Apology by John Arnold
I would appreciate addressee’s ‘sharing’ this message as there are too many for me to contact individually.
It seems that I have been doing the wrong thing according to some in wearing a medal that I received from the USA, which has my details engraved on the back and I believed to be legitimate for me to wear.
Several years ago I received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm with information that I could wear it. I put this on my rack and really thought no more of it, believing everything was Kosher. Basically, it related to an ” OFF THE BOOKS ” incident I was involved in during my tour in Vietnam in 1971-72 with the American CID. I have simply described that as an investigation but it was quite a bit more than that simple term as it included a pretty serious confrontation with American and Vietnamese crooks involved in big-time crime.
Anyway, after wearing the medal for a number of years, during which nobody ever questioned my right to wear it I had no idea I was doing anything wrong and it is only in recent days that someone contacted me and challenged my right. I explained the situation but that person was still a bit pissed off at me, telling me it is for courage/action and not for an investigation. I was very embarrassed at this and did not try to explain further other than the basics. The funny thing is I did enquire of a senior person if I could/should wear the medal and was told it was OK to do so in the circumstances.
Those of you that know me pretty well would, I hope, understand that I would never try and represent myself in any false light and I definitely do not see myself as a WANNABE committing any act of fraudulent behaviour. Because of the situation, I apologise to anyone I may have insulted or misled in any way and I will be removing the medal from my rack before I wear them again.