Keaton

Surname: Keaton
Christian Names: Graham Frederick
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army
Branch: Storeman
Case Notes:

KEATON, Graham (or Grahame) Frederick. ex- 217183. Born 1948.
This man was photographed at a dining in night with an Air Force Cadets unit while wearing the Infantry Combat Badge and the General Service Medal, he is not entitled to either. 
He says he was an Infantry Sergeant in Vietnam with the Third Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, when in fact he was a Temporary Corporal storeman and served his tour in the relative safety of his 25 Supply Platoon store at Vung Tau with the occasional visit to Nui Dat.  January 1968 to January 1969.

 

Graham(e) Frederick Keaton (217183) served in Vietnam with RAASC (Royal Australian Army Service Corps) as a Technical Storeman.
We appreciate the way he hitched up the left sleeve of his Mess Dress jacket to clearly display his miniature medals and ICB  for the photo but he was not an Infantry Soldier nor is there even a remote chance that he spent time serving outside the wire on warlike operations in an Infantry-like role. Therefore he is not entitled to wear the coveted Infantry Combat Badge.

The second medal on his breast, from your left, is the General Service Medal 1962-66. The problems being that the entitlement for this award ceased on 28 May 1964 for Vietnam service and 11 August 1966 for Borneo and the Malay Peninsular.

Keaton didn't serve in any of these countries and also,  didn't join the Army until 21 November 1966.
The last three medals are self purchased trinkets worn for the purpose of extending the row of a Vietnam Veteran and impressing the uninitiated.  Keaton is a wannabe who impressed the said uninitiated and got away with it for a long time.

This website has been closed downbut the information below was obtained beforehand.

 http://www.aafc.adfc.gov.au/221sqn/fsgtkeaton.htm

FLIGHT SERGEANT (AAFC) GRAHAM KEATON
FSGT (AAFC) Keaton joined the Australian Air Force Cadets as an instructor of cadets in 1992. Starting his staff position with the rank of Corporal (AAFC) due to previous service with the military.
Flight Sergeant (AAFC) Keaton served in the Royal Australian Army Infantry from 1966 through to 1972 attaining the rank of Sergeant. In January 1968, SGT Keaton was posted to Vietnam, fighting with 3 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment and survived the tour to return a year later.

[We understand that the ambiguous "to return a year later" refers to him returning to Australia, not Vietnam] 

We have copies of Keaton's Army records which were obtained in June 2004 from National Archives by an executive member of the RAASC Association who noted that there were no entries regarding Keaton's claimed service with 3RAR in Vietnam or service in Borneo-Malaya. This search was prompted by a Veteran who was obviously very interested in Keaton's claims but he decided to let the matter rest for a while. 

The fact remains that Keaton was a Lance Corporal/Temporary Corporal, Technical Storeman in Vietnam and served from January 1968 to January 1969 with 25 Supply Platoon, RAASC.
RAASC was the Royal Australian Army Service Corps, the storemen, the drivers, the deliverymen. They were vital logistic support soldiers but not combatants in the true sense of the word.

Keaton wanted to continue on in the Army with Service Corps after his posting to Singapore in November 1970 but this was vetoed in May 1972, he returned to Australia in August 1972.
His Army service was so inglorious that another entry was made in his records.

"NOT TO BE RE-ENLISTED - BY AHQ (Army Headquarters) DIRECTION"   Dated 29 November 1972.

He must have really fouled up during his Singapore posting, he was virtually booted out of the Army still a Temporary Corporal.

Keaton was recently promoted to Wing Warrant Officer. Here are the details as published by the AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE CADETS, February 2006.

WOFF(AAFC) G. Keaton 8021558 HQ2WGAAFC is appointed Wing Warrant Officer
2WGAAFC (WGWOFF 2WGAAFC) WEF 1 Feb 06 until 31 Dec 08 inclusive with an option for a further two year appointment until 31 Dec 10 exercised at the discretion of OC2WGAAFC.
AUTH: CDR-AAFC.


