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Surname: Fudge
Christian Names: Malcolm Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service #: R64448
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Gunnery
Commencement of service: 05 Jun 1965
Completion of service: 20 Jul 68
Case Notes:

 

Malcolm Robert Fudge joined the Royal Australian Navy on 5 June 1965, at a time when Australia was conducting a number of warlike operations in South-East Asia and Vietnam.

Within 12 months of joining, Fudge would see operational service in SE Asia whilst serving on HMAS Parramatta. The following year saw Fudge posted to HMAS Sydney whilst she was engaged on logistics operations to Vietnam, with Fudge recording 101 days operational service.

For his service, Fudge is entitled to wear:

  1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (with clasp VIETNAM)
  2. Vietnam Logistic Support Medal
  3. Australian Service Medal 1945-75 (with clasp FESR)

 

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The above photographs appeared in the online edition of the Melbourne Age as part of their coverage of the 2016 ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Melbourne.

There is always interest in a veteran that is emblazoned with medals, which is obvious in the second photograph where it concentrates on the medals rather than the wearer’s head.

The caption below the photographs reads:

Malcolm Fudge comes every year for the dawn service and to march. He served in Borneo and Vietnam in 1966, 1967 and 1968.

On Anzac Day he likes to reflect on the service of his grandfather (Boer War) and his stepfather and two uncles (World War II). "I like to
think about them and their service rather than my own. Some parts of my service were fantastic, other parts I don't like to dwell on."

One the left side of his blazer he wears his medals, on the right his family's medals.

Fudge appears to be doing the right thing in that he has displayed family medals

On the right side of the chest, and his own on the left, as dictated by protocol.

To the untrained eye, Fudge has an impressive number of medals. However, the red arrow points towards three medals that at best, can be described as ‘tin junk’, namely:

  1. Vietnam Logistic Support Commemorative
  2. Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) Commemorative
  3. HMAS Sydney Commemorative

These medals have no official standing, or credibility, within the Australian Honours and Awards system. They are commemorative medals sourced by various associations and should never be worn in public at service commemorations.

To add insult to the recognised operational service of other veterans, Fudge has seen fit to adorn these pieces of tin with a number of campaign clasps, making him seem even more of a battle-hardened veteran.

To the reasonable man, it could be argued that Fudge may have mistakenly put the tin medals on his coat that day. However, medal protocol is widely known and advertised within the defence and ex-service environment, yet many still do what they wish and even more seemingly turn a blind eye to the behaviour of their fellow veterans.

The behaviour of Fudge has likely gone unchecked for a number of years, as the photographs below, taken at the 2009 Kinglake ANZAC Dawn service, attest to.

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To quote Fudge, “Some parts of my service were fantastic, other parts I don’t like to dwell on”. Perhaps, Fudge should dwell on the dishonesty he has perpetuated and the insult to the service of other veterans, in particular, his own relatives, who’s medals he proudly displays along with his own. Welcome to ANZMI, where others can dwell on what you have done.

Surname: Russo
Christian Names: Ross James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Clifton Beach
Service #: 8088419
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Jul 07
Completion of service: Feb 08
Case Notes:

ACTUAL SERVICE.

Service No. 8088419.

Service: Trainee Rifleman Australian Army Reserves.

Branch. Infantry.

Commencement of Service. July, 2007.

Completion of Service. February, 2009.

Ross James Russo, born 30 November, 1967, of Clifton Beach, North Queensland, is a Medal Cheat, and a Valour Thief. His claims include suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), due to his Special Operational Service in Iraq as an Engineer in the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Navy. (RAN). He blames the PTSD disability for his irrational behaviour. However, his name does not appear on the Department of Veterans Affairs Iraq Nominal Roll.

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The above photograph depicts Russo in a Queensland Corrective Services uniform. This photograph appeared in the Queensland Government Newsletter and was titled “Corrections News.” July, 2009 Issue. He graduated as a Recruit Corrective Services Officer on 8 May, 2009.

In the photograph he is wearing on his uniform,

 

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1. The Australian Active Service Medal Ribbon. NOT ENTITLED.

The Australian Active Service Medal/ribbon is an Australian Military Decoration. It was authorised 13 September 1988 to recognise prescribed service in warlike operations. It is awarded with a clasp to denote the prescribed operation and subsequent awards of the medal are made in the form of additional clasps. Wikepedia.

