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Surname: Griffiths
Christian Names: John Malcolm
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Keilor East
Service #: 1926452
Service: RAF (UK)
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: 1952
Completion of service: 1965
Case Notes:

 

 

 

In the past 18 months we have exposed four Victorian RSL Presidents for embellishing their military service, manufacturing their military service or wearing medals that have not been officially awarded to them.

One in particular had no military service at all. These four have either stood down and/or been ejected from their respective Branches of the Returned Services League, Victoria.

Well unfortunately, here we have number five.

John Malcolm Griffiths, DOB. 12 January, 1936, is the President of the Essendon RSL Sub Branch, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria.

Griffiths was a member of the Royal Air Force (RAF) from between 1952 and 1965. In the above photograph he wears four medals. They are from left to right. -;

1. The United Kingdom (UK) Active Service medal. Tin commemorative medal. purchased.
2. The UK General Service Cross. Tin commemorative medal, purchased.
3. The UK Jordan Service medal. Tin commemorative medal, purchased.
4. The UK QE Golden Jubilee medal. Tin commemorative medal, purchased

The Active Service medal above is an unofficial tin commemorative medal that can be purchased from the Internet from medal dealers in the United Kingdom. The cost is 60 pounds sterling. It is intended to signify active service in the British Military.

It is in similar vein to the tin meaningless "Front Line Service" medal (crossed rifles) that can be purchased from an Army Unit Association in Queensland, Australia.

If you have genuine active service, then you would not have to purchase a medal would you, or are we missing something here!

The General Service Cross

The General Service Cross is a tin commemorative medal that is intended to signify those men and women who have given service to Britain and the British Commonwealth during hostilities and in Peacetime and whose service has gone unrecognised. The Medal Dealer site states "By not serving in a war zone and not serving long enough for a Long Service medal many serving members go unrecognised".

This medal can be purchased for 65 pounds sterling.

This medal description flies in the face of the previous medal that Griffiths wears. On the one hand he is wearing an "Active Service medal" and the very next medal he wears is for "Not serving in a war zone." Bit confusing!


The Jordan Service Medal.

The Jordan Service medal above is an unofficial tin "thankyou" medal from King Hussein 1 of Jordan to military personnel who served in and around his Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan between 1948 and 1958. It can be purchased for 38 pounds sterling from UK medal dealers.

The QE Golden Jubilee medal above is a tin commemorative medal intended to signify anyone who has served their country in any role during the fifty year reign of Queen Elizabeth 11. It can be purchased for 42 pounds sterling.

It has therefore cost John Malcolm Griffiths 205 pounds sterling or $367.00 Australian dollars to parade around in his purchased medals on Anzac Day and other official ceremonies.

It is quite apparent that Griffiths has no entitlements to any officially awarded medals for his RAF service. If he did, he would wear them.

However, in order to impress those at the Essendon RSL Club who elected him as their President, he has purchased 4 tin commemorative medals from the UK and worn them on the left side, to signify to his colleagues that he is a genuine veteran of the Royal Air Force. If you have to pretend to be a veteran, then you do not have the credibility to be a President of an RSL Sub Branch.

Commemorative and other unofficial medals should be worn on the right side. There are strict protocols from the office of the Governor General in respect to these matters.

We contacted Griffiths, who like other medal cheats and imposters, claimed that he was ill and could not remember his active service details. He informed us that he was entitled to wear all his medals, but he could not remember where or when he was officially awarded with them or what they were awarded for because it was so long ago. He then threatened us with legal action and warned us "to be very careful what we do!"

He could have just told us the truth.

Griffiths should stand down as the President of this Club. As a President, he is expected to uphold the proud traditions and protocols of the Australian RSL. He should be leading by example and cease being a medals cheat and imposter.

If he does not stand down, he should be shown the door.

If you had to buy the medals, you did not earn them. Simple as that!

We advise all RSL Sub Branches, particularly those in Victoria to audit their members on a regular basis to ensure that they comply with proper protocols. If the Committees and Secretaries decline this task, they are condoning the behaviour.

