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Surname: Kelly
Christian Names: Adrian John
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South wales
City or Town: Mulwala
Service #: Unknown
Service: Army
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: Approx 2000
Completion of service: Approx 2000
Case Notes:



Adrian J. Kelly from Inglis Street, Mulwala, NSW, is right up there with other alleged famous war hero’s, that are named on this website. He falsely claims being a "Sniper" with the Australian Army Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, with great stories of “daring do” , including being "stabbed and shot". He also informed others that he had his back broken in an explosion in Afghanistan, that required immediate casualty evacuation and return to Australia.

Kelly is a convincing liar and a “Love Rat”. He is a real "rotter".


Kelly was born on the 4 September, 1983. He now works as an Arborist and resides in Mulwala, a small NSW country town on the Murray River, near the Victorian Border. He is also a part time model.

Kelly enlisted in the Australian Army about 2000. Unfortunately for Kelly, things did not go as planned, and he was discharged from the Army a few months later.

That was it!! All over red rover!!

We do not know what Kelly did then. We have "assumed" that he learned how to lop trees and smile for the camera, for his future modelling career.

We do know however, that he did not go to Iraq or Afghanistan in the SASR and fight the Taliban or anyone else.

In the past few years Kelly was fortunate enough to meet a vibrant young lady who was impressed with his stories of being a fully qualified “sniper” of the Australian SASR who fought the Taliban in Afghanistan. He informed her that he was deployed to Afghanistan twice, Iraq twice and East Timor once.

The below recent photograph is Kelly taken with his former partner, whose portrait has been deleted. This very respectable young lady has gone public on A Current Affair, so ANZMI are not disclosing anything that is not already out there in the public arena.


He boasted of his medals and citations.


In the above photograph, Kelly falsely pretends that he is entitled to the medals displayed. The photograph depicts the medals from a reverse angle, but they are as follows from left to right.

1. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Non-Article 5 Medal for the Balkans. NOT ENTITLED.

This is an unusual choice of medal for Kelly to have purchased.

ANZMI believe that he mistook it for the NATO - ICAT medal, (International Coalition Against Terrorism) or the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) shown below, which is issued to Australian Defence Force personnel who meet the criteria for that award.



2. Australian Defence Force Medal. NOT ENTITLED.

3. Australian Service Medal. No Clasp. NOT ENTITLED.

4. Afghanistan Medal. NOT ENTITLED.

5. Australian Active Service Medal. No Clasp. NOT ENTITLED.

6. Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee medal. NOT ENTITLED.

He also claims personal and unit citations for bravery.

Kelly recently told his former partner, and others, that when he was in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban, he was in a desert for five days without food or water and that he had no contact with his unit. He stated that "he found a camel carcass and slept in it". At ANZMI, we believe, that he should have added a "bathroom", stayed there, and saved everyone a lot of trouble!!

He also told members of the local RSL Sub Branch, where he tried to ingratiate himself, that he was a former SASR sniper who was wounded whilst fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

ANZMI is also aware that he told numerous false heroic stories to other people, who believed his preposterous lies.

Kelly is a “Love Rat:” who preys on respectable ladies to gain favour. He is a low life and someone to be avoided. We are happy to give him some more publicity here, for his future modelling career and employment prospects.

This website has exposed other love rat frauds like Kelly.

Peter Kevin Jenkins, John Smets, and a few others, who are listed on this site, have similar modus operandi.

Kelly is a violent individual and according to her interview on A Current Affair, his then partner was assaulted by him for questioning his alleged Afghanistan military service.

Thanks to Channel 9, A Current Affair, for bringing Kelly to the attention of the public, ANZMI, and in particular, the veteran community. As veterans who have served in the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces, ANZMI appreciate your support to the values that we try to uphold.

Below is a photograph of Kelly with a Channel 9 Journalist, (portrait deleted), who was attempting to get answers from him for his lies and deceit.


Adrian J. Kelly will remain on this site for a long time to come. Ladies and RSL Sub Branches, beware !!

Surname: Tapp
Christian Names: Robin Geoffrey
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South wales
City or Town: Forestville
Service #: R62073
Service: R
Branch: Steward
Commencement of service: 08 Apr 63
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:



Robin Geoffrey Tapp joined the Royal Australian Navy on 08 April 1963. After training to be a Steward he posted to sea on HMAS Vendetta in March 1964. During this posting, Tapp saw service during the Malayan Emergency and a short deployment to Vietnam.

His next sea posting was to HMAS Hobart, which saw heavy action on what was known as the ‘Gunline’ off the coast of South Vietnam. It was during this deployment that Hobart was struck by three missiles, fired from a United States aircraft. One sailor was killed and a number injured in this unfortunate incident.

