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Medal For A Cold War Warrior?
from a Uk vets group fighting for similar recognition http://nationaldefencemedal.webs.com
On the last page of the document is a letter from a Cold War Vet.
Good reading. The proposed National Defence Medal would cover his service.
I SERVED as a Cold War warrior from 1972-84, including six years in Germany, where the invasion of West Berlin was taken as a real threat. When the Russians invaded Afghanistan, everything on wheels, tracks and jet powered was mobilised.
For nine months of the year we perfected our craft in the art of radio communications; all traffic was done in real time in all weathers under all conditions, and if you haven’t experienced a German winter at 2am on the Deiester Ridge you do not know what cold is.
All elements of the British Army of the Rhine were ready and willing to repel the Russian bear. When not on exercise we were putting out forest fires and patrolling the inner German border, guarding atomic rocket and warhead sites.
Living in field conditions, eating field rations, burdened with weapons and back packs month after month took its toll, but we did it with a will and solid determination.
Now I’m a civilian I have nothing to show that I served my country. That is why I will stand on the sidelines and applaud the be-medalled warriors who were able to prove themselves under fire – something I never had a chance to do.
The veterans’ badge I wear on my lapel is no substitute for a more tangible symbol of time served as a soldier, defending what’s left of Great Britain. A medal would suffice. –
Tony Levy, Served 1972-84
As the celebrated Dr. Samuel Johnson, (1709-1784) stated in his often quoted discourse with James Boswell , (1740-1795) ; "Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea."
We can justly and proudly say; "WE SERVED." We may rightfully then ask, "who are you to sit in judgement over our reasonable and compelling case for a new National Defence Medal?"
(Message edited by seaneagan On 04/02/2008 15:38)
ACWV Public Affairs Director
Name Charles Lovelace- Registered on this forum a Bootneck. UK Co-ordinator for the campaign for a National Defence Medal. This would encompass Cold War Veterans. We have followed the Australian lead and use the Australian Defence Medal as our benchmark. The ADM became official in 2006 after intense lobbying.
We started our campaign in December 2007. Please visit our website: www.nationaldefencemedal.webs.com
We urge you to lobby on our behalf and we in turn pledge to support you by writing to your DoD, Senators, Congressmen whatever.Just point the way. We have detailed our lobby points just e-mail please.
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If this wasn't a significant contribution then why have troops stationed all over West Germany in the first place.
A great letter.
between the europa cross and the coldwar medal
the english medal
( i go to have the cross on mij name in a few weeks)
see below the site
for the ribbons
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The NATIONAL DEFENCE MEDAL would be similar to the Australian Defence Medal which became official in 2006. Our proposal would cover all Cold War Veterans.
Charles Lovelace aka Bootneck.
RMV 202910. 20/06/1956 Mne. City of London Centre RMFVR.
1958 -931 Squad ITCRM.Mne. 17/04/59 2Lt.RM & Lt.RM.
Lt. RMV Resigned permanent reserve commission 1967.
Colonial Police & finally Queen's Regt. 6/7(V) HSF Officer.
RMA HQ Roll Life Member-
RM Green Beret Commando Association Member.
- Registered: 11/21/2006
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Besides the public is gonna wonder whom the 8th Guards played and if they won the cup,pennant,superbowl or tournerment !
I am quite sure they lost yet my outlook is slanted having been part of NATO :)