In the last edition of the Victorian RSL Mufti newsletter, Major General David McLachlan, AM, State President of the Victorian Branch of the RSL, stated that stringent new rules had been introduced whereby proper probity checks would be investigated to ensure that those holding executive positions of RSL Sub Branches and Memorial Clubs were in fact entitled to wear the medals pinned to their chests.

The RSL dictum of "The price of freedom is eternal vigilence" is certainly treated in an apathetic fashion at the Essendon RSL Sub Branch and at least the other four Victorian RSL Sub Branches that we know of, where we have exposed fraudulent RSL Presidents.

Anzmi will continue to support the efforts of Major General David McLachlan AM, and continue to locate and weed out all medal cheats, imposters and wannabees from all Ex Service Organisations in all States and Territories of Australia and New Zealand.

Surname: Andrews
Christian Names: Peter James
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: 182270
Service: ARMY
Branch: Failed Recruit Training
Commencement of service: Jul 82
Completion of service: Apr 83
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182270 Peter James Andrews is a liar and a fraud who embellished his military service to help avoid a conviction of rioting and a possible gaol sentence.

On the 19th December, 2013, Andrews appeared before Mr John McGrath, Stipendiary Magistrate at the BrisbaneMagistrates Court in respect to a charge of rioting in the Broadbeach bikie brawl in September, 2013. He was then currently a member of the Bandidos bikie gang at the time of the riot and he pleaded guilty to the charge.

He had been clearly photographed at the riot by CCTV footage wearing a black Bandidos vest with a black shirt with letters 'SYLB" (Support your local Bandidos.)

In answer to the charge that the Magistrate later referred to as "a terrifying incident and chilling to watch the video", Andrews was represented by Solicitor Mr Domenic Keim of Guest Lawyers, Brisbane at the Court Hearing.

According to newspaper reports, Mr Keim, who was acting on instructions from Andrews, informed the Court that Andrews had served in the Australian Army for six years, was a former soldier of the SAS (Special Air Service Regiment), and had been on tours of duty with the Military with a stint in Somalia.

He also informed the Magistrate that Andrews had been part of the Rural Fire Brigade.

There were further submissions by Mr Keim of alleged hardship experienced by Andrews at the proceedings and the fact that he had only been a Bandido member for a few months.

These submissions would no doubt be taken into account when the Magistrate Mr John McGrath determined the appropriate action. In sentencing Andrews, Mr McGrath stated "that it defies logic why a person at Andrews stage in life - with his family responsibilities - would associate with the Bandidos. It is a disgraceful effort for those involved."

Notwithstanding the "terrifying incident", the "chilling" video and the appropriate strongly worded summation by the Magistrate, Andrews was sentenced to only 100 hours community service and no conviction recorded.

Andrews could certainly have counted himself lucky.

However, following the above publicity from the Brisbane Courier-Mail, the Ninemsn release and the Gold Coast Bulletin, we were contacted by a former soldier who knew Andrews when he enlisted and commenced Recruit Training at Kapooka, Wagga Wagga in July, 1982.

It seems that Andrews is not, and never was, the crack SASR Special Forces Somalia Veteran with multiple tours, that the Court was led to believe.

In fact, he did not finish Army Recruit Training.

Andrews is a polished con man. He tells lies whenever it suits him, and he does not mind who he tells them to.

It seems that Peter James Andrews enlisted in the Australian Army in July, 1982. He was discharged nine months later in April, 1983. The reason - He was not suited to be a soldier. He failed Recruit Training and was not suitable for any of the hundreds of jobs that the Army have on offer.

It was a parting of the ways and the Australian Army were the winners.

Andrews actions were aptly described by the Magistrate as a disgrace. In our summation he is more than a disgrace. He is a low life liar and a fraud. To try and take the glory of our elite Special Air Service Regiment and in particular our Somalia veterans is nothing short of treachery. Andrews would not have made lunch time of Day 1, SASR training. He could not even complete Recruit Training.

