Here we have yet another example of a former Australian serviceman with a very impressive medal rack, who seemingly can't resist making it look just a little bigger by the addition of a commemorative medal which has no official recognition.
Elwyn Spencer served his country well as a member of the Australian Army, with operational postings to both Malaya and South Vietnam. Later in life he joined the RSL where he held positions of Sub-branch president and welfare/pensions officer. Spencer is to be commended for this.
So why on earth would he ruin his good work by wearing the Vietnam Veteran's Medal which is not an official award and can be purchased on-line for $84?
But as if this isn't bad enough, Elwyn has also been photographed at official ceremonies wearing the United States of America Purple Heart Medal.
The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917, has been wounded or killed.
The criterion for the awarding of this US medal is quite specific when it comes to defining what a 'wound' is. It also states ' The Purple Heart is not awarded for non-combat injuries.' There are also a number of injuries and wounds which do not qualify for the awarding of the Purple Heart and one of these is injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident '... not related to or caused by enemy action.'
We have examined the Australian Vietnam Casualty list at http://www.thecasualtylist.com/ and find that Mr Spencer was indeed recorded as a casualty during the Vietnam War. However, this was the result of a motor vehicle accident between Nui Dat and Hoa Long on 3 March 1968. The accident is recorded as a 'NBCAS' (non-battle casualty)
In any event, even if Spencer had satisfied the requirements, for the award of the US Purple Heart, he is not permitted to wear it. The Purple Heart is not listed amongst those UnitedStates of America awards, that are approved, by the Australian Government.
For many years the ANZMI has implored the RSL, at local, State and National levels, to crack down on its members, including many who hold executive positions, who insist on wearing non-official tin junk. Unfortunately, most of our pleas have gone unheeded and this deplorable and dishonourable situation still persists. We feel confident in saying that former Campbelltown NSW RSL Sub-branch president, Elwyn Spencer, was well aware of medal protocols when he attended commemorative services wearing a valueless trinket and a foreign medal he had no right to wear. His behaviour has earned him a place on our website.
So here we have Trent Gregory Grundy, the universal soldier extraordinaire. Nine overseas tours with the Australian Army to East Timor, Iraq, Solomon Islands and Afghanistan. Some, while he was a member of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, others with our old favourite - 'Special Forces'. And to add to his obvious multiple military skills, he also claims to have been an armourer!
During one of his tours of Afghanistan Grundy apparently killed a 3 year old local girl. This and his extensive operational experience has left him with PTSD. Of the 12 men in his 'unit', he is the only one left alive, the others having committed suicide. Trent seems to have loved his army service and was only discharged as he could no longer continue because of injuries he sustained in an IED explosion, presumably in Afghanistan. But as well as being a trained and experienced killer, Trent balances things out by claiming to have been sent to Phuket, Thailand, following the tsunami of 26 December 2004.
You would think that given Grundy's military credentials he would be weighed down with medals on his left breast. But alas, there are none! Trent tells anyone who will listen that this is because he was never on any deployment for the 30 days needed to satisfy eligibility for awards.
Quite a story and we are puzzled as to why TV and movie producers are not beating a path to Trent Grundy's door to sign him up for the next blockbuster movie or Logie winning mini-series. But that would be a difficult thing to accomplish as at the time this exposure was prepared, Trent Gregory Grundy was cooling his heels in a NSW correctional facility. Which seems to have been a big fall from grace for super-trooper Grundy, the man of the moment when it comes to the crunch.
So how did Trent find himself a guest of the NSW Government instead of walking the red carpet? Well, apparently back in January 2016, a very cider-fortified Grundy, decided to send 32 texts in 34 minutes (that's got to be some sort of record?) to his ex-partner and the new man in her life. And apparently instead of these messages wishing both people the compliments of the festive season, the language used was just a bit more picturesque and sinister. Grundy not only threatened the former partner and her new man but also this gent's daughter! Trent, that doesn't really sound like 'warrior' behaviour to us!
As you would assume, the police paid Trent a visit and he soon found himself standing before a magistrate on charges relating to the 32 menacing text messages he had sent. Oh, evidence was also given to the Albury Local Court that Grundy had been additionally charged with breaching Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO) against his former partner 4 times since 2012. Seems our friend just didn't get the message that it was over!
When Grundy appeared in the Albury Local Court on 11 January 2016, where the charges were briefly mentioned, his tales of military daring-do were provided to the court. We are not sure if the magistrate was impressed enough by this but bail was refused and he was eventually sentenced to prison in February 2016.
