The Philippine Liberation Medal is a military award of the Republic of the Philippines. This Medal was awarded to any service member, of both Philippine and allied militaries, who participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands between the dates of October 17, 1944 and September 2, 1945.This Medal was created by an order of Commonwealth of the Philippines Army Headquarters on December 20, 1944.
Philippine Liberation Medal is awarded to a service member who have served in the Philippines for at least thirty days during the eligible time period, or he must have participated in one of the following actions:
In August 1994, as part of the commemorative events of the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, The Philippine Government announced its decision to award the Philippine Liberation Medal to Australian veterans who participated in the liberation of the Philippines during World War II. Australian ex-servicemen who served with the Australian Armed Forces in the campaign for the liberation of the Philippines and whose record of service in the Philippines can be certified are eligible to receive the medal. Posthumous awards are also given.
Australian participation in the liberation of the Philippines involved over 4,000 personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Force with the majority coming from the Navy. The Australian Ships identified by the Returned and Services League as having participated in the campaign for the liberation of the Philippines were:
|HMAS Australia||HMAS HDML 1074||HMAS Shropshire|
|HMAS Arunta||HMAS Manoora||HMAS Warramunga|
|HMAS Bishopdale||HMAS Merkur||HMAS Warrego|
|HMAS Gascoyne||HMAS Poyang||HMAS Westralia|
|HMAS Kanimbla||HMAS Shropshire||HMAS Yunan|
PROCEDURE IN GRANTING THE PLM AWARD
Under the new Australian guidelines informed by DFAT, it is no longer a requirement to seek approval from the Australian Government for an Australian to accept and wear the Philippine Liberation Medal. It is also advised that the use of the post nominal or honorary titles by Australians in Australia will not be recognized officially.