Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'A'
Leonard James Anderson, DOB 20/10/1950 is a legend in his home town of Stockton/Fern Bay, near Newcastle, NSW. He is currently the President of a Motor Cycle Club called the Sons of Anzacs in Newcastle. Leonard, or Lennie as he likes to be called has a fetish for military badges, patches and medals. As the years go by his military adornments increase remarkably on his motor cycle vest. As do the stories that go with them.
In the above photograph, Anderson is observed wearing the following adornments,
On his left chest he is wearing the Army Combat Badge which is issued to qualifying personnel for a continuous or accumulated period of 90 days unique service with an Arms Corps Unit within a war like area of operations.
Below his Sons of Anzac Patch, he is wearing an Order of Australia Riband/Medal which was awarded for his service to indigenous people. A civilian award. Next to that he is wearing the Australian Sports Riband/Medal which was awarded to him in 2000. Below that he is wearing an unofficial tin Australian Security Medal/Riband which can be purchased from the internet. Beside that is another possible tin security riband/medal that has yet to be identified.
On his right chest below the Australian Flag he is wearing a parachute badge and World War 2 ribands which we assume are that of a relative.
Below those ribands, he is wearing what looks at first glance to be a Special Air Services Regiment (SASR) patch with dagger and wings with the words "2nd Recon" . Besides that patch he wears a Sniper Patch.
Anderson has told colleagues over the past couple of years that he participated in SASR training only to fail in the last 6 candidates. He claims service in Army Intelligence. He claims that he did not go to Vietnam but he was involved in "Black Ops" in Cambodia where he was wounded twice and he shot and killed the enemy in firefights. He claims that he has the right to wear the Army Combat Badge due to his "Black Ops" service in combat where he was deployed with United States Rangers. He also claims to have been awarded the United States Rangers 1st Class parachute badge. He further claims that he was a Parachute Instructor in Darwin.
The above photo is not clear however it shows Anderson wearing a red Australian Army Parachute Display Team beret with what appears to be the UNSWR badge as well as his tin unofficial security medals on his right side.
In the above photos taken recently, Anderson is still wearing all of his regalia but has now added a United States Rangers 1st Class parachute badge above his ribands on his left chest. The United States Rangers badge can only be worn by citizens of the United States of America with qualifying military service.
We are also intrigued by the "2nd Recon Patch" (above) as we have never seen one previously. We have made some inquiries with individual Australian Army Unit officers and they have never seen it before either. It is obviously a home made designed patch that he has sewn onto his jacket himself to increase his importance and have people believe it has something akin with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment.
In addition to this we identified that the Order of Australia Medal/Riband that he wears on his left chest is the OAM (Military Division.) It can be distinguished from the OAM (General Division) due to the yellow bars embroided at both ends of the riband. The OAM (General Division) riband does not have the yellow bars. You can see in the attachment above the difference between the both ribands.
Anderson has purchased and mounted the incorrect riband deceitfully claiming and implying that it was awarded for honourable service in the Military Division.
We did some further research on Lennie and although all his patches, badges and ribands look impressive, we came to the conclusion that Lennie is a Military Fraud, an Imposter, a False Pretender, and I guess that you could also throw in a liar. The real story of the Sons of Anzac Motor Cycle Club President is a far cry from his postulations.
It is a very short story at that!!
Lennie enlisted in the Australian Army Reserves in February, 1978. He was discharged in August, 1984. He served part time during his six years attending monthly parades and the occasional two week camps within Australia. His only deployment outside Australia in his entire service was an exercise in Hawaii for about three weeks. He never completed any parachute course or sniper course. He has no qualifications in those areas.
We were contacted by some of Anderson's former Reserve colleagues who confirmed that Lennie had passed his initial subjects for promotion to 2nd Lieutenant. He was at that stage a Sergeant. He was due to be promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant when it was discovered that he had forged his Higher School Certificate. He was found guilty and reduced to the rank of Corporal. He then immediately left the Army Reserves in 1984.
His only military entitlement is the Australian Defence Medal. He is also entitled to the OAM (General Division)and the Australian Sports Medal.
He is not entitled to wear the OAM (Military Division)
He is also not entitled to wear the Army Combat Badge for all of his so called "black ops" in Cambodia, the U.S Rangers 1st Class badge, his red Parachute beret, his parachute patch or his sniper's patch. His tin unofficial security medals mean nothing and only add a bit more colour to his vest as does his "2nd Recon" home made patch.
Anderson is making himself out to be a war hero when in fact he was part time Reservist with no operational service whatsoever.
We at ANZMI have the utmost respect for civilians who volunteer and enlist in the Australian Army Reserves. Anderson however, is one of many former Reservists who feature on this site for embellishing their military service to gain notoriety and executive positions on committees in order to dominate those around them and seek ego driven recognition and respect.
Leonard Anderson, you have made your mark on the Sons Of Anzac Motor Cycle Club, Newcastle, and you have now made your mark on our website for evermore. You lack respect for genuine veterans and you lack credibility of any sort. You also lack total respect for any of your colleagues within the Motor Cycle club that you claim to represent as their President.
Our message to the The Sons of Anzac Motor Cycle Club committee, Newcastle, is get rid of this disgraceful imposter immediately before he does any more damage to the integrity of your organisation.
Organisations like the Sons of Anzac Motor Cycle Club and Patriots Motor Cycle Club do a good job for our current serving and former service personnel. But they need to screen applicants more judiciously and demand proven documentation before they accept people on face value.
This clown is a classic example of why organisations like this need to audit their members on a regular basis.
Due to his dishonesty, the Honours Secretariat at Government House, Canberra might also like to review their awarding of the OAM (General Division) to Anderson as well.
