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The NMBVAA was established in Australia in June 1995.
There are Branches and sub-Branches in all Australian States, and although many are managed a little bit differently, they all represent Australian & Allied Malaya/Malaysian veterans.
Remembrance Services are conducted in Ipoh, Malaysia, each year in the second and third week of June.
Annual services held in Malaysia are held at the Kamunting Road Christian Cemetery Taiping, the Ipoh Cenotaph, God's Little Acre at Batu Gajah, and the 2nd Battalion Royal Rangers Camp at Syed Putra.
At the Christian Cemetery at Taiping, there are 26 grave sites of Australian soldiers who died during the Malayan Emergency. There are also some Australian dependents buried there.
LEST WE FORGET
This website attracts over 300 visitors per week and is primarily for the benefit of Defence & Police
Veterans who served in the SE/Asia Pacific Area from WW2 to the present day.
The site is privately owned and operated, but exists for the benefit of those who want to know of Australia's military involvement in SE Asia.
Individuals or like-minded Associations may apply to use the site to advertise meeting dates or future events if they so desire.
If visitors have an inclination to contribute to this website, perhaps send a story, or a photograph, please contact the Webmaster, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Telephone (03) 6283 4677 Mob:0427 314304....or use the devices available on the site itself.
Membership of NMBVAATASINC is open to all who served in Her Majesty's Forces, the Commonwealth Forces, the Royal Federation of Malaya Police, the Civil Service, Saint John Ambulance and Auxiliary Forces during the Second World War, The Korean War, The Malayan Emergency, the Indonesian Confrontation and all other conflicts in the area thereafter. Please refer to the Application Page.
Families of members who served in the above Forces are particularly encouraged to use the site to obtain information regarding military involvement in the SE Asian area .
Photo - L - R : Des Aylett QLD, Jan Huscha WA, Herman Vander Hoek TAS, Darrel Fragall WA, Gary Blaxter NSW - in the foyer of the Syuen Hotel, Ipoh, June 2011.
Malaysian Police guard the Cenotaph at Batu Gaja 2011
On 22MAY 2012 Her Majesty The Queen approved the issue of a new medal to be called the Australian Operational Service Medal (OSM).
Australian Operational Service Medal (OSM)
For Australian Defence Force (ADF) Members :-
The OSM has been introduced to replace the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) and Australian Service Medal for future ADF operations. The OSM will be awarded to ADF members for service on operations recommended and approved as warranting recognition. Each declared operation will be recognised by the standard medal with a unique ribbon for each operation in the same way as the United Nations Medal is awarded. Where appropriate, an accumulated service device will recognise those who render additional prescribed periods of service on a particular operation.
The first service declared for the OSM is the range of border protection operations conducted since 1997.
Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection Application Form
An application form specifically designed for the Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection (AE 376) has been produced and can be downloaded from the Defence website. It is also available on the DRN Webforms site.
Applicants should be aware that every attempt will be made to process their applications promptly. However, the Directorate of Honours and Awards is continuing to source reliable data to enable accurate assessments of all applications received. To that end, there is likely to be a significant delay before applicants are advised of the outcome of their application for the Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection.
Operational Service Badge
Before the establishment of the OSM, those who received the AASM were also issued with the Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB). Because the OSM recognises all declared operational service, an Operational Service Badge (OSB) has been established to be issued on the first award of the OSM.
The OSB has two versions - military and civilian, to be issued with the respective medal types.
The RASB will continue to be issued with the AASM for current warlike operations.
In contrast with the RASB, the OSB may also be issued to the next-of-kin of deceased members
to complement the award of the OSM.
ADF members who undertake operational service will receive an OSM with a unique ribbon for each new operation. ADF members who undertake additional periods of qualifying service on the same operation will, where appropriate, receive an accumulated service device - in the form of a numeral similar to those issued by the United Nations.
The Distinguished Service Order
Instituted in 1886, the most ornate, albeit bulky, medal in gilt and enamel was to recognise:
officers below field rank in both services for distinguished service in a time of war, where the VC was not appropriate.
It was extended in 1943 to officers of the Merchant Navy and home guard.:
for distinguished service under fire or other conditions equivalent to service in actual combat with the enemy.
There have been 7 types of DSO since inception, with 1024 in total to Australians.
In the Boer War, 63 were issued.
WW1, there were 589 issued.
WW2, 254 were issued.
In Korea, 11 were issued, and in
Vietnam, there were 37 issued.
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