2. Australian Service Medal Ribbon. NOT ENTITLED.

The Australian Service Medal/ribbon was approved in 1988, and may be awarded for service in, or in connection with a prescribed non-warlike operation.

3. Defence Force Long Service Medal Ribbon. NOT ENTITLED.

The Defence Force Long Service Medal/ribbon may be awarded to a member who has, on or after 14 February 1975, completed 15 years qualifying remunerated service in the Australian Defence Force. This includes efficient service in Permanent and Reserve Forces. Clasps are awarded for each further periods of five years efficient service.

Strangely, if the medal/ribbons were officially awarded, he would also be wearing the Iraq Campaign Medal/ribbon. Maybe it got lost in the post!

Unfortunately for Mr Russo, his Australian Defence Force Service, as depicted by the ribbons worn on his Corrective Services shirt is a lie. He has not been awarded any of the medals/ribbons he wears. He has purchased them and placed them on his Queensland Corrective Services uniform to big note himself.

Russo was a member of the part time Australian Army Reserves for a short time. He enlisted as a Recruit in July, 2007. He completed basic training, was engaged as a Trainee Rifleman, and resigned in February, 2009, a period of 20 months.

That was about the end of his illustrious military career. He was never a member of the permanent Australian Regular Army, let alone serve as a Special Forces member as an Engineer in the Australian Army and/or the Royal Australian Navy. His short 20 months enlistment period would not permit the issue of the Australian Defence Medal to him for his service, unless he was medically discharged.   However, we believe that he resigned.   He was a Trainee Rifleman when he resigned.

 

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The above photograph is Russo carrying out his Australian Army Reserve Training.

Russo claims to others that he was a Military Police Officer in the Australian Army for 8 years. That statement is a lie.
He also claims that he was a member of 3 Battalion - Royal Australian Regiment.. That statement is also a lie.
His Linkedin page, now deleted, stated that he had 25 years experience “Special Operations” in Defence and the Queensland Police.

You guessed it! That is also a lie.

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Further inquiries of Russo regarding his wearing of unearned and un-awarded medal/ribbons, resulted in him stating that he was also in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and served in Iraq in a Naval “Marine Technical” role.. He stated that he served in the RAN from 1988 to 1994.(6 years) He quoted his Navy Service number as S143973. By his own admission (6 years service), he is not entitled to the Defence Force Long Service medal/ribbon for 15 years military service.

ANZMI are in possession of signed statements of fact, that state Russo has made the following claims about his military service in the Australian Defence Force, and the Queensland Police Force. These claims were made by Russo at meetings, and in conversations to others at the Mareeba Hospital Queensland, where he has been employed as an Operations Services Supervisor for about six years.

Witness 1. Russo stated,

1. That he was in the Australian Army for 3 years and had served in Afghanistan.
2. That he was in the Queensland Police Force for 17 years.

Witness 2. Russo stated,

3. That he was in the Army and served in Afghanistan and then he joined the Police Force.
4. That he injured his knees while parachuting out of planes in Afghanistan

Witness 3. Russo stated,

5. That he served in the Australian Regular Army as an MP (Military Police Officer) for 8 years, and also served in 3 RAR (Royal Australian Regiment), Infantry, for 3 years.

Russo was contacted and was given an opportunity to respond to the allegations of false military service claims. His response is below. He stated that this is his service record.

1988 – 1994 – Royal Australian Navy S143973 – Marine Technical
1994 - 2000 – Queensland Corrective Services – Custodial Correctional Officer
2000 – 2009 – Queensland Police Service – Operational Officer
2009 – Current – Queensland Health"


Russo appears to have his dates confused. The Corrective Services photograph of him taken at his graduation in May, 2009, is inconsistent with his claims of being a Queensland Police Officer from 2000 to 2009, when he then joined Queensland Health. Also it is odd, that he does not mention Australian Regular Army or Reserve Force Service, that would cover his alleged time in Afghanistan.

He also appears confused with his above LinkedIn entry where he claims Special Operations with Australian Defence Force and Queensland Police Service.

Queensland Police Service

1984 - 2009 – (25 years.)