The workload for a man in this position, Wing Warrant Officer,  would be quite hefty, the criteria for promotion to the rank are well documented and we have a copy of the duty statement. He's considered to be unable to work and is in receipt of a DVA pension due to this, we find it odd that he couldn't find a civilian job with even less work pressure...................or did he?

Keaton's posing was brought to the attention of high ranking Air Force Cadets Officers in 2004 but they did nothing in the hope that the problem would "simply go away".........It didn't.

This sort of behaviouris inexplicable and could be viewed by some as aiding and abetting wannabe behaviour, for a senior officer to be aware of such a problem and do nothing borders on disrespect for the veteran community.

21 March 2006

We delayed publishing the following for a few reasons, one of them being that we were waiting for a newspaper report on Keaton and his former boss at 2 Wing AAFC. The article can be viewed below.

"Wing Commander" BAIN will appear in his own story on our Cases page soon.

This is published in the interests of fair play and allowing all War Veterans, particularly Vietnam War Veterans, to accept or reject the apology to the Veteran Community at large

We received three apologies [two almost identical] from Grahame Keaton on Monday 13 March 06, 48 hours after we published information on his activities.   The first is to the Veteran Community, the second must be to Australian Air Force Cadets units and the third to a RAASC Association of which he is a member.

A policy statement from our INFO page.

What if an impersonator repents?

In the case of civilians who wear military honours and awards to which they have no entitlement, they are permanent residents of the site. In the case of genuine vets who embellish their service and wear unentitled honours and awards, their stories are only removed from the site when three criteria are met;

  1. They offer a written apology to the veteran community at large, and

  2. They offer a written apology to their unit/ship/muster

  3. The offended Veterans accept the apology.

Once those conditions are met, the story is removed from the site.

Mr. Keaton has complied with points 1 & 2. Point 3 is now up to you.

All comments received at information@anzmi.netup to 1200hrs 20 April 06 will be taken into account.

From: Grahame Keaton
Sent: Monday, 13 March 2006 5:08 PM
To: information@anzmi.net
Subject: Grahame Keaton

Sir

1        Yes I am guilty of wearing  "tin medals" (miniature) at the Dining In Night I was lead to believe that these  could be worn but when I found out at a later date that they could not be worn with the awarded ones they  were gotten rid of.  I am also guilty of weraing non awarded medals as If memory serves me right I was actually doing an assessment of Basic stage cadets  in Service Knowledge as I asked them prior to this night to  watch for things that were wrong with dress etc. In foresight maybe I should not of worn  the wrong ones and only wore the real  ones on the wrong side, as I say I plead guilty to this and on reflection am a  fool

2        Yes I am guilty of the things written in 221 Sqn Web site as I believed that the cadets were actually "hamming it up" doing interviews about  everyone as the cadets were really laying it on thick about each other and as a result I joined the fray and hammed it up as well, unfortunately things must of gotten out of hand and as I have never seen the site they must of written what I had said

3        I appologise to the Veteran Community for these acts of stupidity and am now aware of the rules etc to the wearing of  "purchased medals" after carefully reading  the articles written.

4        I also wish to  appologise to my comerades at 25 Supply  5 Coy RAASC for these acts of stupidity as well.

5         As a result of these actions I have resigned from the AAFC immediately and appologised to the OC  for  my actions

Regards

Grahame Keaton

Monday 13 March 06.
 

Letter of Apology to Unit

 

I Grahame Keaton ex T/Cpl  RAASC wish to apologise for my inexcusable behaviour  by wearing non issue medals and comments made by me.

I have let my family, the Veteran Community  my comrades and my former RAASC units that I served in and myself down  by doing this.

My stupidity has caused me to resign from the AAFC and stand down as Wing Woff 2 Wing AAFC.

Once again I cannot appologise enough  for the embarresment caused by me to all veterans  and my family.

I am now aware of the rules in wearing foreign, tin and non awarded medals and apologise once again.

