Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Stephen Parry, said today that whilst the decision not to award a posthumous VC to Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean is disappointing, the act of self-sacrifice and gallantry that Sheean made to save his mates is not diminished.
“It is clear that a blanket decision has been made in relation to the 13 applications for posthumous VC’s because of the difficulties in unravelling the pages of history and gathering detailed, reliable evidence to support the claims.
“The Defence Honours and Awards Appeal Tribunal gave the Sheean application a good hearing. I appreciate their difficult job and therefore respect the reasons for this decision,” Senator Parry said.
“One of the most significant outcomes of the lobbying for the VC, however, is that now thousands of Tasmanians and Australians are aware of Teddy Sheean’s stoic and heroic effort in strapping himself to the anti-aircraft gun of the HMAS Armidale on that fateful day in December 1942.
“In addition, the HMAS Sheean – the only Royal Australian Navy Collins class submarine named after an Ordinary Seaman – recognises and honours that gallantry,” said Senator Parry.
“Tasmanians will continue to be rightly proud of Teddy Sheean,” Senator Parry said.
Senator Stephen Parry Liberal, Tasmania Deputy President of the Senate