Members of the SASR would be horrified knowing that this idiot dressing and acting as a Bandido outlaw gang member, used their good name to extricate himself from the seriousness of the charge that he was facing at Court.

Andrews is not on the roll of Somalia veterans, he has never been a member of the Special Air Service Regiment, he was never a trooper and he certainly did not do any tours with the Military.

We wonder if the Magistrate would have been so lenient with Andrews if he knew he was being lied to in the submissions placed before him.

We wonder if Mr Keim, Solicitor , took any action to verify any of the baloney he was fed by Andrews before he made submissions to the Court.

On their website, Mr Keim was praised by Guest Lawyers Brisbane, his employers, as "obtaining an excellent result for his client, a former prospective member of the Bandidos involved in the so called Broadbeach brawl."

We wonder what measures are in place to prevent this type of occurrence continually happening in our Justice system. Andrews is not the first and certainly will not be the last to claim meritorious military service when in fact he had nothing of the sort.

Ian Crowden at www.anzmi.net is a Commanchero bikie listed on this site for almost identical circumstances of claiming false army service to have his sentence reduced.

We wonder who actually has responsibility for what evidence is placed before the Court in situations like this, to prevent a miscarriage of Justice. Surely Mr John McGrath Stipendiary Magistrate will feel a little let down.

Had Andrews been required to enter the witness box and swear an oath to tell the truth regarding his military service antecedents, he would have committed perjury. His claims had never been verified.

We wondered if this matter would ever be reviewed.

Well it has. We contacted the relevant authorities in Brisbane and expressed our disappointment that a fake SASR soldier convinced his legal representative and the Magistrates Court that his antecedents included false SASR service and voluntary Rural Fire Brigade Service.

We were unable to expose this matter before now, as the case was placed before the court again following Andrews being charged by the Queensland Police with "perverting the course of justice." The matter had become subjudice (before the courts consideration.)

The matter has now been finalised and we are able to publish the facts -;
 

The below mentioned extract is from the Gold Coast Bulletin dated the 3 September 2014.


The below mentioned article is an extract from the Queensland Central News dated the 3 September, 2014.


Man pays price after lying about SAS duty to magistrate

Adam Davies | 3rd Sep 2014 1:45 PM

A QUEENSLAND man who told a magistrate he was a former special air service soldier and rural firie has been jailed for 15 months after it was revealed nothing was further from the truth.

Peter James Andrews, 51, faced Brisbane Magistrates Court last December after becoming involved in the infamous bikie brawl on the Gold Coast.

Andrews, who was in fact a used car salesman, pleaded guilty to a charge of riot after admitting playing a minor role in the Broadbeach brawl on September 27 which sparked Queensland's bikie crackdown.

The court heard at the time he had been a probationary member of a criminal motorcycle gang for just a few months after the collapse of his marriage.
He has since cut all ties with the club.

It was submitted on his behalf that he was a former SAS solider who had completed tours in Somalia and Bougainville as well as being a member of the Queensland Rural Fire Service where he battled blazes near Tenterfield in Northern NSW.
He was subsequently sentenced to 100 hours community service and no convictions were recorded.

But it was all a ruse.

Andrews pleaded guilty today in the Brisbane District Court to attempting to pervert the course of justice and falsely representing to be a returned soldier.
Crown Prosecutor Michael Connolly told the court Andrews had deliberately misled the sentencing magistrate.

"This was deliberate. It was not an error or a mistake," he said.

"For what reason he did this still remains unknown."

Defence barrister Malcolm Harrison said the father-of-three had worked for the past three decades as a truck driver but had changed careers shortly before his arrest.

He said what affect Andrews' claims had on the sentencing magistrate remained unclear.

Judge Kieran Dorney sentenced Andrews to 15 months behind bars saying the offences were serious and struck at the heart of the judicial system.
"Army records show you enlisted but were discharged after being found not suitable to be a soldier," he said.

"You were a member of the rural fire service more than a decade ago."