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Tapp is a member of the Forestville RSL Sub-Branch, in New South Wales. The Sub-Branch has a Facebook page and photos of Tapp, with medals displayed, are numerous and usually show Tapp in a prominent role at an ANZAC Day or Remembrance Day service.

For his operational service, Tapp is entitled to a number of official medals and in the above photograph can be seen wearing the following:

  1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75
  2. General service Medal 1962
  3. Vietnam Medal
  4. Australian Service Medal 1945-75
  5. Australian Defence Medal
  6. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
  7. Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal
  8. Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) Commemorative Medal

The last medal is nothing more that tin junk, a medal to commemorate service with the FESR, and usually worn by those wanting to make their row of medals look that little bit more impressive. Service with the FESR was adequately recognised through the official awarding of the Australian Service Medal 1945-75, with clasp ‘FESR’.

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Tapp already has seven medals he is entitled to for his service, why add a trinket?

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It is somewhat obvious that leadership is lacking in the executive of Forestville RSL Sub-Branch, as Tapp is not the only member there who likes to play ‘peacock’.

In the above photograph, Tapp is accompanied by John Bernard Finlay, who also graces the pages of ANZMI. There are many photographs of them together ‘strutting their stuff’ at official services.

Both Tapp and Finlay are part of a rather large, and over-represented group on ANZMI, namely ex-members of the Navy Supply and Secretariat Branch. This branch comprises of Stores Assistants, Cooks and Stewards.

Robin Geoffrey Tapp, who incidentally is the current public relations officer for his RSL Sub-Branch, has now earned himself a little extra publicity in being added to the ANZMI pages.

Surname: O'Regan
Christian Names: Rodney Stephen
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Hillville
Service #: 297697
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Engineers
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:



Rodney Stephen O'Regan OAM is not a dill, and yet he acts like one. In Vietnam he served with the much admired "Tunnel Rats" of 1 Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers and then completed many years service in the NSW Police Force where he retired as a Senior Sergeant with a Valour Award.

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The medals he is wearing are:

Member of Order of Australia Medal - Federal Medal
NSW Police Medal of Valour - State Medal
Australian Active Service Medal - Defence Medal
Vietnam Medal - Defence Medal
National Police Medal - Federal Medal
National Medal - Federal Medal
Australian Defence Medal - Defence Medal
Commemoration of National Service Medal - Defence Medal. Entitlement unknown
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Defence Medal
NSW Police Ten years Ethical Service Medal. - State Medal

O'Regan wears ten medals on his left breast his entitlement is eight or seven depending on the Commemoration of National Service medal. We don't know if he is entitled to wear this medal, however his Regimental Service number i.e. 297697 does not conform to the series used for National Service during the Vietnam era which all consisted on seven numbers with a "7" as the second number i.e. "2777777". Towards the end of this era as numbers ran out the second number became an "8".

O'Regan knowingly, incorrectly wears his State Police medals on his left breast mixed with his Federal and Defence Medals. This problem has been brought to his attention, but he appears to thumb his nose at medals protocol and is quoted as saying:

"I am no longer in the Police and have not been for at least 25 years..can use them as ear rings if I like.. I am a big boy with a mouth..not many if any would comment to my face."

Obviously any well meaning person who attempts to advise him to stop making a "dill" of himself would "Cop" a rebuke from O'Regan.

The last medal O'Regan is wearing is the NSW Police Ten year Ethical Service Medal. Serving members of the NSW Police Force, wear the medal correctly. Here is an example of a NSW Police Superintendent wearing the medal on his right breast.



O'Regan is an executive of a World War 1 Australian Light Horse Association and is often involved in Light Horse re-enactment on commemorative occasions. The photograph below shows O'Regan wearing his Light Horse re-enactment uniform complete with contemporary medals.

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The photograph was taken before he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) and the National Police Medal. Notice the first and second medals are the two State Police medals. Surely someone from the Light Horse association, or his other Veteran's associations could have pointed out O'Regan's blatant disregard for medals protocol and the incongruity of wearing mixed medals. Perhaps O'Regan has his Light Horse co-executives and everyone else bluffed, and they are not "game" to comment to him.

We work hard to protect the integrity of Veterans medals and will continue to do so. Those who flaunt the system, will be featured on this website.

O'Regan may have Veterans' and the public in his home town bluffed by his "Big boy mouth", but ANZMI is a vehicle where people can respond to bullies. We advise him he can continue with his medals debacle, and be known as a "Dill" or comply with the policies of the Australian Governor General and move his two state police medals to his right breast. In addition if he is not an ex National Serviceman he must remove the Commemoration of National Service Medal altogether.

Rodney O'Regan is a Veteran of Vietnam, an ex NSW Police Officer and a Light Horse re-enactor. In addition to his achievements he now occupies a space on this website along with hundreds of other medals cheats.