But I suppose when we look at Trent Grundy's exemplary service to his country's military we could all rightly think that this the poor bloke has been hard done by. Killing children, mates committing suicide, dealing with tsunami victims, blown up by an IED and finally crashing to the devastating PTSD. Give him a break!
By now, dear readers, you have probably guessed what comes next. Yes, the stories Grundy has told to many people, including a magistrate in a court of law, are just figments of his overly active imagination.
Trent Gregory Grundy, Australian Army ID number 8442197 joined up in June 2003. Following initial and corps training he found himself a member of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC), a vital component of the army but not a fighting arm and certainly not any kind of 'special force'. Trent seems to have languished in the RAAOC until February 2006, when the army decided he would no longer be retained as it was 'not in the service's interests'. In other words, Grundy was kicked out of the Australian Army. He was not even eligible to receive the Australian Defence Medal, awarded for satisfactorily completing the term of enlistment.
The stories in themselves, might seem ridiculous, humorous and frustrating but within the context they were used in court, there is an element of possible illegality. In recent years here at ANZMI we have seen a growing number of persons appearing before courts on criminal charges, offering up stories of exemplary military service, usually to be taken into consideration in sentencing or the granting of bail. While it is not our job to tell the courts, prosecutors and defence lawyers how to do their job, it seems to us that evidence of this kind needs to be examined and tested before being accepted.
Dennis Seage was born about 1954. He enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on the 1 September, 1971 as a 17 year old. Following Initial Entry Training, he was posted to B Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. In January, 1973, Seage took his discharge from the Australian Regular Army at his own request. His entire 16 months service was carried out in Australia without overseas deployment.
Seage is a Medal Cheat and a wannabee.
On Anzac Day, 2015, Dennis Seage, Councillor for Kiama Municipal Council and Secretary of the Kiama Jamberoo Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch was photographed wearing a NSW Police Service Medal (ten years Police service) on his left side with the National Medal. (Fifteen years Police Service) The offending medal has the blue riband.
Not a hanging offence you might think, however, Governor General’s medal protocols stipulate that State Medals should be worn on the right side and not mixed with Australian Military or National awarded medals worn on the left.
The NSW Police Protocols Section also direct recipients of this award that it must be worn on the right side in accordance with the Police Commissioner’s Instructions.
On receipt of this photograph, ANZMI took the view that the breaching of protocol by Dennis Seage in this particular instance was at the lower end of the scale. As a consequence, he was forwarded a communication pointing out correct medal wearing procedures as defined by the Governor General’s Department and NSW Police Instructions.
On the 25 June, 2015 he replied “I take on board your advice to the correct procedures to wearing of medals.”
On the 26 June, 2015, he further responded, “I once again take on board your advice regarding the State Medal.”
He gave an assurance that the medal would not be worn again on the left side. That would have been the end of the matter as far as ANZMI was concerned.
On Anzac Day, 25 April, 2016, Seage was again brought to the notice of ANZMI following an inappropriate Anzac Day address at Kiama, where he is the Kiama Jamberoo RSL Sub Branch Secretary.
The crowd in attendance were there to commemorate and pay homage to our heroic men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in all wars and who died for our country.
Seage took this opportunity on this solemn occasion to politicise the most commemorative day in Australian history for his own selfish interests.
As a Kiama Councillor, he included in this address to the crowd, his anti merger views in respect to the Kiama Council with another Council. This went on for some time.
This is a local issue and point of contention for rate payers and has absolutely nothing to do with our proud Anzac heritage.
What a disgrace.
Seage should be immediately sacked by the Kiama Municipal Council and RSL NSW State Branch from his Secretarial role for his ignorance and his arrogance.
On this 2016 Anzac Day, Seage was again photographed wearing the State awarded NSW Police Service Medal on his left side with the National Police Service Medal and the National Medal. In this photograph, Seage has added the National Police Service Medal.(white, red, blue and yellow)
He has had the three medals "court mounted" which indicates that he has no intention of wearing the State awarded Police Service Medal on the right hand side.
Seage did not serve long enough in the Australian Army to be awarded the Australian Defence Medal. The most basic medal awarded for military service.
Yet on his curriculum vitae for the Kiama Council, he states that -;
As a retired Detective Sergeant in the NSW Police Force I possess a good understanding of law and also have a military background that commenced when I left school.
His military background was 16 months. He decided to leave after that time. He had had enough.
So much for his military background.