Judge Dorney ordered the 224 days Andrews had served behind bars as time already served and ordered he be released on immediate parole.

As stated Stipendiary Magistrate John McGrath must feel a little let down after being told lies about Andrew's false antecedents. However, Judge Kieran Dorney has now handed Andrews an appropriate sentence that may deter Andrews from claiming false military service again the next time he is arrested.

Andrews is described as a "Trainee Car Salesman". (Courier-Mail)

Maybe you will get the opportunity to purchase a car from him one day. Make sure you check under the bonnet to verify that it has an engine in it!!

Peter James Andrews has well and truly earned his place on this site.

Surname: Marchant
Christian Names: Duncan Edward Thomas
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Unknown
Service #: 8259650
Service: Australian Army
Branch: RAEME
Commencement of service: 17 Oct 00
Completion of service: 10 Feb 12
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Duncan Marchant is another in the litany of modern day ‘wannabes’ who choose to blame their irresponsible anti-social behaviour on ‘war’ service in ‘The Ghan’, rather than acknowledge that far from suffering PTSD, they simply don’t have a backbone.

Marchant enlisted in the Army in 2000 and completed twelve years of service. During his time in the Army, he was seconded to Operation QLD Flood Assist in 2010. This was his only operational deployment. For his service, he was awarded the following:

National Emergency Medal with Clasp ‘Qld 2010-11’
Australian Defence Medal

What has Duncan Marchant done to earn a place on our website? Well, Marchant has created a persona to help him impress prospective life partners, he is prepared to lie and blame his inability to maintain relationships and his other failings on PTSD. Knowing that Marchant has no overseas service, was a RAEME member and enlisted in 2000, the following segment of an Email written by Marchant will explain why he deserves his place on this website:

‘…I had a serious accident in a high risk exercise involving a helicopter many years ago. In 2002 there were 3 soldiers seriously hurt and three dead. I was one of the serious ones hurt but what u didn’t know was i flat lined twice on a air lift to Brunei hospital. Brunei is near Malaysia. It took me 18 months to learn to walk properly and eat properly again. The lumps all over my body were from that accident and I have always been so conscious about them and still am. I feel like a freak sometimes and when we were together and u said not to its the first time in my life I didn’t worry about them.

When Langers died I was over in the Ghan and I got pulled out of there team to replace a seriously hurt soldier on QRF which is Quick Reaction Force. Which means if any patrols or incidents we were rapidly deployed to the area. Langer’s unit got hit hard by enemy fire in an ambush and we were deployed. On route to the area we found out that there were several soldiers hurt badly and two critical. Our job was to secure the area for medivac and get the injured outa there to base hospital. When we landed a mate grabbed me and told me to get over to a body were 2 patrol medics was working on a soldier that was in desperate trouble. When i got over there it was Langers. Myself the medic and two others worked on him under the guidance of the 2 medics helping them. Langers was still conscious but shot up really bad. He laughed at me and said that he was ok but he and we knew he wasn’t. We got him on the helicopter and i went with him and two medics back to base hospital. But in the flight he had a massive hemorage and died in my arms. I couldn’t help him and felt so bad I had let my mate die and couldn’t do anything to stop it. I blamed myself for years and as u know never really gotten over it…’


Marchant’s tales of daring do are simply that, tales. His claims of involvement in a helicopter crash are complete lies. Marchant did began his Army service as a Rifleman in Infantry before transferring to RAEME. In 2002, he was undergoing training in Australia, quiet a long way from the jungles of South-East Asia.

“So what? No harm done”, some may say. “At least he is not wearing medals” others may comment. Well, for us here at ANZMI it is the second part of his claims which are most disturbing, particularly when we know he did not deploy to Afghanistan or other overseas location at anytime during his service in the Army.

Marchant puts himself as the centre of attention ‘When Langers died over in the Ghan’. It is unsure who he is referring to but it is likely to be the late Sergeant Todd Langley who was killed in action on 4th July 2011. Irrespective of the identity of ‘Langers’, there is nothing more offensive than to claim the valour due to our war dead. Hang your head in shame Duncan Marchant.

