Pacific Islands Regiment Medal – ribbon bar

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The Royal Pacific Islands Regiment (RPIR) is an Infantry Regiment of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF). The regiment is descended from the Australian Army Infantry Battalions formed from native soldiers and Australian officers and non-commissioned officers in the territories of Papua and New Guinea during WWII to help fight against the Japanese. Disbanded after the war, the regiment was re-raised in 1951 as part of the Australian Army and continued to serve until Papua New Guinea gained its independence in 1975, when it became part of the PNGDF. Today, the RPIR consists of two Battalions and has seen Active Service in Vanuatu, Bougainville and Solomon Islands.