Last December I wrote about a Vietnam War pair that was being returned to the wife of the veteran. Here is the story. Today I received a lovely letter from Leslie Kairau's widow letting me know that the medals arrived safely.
Mrs Kairau was also able to explain how the medals became lost. They were borrowed by a friend for a parade and remained in his safe keeping. He subsequently moved to Australia and through a set of circumstances the medal were eventually sold. Once Les found out about this he applied for and received official replacement medals and an additional two medals that he was entitled to. Now his family has the original medals back.