Latest Cases

Latest Cases

Surname: Marcon
Christian Names: Nigel Dean Raymond
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: Canterbury
City or Town: Ashburton
NZ -Which Island:
  • South Island
Service: Royal New Zealand Army
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: June 1988
Completion of service: June 1990
Case Notes:




Dean Marcon served as a soldier in the NZ Army for two years, between June 1988 and June 1990. He never left NZ shores during his service life.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for this soldier, who chose to add even more glory to his story, claiming to have risked his life on active duty as a fulltime member of the NZSAS (Special Air Service) including overseas action in theatres of war, on numerous missions. The fact is Marcon never served in the NZSAS.

But that is not what he has been telling his mates, staff, his shooting club, his local RSA, and anybody willing to listen to his stories of daring escapades as a valiant NZSAS soldier.

He talks of lying in high grasses, and forests, so well-hidden that enemy soldiers walked over him unseen, and even urinated on him. That has to stink! But the smell emanating from Marcon isn’t from an enemy soldiers relief, but the lies he has been claiming for the last 18 years.

When confronted with his diabolical lies and deceit, Marcon quickly confessed that for years he has been stealing the honour, respect and valour of real soldiers who risked life and limb. Many of those he has offended include soldiers he served alongside in the New Zealand Artillery, before they deployed out to active service, unlike Marcon, who remained safe and sound having never left New Zealand whilst in service.

This is the letter Marcon provided once he had been caught out as the cheat and valour thief that he is.



For his deceit and sheer audacious claims, Marcon will live on this site in perpetuity.   

Surname: Winter
Christian Names: John Michael
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Springwood
Service #: 1734076
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Armoured Corps
Case Notes:


John Michael Winter did not complete the criteria to wear the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) and it was not issued to him.




He wears five medals, he earned four.  The last medal on his rack, is the RVCM and requires a person to have served for 181 days in Vietnam.  Winter served 178 days and despite not having earned the medal, and the strict criteria, self purchased it and has worn it for many years.




There are  cases where Department of Defence  have wrongly advised Veterans they are entitled to wear the medal by endorsing details on their Certificates of Service. Winter is not one of them.  We are prepared to give leeway to Veterans who have been wrongly issued the medal, providing they contact Defence and return the medal.

Winter is the President of the Springwood Qld RSL, and as senior executive  the measure of his  deceit is unacceptable

RVCM cheats are being uncovered by their desire to be photographed by media. If you wear fake medals do not seek RSL executive positions or seek media exposure.

We welcome John Michael Winter to our website.

Surname: Woodward
Christian Names: Roy Gerald
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Victor Harbour
Service: Royal Australian Army
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Case Notes:


At the age of 20 years, Roy Gerald Woodward did some hard work in Vietnam with an Infantry Battalion.


For his service he wears five medals. He is entitled to only four. The offending medal is the non authorized Front Line Medal (FLM) that he wears as the last medal on his rack. Here is the medal:


Woodward claims that the medal was awarded to him by the Australian Government. That is not true he would have purchased the medal himself and had it fitted to his rack.

It is unfortunate the Victor Harbour Returned and Services League (RSL) takes no interest in medals Protocol. Woodward should have been advised of his error by an executive during the commemorative ceremony at Victor Harbour on Remembrance Day 11 November 2018.

We welcome Roy Woodward to a space on this website.   

Surname: Brathwaite
Christian Names: Robbie John
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Victor Harbour
Service #: R105200
Service: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Branch: Tactical Operator
Commencement of service: 1 June 1968
Completion of service: 31 May 1977
Case Notes:


Robbie Braithwaite of Woodcroft, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia served on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War. His total time in Vietnam would be around 32 hours. Because of the flawed system used by the RAN at the time, the Department of Veterans affairs indicates he spent 102 days in Vietnam. The RAN calculated time in Vietnam from the date of departure from the last Australian port until the date of return to the first Australian port.




For his Vietnam Service, he was awarded two medals. He was awarded another two medals for his RAN general service, however he chooses to wear five.

The last medal on his rack is a self purchased commemorative HMAS Sydney medal which has no integrity and has no place mixed with government issued medals on commemorative occasions. If worn at all, it must be worn on the right breast




We have been exposing RAN ex servicemen for wearing this medal for many years and to save embarrassment of those wearing it we suggest that RAN Associations give notice to their members.

We welcome Robbie John Braithwaite to our website.

Surname: White
Christian Names: Brett Wilson
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Carrickalinga
Service #: R66043
Service: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Branch: Cook
Commencement of service: 14 January 1967
Case Notes:


Brett Wilson White is a former Sailor who served on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War.




He made seven voyages to, and from Vietnam during 1970 and 1971. The Department of Veterans Affairs nominal roll indicates 150 days service in Vietnam. His actual time in Vietnam was less than 50 hours, aboard HMAS Sydney anchored in Vung Tau Harbour.


For his RAN service generally and his time in Vietnam he was awarded four medals, however, as can be seen in the photograph he wears six.


The last two medals have no integrity, as they are commemorative self purchased trinkets. If they are to be worn at all, they must be worn on the right breast and not mixed with genuine medals.




Australian former sailors have been wearing these commemorative medals for many years and despite constant embarrassing exposures they continue to do so.


As long as people continue to wear them we will continue to expose them.


We welcome Brett White to our website.





Surname: Da Silva
Christian Names: Jose Maria Olivira
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Ipswich
Service #: R65069
Service: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Branch: Naval Air Mechanic
Commencement of service: 1959
Case Notes:


Jose Da Silva was an Aircraft Mechanic who served in Vietnam for 395 days with the RAN Helicopter Flight.


For his service he has been presented with four medals, however he wears six.




The medals he wears are:


Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

HMAS Sydney Medal - unofficial self purchased medal

Vietnam Logistic Support Medal - unofficial self purchased medal


He has added two extra self purchased medals to his rack. They are the commemorative (HMAS) Sydney medal and the Logistic Support medal. These are superfluous tin medals, that must not be worn with Defence medals on the left breast.




Da Silva did not serve on HMAS Sydney during the war and we can find no documentary evidence of any association with HMAS Sydney. His AASM, VM and RVCM cover all of his Vietnam medals entitlements.


We welcome Da Silva to our website and hope that RAN Associations and the Returned and Services League (RSL) take more positive action regarding medals protocols and traditions.



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