We have decided not to publish the entire Email from Marchant out of respect to the young lady he was corresponding with but fortunately she recognised that his stories were less than credible and dumped him.

Duncan Marchant is a liar and wannabe of the most contemptible kind. He falsely claims to suffer from PTSD in order to explain away his inability to maintain a relationship or to excuse some of his behaviour. Duncan Marchant has well and truly earned his place on this website.

Surname: Woodford
Christian Names: Graeme John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service #: R54733
Service: RAN
Branch: Gunnery
Commencement of service: 23/8/1958
Completion of service: 28/6/1961
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Graeme John Woodford was born in 1940. He is the President of the Perth North Sub Section, Western Australia Naval Association.

He is a medals cheat.

Woodford claims 5 medals for his operational service in Malaya and Singapore waters in deployments between late 1959 and early 1960. He also claims a further tin UK medal for a brief time on an Australian Merchant ship when he was 15 years of age.

Woodford wears tin purchased medals amongst his genuine awarded medals on his left chest.


In the above photograph, Woodford is claiming the following medals -;

1. The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975. Clasp Malaya.
2. The Naval General Service Medal. 1915-1962. Clasp Malaya. Probably entitled.
3. Australian Service Medal. 1945-1975. clasp FESR (Far East Strategic Reserve) Entitled.
4. The Pingat Jasa Malaysia/Singapore medal. Entitled.
5. Far East Strategic Reserve Medal. Unofficial tin medal. Purchased.
6. UK Merchant Navy Service Medal. Unofficial tin medal purchased.

Woodford enlisted in the RAN in 1958 for a term of nine years. After a short period he was posted to the HMAS Quickmatch, an anti submarine Frigate.

The Quickmatch did five operational service deployments to Malaya and Singapore waters between 24 September, 1958 and the 6 March, 1960. Woodford served on the ship for 3 of these deployments accumulating 90 days operational service. Enough for his Pingat medal.

In "The West Australian" newspaper article, titled "Sea in blood of Quickmatch Gunner", Woodford is photographed with his six medals. He relates to the reporter that he was only a lad of 17 when he was sent off to Singapore not knowing what to expect. He was in fact 19. In the article he relates his war events as "being edgy" because he had to travel into Singapore (on leave) on a bus that was "reinforced". He also relates how his ship had to tow a (friendly) junk in the middle of the night due to its engine problems. He recalls that his ship had to negotiate the closed Sunda Strait followed by two Indonesian gun boats, but "nothing happened".

Excerpts from the Newspaper story are cited below.

"Of course, at the time I didn't realise that anything was going on in the world," Mr Woodford said. "We had done exercises around Australia, and before we knew it we were off to Singapore. You know, we were 17-year-old kids. We thought, 'Singapore, great!'

On one occasion Quickmatch, after conducting exercises and while heading back to Singapore, came upon what appeared to be a suspicious situation. A Chinese junk attracted the warship's attention. An armed boarding party was sent over. It could have been a ploy of some kind. But it turned out the junk's engine was disabled. So the boat was taken in tow.

Later that night, AB Woodford witnessed human drama on the high seas. "I was down on the quarter-deck. On the way back to Singapore we struck a tropical storm. I could hear this (calling) in the background. If it hadn't been for a flash of lightning I wouldn't have seen it. The tow was going under. But we managed to pick them all up," he recounted.

Before Mr Woodford's career with the RAN ended he would spend two years in the exotic waters of South East Asia, usually in six or nine-month rotating deployments.

For all this he wears five medals in addition to his tin Merchant Navy medal.
His claim that before his career with the RAN ended, he would spend two years in the exotic waters of South East Asia, usually in six or nine month rotating deployments is untrue. His service record below does not support this statement. It also indicates that he completed almost 3 years out of the original 9 and was discharged on compassionate grounds.

