Archive for the 1945 + Medals Category

A Burma Veteran Group

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, 1945 + Medals, Groups with tags , , , on August 6, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group belongs to 865673 Lance Bombadier W.J. Kent. By his rank I assume he was in the Royal Artillery. His medals include the 1939-1945 Star, the Burma Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Regular Army Long Service Good Conduct Medal.

As with the other WW2 groups I have, I have simply collected a range of theatres with a post-War service medal so that I have a name to go with the rack. In this case a good Burma Campaign group to a career artilleryman. I can’t find him on the POW list so I have to make the big jump that he was part of Slim’s Burma army in 1944-1945.

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A Group to an 8th Army Private

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, 1945 + Medals, Groups with tags , , , , on August 5, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is a pretty unassuming group to an Army Medical Corps Private 7358394 H Strow. He has the 1939-1945 Star, the North Africa Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Efficiency Medal (GVI) with Territorial Bar. The Efficiency Medal was awarded with 12 years of service, with war service counting for double. It appears that Strow must have stayed on in the Territorial Army after the conclusion of hostilities in 1945. The RAMC was the last Corps to demob so this guy would not have got out until some time in 1946.

Again, pretty boring but these WW2 groups are so often anonymous so when you get one you try to make sure it has a GSM, EM or LSGC on it so you have the owners name and number.

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A U.S. Vietnam Veteran Group

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Groups with tags , , , , on August 5, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThis group is a great representative example of a Navy serviceman engaged in active service in the period late 1960’s-1975. It consists of a the Navy Good Conduct Medal with 2 service stars, the National Defense Service Medal , the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 1 campaign star, the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 campaign stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. The star on the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is probably either for the Cambodian Evacuation or the Vietnam Evacuation, both in April 1975.

Unfortunately none of these medals is named so the recipient remains unknown. I don’t really get into US medals but I wanted an example of a stock soldier/sailor rack as the Vietnam War is one that interests me.

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The Vietnam War Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , , , , on August 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Australia Flag_of_New_ZealandThe Vietnam Medal was a joint Australian and New Zealand campaign medal awarded for service in the Vietnam War. The medal was jointly developed by Australia and New Zealand, although there were separate Royal authorisation warrants for each country.

Australia
Qualifying service for the Vietnam Medal includes:

  • 28 days in ships or craft on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam.
  • One or more days 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.
  • One day or more by members of accredited philanthropic organisations attached to Australian forces in an official capacity for full-time duty between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973.

New Zealand
The medal was awarded to all members of the New Zealand armed forces who, between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973, either:

  • served for 28 days, continuous or aggregated, in ships or craft employed in operations on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam;
  • served for one day or more on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land in Vietnam;
  • conducted one operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese waters by aircrew on the posted strength of a unit allocated for direct support of operations in Vietnam;
  • served for 30 days or more, continuous or aggregated, on official visits, inspections or other occurrences of a temporary nature on duty in Vietnam, or in ships or craft engaged in operations off the Vietnamese coast.
  • Service terminated by death or wounds, or the award of a decoration for gallantry, led to the immediate award of the medal, regardless of whether the qualification period had been fulfilled.

I have two of these, a single here and one in a small New Zealand group.

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New Zealand Service Medal 1946-1949

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , , on August 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_New_ZealandThe medal was instituted in 1995 to recognise New Zealand military personnel who served in the occupation forces in Japan between March 1946 and March 1949. In 2002 the Royal Warrant was amended to also recognise service between September 1945 and March 1946, including service by the crews of HMNZS Gambia and HMNZS Achilles in Japanese waters.

I have another of these in a group.

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International Force East Timor Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , , on May 19, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_AustraliaThe International Force East Timor (INTERFET) Medal recognises members of the Australian Defence Force who served for 30 days (or 30 sorties) in East Timor during the INTERFET campaign (16 September 1999 – 10 April 2000). The qualifying area comprises East Timor and the sea adjacent to East Timor out to a distance of 12 nautical miles (22 km) from the low water mark.

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Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Service Medal

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , , , on May 16, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_MFOThe Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) is an international peacekeeping force overseeing the terms of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. This is the MFO Service Medal.

The Multinational Force and Observers Medal is an international military decoration which was first created on March 24, 1982. The medal was established under the authority of the Director-General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) which were established to monitor a neutral ceasefire zone, between Egypt and Israel, as the result of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

The MFO is not a UN mission, but rather a multi-national force created by the annex to the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty.

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