The independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal will inquire into unresolved recognition for service with the United States Army Small Ships Section.
In 2009, the Australian Government accepted a recommendation of the former Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal that Australian civilian personnel who served in ships operated by the United States Army Small Ships Section between 1942 and 1945 be recognised as eligible for Australian or Imperial recognition for that service on the same basis as members of the Merchant Navy.
Since that time, many former members of the section have submitted claims for the Australia Service Medal 1939-45, and the Australian Service Medal 1939-45 with Clasp ‘JAPAN’. There is some uncertainty as to the eligibility of former members of the section with respect to these awards.
“I have asked the tribunal to inquire into what Australian and Imperial awards service with the US Army Small Ships Section should attract, including for service with the section after 1945,” Senator Feeney said.
Submissions to the inquiry will close on Friday, 16 August 2013.
The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal can be contacted through its website: http://defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au/ or in writing to:
Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal
Locked Bag 7765
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (02) 6266 3486 or via e-mail at DHA.Tribunal [at] defence.gov.au
Senator Feeney’s office: Jeffrey Von Drehnen 0477 348 476
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