Russo has also stated to others that he served in the Royal Australian Navy in Iraq in a Special Forces role. That is also not true.

He was requested to provide a copy of his Discharge Certificate or Certificate of Service that would prove that he was a returned Iraq or Afghanistan serviceman. He declined and then abused ANZMI in a series of objectionable emails.

Russo is a person who just tells lies when it suits him. He has no credibility. He was never a full time member of the Australian Regular Army or the Royal Australian Navy. He did not serve in Iraq, or Afghanistan, on operational service in either capacity as an Engineer or anything else. His 20 months part time Reserve Force service as a Trainee Rifleman, was carried out in Australia. He was never qualified to the rank of Private Rifleman.

His current employers at Queensland Health should check Russo's resume and verify a few of his claimed prior qualifications, also his Defence and Police Service claims for his current role. They may get a surprise!

Russo has insulted genuine returned veterans from the Iraq War and Afghanistan War, by stealing their valour. He has also treated his former Corrective Services colleagues with contempt by wearing un-awarded medal/ribbons in their graduation class photograph in May, 2009, when he had no legal right to wear them.

Russo needs to make a public apology to not only his former Corrective Service colleagues, but also the veteran community in general.

Since Russo became aware that ANZMI was inquiring into his alleged military background, he has been a regular contributor of vitriolic comments about ANZMI , and its alleged members to a Face Book page, that defends shameless military valour thieves and medal cheats like Russo, and who are also named on this site.

Russo has also committed offences under the Australian Defence Act 1903 Sections 80A and 80B in respect to falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman and wearing military service decorations that he is not entitled to wear.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 (EXTRACTS) The following extracts from the Defence Act 1903 apply to honours and awards:

80A Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and
(b) the representation is false.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(2) For the purposes of this section:
(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain;
(b) returned sailor means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Naval Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Naval Forces of any Ally of Great Britain; and
(c) returned airman means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Air Force, air service or flying corps raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire or as a member of the air forces of any Ally of Great Britain.

80B Improper use of service decorations

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person wears a service decoration; and
(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

Russo is walking a fine line. It may well be that he could end up in the same Queensland prison as before, but in a different role from his Corrective Services held position in 2009.

We will be reporting Mr Russo to the appropriate authorities.

Surname: Rysdale
Christian Names: Alex
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Tahmoor
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

It seems that a lot of military imposters exposed on the ANZMI website are pursuing their one moment of glory in their lifetime. Something to impress their immediate family, fiancées, close friends and the wider community in general.

Alex Rysdale, born about 1951 of Tahmoor (near Picton) NSW, is typical of this type of imposter.

Rysdale is a disgrace and an embarrassment to the veteran community. He should hang his head in shame. He is a low life individual who has stolen the valour of all those brave men, who fought and died in the Vietnam War. He insinuates that he was a member of Special Forces, "in a Squad of six."

He is an outright liar without honour or integrity.

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Rysdale gave an in-depth interview to an unsuspecting Journalist from the Wollondilly Advertiser, about his heroic deeds as a Special Forces operative in the Australian Army, whilst he was fighting in the jungles of South Vietnam in 1969.

The below story was published on the 6 November, 2017 in that newspaper and also in the Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser, shortly after.

Everything stated by Rysdale that appears in bold italics in this article is a lie. He has never served.


WOLLONDILLY
ADVERTISER


NOVEMBER 6 2017 - 11:06AM
Vietnam veteran faces horrors of war
• Ashleigh Tullis

 

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Tahmoor's Alex Rysdale is a member of the Picton Anzac Day Committee but wants nothing to do with the government or RSLs because of the way veterans were treated after the Vietnam War. Picture: Chris Lane

I did become an animal.”
Tahmoor’s Alex Rysdale continues to live with the nightmares and horrors of fighting in the Vietnam War.
At 18 years old he enlisted in the Australian armed forces and was sent to Vietnam in 1969.
“I was a soldier,” he said. “I fought my way through the war both physically and mentally.”
Mr Rysdale still struggles with what war made him do.
“You change,” he said. “You become an animal. You do things that are worse than anything an animal can do.
“The hardest part is when I came back into the world and nobody cared.
“We didn’t have the camaraderie in the outside world.
“The hard part is remembering. I don’t want to remember and I keep away from the triggers.”