Following his disgraceful Anzac Day address, which received overwhelming negative media responses, his Kiama supporters made comment in the local Illawarra Newspaper as follows -;
And, on the “Kiama Remembers” page, Bob Collett said: “He fought for the right to our free speech and sounds like he is still fighting for it.”
But Tim Allan called for calm, saying: “Without that bloke’s efforts there wouldn't be a dawn service, it was an error in judgment but he is passionate man, one who wants the best for his community.”
Likewise, Craig Keller said Kiama residents were “lucky we live in a democracy where people are entitled and enabled to have a choice”. “These rights and privileges are in part available to us because of the sacrifices our forebears have made,” he said.
What a joke.
We remind our readers that Seage had no operational service whatsoever and left the Army because he could not hack the military life. He signed up for six years and resigned after sixteen months. Not a great deal of time spent to fight for our right to free speech. Ho hum.
The Australian Army is a tough life for those not up to it.
His political supporters and followers should be aware of these facts and not be impressed by aggrandisement and the self interests of Seage. Particularly on Anzac Day of all days.
Seage is similar to another grandstanding Councillor who appears on this website.
Alexander Robert Fullarton, a popinjay from the Carnarvon Council, Western Australia, foolishly wore medals he had purchased, in an attempt to “big note” himself in front of his constituents on Anzac Day 2014 at Carnarvon.
See here, ANZMI.net Alexander Robert Fullarton.
Dennis Seage, it is time to call it a day on your less than illustrious Kiama Municipal Council and Kiama Jamberoo RSL Sub Branch positions. It is time to go.
Seage, like Alexander Robert Fullarton, you will remain on this site for evermore for your bellicose behaviour and immoral self interests.
Some people just do not get what Anzac Day is all about.
Lewis Martin has broken the code and betrayed all ex servicemen who have gone before him. He has deliberately and for his own vanity worn a rack of false medals including the prestigious Imperial Military Medal (MM) which is awarded for "Bravery in the Field".
Martin is wearing the following medals.
Australian Active Service Medal
General Service Medal 1962 (Borneo)
Queens Silver Jubilee Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
He has no entitlement to any of them.
During 2015 Martin tried to launch himself into the Veteran fraternity with a request to join a Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) Facebook group.
Borneo and Vietnam may have been more than 45 years ago but for those involved, it is as if it were yesterday, and if you were in the RAAMC and had been awarded an MM you would be well known.
After lots of head scratching and checking, the RAAMC Facebook people correctly suspected that Martin could be a fraud and a wannabe and passed a request to us for investigation.
We discovered that Martin served in the Australian Citizens Military Forces (CMF) as a Private Soldier from 30 May 1961 to 11 Dec 1964. His unit was 2nd Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment (2RVR) and he spent all of his time in Victoria, Australia.
Here is his Record of Service Card.
We contacted Martin as follows:
"Our organisation is involved with research for Australian and New Zealand Defence Force Veterans.
It has been brought to our notice that you wear seven Defence Medals indicating being awarded the prestigious Military Medal (MM) for bravery, as well as (among others) Campaign medals for Borneo and Vietnam.
As we are unable to locate any reference to your military service involving overseas deployments we thought it best to ask you direct. We have no notions one way or the other and would be very happy to receive your advice regarding this matter.
We will require an answer by email to the above address by the 20 December 2015.
Should you choose not to respond we will proceed without your input."
At least Martin showed good sense in confessing to his deception. We received the following email from him:
Martin gave no reason for his fraud and deception. We do know that at his place of employment at the time the photograph was taken, he was thought to be a Returned Soldier.
Stealing the honour of genuine veterans is a loathsome act.
In this age of communication technology together with the awareness of genuine veterans and the abilities of ANZMI, all who "try it on" will be detected and exposed on this website.
Once installed you will stay here well beyond your use by date.
Lee Thomas Carr was born on the 5th September, 1966. He is a partner in a business formally registered as Downtown Gym at Wollongong, south of Sydney in NSW. Carr is a boxing trainer who "tossed in the towel" on his own military career after one weekend in the "bush".
The above photograph is Carr posing for the camera at his Wollongong gymnasium.
Lee Carr runs a Facebook page in connection with his gymnasium to promote himself and his business.
No problems with that. It makes good business sense.
However, it is what Carr places on his Facebook page that has created the interest of ANZMI.
In the above Facebook photograph posted in 2014, Carr has claimed that the photograph is of him when he was a member of the 3 Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) Commando Unit.
