Honours, Awards and Recognition Received
Silver Star Service Banner
On July 13, 2008 an email arrived advising me that I am to be the first non-US serviceperson/veteran recipient of the Silver Star Family of America (SSFOA) Banner. The SSFOA is an American organisation that supports, recognises, and promotes the welfare of those who are wounded during their service to America. In the email, Steve Newton and Jamie Orman (the Founder and National President respectively) forwarded a copy of the press release for this event. I hope you don’t mind that I share this honour with you.
The press release says:
For Immediate Release
It was announced today that the Silver Star Families of America has presented the first allied service member a Silver Star Service Banner.
Janie Orman, National President of the SSFOA stated, “We are honored to issue the Silver Star Banner to Anthony W. Pahl OAM who served alongside our troops in Vietnam.”
Anthony ‘Aussie Bard’ Pahl enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1967 at the age of 17 and served for over 20 years. He was stationed at numerous Air Force bases throughout Australia and served as a helicopter gunner in Vietnam with 9 Squadron RAAF in 1969 – 1970, and was based in Malaysia for 3 years (1973 –1976). He and Maria, his wife since February 1968, have two married daughters and three grandsons, all of whom live in America. An Australian Vietnam Veteran, Anthony has been in receipt of the Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (T&PI) War Disability Pension since 1992.
Anthony has continued to serve his fellow veterans by hosting numerous web sites including those for the International War Veterans’ Poetry Archives (IWVPA), the Royal Australian Air Force Vietnam Veterans Association (RAAFVVA), and the International Community for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering – Canada Branch (ICROSS Canada). The IWVPA site, in particular, is a personal website created in January 2001 as a coping strategy to assist Anthony to deal with war related PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
“Allied personnel cannot apply for the Silver Star Service Banner. It is awarded strictly on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Directors,” Orman continued.
“The unique relationship between our Australian brothers and sisters and the United States is one we hold close to our hearts. Whenever crises arise the Australians have always been by our side. For this and for their love of freedom we honor them,” Orman concluded.
Chief Steven J. Newton (ret)
Silver Star Families of America
July 12, 2008