The AASM was issued to Woodford for his Malaya service as well as the Naval General Service Medal 1915 - 1962. It appears that the ASM with clasp FESR was also issued for service in the same area.

Not satisfied with this and to enhance his status, Woodford has also purchased the unofficial tin FESR medal for the same 90 day period to increase his rack as well as the tin meaningless UK Merchant Navy Medal. (below) This medal can be purchased on line from a Medal Dealer in the UK for forty two pounds.

Here at Anzmi, we sometimes just don't get it.

Here we have a genuine former RAN Able Seaman who is entitled to awards that he should be satisfied with. Embellishing them with tin meaningless purchased adornments to improve his rack is hard to understand and can only be ego driven.

In addition to being the President of the Perth North Sub Section, W.A. Naval Association, he is also the Vice President of the W.A. Branch of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association. He is also the Senior Warden at the Sterling Memorial, Perth. Woodford should be leading by example and cease being a medals imposter. By your disrespect, you are encouraging your members to do the same, as already indicated in some photographs posted on your Perth North Sub Section Naval Association website.

If you have a need to wear purchased commemorative medals, then they should be worn on the right chest and not mixed or added to genuinely awarded military medals displayed on the left side.

Surname: Walsh
Christian Names: Leo William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Service #: R49576 & 214436
Service: RAN & ARMY
Branch: RAN, RAInf, 1 SAS SQN
Commencement of service: 1953
Completion of service: Unknown
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Every now and then, a case comes to our notice concerning an ex-serviceman who embellishes his medal entitlement, which just leaves us scratching our head and asking, why?

This is the case of Leo William Walsh, OAM an ex-serviceman who served in the Royal Australian Navy, discharged and enlisted into the Australian Army and served with distinction in the Special Air Service Regiment seeing active service in Borneo, the Malaysian Emergency, and two tours of Vietnam with SASR and 6 RAR. He is now the Curator of the Queensland Military Memorial Museum. For his service to the community through the museum, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). During his service in the Navy, he was awarded a Naval Board Commendation for Brave Conduct.

Leo Walsh was one of a select group of SAS to have seen action in Borneo and the Malaysian Emergency.

And in Vietnam during two tours.

WHY then would such a distinguished ex-serviceman embellish is service by wearing medals he has no entitlement to? Leo Walsh wears an impressive array of medals on his rack.

The medals he wears are:

OAM (General Division) - Entitled
Australian Active Service Medal 45-75 - Entitled
Korea Medal - Not Entitled
United Nations Service Medal for Korea - Not Entitled
Naval General Service Medal (1915 - 62) - Entitled
General Service Medal 1962 - Entitled
Vietnam Medal - Entitled
Defence Force Long Service Medal - Entitled
Reserve Force Medal - Entitled
National Medal - Entitled
Australian Defence Medal - Entitled
US Bronze Star - Not Entitled
Vietnam Campaign Medal - Entitled
Pingat Jasda Malaysia - Entitled

He is entitled to clasps to the medals listed above; AASM45-75 (Malaysia, Vietnam), ASM45-75 (FESR, Korea, PNG, Thailand)

Walsh served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1953 until 1959 when as his records show, he was discharged SNLR ‘Services No Longer Required’.

The Korean War broke out in 1950, and a ceasefire agreed to in 1953 effectively ‘ending’ the war. His record of service shows that he served on HMAS Tobruk from 1st September 1955 until 3rd January 1957. During this period, HMAS Tobruk deployed to Korean waters, Walsh along with all other members of the crew became entitled to The Australian Service Medal 1945 – 1975 with Clasp ‘Korea’

It can be clearly seen in the photographs of his medals, Walsh is wearing the Korea Medal and the United Nations Service Medal for Korea.

Personnel who served in Korea during the time of the Korean War are eligible to receive up to three medals; the Korea Medal, the UN Medal for Korea and the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75.

The medal was instituted in July 1951 and awarded for service in Korea between 1 July 1950 and 27 July 1953.

The United Nations Service Medal (Korea) is awarded to those members who were posted for any period with the United Nations (UN) forces in Korea between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954.

