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Surname: Kent
Christian Names: John Lochwood
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Bowraville
Service #: R96526
Service: Rpyal Australian Navy
Branch: Supply and Secretariat
Commencement of service: 02.06.1968
Case Notes:

 

John Lochwood Kent is a Navy veteran of the Vietnam war.

 

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Kent wears five medals, they are:

 

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) -   Entitled

Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM) - Entitled

Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM) - Entitled

Australian Defence Medal (ADM) - Entitled

HMAS Sydney Medal - Unauthorised tin Medal

 

He earned two medals for service in Vietnam and two more medals for general service in the Navy.

 

Kent has purchased the unofficial HMAS Sydney medal to add a bit of weight to his rack. The public who know nothing about medals will be impressed, but veterans who can read medals are amused and disgusted by people like Kent. Here is the offending medal:

 

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His RAN records show he served in Vietnam for 41 days. The RAN counted the time from departing their last port in Australia until the time they arrived back at their first port in Australia. In fact he spent a total of less that 12 hours in Vietnam's Vung Tau Harbour aboard HMAS Sydney for the entire war, for which he was awarded two medals.

 

For those interested, all details of all ships involved are available for perusal at this website: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/AWM78/

 

Below are anchoring details of one of the two voyages Kent did to Vietnam. Notice on his first voyage, HMAS Sydney dropped anchor at 0700 hours on the 15th February 1968 and weighed anchor five hours and twenty minutes later at 1225 hours on the same day.

 

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We welcome another crew member aboard HMAS ANZMI.

 

 

Surname: Camper
Christian Names: Kevin Patrick
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Mollymook Beach
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Branch: Nil
Case Notes:

 

Kevin Patrick Camper has been walking the walk and talking the talk about his former Royal Australian Navy Reserve (RANR) service for the past thirty years. He currently resides in Mollymook Beach on the south coast of NSW and is a member of the Milton Rural Fire Service.

Over the years, Camper has made claims to colleagues that in the 1970s, he attended HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay, for Officer Training RANR. He states that In just six weeks, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the RANR, allotted to the RAN Marine Engineering Branch as a Mechanical Draftsman, progressing to Commander and Captain, before discharging in the 1990s. He has claimed service as a RANR Commissioned Officer on HMAS Advance, a Royal Australian Navy Attack Class patrol boat, assigned for training to the RANR, Sydney Port Division, in February, 1982. He also claims service on Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) vessels during his service as well as sea time on HMAS Perth.

 


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In the above photographs, Camper is wearing a black beret with two hat badges. We are unaware of the significance of the black beret, other than it being a showpiece to attract attention.

Hat badges -;

1. Royal Australian Naval Reserve badge. Not entitled.
2. Naval Association of Australia (NAA) members badge.

 

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In the above photograph, Camper wears another NAA members badge on his left side lapel. Under his name tag, he wears a Royal Australian Navy "Lieutenants collar badge." He is not entitled to wear this badge.

On his left breast pocket, he wears the below displayed RAN Commissioned Officer’s metal badge. He has no entitlement to wear this accoutrement.



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He does not wear the Australian Defence Medal. (ADM) on his left breast, which would signify at least four years in the Australian Defence Force, including the RANR. If he was a genuine RANR Commissioned Officer, he would be wearing this medal.



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On the right hand side of his jacket, he correctly wears World War 2 ribbons that were possibly awarded to a relative.

His badges, beret, and relative’s ribbons, would indicate to general members of the Anzac Day viewing public, that he was a genuine former member of the Australian Defence Force. Sadly, he is not.

Members of the local veteran community have concerns regarding the Defence Force claims of Camper.

National Archives of Australia indicated that there is no record of a Kevin Patrick Camper ever serving in the Royal Australian Navy as a full time member, a Naval National Serviceman or the Royal Australian Navy Reserves.

ANZMI ascertained that Camper was a member of Training Ship (TS) Sirius, Australian Sea Cadet Corps in the 1970s. In 1973 it became the Australian Naval Cadets. Camper was the Executive Officer, Lieutenant, of Sirius in the 1980s. His Cadet Officer rank has no standing in the Australian Defence Force or in Veterans Associations recognition, and protocols dictate that he should not be claiming that it does.

TS Sirius was a Cadet Unit at Oatley in Sydney before moving premises to Arncliffe, and then to Rockdale. It caters for young boys and girls in their early teens, who may desire a Naval career when they are older.

ANZMI contacted the current Administrator of the TS Sirius Facebook site, to ascertain a contact number for Kevin Patrick Camper, to invite Camper to respond to the allegations. The Administrator failed to assist and abused ANZMI for trying to contact one of their former members and threatened police action. Those threats do not concern ANZMI as we take care in only revealing the truth. We take his ridiculous response as a closure of ranks and a cover up.

