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August 18, 2011
By LAC Bill Solomou
AUSTRALIA'S Federation Guard
(AFG) participated in a fuzzy wuzzy
angel commemorative medallion cer-
emony 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
conducted a flawless catafalque party.
Catafalque party commander CPL
Russell Cox-Brogan said "the mem-
bers did us proud".
"It was a great privilege leading
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
High Commissioner to PNG Ian
Kemish, Defence Parliamentary
Secretary David Feeney, senior PNG
Defence personnel, fuzzy wuzzy
angels and their families attended the
Senator Feeney thanked the fuzzy
wuzzy angels for their dedication and
loyalty to the Australian soldiers.
"We are forever indebted to the
kindness and the invaluable assistance
they provided to Australians during
World War II," he said.
Veterans' Affairs Commemorations
Manager Tim Evans introduced the
"This medallion is a symbol of
ADF personnel who have participated
in peacekeeping operations from 1947
and who will serve on such operations
in the future will not be entitled to a new
Neither will personnel who served
with the Commonwealth Monitoring
Force -- Rhodesia 1979-80.
This is the key recommendation of
inquiries by the independent Defence
Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal
into recognition for ADF personnel who
served as peacekeepers 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 recommen-
dations were that the Australian Service
Medal or Australian Active Service
Medal remained the appropriate form
of recognition for participation by ADF
personnel in peacekeeping 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 UN peace-
The tribunal's full reports are available at www.
NO NEW MEDAL
Tribute to fuzzy wuzzy angels
Australia's appreciation for the care
and assistance extended by the PNG
civilians to Australian servicemen dur-
ing World War II," 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," he said.
The fuzzy wuzzy angels were
civilians employed by the Australian
administration. They carried supplies
to the troops and helped evacuate the
badly wounded and sick.
The tradition of the fuzzy wuzzy
angel is synonymous with the infa-
mous Kokoda Trail.
Shane Chinnock, PTE
Jessica Mather, Kokoda
Village Chief Benjamin
Ijumi, PTE Kyle Banfield
and LAC Luke Greene
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
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