Notes:

 

Kenneth Willick is the President of the Woodgate Queensland, Returned and Services League (RSL). His actions make him a poor example of an RAN Vietnam returned veteran.


Willick wears seven medals. These are:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Vietnam Logistic Support Medal (VLSM)
National Medal (NM)
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM
Undiscernable medal ??

The last medal is not discernable but it will most likely be a non authorised commemorative medal. The second last medal, is discernable and is the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM).



Simply put Willick did not earn the RVCM shown below.



The last medal is most likely an unauthorised self purchased"Tin" medal.

To increase the "bling" effect, Willick also wears his medal ribands together with his mounted medal rack. Whilst a colourful, array, it is simply not protocol.

Qualification for the RVCM requires 181 days service in Vietnam or Vietnam waters. Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll shows Willick as having served for 55 days in Vietnam. The 55 days is an unfortunate RAN iniquity, whereby RAN Vietnam service was counted from the time of departure from an Australian port, until the time of return to an Australian port, conversely Australian Soldiers traveling on board RAN ships to fight in Vietnam for one year, had their time counted from when they landed in Vietnam until boarding for the return journey.



Willick travelled to and from Vietnam on three occasions, each for an average of around 18 days sailing. His actual time anchored in Vung Tau harbour during his three voyages, was around 20 hours for the whole three voyages. During that time he would never have left the ship. Whether you compare the 55 days, or the 20 hours to the requirement of 181 days it is obvious that Willick is a medals cheat.

It is incongruous that an RSL President could have worn the two offending medals at his RSL as well as in the company of District and State senior RSL executives. An RSL that cares little for medals protocol is an RSL without integrity and is an RSL without a future.

Land, air and sea veterans are all participating in the disregard for medals protocol regarding the RVCM. In recent times we have published details of:

Whyman Army - http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/774

Joyce RAAF, - http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/683-joyce-1

and now

Willick RAN,

Kenneth Willick is welcomed aboard our ship, and can confirm that his time aboard will be for a very long voyage.

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