Mr Rysdale went into the army after completing his apprenticeship as a typewriter mechanic.
In 1969 he started his basic training and was named the cadet of the year. He trained in Western Australia and Queensland before being sent to Vietnam.

“Our squad went on patrols, looked for tunnel networks and cleared them out,” the veteran said.
“We were called to hunt down a sniper and take him out.
“We were to spot the enemy’s troop movements. Our squad of six would come up against 200 North Vietnamese Army troops and we would have to fight our way out.”

Mr Rysdale recalls one particular time when he thought he would die.
“We were asleep in a shallow grave and were covered in leaves to hide ourselves,” he said.
“There was a trail 10 metres to the left. I could hear them because the ground was vibrating.
“Three hundred North Vietnamese Army troops walked past us.
“Somehow we weren’t spotted.”

 

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Alex Rysdale still lives with the scars from his service. Picture: Chris Lane

Mr Rysdale was evacuated from Vietnam in 1970.
I was shot and blown up at the same time,” he said.
“I was hiding behind a tree when we were out on patrol looking for troop movements.
“Three in our squad were killed.”

Mr Rysdale was taken to Germany then to Sydney to the Concord Repatriation Hospital.
“After I got out of hospital I was walking through the city and there was a construction site,” he said.
“A worker was using a jackhammer and I hit the ground and started screaming like a lunatic.
“Someone kicked me and told me to go to a shelter because he thought I was drunk.
“People will never understand what we went through.”

Mr Rysdale suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and said he can “just snap” at times.
“I wake up screaming at night.” he said. “Doctors can put a name on it but I think the nightmares are my own shame about what I did over there.”
Mr Rysdale said he has never really talked about his time during the Vietnam War.
The way he was treated after the war was why he never wanted anything to do with Returned Service Leagues or the government.
“I remember how badly we were treated by people back home,” he said.
“One time I was on rest and recuperation and I was so excited to have a home cooked meal by mum and get hugs and kisses from my family.
“As soon as I got off the plane I had eggs and tomatoes thrown at me and I was called a baby killer.
“I turned straight around and flew back to Bangkok.
“To this day I have never heard one of the idiots put their hand up and say they were really sorry.
“Our government didn’t recognise Vietnam as a war and that meant the guys were not given the rights and recognition they deserved for a long time.”


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A wreath laid at the centenary ceremony during Remembrance Day at Picton Memorial Park. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis

Mr Rysdale is the last member of his squad and was very close with his fellow soldiers.
“I loved those blokes,” he said.
“We didn’t see each other often but I still thought about them.
“During the war we had so much fun as a whole group because we were a tight knit unit of six guys.
“So when only three of us came back with scars from being mentally wounded and abused, it didn’t seem right to have fun because it wasn’t with everybody in the group.
“If we would catch up at a funeral then we would buy six beers. One beer each for guys who didn’t come back and one for us.
“I think that was a fitting way to remember them.”

Mr Rysdale said he did not go to Remembrance Day or Anzac Day ceremonies until last year when he was asked to lay a wreath.
He is a member of the Picton Anzac Day Committee and helps man fundraising stalls, sets up for the ceremonies and is a part of the committee’s discussions but otherwise does not want to attend the ceremonies.

Mr Rysdale does however have a lot of admiration for the committee and what they have created in the Picton Memorial Park.
“Personally I think (name deleted) should be knighted for his hard work, dedication and the time he has put into helping veterans and the committee,” he said. (End of Article)
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Rysdale is a grandstander. We wonder what he has told his immediate family and brand new fiancée. We know that he told the Committee of the Picton Anzac Day Committee (PADC) that he was a Vietnam Veteran. With that background, he was accepted immediately as a committee member. When asked why he never wore his Vietnam medals on Anzac Days, he replied to the Committee “that the originals were mounted in a frame on his wall at home and that he did not have a set of replica medals".

Rysdale’s name does not appear on the Department of Veteran’s Affairs - Vietnam Nominal Roll - It is accurate. His name also does not appear on the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Association record of former members. His name also does not appear on any other documentation held at the National Archives of Australia for military service in any branch of the Australian Defence Force.