The medal is also awarded to personnel who served in adjacent areas like Japan and Okinawa operating under UN command or sent to support UN operations in Korea in the relevant period from 1950 to 1954.

Clearly, Walsh did not serve in Korea and has no entitlement to wear either medal. The only entitlement he has is to the ASM 1945-75 with Clasp Korea.

ANZMI contacted Walsh and gave him numerous opportunities to explain why he wears the two Korea Medals and why his name does not appear on the nominal roll of eligible veterans. His reply, below, leaves a lot to be desired.

Yet again, we are expected to believe that all supporting records have been expunged or ‘lost’. If we accept that he enlisted underage as he claims and went to Korea almost immediately after his recruit and trade training, surely it is not unreasonable that someone who he went to recruit school and trade training would remember him and be able to vouch for his story. If indeed he went to Korea you would think he could advise the job he had there, but no, every request made to him to provide this basic information has met with blank replies, health claims and threats of legal action. The whole scenario of being underage and sent to Korea is just a little hard to believe we think.

The question must be asked as to how the Department of Defence Honours and Awards were able to find records to send him the war medals, yet apparently there are no records of his ‘underage service’. Walsh would have us believe that the Navy expunged his ‘underage service record’ to avoid embarrassment to the Navy. If such a mistake was made it would be in the public interest to know how the Navy could make such a monumental error occur without records being kept. In reality, how could such a ‘secret’ be kept for so long by Walsh and those who knew him, trained with him and served with him? If you believe Leo Walsh, you must also believe that man did not walk on the Moon. The answer is of course an easy one. Leo Walsh has no entitlement to wear those medals.


The third medal in question is the US Bronze Star worn by Walsh.

The Bronze Star Medal is the fourth-highest individual military award and the ninth-highest by order of precedence in the US Military. It may be awarded for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone. When awarded for acts of heroism, the medal is awarded with the "V" device.

The medal is sometimes referred to as the Bronze Star. Foreign soldiers, as well as officers from the other Federal uniformed services are also eligible to receive the decoration when serving with or alongside a service branch of the United States Armed Forces.

A record of awardees of the Bronze Star is kept and readily accessible on the internet and includes awards to Foreign Service personnel, including Australians. As expected, a search for Leo William Walsh reveal no award was made.

A common mistake made by medals cheats who award themselves US awards and Medals is that no records of such awards were kept. The common belief that US Generals distributed medals like confetti is a misnomer. Had the award been made to Walsh in Vietnam, a record would have been made, but again no such record can be found.

Leo William Walsh wears an impressive rack of medals, reflecting distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force but he has no entitlement to three of them and by wearing them, he is committing offences against the Defence Act 1903, where he is in breach of Part VII Sections 80A and 80B, which state there is a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine and six months imprisonment or both for:

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
80B. Improper use of service decorations

Under other circumstances, it could be argued that Walsh is wearing these medals while in ‘period’ Army Dress, costume if you will. However, as can be seen in the photograph below, he wears them on official commemorative occasions as well.

So the question is why? Why, Leo Walsh would you sully your distinguished service in the Armed Forces? Indeed as a member of an elite Regiment such as the SAS, with service in Borneo, Malaya and Vietnam - why do you feel the need to steal the valour due to genuine veterans who saw active service during the Korean War?

We at ANZMI also have information concerning the manner in which the US Bronze Star possibly came into your possession. If this information is correct you should hang your head in shame.

With such a distinguished record of service, it is difficult to label Leo Walsh as a medals cheat, but regrettably, that is what he is. Wearing the Korean Medals is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 and those ex-servicemen and women who served with distinction in Korea. His wearing the US Bronze Star when a genuine entitlement cannot be established belittles his genuine service. His actions cannot be condoned, even by such a distinguished ex-serviceman. Let us hope that the appropriate authorities take action against him. In any event, his actions have undoubtedly tarnished the respect which should be owed to him and he must live with that. Welcome to the ANZMI website Leo Walsh.

