Vet gets medals back – and more

LOCAL veteran Ronald Proud was recently presented with his RAN Military Service Medals after having had them previously stolen.

In a ceremony on Friday, October 8, at the Huon Regional Care at Nubeena, Mr Proud was also presented with a Quilt of Valour.

Also present were Tasman Mayor Kelly Spaulding, Huon Regional Care CEO Barry Lange, Huon Regional Care facility manager Nubeena Leeanne Triffitt, Navy Headquarters Tasmania Commanding Officer Andrew Wright and Lt Commander Calvin Johnson, Tasman Returned Service League president Les Rowe and committee members Gordon Osmond and Braddon Cooper.

At this year’s Anzac Day Service, Mr Proud was assisted by Sally Fox, from Huon Regional Care.

He mentioned he had his medals stolen while in Queensland and Ms Fox passed this information on to Gordon Osmond who applied to Defence Honours and Awards on Mr Proud’s behalf.

“In August 2021 the Department of Veteran Affairs contacted Gordon to explain that Ron will not only get his stolen medal replacement, but he also had due to his Korean War Service in the RAN another three unclaimed medals for his Navy Service,’’ Ms Fox said.

Mr Proud enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy in 1951 aged 18.

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