Rysdale is a pathetic individual who has placed himself out there in the public domain as a War Hero. He is nothing of the sort and should be shunned by the people in his home town of Tahmoor, New South Wales.

We sent Rysdale a request, giving him an opportunity to explain his extraordinary claims of heroic Vietnam War Army service, his enlistment and discharge dates, Army service number and his Unit.

He replied stating that - "I have spoken with the reporter at the advertiser and onformed (sic) her of my opinion on this. You dont know me and never will. You think that in this particular instance you are doing the right thing. I agree with what you do is great but not this time. I am not happy to continue this as per your demands and and have resigned from the Anzac committee. All this has done is cause me the utmost pain. Please talk with Ashley and she will be happy to discuss this with you".
Regards
Alex Rysdale


Any pain being suffered by Rysdale, is due the the fact that he knows that he has been well and truly caught out as a military imposter and valour thief..

Rysdale has committed an offence under the provisions of the Defence Act 1903 Part V11, Section 80A - Falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 (EXTRACTS) The following extracts from the Defence Act 1903 apply to honours and awards:

80A Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and
(b) the representation is false.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

ANZMI have notified the local authorities.

The last we heard, the Wollondilly Advertiser is publishing an update of the original story shortly.

The update should read a little differently and will be factual.

 

 

Surname: Mallaghan
Christian Names: Thomas Gerard
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Phillip Island
Service #: R96066
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Junior Recruit
Commencement of service: 02 Apr 1967
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

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Browse through the pages of ANZMI and you may recognise a theme – Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch Presidents who are exposed as medal cheats.

Why these people have to display such disrespect towards the members they are supposed to be representing is beyond belief. Do they feel inadequate because others may have more medals, or is it just to groom their own ego and inflate their self-importance?

If you are unfortunate enough to meet any of these miscreants, you might like to ask them “Why”?

Thomas Gerard Mallaghan is the President of the Phillip Island RSL Sub Branch, and has been since 2015.

The above photograph was taken on ANZAC Day 2015. Here, it can be seen, at the end of his Feddeeral medals, Mallaghan has added the Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) Long Service Medal.

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Mallaghan has been photographed wearing this medal since 2013 and as recently as 2017 at a community function at Phillip Island.

He has been appropriately recognised for both his State and Federal service, as a member of the Royal Australian Navy and the State Emergency Service of Victoria.

The SES has a good media presence and there are no shortage of SES members marching on ANZAC Day, wearing their Federal medals on the left breast, and State medals on the right, as do their Country Fire Authority compatriots.

That Mallaghan, a man of his position and experience, was unaware of medal protocol, simply would not stand up to the scrutiny of a ‘reasonable person’.

The Victorian RSL State Executive appear to be not at all interested in administering medal protocol, evident by the number of their executives that grace this site!

Service in the Defence Force instills in one a set of values, among them, and across all three Services – Honesty, Honour and Integrity. These values are the cornerstones of the Forces that have given great service to this country since Federation.

Is there a culture among RSL Executive of dumping these values, along with personal pride and respect for the rules and regulations, once they leave that uniform behind? If so, it is certainly time for a new team to take over before the RSL fades into irrelevance and is just a place for old men, shiny trinkets and tall stories.

Surname: Wagner aka Ragno
Christian Names: Shane or Cosimo
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Eglington
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: Claims 1969 to 1976
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Wagner stood in the Australian War Memorial (AWM) Canberra and gazed at the Long Tan Cross that was on loan for exhibition. He also identified "himself" in a photograph taken in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation in August 1969 that was accompanying the exhibition. Here is Wagner gazing at the Cross at the AWM

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We hold Statutory Declarations stating that Wagner claims to have fought in the Battle of Long Tan with D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) on the 18th August 1966.

The Statutory Declarations state that Wagner claims; He was in the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam and then served with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). He said he was the youngest soldier to serve in Vietnam and became a "Sniper" with a 140 odd "strikes" to his name and he liked to work alone.

 Shane Wagner was born Cosimo Ragno in Italy in October 1951 and came to Australia as an infant. At the tender age of fifteen in 1966 he certainly would have been the youngest person to serve in Vietnam.   All Vietnam nominal rolls and data from 6RAR have been checked and, Wagner aka Ragno did not serve in Vietnam with the Australian Defence Force at any time. To join the Army you had to be 17 years old and to be sent to Vietnam you had to be 19 years old. Wagner aka Ragno is a liar and a Wannabe.