Surname: Finlay
Christian Names: John Bernard
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Forestville
Service #: R94417
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Stores Assistant
Commencement of service: 04 Jul 64
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:



John Bernard Finlay joined the Royal Australian Navy on 4 July 1964, as a Junior Recruit. His first sea posting, as a newly trained Stores Assistant, was on HMAS Derwent, where he saw operational service in Vietnam, and as part of the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR).

Finlay later joined the HMAS Sydney, being deployed a number of times to Vietnam in the vital logistics role the ship was conducting at the time.

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The above photograph is one of many taken over several years. In each photograph, Finlay is involved in some prominent role at an ANZAC Day or Remembrance Day service as a member of the Forestville RSL Sub-Branch.

Finlay is wearing the following medals:

  1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) 1945-75
  2. Vietnam Logistic Support Medal (VLSM)
  3. Australian Service Medal 1945-75
  4. Australian Defence Medal
  5. HMAS Sydney Commemorative Medal
  6. FESR Commemorative Medal

Six medals look quite impressive, however, it is the last two medals that bring the attention to Finlay.

Finlay 2


The last two medals are quite simply junk and have no place being displayed with official medals, that is the well-known protocol.

The HMAS Sydney Commemorative was produced by a service association, aggrieved at the lack of recognition for the role they played in providing logistic support to Australian forces in Vietnam. This was later rectified by the award of the VLSM, under the official Australian Honours and Awards system.

The last medal, commemorating service with the FESR, seems to be worn by those wanting to make their row of medals look that little bit more impressive. However, service with the FESR was adequately recognised through the official awarding of the Australian Service Medal 1945-75, with clasp ‘FESR’.

Finlay has also attached campaign clasps to those pieces of tin, perhaps making him seem, in his eyes anyway, like a well-worn veteran. That said, it is a shame he has not attached the clasp VIETNAM to his AASM 1945-75, where it rightfully belongs.

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In the above photograph Finlay is pictured with Robin Geoffrey Tapp, who also appears on the pages of ANZMI. Both are often photographed together at ANZAC Day and Remembrance services. Perhaps ‘birds of a feather’ would be an appropriate tagline to those pictures.

Finlay, a Stores Assistant, and Tapp, a Steward, were part of the Navy Supply and Secretariat Branches, which also included Cooks and Writers.

This is of note, as a perusal of the ANZMI entries reveals that members of this branch of the Navy comprise a majority of entries for the seagoing arm of our Defence Force. Why is this? Did they feel that their service was not as important as that of a Gunner or Engineer, so those few extra dodgy medals get them a little more recognition?

In 2015, Finlay was awarded Life Membership in recognition of his many years of service to the RSL.

What will Finlay be awarded for his disrespect and dishonesty? Likely there will be no action, as it appears his charade has continued for many years, right under the noses of the Sub-Branch executive, even though medal protocol is well known and communicated throughout the RSL.

Surname: Jessop
Christian Names: Anthony Philip
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Williamtown
Service #: R63258
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Quartermaster Gunner
Commencement of service: 04 Apr 64
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:



Anthony Philip Jessop joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1964 and saw operational service in the Far East and Vietnam, serving as a Quartermaster Gunner onboard HMAS Duchess and HMAS Sydney.

For this service, Jessop was entitled to a number of official Federal medals, like many servicemen and women, before, and after him.

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The above photo was taken at the 2017 ANZAC Day Dawn Service, in Williamstown, South Australia.

Jessop is wearing miniature medals, whereas, full-size medals should be worn at a commemorative service such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. He may have reasons for doing so and as such it is not an issue warranting any further attention in this forum.

The red arrow indicates the real issue, namely the wearing of unofficial medals mixed with official medals, a practice that has brought many a veteran to notice on the pages of ANZMI.

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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 and Awards system. Protocol dictates that unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events. However, if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

The two medals above are commemorative ‘tin’, originally commissioned by a Naval association, which is associated with HMAS Sydney, “The Vung Tau Ferry”. Before the early 1990’s there was no recognition for the Navy personnel who crewed the support ships serving Australians in Vietnam. Because of this, Naval associations produced their own. The VLSM was later instituted by the Commonwealth to provide official recognition.

These are purchased medals, commonly referred to as ‘tin’ medals and are no more thank trinkets, commonly used to inflate the service of the wearer to an unknowing audience.

Anthony Philip Jessop, you were awarded adequately for your service to country and community. However, your decision to throw a couple of ‘tin’ medals into the mix and display them in public, has denigrated your service and earned you a place amongst many others on the ANZMI site.

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 09
Case Notes:


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.


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,



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. 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.



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.






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. 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.

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