Date of Entry: 01/11/2019
Surname: Thame
Christian Names: Richard Victor
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Rotorua
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 39764
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:


Richard Victor Thame is thought to be a doyen of the NZ ex service community and he has featured in media reports wearing six medals.

The medals are:

1. NZ Overseas Service Medal
2. Vietnam Medal
3. NZ General Service Medal 2002 (Clasp Vietnam)
4. NZ General Service Medal 2011 (Clasp Regular)
5. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
6. Regular Force Cadet School 50th Anniversary Medal - Unofficial Commemorative medal.

Thame wears five prestigious medals and one dud medal. The dud medal changes him from ex service doyen to dilettante in one fell swoop. This is the dud medal.

A man of his background and experience has no excuse for wearing a self purchased commemorative medal attached to his genuine medals.

Australian and New Zealand veterans would appreciate if NZ ex service organizations could counsel Thame regarding his medal rack.

Thame is welcomed to this website, where there is plenty of space for all who disregard medals tradition and protocol.

Located in: Medal Cheats
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