Surname: Peterson aka Piatkws
Christian Names: Christian Rudolph aka Rudolph
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Gold Coast
Service #: 3790478
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Royal Australian Artillery
Commencement of service: 01 Feb 67, 20 Jan 70
Completion of service: 31 Jan 69, 10 Dec 82
Case Notes:

 

 

 

An important attribute of an Australian Commissioned Army Officer, is that they are honourable and honest. Christian Peterson lacks these qualities as he falsely claims to be a returned veteran who served in the Vietnam War. He has also dishonestly promoted himself from Army Reserve Temporary Captain to Major.


Peterson served as a National Serviceman during the Vietnam era but was never deployed on any overseas service. He completed his National Service obligation with the rank of Temporary Bombardier (Corporal). He reenlisted into the Army Reserve in 1971 and attending the Officer Cadet Training Unit, where he graduated as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Artillery Corps (RAA). He was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant and then to Temporary Captain prior to his discharge in 1982. As was the case during his National Service he was never posted to any areas of conflict.

When politely seeking information from Peterson, he challenged us with the foolish email shown below:

"From: Christian Peterson
To: ANZMI
You will hear from my lawyers as previously stated. You will not discover any information as I've changed my name by deed pole
Your investigations are an intrusion and to say the least, illegal"
.

Despite Peterson's confidence about his secrets, we discovered that he changed his name from Rudolph Christian Piatkowski to Christian Rudolph Peterson. He kept his original name a secret, as part of his strategy to keep his military history secret.

He has been heard to say that he had to change his name to advance his military career.

Here is what he has said about his Vietnam "War service". He;

"Served in Vietnam as a Commissioned Officer and Commanded forty men.
Served behind enemy lines

Saw people killed and, raided villages and shot someone

Was part of the Australian Secret Service for ten years

Coordinated missions from United States Destroyer USS Wainwright (DLG/CG-28.

Was the leader and number one Scout of his troop to set an example".

He also states that he "Knows all about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as he suffered from it for twenty years, but overcame it himself with no support or assistance from Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)"


Veterans are sickened by lily livered, dishonourable fools who make claims of heroic service in war zones. There are thousands of Veterans who everyday suffer the consequences of their war service because of PTSD, for Peterson to say he overcame it without support, is proof enough that he knows nothing about war service.

We contacted Christian Peterson with a polite email to seek confirmation about his "War service". After some to and from, instead of just telling us about his military service, as would any reasonable ex commissioned Army Officer, he commenced a string threats and denials.

"From: Christian Peterson
I'm forwarding all your emails and mine to my lawyer, who'll issue a desist notice to you and your organisation. Threatening me will not work. You are questioning reputation and honesty

From: Christian Peterson
Look as hard as you like, you will not find what I did and where!!!!"

From: ANZMI

Without your input we can only conclude that you are a liar and a fraud.

From: Christian Peterson
"I'm neither, but keep digging. You'll not fine (sic) out my military history. I've got nothing to hide:)"


In relation to the above electronic discourse we publicly respond as follows:

Go ahead, send your emails to your solicitor, but make sure you tell him/her that you have deliberately and dishonourably lied about your military history.

We did keep digging as suggested and soon found your true military history and what you have lied about.

Peterson shows on a Curriculum Vitae displayed on the social media website LinkedIn the following:

Notice that he says "I have reinvented my career a number of times". We know he has reinvented his Military History, and are confident that there are more lies associated with his other claims of expertise.

Peterson struts around like a "Toff" and boasts to have been an Australian Army Officer, Engineer, Instructional Designer, Broadcaster, Print Journalist, Corporate Communicator and Business Owner, we don't know how much truth there is in his claims, but we do know that his claimed exploits of being an Army Major in the Vietnam war are despicable lies.

His actual military service was very mundane and completed on Australian soil.

A dishonourable ex Army Officer is totally un Australian. Peterson is a dishonourable ex Army Officer and well deserves to reside on this web site

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