Rodney Michael Allen is 33 years old and resides near Cairns in Far North Queensland. His interests include being extensively tattooed and wearing military medals that he has not been awarded.
In the above photograph Allen is wearing the following medals -;
1. Australian Active Service Medal with clasp ICAT. (entitled)
2. Afghanistan Medal. (entitled)
3. Australian Service Medal with clasp Timor Leste. (not entitled)
4. Australian Defence Medal. (entitled)
5. NATO Medal with clasp ISAF (entitled)
6. Timor Leste Solidarity Medal. (not entitled.)
Following Australian Army Recruit Training in 2006, Allen was posted to 6 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) as a Private Rifleman. This was following the return of the Battalion from a deployment to East Timor. Allen served for 5 years in the Australian Regular Army, however, he never served in Timor.
In early 2010, the Battalion went to Afghanistan as part of the 1st Mentoring Task Force named Operation Slipper. The Battalion returned to Australia in late 2010 and Allen was discharged from the Army in 2011.
We have no reason to doubt that Allen carried out his duties as an Infantry Soldier in Afghanistan in a satisfactory manner. He has also been awarded the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) and the Returned from Active Service Badge.
Allen has no entitlement to the Australian Service Medal with clasp Timor Leste or the Timor Lest Solidarity Medal.
Why a genuine Afghanistan veteran of the Australian Regular Army would blatantly embellish his service by wearing unearned medals is hard to comprehend.
To answer this question, Allen was contacted by Anzmi and his medal display in the above photograph was questioned.
He subsequently responded and stated that his genuine medals officially awarded are the AASM with clasp ICAT, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Defence Medal and the NATO medal with ISAF clasp.
Allen then went on to say that ," Clearly this has come to your attention over me wearing one of my fellow 6 RAR mates replica set gongs (sic) with the Timor medal attached. The only one not awarded to me".
Allen continued by claiming inter alia, "that he was asked by some of his 6 RAR mates to come along and march to remember all the mates he lost." He stated, "that being late notice and as he had lost his medals, a mate gave him his old set to keep/wear as he is still serving, and has a new set from a further upgrading of medals. I have only worn this twice as they were both last minute decisions and as I hadn't ordered a new set at the time".
He then surprisingly claimed that, "The only tour we talk about, think about is Afghanistan 2010, no one I was with or spoke to, gave a shit about the unissued Timor gong. But apparently someone has taken offence to a piss ant trip like the little Timor gong that wasn't issued to me."
There are some noteable inconsistencies in Allen's versions of events. He states that the Timor Medal, (The Timor Leste Solidarity Medal) is the "only one not awarded to me" He conveniently forgets that he was also wearing the ASM with clasp Timor Leste. He also admits that he wore these medals on two occasions. You would think that he would know how many medals were on the rack that he had been "given" by his mate and more importantly, what the medals represented. Also the fact that he was not only entitled to wear two of the medals, he was not entitled to wear any of them. They were not his!
If you believe his version of events, then he should have more sense than to wear a rack of medals on two occasions that were not issued to him.
Allen demeans his fellow colleagues who served in Timor by stating that, "someone has taken offence to a piss ant trip like the little Timor gong that wasn't issued to me." We are certain that all Australian Military personnel who served in East Timor would not appreciate those disrespectful remarks. He obviously has no respect for Australian traditions and protocols.
We are aware that Allen has been wearing these unauthoried medals for some time. He has purchased them and placed them on his rack. We had previously been informed that Allen had been told on "numerous" occasions by colleagues to remove the two medals that he has not been awarded from his court mounted rack. That advice has obviously fallen on deaf ears and he has made the decision to continue to wear them.
For that strange decision he will remain on our website for evermore.