We contacted two retired senior members of D Company, 6RAR and they advised that Wagner is not known by the 6RAR fraternity and did not serve with 6RAR in Vietnam or at any other time in any capacity.

An ANZMI investigator phoned Wagner to enquire about his service. Wagner said he was an ex Serviceman and he served in "Nam" with 6RAR during 1967 and 1968. Any Vietnam veteran who uses the Americanism "Nam" is immediately suspected of being a crook, then when you realise that 6RAR was not in Vietnam during 1967 - 1968 it is obvious we have found another one.

Wagner claims to have gazed at the Cross on another occasion in 1966 when it was "originally erected" in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation. Unfortunately for Wagner the cross was not erected until 1969, during 6RARs second tour of duty in Vietnam. A solemn commemorative ceremony at the newly erected Long Tan Cross was conducted in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation in Vietnam on 18th August 1969.  

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This photograph below was taken on 18 August 1969 and was also part of the AWM exhibition, those in the photograph are genuine ANZACs. The photograph was taken on the 18 August 1969. Wagner identifies himself as the third person on the left side of the photograph

 

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It is not Wagner, and we are sure that because of the 9 millimetre pistol the person is wearing he is most likely from 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron, whose unit in 1966, after four hours of engagement by the 108 men of the beleaguered D Company 6RAR provided the necessary support and firepower to be able to repel the North Vietnamese and help rescue the 90 heroic survivors of D Company 6RAR.  

 Here is a synopsis of the final stages of the battle.

 AT 1900 hrs during the battle 3 Troop of 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron advanced through 'D' Company's position, carrying out a quick sweep of the area through which the attacking Vietnamese were forming up for another attack, catching the enemy on their flanks and inflicting heavy casualties.  Upon seeing the arrival of the Armoured Personnel Carriers the enemy broke off its attack, the survivors melting away back into the jungle and leaving the Australians in possession of the battlefield.  The Australians suffered 18 men killed and 24 wounded. Of these, one of the men that had been killed was from 3 Troop.

As well as being a lying wannabe he has lied in the Magistrates Court about his non existent military service and in doing so, has perverted the course of justice. Here is what his legal representative told the Magistrate at a hearing at Maroochydore Queensland in 2013.

 

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Wagner is not, and never has been on any Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) disability benefits. Here is more of the lying palaver he has uttered.

 

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Wagner has mentioned a very honourable man (name expunged) as being his guide and mentor to get his "Entitlements" from DVA. Wagner does not know, and has never communicated with the person he has mentioned. In essence Wagner is not fit to wipe the mud off the man's boots.

There were 3,629 Australian and New Zealand casualties in the Vietnam War 521 of those died and thousands more have since suffered and died from the effects of the war. People like Wagner are a blight on the Veteran community.

Wagner falsely claims to have served in Vietnam at the famous ANZAC battle of Long Tan.

This entry will serve to advise those he has deceived that he is a liar, a cheat and a fraud.

Wagner richly deserves his years of infamy on this website.

Surname: Moore
Christian Names: Richard
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Esperance
Service #: Unknown
Service: Unknown
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

Senior Sergeant Richard Moore is a member of the Western Australia Police and the OIC of Esperance Police Station since 2014. He has an important position of trust in the community of Esperance, and must at all times act in a diligent and ethical manner in execution of his duty as a sworn officer of the law.

 

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The above photograph was taken at the 2016 Esperance ANZAC Day service. It is one of many taken at various commemorations where Moore has sported his medals or medal ribbons.

Here he can be seen wearing the following:

  1. National Police Service Medal (NPSM).
  2. National Medal.
  3. Australian Defence Medal (ADM).
  4. WA Police Diligent and Ethical Service Medal.
  5. Citizens Military Force Commemorative (Junk medal).
  6. Regular Forces Commemorative (Junk Medal).

 

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The National Police Service Medal (NPSM) is a special service award within the Australian honours system to provide "recognition for the unique contribution and significant commitment of those persons who have given ethical and diligent service as a sworn member of an Australian police service".

