Adrian Wapper of Alford, South Australia had a dream that he had been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 1989 whilst serving in the Royal Australian Navy. He dreamed that he had been on Muster at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria, when the medal was pinned to his chest.
Here is Wapper on ANZAC Day 2015 sporting his OAM.
As well as the OAM Medal Wapper is wearing a Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM) and an Australian Defence Medal (ADM). Both these medals are awarded for time in the Defence Force.
The OAM is this medal:
The OAM is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. It is a prestigious medal presented by the Governor General.
Those awarded the OAM are well feted and the awards widely publicised. We could find no information about Wapper's award and contacted him seeking information. Here is his response.
In answer your Email, I too have been doing an investigation and contacted the Defence Archives and Records and talked to Cathy. She has organised for me to obtain my record of service and Certificate of service. She also put me onto Honours and Awards and I talked to Winston. He too was very helpful. I in formed them of what was happening and the problems I have. They informed me to not worry and yes you are correct , according to the records I do not have a OAM . So I Have destroyed the medal as per their instructions and are awaiting their input into the matter. I Did , a few years ago have Alcohol and mental problems which contributed to this . To this day I still can see the presentation of the medal and still thought it was real. I thank you for the jolt to bring it back to reality and to help me cope with these problems I had and still have. Those today I spoke to understand and I hope you do. I realise I have let a lot of people down, including you. I would however like to keep in contact with you if it is at all possible?"
Cheers and thanks!"
Wapper our understanding of the situation is very different from your expectations. We direct the following question to you.
"Can you also see in your dreams where you purchased the OAM award, had it Court Mounted by a Medal Dealer in South Australia and how much you paid for it. Surely that dream would have alerted you that something was amiss?"
We believe you are a fraud, a liar and a wannabe who wore the medal to raise your standing in your community. We have reported the matter to South Australia Police and look forward to action from them.
Having enjoyed the kudos of being a feted and false OAM recipient we hope you enjoy your new found fame on this web site.