####malcolm some record there to be more than proud of both for yourself and your father and family records ...dont suppose your dad could have been a P O W of the japs at any stage ...i have family who have the burma star and in fact it is in my possesion......but to have served in those waters during the war as you know would have been a burma star award ......your story is so interesting .....and i cannot .see how the RN have no record ...or will not release one unless it was something ...hush hush ......he may have been hospitalised....i recall columbo in 59 although the navy base was not a base as such anymore....there was a couple of navy ships in ...i was on the BTC tanker british defender it was a good run ashore....your father was a very likeable big man with a good presence.....and of course joined before the war .....i can only reiterate it was a pleasure to remember him .....best wishes to you and yours with respect cappy