Private (PTE) James Oakford is part of the new Veteran community, young and proud. Proud of his service to his country and so he should be, here he is below with his awards on ANZAC Day 2013 in Palmerston, Northern Territory (NT), where he is currently serving with 5 RAR.
But what James doesn’t tell you is that he is in fact a cheat, a fraud and a wannabee, he is wearing medals that he hasn’t been awarded and has no entitlement to. You see James is a retuned serviceman in his own right and he has up until ANZAC Day 2013 served his country proud, but for some reason he has seen fit on ANZAC Day 2013, of all days to prance around with medals that he has not been awarded.
The above photo shows James wearing the following awards (left to Right):
Australian Active Service Medal 1975, with IRAQ Clasp (AASM)– NOT ENTITLED
IRAQ Campaign Medal - NOT ENTITLED
Australian Service Medal 1975 with clasp TIMOR-LESTE (ASM) – ENTITLED
Timor -Leste Solidarity Medal – ENTITLED (Foreign award should be last medal)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM) – ENTITLED (NOTE Should be before Timor Medal)
What puzzles us is that James has successfully completed promotion courses in preparation for him to lead other soldiers. These courses teach leadership and integrity, something that he is expected to pass on to the junior soldiers within his Battalion; after all he is preparing to be a Junior Leader.
James unfortunately has chosen to be one of numerous current crop of serving military personnel who wish to bolster their current service and add more awards to their group than they are entitled to.
We had a plethora of emails from the NT from both ex and current serving members when the above photo of James Oakford was circulated and really you don’t have to be Einstein to work out that you don’t wear awards that you are not entitled to in a Military Town such as Palmerston NT.
PTE James Oakford due to your confirmed stupidity, and total disregard for your fellow veterans you will remain on this site for life, you have committed an offence against the Defence Act 1903 Part VII Sections 80A 80B Improper use of service decorations this offence has a maximum penalty of a $3,300 fine or six months imprisonment or both.
Northern Territory Police have been advised of James’s offence and we hope, like many other wannabes have been; he will be arraigned, before a Magistrate and penalised. If that doesn’t happen, at least he will remain exposed on this web site as liar, fraud and wannabe.
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