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LAC Bill Solomou
AUSTRALIA'S Federation Guard
(AFG) participated in a 'Fuzzy Wuzzy
Angel' Commemorative Medallion
Ceremony in Papua New Guinea
(PNG) on July 24.
The service was held at Bomana
War Cemetery, a scenic and beauti-
fully presented burial ground for more
than 3500 allied service members.
The tri-service AFG contingent's
performance was flawless.
Catafalque Party commander CPL
Russell Cox-Brogan said the guards-
men "did us proud".
"It was a great privilege lead-
ing the members of the Catafalque
Party; they are a highly-motivated
and professional team who tirelessly
rehearsed to ensure they were perfect
on the day. I couldn't have been more
proud," he said.
The High Commissioner to PNG,
Ian Kemish, Defence Parliamentary
Secretary David Feeney, senior PNG
defence force members, fuzzy wuzzy
angels and their families attended the
Senator Feeney thanked the angels
for their dedication and loyalty to the
"We are forever indebted to the
kindness and the invaluable assistance
they provided to Australians during
the Second World War," he said.
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Commemorations Manager Tim
Evans introduced the angels' recipi-
ADF personnel who have par-
ticipated in peacekeeping opera-
tions from 1947 and who will
serve on such operations in the
future will not be entitled to a
Neither will personnel who
served with the Commonwealth
This is the key recom-
mendation of inquiries by the
independent Defence Honours
and Awards Appeals Tribunal
into recognition for ADF person-
nel who served as peacekeep-
ers from 1947 onwards and
who served in Rhodesia during
that period. The government
accepted the recommendations
on August 4 and 5.
The tribunal's other key
recommendations were that
the Australian Service Medal or
Australian Active Service Medal
remained the appropriate form
of recognition for participation
by ADF personnel in peacekeep-
ing operations, while service in
Rhodesia remained recognised
by the Rhodesia Medal and
Zimbabwe Independence Medal.
The government will also take
no action to recognise the award
of the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize to
The Tribunal's full reports are
available at www.defence-
Fuzzy wuzzy pride
"This medallion is a symbol of
Australia's appreciation for the care
and assistance extended by the PNG
civilians to Australian serviceman
during the Second World War," he
said. "Many Australians, wounded
and suffering terrible illnesses owe
their lives to these civilians, who
came to be affectionately known as
fuzzy wuzzy angels."
The angels carried supplies to the
troops and helped evacuate the badly
wounded and sick. They are synony-
mous with the infamous Kokoda Trail.
No medal for
PRIVILEGE: The Chief of Kokoda
Village, Benjamin Ijumi, flanked
by AFG members, from left, AB
Shane Chinnock, PTE Jessica
Mather, PTE Kyle Banfield and
LAC Luke Greene.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
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