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MEDALS

The information presented on this page is provided, without qualification, from other websites, knowledge and documentation in the possession of the website organisers.  We provide this information in good faith.  Should there be an error in our information please notify the webmaster.

 

The Vietnam war involved the crews of HMAS Sydney and her escorts in a long and bitter battle for recognition and the award of a campaign medal.  Successive governments denied the crews their place in Australia's military history.  A few dedicated individuals led the group to a just and proper victory over Government apathy and denial.

In 1986 the Returned from Active Service Badge and repatriation benefits were awarded.  In 1992 The Vietnam Logistic Support Medal was approved. Other medals followed over the years.

(extract from The Vung Tau Ferry by R. Nott and N. Payne).

 

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The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75
The Vietnam Medal
The Vietnamese Campaign Medal
The Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal
The Australian Service Medal 1945-75
Defence Force Service Medal
National Medal
Australian Defence Medal
Returned from Active Service badge
 
 

Returned from Active Service badge

The Returned from active Service Badge - issued to all Armed forces personnel who served in 'war like' conditions of service.  For many this was all the recognition they received for war service until 1992 when the Federal government issued various medals recognising service in war zones.

Many members of the 17th may be eligible for some of the medals shown below.  If so they should download and complete the medal application form and send it to ADF Honours and Awards Section.  Or see your Naval Association, VVA or VLSVA rep for more information (see the LINKS page).

Send applications to:

For the Australian Defence Medal: For Other Medal Applications:
Defence Honours and Awards
T-1-49
Department of Defence
Reply Paid 4455
KINGSTON ACT 2604
Defence Honours and Awards
T-1-49
Department of Defence
CANBERRA ACT 2600

 


The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75

This medal is awarded for operational service during the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, Confrontation with Indonesia and the Vietnam War. The medal is not issued without a clasp. 

The following clasps have been issued for the medal:

Korea, Malaya, Malaysia, Thailand, Thai/Malay, Vietnam

 

 

 


The Vietnam Medal

This Medal was created to recognise the service of members of Australian Armed Forces and accredited members of approved philanthropic organisations serving with our service personnel in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Service is recognised between the dates 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973.

Qualifying service includes:

28 days in ships or craft on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam.
One day or more on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land.
One operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese water by aircrew on the posted strength of a unit.  Official visits either continuous or aggregate of 30 days

 

The Vietnamese Campaign Medal

Awarded by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam to allied Service personnel who served in Vietnam for a minimum period of 180 days.

 

 

 

 


The Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal

This Medal was created in 1992 to recognise the service of Australian personnel who served in support roles during the Vietnam War. It recognises those Australian men and women who played a vital role in supporting the Vietnam campaign in difficult or potentially dangerous situations, but who did not qualify for the Vietnam Medal. It provided recognition in particular to personnel who served in naval ships providing logistic support to our troops in Vietnam.

 

 

 


The Australian Service Medal 1945-75

This medal is awarded for 30 days service in prescribed non-warlike operations. The medal is not issued without a clasp. 

The following clasps have been issued for the medal:

Berlin, FESR, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Kashmir, Korea, Middle East, PNG, SE Asia, SW Pacific, Special Ops, Thailand, W New Guinea.

 

 


Defence Force Service Medal

Awarded to all full-time service personnel following 15 years service.

 

A clasp is issued for each 5 years additional service

 

 

 


National Medal

The National Medal was introduced to recognise 15 years' diligent service by members of the Defence Force, Australian police forces, and fire and ambulance services. In 1982, the Defence Force Service Awards provided for long service in the Australian Defence Force and eligibility for the National Medal was varied to enable persons who had participated in part-time and volunteer service in organisations other than the Defence Force to qualify for the National Medal. Progressively since then, members of the Australian Protective Service and correctional and emergency services have become eligible for the award of the National Medal. A clasp to the Medal is given for each 10 years' additional service. 

Note:  Following decisions of the government in 1997, the regulations for the National Medal underwent a comprehensive review and reworking. As a result The Queen approved new regulations in 1999.  These changes affect members of the 17th who served 15 years or more as the original regulations prohibited counting service under the age of 18 years. This anomaly has now been removed and many of us are now eligible for the National Medal whereas before we were not.

 


Australian Defence Medal

The Australian Defence Medal recognises current and former Australian Defence Force personnel who
 completed an initial enlistment period, or four years service, whichever was the lesser.

Ex-serving personnel who have served for four years (or have completed a lesser initial enlistment period)

either as an ADF Regular or Reserve member since the end of World War II (3 September 1945) are
eligible for the medal.

Eligibility for the medal has been extended to those personnel who:

  • have died in service; or
  • have been medically discharged with a compensatory impairment at the time of their discharge,
    thus rendering them unable to serve the required minimum qualifying period; or
  • have honourably served but, due to some Defence workplace enlistment policies of the time
    (determined by the Chief of the Defence Force), were unable to serve the required minimum
    qualifying period.
 

Don't forget to have your service certificate updated if you receive any medals or a RAS badge.  Send a letter requesting an updated certificate to:

Department of Defence
Personnel Records (Navy)
Queanbeyan Annex 2
Canberra ACT 2600

Links to medal information

 

Honours & Awards

and

Medal Application Form

It's an Honour - How to wear your medals  

 

 

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