Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Service Medal for Man Thought Dead

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Service Medal for Man Thought Dead

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Byline: KERRI BURNS-TAYLOR

AFTER being presumed dead for the past 26 years, Warwick man Thomas Nean was last week recognised for his long service in the Australian Defence Force, and presented with the medal he was en- titled to.

Mr Nean, who was elevated to corporal during his service, left the army in 1985 after serving for 14 years, and for reasons unknown to him, was presumed to have died.

His friend recently contacted the ADF to inform them he was still alive and well and was owed one shiny, new medal.

Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg said he was honoured to present the medal to such a worthy recipient.

C[pounds sterling]I think anyone in the community who fights to defend the liberties and freedoms of our country deserves to be recognised,C[yen] Mr Springborg said.

Despite the delayed delivery, Mr Nean said he had nothing but good feelings about his time in the army, and said he couldn't recommend the experience enough. …

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