Martin L.

Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Martin L.
Christian Names: Lewis
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Endeavour Hills
Service #: 3171677
Service: Army - CMF
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 30 May 1961
Completion of service: 11 Dec 1964
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Lewis Martin has broken the code and betrayed all ex servicemen who have gone before him.  He has deliberately and for his own vanity worn a rack of false medals including  the prestigious Imperial Military Medal (MM) which is awarded for "Bravery in the Field".

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Martin is wearing the following medals.

Military Medal

Australian Active Service Medal

General Service Medal 1962 (Borneo)

Vietnam Medal

Queens Silver Jubilee Medal

National Medal

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

He has no entitlement to any of them.

During 2015 Martin tried to launch himself into the Veteran fraternity with a request to join a Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) Facebook group.

Borneo and Vietnam may have been more than 45 years ago but for those involved, it is  as if it were yesterday, and if you were in the RAAMC and had been awarded an MM you would be well known.

After lots of head scratching  and checking, the RAAMC Facebook people correctly suspected that Martin could be a fraud and a wannabe and passed a request to us for investigation.

We discovered that Martin served in the Australian Citizens Military Forces (CMF) as a Private Soldier from 30 May 1961 to 11 Dec 1964.  His unit was 2nd Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment (2RVR) and he spent all of his time in Victoria, Australia.

Here is his Record of Service Card.

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We contacted Martin as follows:

"Our organisation is involved with research for Australian and New Zealand Defence Force Veterans.

It has been brought to our notice that you wear seven Defence Medals indicating being awarded the prestigious Military Medal (MM) for bravery, as well as (among others) Campaign medals for Borneo and Vietnam.

As we are unable to locate any reference to your military service involving overseas deployments we thought it best to ask you direct.  We have no notions one way or the other and would be very happy to receive your advice regarding this matter.

We will require an answer by email to the above address by the 20 December 2015.

 

Should you choose not to respond we will proceed without your input."

At least Martin showed good sense in confessing to his deception. We received the following email from him:

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Martin gave no reason for his fraud and deception.  We do know that at his place of employment at the time the photograph was taken,  he was thought to be a Returned Soldier.

Stealing the honour of genuine veterans is a loathsome act.

 In this age of communication technology together with the awareness of genuine veterans and the abilities of ANZMI, all who "try it on" will be detected and exposed on this website.

Once installed you will stay here well beyond your use by date. 

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