Camper was eligible to join the Naval Association of Australia due to his apparent Sea Cadet service at T.S Sirius..

He has embellished his modest Sea Cadet service and promoted himself to a former Captain in the Royal Australian Navy Reserves.

For that promotion, he has earned the right to appear on this site.

Surname: Doyle
Christian Names: Murray Patrick
Country: Australia
State or Province: N/A
City or Town: N/A
Service: Merchant Marine
Case Notes:

 

Murray Doyle is an Australian Merchant Marine Captain who wears two medals:

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His medals are:

Australian Antarctic Medal (AAM)
Unknown Merchant Marine Medal

He was awarded the AAM by the Australian Government for outstanding service in support of Antarctic expeditions.

The second medal is a non official commemorative medal that must not be worn on the left breast with the official medal. If it is to be worn at all, it must be worn on the right breast.

The Australian Merchant Marine Association advise that they follow Australian Government and Returned and Services League protocols in relation to wearing medals.

Members of the Merchant Marine Association are aware of medals convention and like their Defence Force colleagues will not tolerate blatant disregard of traditions.

We welcome Murray Patrick Doyle aboard the good ship ANZMI. 

Surname: Nitschke
Christian Names: Robert Gabriel
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Flaxman's Valley
Service #: 4721240
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Engineers (RAE)
Case Notes:

 

Robert Gabriel Nitschke served in Vietnam with the 1st Field Regiment, RAE from July 1970 to July 1971. For his service he has been awarded five Defence medals. Unfortunately he has succumbed to vanity and has awarded himself a self purchased Front Line Medal, and now wears six.

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This is the offending medal:

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The medal has no credibility and has no place attached to genuine defence medals on the left breast.

We welcome Rob Nitschke to this website for the act of wearing a worthless piece of tin contrary to tradition and protocol.

Surname: O'Halloran
Christian Names: Neil Thomas
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Toowoomba
Service: Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
Branch: Motor Transport Driver
Case Notes:

 

According to ex RAAF Corporal Neil Thomas O'Halloran, soon after he joined the Defence Force, at the time of the Vietnam war, he was specially selected to be seconded to the Army for secret operations in Cambodia.

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He is not listed on the Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans and cannot produce evidence of his secondment and advises that it was all very secret.

For his Defence service, O'Halloran wears all the medals of a Vietnam Veteran. They are:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Not entitled
Vietnam Medal (VM) Not entitled
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM)
Defence Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Not entitled

Of the five medals he wears, he is entitled to only two, and they represent service in Australia. He was never deployed overseas during his service.

In recent years O'Halloran created a high profile for himself and became President of the RAAF Association in Toowoomba. To further raise his profile he applied to join the Toowoomba Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association Australia (VVAA). His application was rejected because he could not produce evidence of his "secret" Vietnam service.

O'Halloran is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs, Vietnam Nominal Roll and his actual service is well known in Toowoomba by various ex service organizations.

On Remembrance Day on 11 November 2018, Toowoomba veterans became nonplussed, when after being unable to substantiate his claims of service in Vietnam O'Halloran wore Vietnam Medals.

O'Halloran also falsely claimed to have attained the rank of Warrant Officer during his time in the RAAF. In fact after many years service he attained the rank of a Corporal Motor Transport Driver (MTD), who was never deployed overseas.

O'Halloran's behaviour, is similar to Gunther Hentscher of Kingaroy Queensland an RAAF Corporal Dental Assistant, who increased his rank to Squadron Leader and wore fake Vietnam Medals, see here: anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/659-hentscher

Toowoomba Veterans and Veterans Australia wide are now more vigilant than ever before to identify those who falsely represent their Defence Service.

O'Halloran has ruined his reputation and is no longer the President of the Toowoomba RAAF Association. He is well suited for an executive position on our website. 

Surname: Fleming
Christian Names: Kevin
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Merchant Marine
Case Notes:

 

Kevin Fleming is a Merchant Marine Officer who attended a Merchant Navy Memorial Day in Adelaide in September 2018, photographs of him were recorded on a Facebook page

 

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He is wearing:

Merchant Navy Meritorious Service

Merchant Navy Service Cross

Merchant Navy commendation

Korea Peace Ambassador

Executives of the Maritime Association of Australia, advise that they follow Australian Government and Returned Services League (RSL) protocols in relation to the wearing of medals.

Fleming has no genuine medals and all he is wearing are non authorised Commemorative Medals. Protocol dictates that if they are to be worn, they must be worn on the right breast.

Perhaps the Australian Merchant Navy Association could publish a notice to all members regarding medals protocol.

We welcome Kevin Fleming aboard and wish him a good voyage on the good ship ANZMI.

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