Date of Entry: 11/05/2020
Surname: Payton
Christian Names: Kenneth Richard
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Goulburn
Service #: R65026
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Commencement of service: 12.02.1966
Case Notes:



Kenneth Richard Payton joins the long list of former HMAS Sydney Veterans who snub their noses at the rules and protocols established regarding the wearing of Official and Un-Official Medals.

The above image shows Payton wearing a rack of eight medals. These awards reflect his service in the Royal Australian Navy, and his service during the Vietnam War.

The medals Payton is entitled to wear are:

Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975 (AASM 45-75)
Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM)
Australian Service Medal 1945–1975 (ASM 45-75)
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM)
National Medal (NM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

The last two medals are un-official tin medals. One has been identified as the Vietnam Logistics Support Medal and the other ‘Sydney’ medal was issued for a time by the HMAS Sydney Association and was freely available for purchase on their website.

HMAS Sydney Medal Tin self-purchased medal. Not to be worn with official medals.

Logistic and Support Medal Tin self-purchased medal. Not to be worn with official medals

Of interest, the HMAS Sydney Association placed a warning on their website which clearly dispels any suggestion that Payton and the other medal cheats “did not know it could not be worn”

Like all of his shipmates who have decided to mount these ‘tin’ medals they forget that the Nation has already recognised their service with the award of the AASM 45-75 with clasp ‘Vietnam’ and the VLSM, while their service in southeast Asia has been acknowledged with the award of the ASM 45-75 with clasp ‘FESR’. There is absolutely no excuse for adding additional self-purchased medals other than as an act of self-indulgent, self-promotion within the local Goulburn ex-service community.

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