The NPSM is awarded for "15 years 'ethical and diligent service' on or after 14 February 1975, or for a lesser period if that service was terminated due to the member's death, or to an impairment related to the discharge of their duties as a Constable of Police".

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The West Australia Police Diligent and Ethical Service Medal is awarded to serving, and former serving sworn members, who have completed ten years of diligent and ethical service.

This medal is a State award and Federal protocol dictates that they are to be worn on the right breast. The WA Police Commissioner has provided written (albeit incorrect) approval for members to wear both State and Federal medals on the left breast. In this regard, Richard can justifiably claim the defence that he was just following orders!

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It is the last two medals that cause offence to current and former Defence members. These so-called ‘medals’ are nothing more than junk, usually purchased by those wishing to build up not only their medal rack, but their ego as well.

In response to enquiries to West Australia Police (WAPOL), regarding the incorrect wearing of service medals, the following was received from the Ethical Standards Branch:

Mr XXXXXX

Thank you for your email received by WA Police Media & Public Affairs on Wednesday, 22 March 2017.  The matter has since been forwarded to WA Police Professional Standards and brought to my attention.

As a result of the concerns you expressed about Senior Sergeant Richard Moore’s wearing the Citizens Military Force Commemorative Medal and Regular Forces Commemorative Medal I have made inquiries with both, WA Police Honours & Awards and Senior Sergeant Moore.  I have established as these particular medals are from an external body permission must be obtained for them to be worn with WA Police Uniform.  Senior Sergeant Moore states he was not aware of this requirement and advised me he will immediately desist wearing the medals and ribbon bar until he receives the necessary authority to wear them.   I am informed once WA Police Honours and Awards receives his request to wear these medals they will base their decision upon relevant legislation and WA Police Policies.    

In summary I am satisfied Senior Sergeant Moore’s actions in wearing of the medals was not meant to offend and note he has been quick to remedy the situation at his own direction, once the oversight was brought to his attention.  Consequently determination as to his entitlement to wear these medals in the future will rest with WA Police Honours & Awards and I will not be taking further action on the matter from the perspective of Professional Standards.

Once again I appreciate you bringing this matter to the attention of WA Police and hope my response has addressed your concerns.  Should you be dissatisfied with this course of action, you can report misconduct to the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC), who have legislative oversight over WA Police misconduct matters.  The CCC will assess your report and may conduct a review of the matter at their discretion.

 

Regards

 

Kim Johnson  | Senior Sergeant 7164 | Ethical Standards Divsion| Level 10, 256 Adelaide Terrace Perth  WA  6000 | Western Australia Police

A look at the electronic media will show a number of WAPOL members, right up to the rank of Commissioner, wearing commemorative medals and State medals mixed with those awarded by the Commonwealth. Obviously they have been ill-advised by their own Honours and Awards section.

May we provide the following advice to WAPOL Honours and Awards, as sourced from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, concerning the wearing of “Tin” medals:

http://www.dpmc.gov.au/resource-centre/government/wearing-awards

Ex-service organisations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in particular military campaigns, periods of service or types of service that have not been recognised through the Australian honours system. Awards made by foreign governments which have not been approved by the Governor-General for acceptance and wear are also "unofficial". There are no restrictions to wearing such medals in appropriate private settings, such as a meeting of the relevant ex-service association, or a reception hosted by the relevant foreign government. Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion requests, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

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The above photograph was taken at the 2017 Esperance ANZAC Day ceremony, where Moore had a key role in the service.

Again, Moore is wearing the same medals, although this time their order has been adjusted for whatever reason.

This leaves some unanswered questions, such as, has Moore chosen to ignore the advice of Professional Standards, or has, once again, the West Australian Police Force decided it is a law unto itself when it comes to medal protocol?

Until WAPOL changes official policy, it will only further damage the expectations that veterans have regarding the behaviour of police members.

Senior Sergeant Richard Moore, you have been awarded both State and Federal medals recognising your Police service, particularly in the areas of diligence and ethical behaviour.

By wearing worthless medals, you have deceived the community you serve in to believing you are a decorated Veteran. Your actions are far from ethical and show your lack of respect towards your fellow police officers and the veteran community in general.

You now have a record, complete with mugshot, on the ANZMI site for all to see.

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