27 April 2018
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has paid tribute to Wingham’s John Butler for his service during the Vietnam War.
During his time as an Engineer in the Merchant Navy in 1966, John Butler served onboard MV/HMAS JEPARIT in Vietnam.
After the war, Mr Butler did not receive the Service medals he was entitled to receive or have his service in Vietnam recognised.
Wingham RSL Sub Branch Vice President Ron Irwin said the late Ian Martin, local veterans advocate and Wingham RSL Sub Branch Hon. Secretary, sort the assistance of Dr Gillespie to pursue the matter with the Australian Government.
“A submission was prepared and Dr Gillespie presented it to Veterans affairs Minister. As a result of this, John Butler of Wingham has now had his Medals presented by Dr Gillespie,” Mr Irwin said.
“As Ian Martin has now passed away, this is a tribute to the work he carried out, assisting many veterans and their families over the years through the Veterans Advocates Centre in Wingham. Through this centre, his good work continues still,” he added.
Dr Gillespie said “I’m so pleased we have been able to help facilitate the formal recognition of John’s service to our country and thank him once again for that service. I’d also like to recognise the work of the late Ian Martin who was a wonderful champion for local veterans and their families here in the Manning Valley
The centre operates each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm in the Neighbourhood Centre, Old Wingham Courthouse. All Veterans and Families are welcome
Photo: (L to R) Ron Irwin, John Butler, Local Federal MP Dr David Gillespie and Tim Kennedy.