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Tie that binds: Australian family donates long-sought medals to military museum

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Leader photo by NANCY BERGERON - North Louisiana Military Museum Director Ernie Stevens holds Commonwealth of Australia’s Vietnam Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal now on permanent loan to the museum from a family in Australia.

Robert Charles Rose was 21 years old when he arrived somewhere in Vietnam on May 12, 1970 and served 386 days. The Hackney, England, native was a private in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment.

An online search for Pvt. Rose turns up nothing more.

But one thing is for sure: Robert Charles Rose was awarded the Commonwealth of Australia’s Vietnam Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. The two medals, both with Rose’s name engraved on them, are the newest additions to the collection at the North Louisiana Military Museum.

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