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Veteran awarded high recognition for service

VIETNAM veteran Doug Richardson was recognised with the highest honour of the Bill Lunney Award for his service to the U.S Army Small Ships Association.

The U.S Army Small Ships Association aims to promote the Small Ships Section, which was formed during World War Two, and assist and support its veterans and their families.

Although owned by the United States, the Small Ships Section consisted of a wide variety of vessels built in Australia and New Zealand, and employed more than 3000 Australian citizens.

For many years, the section was unrecognised until the U.S Army Small Ships Association was formed in 2003.

Mr Richardson served alongside the Small Ships Section for three months in Vietnam and has helped the association get recognition for its veterans through public talks.

Mr Richardson said the Bill Lunney Award was awarded in recognition of long-term support and service to the association in the fields of promotion and commemorative endeavour.

“It’s the highest award the association can bestow on any individual,” he said.

“I was chuffed to get an award with the association – I’ve spent a lot of year helping veterans and other people.

“To achieve this medallion meant so much, it just overwhelmed me.”

The award also commemorates the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific in World War Two, while acknowledging the unbreakable bond between the United States and Australia. 

Mr Richardson said the association was still looking for veterans who served with the Small Ships Sections, or their families in Australia.

“If there is anyone out there that is a relative of anyone that served with the U.S Army Small Ships from Australia, they can contact me on 0427 725 924,” he said.

“It would be great to hear from them and hear their stories or see any photographs they have.”

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