Thank you

Grahame Keaton

Monday 13 March 06
 

Letter of Apology

 

 

I Grahame Keaton ex T/Cpl  RAASC wish to apologise for my inexcusable behaviour  by wearing non issue medals and comments made by me.

I have let my family, the Veteran Community  my comrades and myself down  by doing this.

My stupidity has caused me to resign from the AAFC and stand down as Wing Woff 2 Wing AAFC.

Once again I cannot appologise enough  for the embarresment caused by me to all veterans  and my family.

I am now aware of the rules in wearing foreign, tin and non awarded medals and apologise once again.

Thank you

Grahame Keaton

ANZMI C0MMENTS.

Mr. Keaton has not been totally honest in these apologies .

With reference to why he wore non awarded medals; he makes this appear to be a one-off event , a training exercise, when in fact he hadbeen seen to wear the ribbons of the medals on many occasions while in service dress. He makes no definite mention of the Infantry Combat Badge he wore with the ribbons while impersonating a qualified Infantryman, which he did on every occasion he wore the ribbon bar with ICB , not onlythat one night.

Keaton's activities were reported to the 2 Wing OC in 2004 and while heordered the matter to be dropped, we must imagine that Keaton had to front the OC and explain himself.  We find it hard to believe that he has never seen the web site and his "bio".  As for "hamming it up" with the Cadets (point 2, 1st apology) we have a report of Keaton claiming he had " entered a tunnel and shot some VC".  He stated this at a completely different time, not at the supposed "interview" session.    

Keaton has actually resigned but we'll have to wait and see if the illegal wearing of the General Service Medal  62-66 is swept under the carpet by the AAFC............ again.

It appears that Keaton believes his greatest mistake was wearing what we refer to as Tin Medals, purchased trinkets. We did touch on these briefly in the main story but deemed them to be so unimportant to the overall exposure that we didn't even bother to name them.  We must make one thing abundantly clear, Keaton does not appear on our web site for wearing "purchased medals"

The only hard and fast rule about wearing "Tin" with awarded decorations is the rule of common sense.

Keaton says he is now aware of the "rules" about wearing non awarded decorations butthey are actually Federal laws which could see him charged with the offence , ie wearing the GSM 62-66 while in the uniform of an Australian Defence Force sanctioned and controlled Air Force Cadet unit.

If found guilty he would face maximum penalties of $3,300 and/or six months gaol.

One "rule" he was aware of, and disregarded, was that while in receipt of a pension for disability he shouldn't have been working in a civilian type job as well. We imagine that the Department of Veteran's Affairs will have something to say about this.

 

It's now up to the Veteran Community and the War Veterans of the AAFC units and relevant associations to accept or reject Mr. Keaton's apologies.

 

29 Apr 2006
 

The thirty day deadline for responses to Keaton's apologies has expired and we allowed extra time for late responses.  
Of twelve respondents, 9 have rejected them outright.  [ this number does not include people attached to ANZMI ] 
1 is not sure .
1 accepts but doesn't think they're genuine...??
1 is reluctant to accept.
 
Accordingly, the Grahame Keaton story will remain on our website for the term of his natural life.
More information on Keaton and his posing will undoubtedly be received and will be published as updates.
If the new penalties for wearing unauthorised service medals are imposed, he should face heavy fines and-or imprisonment.
 
Should you discover a flagrant wannabe in your midst such as KEATON, ask your State Police to charge him with the offences because the Federal Police will do absolutely nothing, calling on them for action is a futile exercise. 
Contact us for the appropriate Act under which these people may be charged.
ANZMI

28 May 2006

In KEATON'S apologies he stated that he wore the General Service Medal and Infantry Combat Badge (ICB)   only for the reason of training Cadets. We don't know how many people may have believed this story but recently we found some photographs on the 221 Squadron web site dating back to 1994 that completely deny this absurd claim.
This one for example which appears to be the most recent photo of him in uniform.

    

Above right. His miniature medals from what appears to have been an earlier date.

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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