Gatt

Surname: Gatt
Christian Names: Vincent
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service: Army Reserves
Branch: infantry
Case Notes:

Vincent GATT from Victoria is listed as President of the Royal Victoria Regiment Association Committee for 2011-2012 and has been passing himself off as an Army Reserve Commando.

 

He has paraded at different events wearing the Green Beret and badge of the Citizen Military Forces (CMF), now Army Reserves Commando Unit.

At one Reserve Forces Day in 2006 he is seen wearing the service dress and Commando Beret with the rank of Corporal. The one thing that stands out the most is he has the parachute wings sewn on the wrong arm.

In actual fact Vincent GATT never served with the reserve Commandos, had he done so he would know what arm the parachute wings are worn on.

His Military History is very brief.

3176074 Vincent GATT date of birth 13 August 1950 enlisted in the CMF 22 October 1968 and was posted to 1 Royal Victoria Regiment as a Private. He was promoted to Corporal 11 November 1970. He discharged from the CMF at his own request on 5 May 1971.

You will note that he is wearing three medals, the Australian Service Medal clasp Unknown for non war like service, Australian Defence Medal and the Commemorative Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal.

We know he is entitled to the Australian Defence Medal, as for the other two medals we are not positive on as his service record file was very thin and no mention was made regarding the entitlements. If he was called up for National Service he had a choice of serving in the Citizen military Force for a set period of time or two years in the Regular Army and risk having to serve in Vietnam.

To be awarded the Australian Service Medal he would have had to been deployed overseas for a period of not less than 30 days during his short time in the CMF.

Vincent GATT you are a straight out liar and wannabe who has shown no respect or loyalty to the uniform you wore, the Reserve Commandos and you have brought disrespect on the Royal Victoria Regiment and the position President of their Association as well as the many veterans that have been on active service. For your shameful conduct you will grace our pages for a long time to come.

16th Sep 2012

On 9 Jul 2012 Vincent GATT appeared on our website, since than we have received a photograph of him wearing the Australian Army Combat Badge. This should have set off alarm bells ringing as GATT is not wearing the Australian Active Service Medal, nor a Campaign medal.

 

 

The Army Combat Badge (ACB) is issued to any member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for service with an Army combat element in warlike operations. This badge does not replace the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB).

Eligibility

To be eligible to be issued the ACB, a member must be:

  1. Force assigned to a combat team/battle group, or similar unit/sub-unit;

  2. Have served either a continuous or aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service on warlike operations for a single deployment or operation and

  3. Have not been previously issued the ICB (Infantry Combat Badge) or ACB.

We have also received a letter from the Royal Victoria Regiment Association INC advising us that using the information supplied on our website, on 19 July 2012 they were able to secure from Mr GATT his resignation as President of the Association and as a member of that Association with an apology, all effective immediately on that date.

By reason of the above they requested that we remove any mention of the Royal Victoria Regiment Association from our site.

It is the responsibility of each Ex-Service Organization to ensure that all its members’ sight proof of service which should include units served with and awards and not take the information supplied by a person applying for membership at face value as can be seen on other cases on our website.

Our policy is not to alter any cases appearing on our website just because a person has resigned from the position or Association. It took his exposure on our site for your Association to take any action and therefore your Association can share the blame and no changes will be made.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

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