It is in fact a staged photograph of Carr about six weeks after he joined the part time Australian Army Reserves, formerly the Citizens Military Forces on the 11 October, 1986.
On the weekend of 28th - 30th November, 1986, shortly after joining the Army Reserves in October that year, Carr was sent to Nowra on the south coast of NSW for an escape and evasion course. This was part of his initial normal Reserve training. We have been reliably informed by his former “team mates”, that this is the only time he ever spent in the “bush”.
Carr is a lilly gilder, and a liar. The above Facebook post states that he “misses his old team.” He uses these false inferences and innuendos to convince his “loyal gym followers”, mainly females, that he is a legitimate former commando.
Carr in fact had a very uneventful period in the part time Army Reserve. Following his subsequent disinterest in army life, he failed to even complete basic mandatory Recruit training at Ingleburn, NSW.
As a consequence, he and the Australian Army parted company. His services were no longer required. His "bush" experience must have been too stressful for him and he tossed in the towel after six weeks, or in his case, a couple of weekends and a handful of Tuesday night Parades.
Carr was never a member of the Australian Regular Army. He did not attend basic training at 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Kapooka, NSW. He did not attend Infantry Corps training at Singleton, NSW, and he certainly did not attend any commando parachute courses at Williamtown or anywhere else in Australia to become a qualified Commando.
He was never a member of 3 RAR Infantry Battalion. The 3 RAR Association have never heard of him.
In any case, there never was a 3 RAR Commando Unit as Carr claims.
In fact, his service records indicate that he would never have made the grade to be a regular full time soldier, let alone a qualified Commando.
We tried contacting Mr Lee Carr on the telephone number supplied for Downtown Gym, 50 Crown street, Wollongong. This number has been disconnected.
We also tried contacting Carr on his mobile telephone for a considerable period to ask him about his Commando days in the Australian Regular Army. This was also unsuccessful.
Carr is just another contemptible wannabee and liar, who uses his very brief part time Reserve service to promote himself and his gymnasium business to others by continual lies and innuendos.
For all his bravado, he is a just a fraud who could not hack military life but uses it to increase his status and regular income.
Carr, remove your lies about your military service from your Facebook profile and accept the fact that you are just a failed soldier.
Also have the intestinal fortitude to inform all your gymnasium clients that you are just a false pretender and that you lied to them about your Commando claims.
We look forward to providing an update of this imposters claims in the near future.
Alexander James Bartels was an Armourer in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, a position that is highly regarded in all three services of the Australian Defence Force.
Mr Bartels is not a valour thief, he’s not a medals cheat, he’s not even a wannabe. But he IS a fraud.
Bartels served just short of six years in RAEME as a Fitter Armament (Armourer). During which time his service was underwhelming at best. In fact, on 1st April 2008, Bartels was discharged from the Army as his Retention was not in the Service’s Interest. In other words, his attitude towards service life was so bad his superiors had no other choice but to get rid of him.
During Bartels’ mundane service he never left Australia and he definitely did not serve on operations overseas. Bartels’ life only became interesting once he was discharged from the Army.
On the 2nd of November 2015 Bartels fronted the Supreme Court of Tasmania and was convicted for Unlawful Trafficking in Firearms and related summary offences. According to information provided to ANZMI Bartels told the court he spent 10 years in the Army with the 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR). During this supposed service, he claimed to have been deployed on operations to East Timor and Iraq.
As already stated, Bartels’ only served six years in the Army and not 10, he was never posted to 5RAR and was never deployed to East Timor or Iraq.
The Supreme Court of Tasmania sentenced Bartels to 10 months imprisonment (wholly suspended for two years), 198 hours of Community Service and fined $9,000. It is understood that Bartels’ sentence was wholly suspended because of his claims to the Court he was suffering from PTSD, which he apparently developed as a result of his bogus war service.
Prior to Bartels’ appearance in the Supreme Court, is also understood that he has previously been charged with similar firearm offences. In 2010 Bartels was fined $800 for firearms offences, and in 2011 Bartels was convicted on more firearms offences, for which the sentence was wholly suspended.
Since learning about Bartels’ lies to the Supreme Court of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Department of Public Prosecutions have begun an investigation into Bartels’ false claims of operational service and suffering from PTSD and, in due course, will apply to have his sentence reviewed.
This should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they can bluff the judicial system with fabricated claims of operational service with the intent of deceiving the Courts and receiving a reduced sentence.
If you try it, you will be caught.
Welcome Alexander James Bartels to our website for all the world to see.