William James Andrews of Lakelands in the Warners Bay region of NSW is a cool customer who is not at all averse to fooling his friends into believing that he served two tours of Vietnam with the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) during the Vietnam War. Like most wannabes he also has a propensity to add some disgusting frills to his service.
He said to a “friend” that
“His Section Commander ordered him to dispatch an adolescent VC - he emptied his M16 rifle into her.”
He was even accepted as a member of the 5RAR Association who were obviously more interested in collecting money than checking the bona fides of their “members”. Andrews didn’t even provide a regimental number with his membership application.
We don’t know a lot about Andrews, but we do know that he is devoid of any proof of Army service;
1. He is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Vietnam Nominal Roll.
2. He does not have a Service File at Central Army Records Office (CARO).
3. He is not listed for benefits with DVA.
4. He could not quote an ex regimental number for membership with 5RAR association.
5. RAR has no record of him ever serving with the Battalion.
We are reliably advised that his wife clearly and honestly believes he is a Vietnam Veteran and has attended many commemorative occasions with him. Wannabes give no thought to the hurt and mistrust they inflict on their families and friends. To live such a lie is an inhuman trait.
As shown in the photograph he wears Vietnam Medals the photo shown above was taken at the Cenotaph in Sydney.
Andrews has committed an offence against the Defence Act 1903 by wearing medals to which he has no entitlement. Penalties for this offence are a fine of up to $3,300 fine or six months jail or both.
Law enforcement authorities care nothing for the hurt caused to the Veteran Community by people like Andrews and it is a disgrace that ANZMI must do the work of law enforcement.
Andrews will grace our web site for the rest of his life for the world to see that he is a disgraceful fraud and a wannabe.
10 Apr 2010
We are advised by the 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) Association that Williams James Andrews did not renew his membership to the Association after 2008.
As a result of an audit after 2008, Andrews was removed from the Membership list of the 5RAR Association.
Should any ex Service Association, doubt the bona fides of any of its members, or those applying for membership, we are very happy to assist in sorting the matter out, simply contact us through our web site. Experience has shown that many wannabes have infiltrated the ranks of ex Service Organisations and Unit Associations.
This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.
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.
Like many ‘wannabes’, Trevor ‘Doc’ Anthony managed to ingratiate himself into a number of Ex Service Organisations, (ESO’s) and wrangled his way into a number of executive roles, including membership of Victoria’s ANZAC Day Commemorative Committee, and as a Navy ANZAC Day March Marshall.
A genuine Vietnam Veteran who undertook eight trips to Vietnam as a member of the crew of HMAS Sydney between 1966 and 1971, ‘Doc’ Anthony should have been satisfied with his operational service.
However, ‘Doc’ found it necessary to embellish his service, award himself a few more medals than he was entitled to and steal the honour of an elite group of Navy Clearance Divers.
The irony of the photograph depicting ‘Doc’ Anthony holding a trophy from the RAN Recruit School with words "Loyalty and Integrity" cannot be missed by those who view it. It is clear that Anthony has not displayed those qualities to his ship mates, fellow Vietnam veterans and the wider veteran community.
Trevor ‘Doc’ Anthony served in the Royal Australian Navy as a Sick Berth Attendant, reaching the rank of Leading Seaman. He served onboard HMAS Sydney in that capacity undertaking eight trips to Vietnam on that ship.
The wheels started to come off for ‘Doc’ Anthony after he delivered an inspiring keynote address to the members and community of the Upwey-Belgrave RSL on Vietnam Veterans Day 2011. At that time, he was the Vice President of the HMAS Sydney Association. How thrilling it must have been to listen as Anthony described his experiences in Vietnam, not only was he a Sick Berth Attendant on HMAS Sydney, but he also found time to be attached to a US helicopter Unit, spent time with HMAS Hobart ‘on the gun line’ and somehow became a member of CDT3, (Clearance Diving Team 3).
While other members of HMAS Sydney’s crew went about the mundane duties of off loading troops and stores upon arrival in Vietnam, Anthony found himself on the front line..... or so he would have us believe.
Anthony’s speech is indeed an interesting read and can still be found on the Upwey-Belgrave RSL website. But for those who missed it, relevant sections of the speech are reproduced here:
During this interesting presentation, Anthony claimed to have served with a US Helicopter ‘Dust Off’ Unit, and spent 6 months onboard HMAS Hobart ‘on the gun line’. Both claims are completely fictitious. ‘Doc’ may have done some time in the green, but we are told, was only as a member of the Citizens Military Forces, (CMF) in the early 1960’s prior to enlisting in the Navy.
Had any of his delusions been true, there would have been a posting record made, and as we can see, this did not occur. Through clever wording in his speech, Anthony tries to make us believe he served on HMAS Hobart during a period in history of the Vietnam conflict that claimed the lives of Australian sailors. His verbosity does him no credit.
He further claimed to have been a Ship’s Diver and even embellished this important role by speaking of a link to his ‘fellow divers in CDT 3’. Linking himself to the Clearance Divers (CD) is the naval equivalent of the ‘wannabe’ soldier claiming service with the SAS. Navy Clearance Divers are a special group of select individuals who like the SAS work hard to gain and retain their qualifications unlike Anthony who just dreamt them.
He claims to have been a ship’s diver, but he was not. Ship’s Divers are not Clearance Divers. Sailors trained as Ships Divers undergo basic training to allow them to perform this role. The role of a Ship’s Diver is a varied one, and not to be scoffed at, but at the same time, ship’s divers will tell you that they are not trained to the same level as a member of a CD Team.
Anthony was never trained as a Ship’s Diver and most definitely did not train as a Navy Clearance Diver.
To complement his stories of extraordinary operational experience, ‘Doc’ Anthony wears a rack of medals befitting his exaggerated service.
We are still trying to identify entitlements to all of the medals being worn by Anthony. We know that he is wearing at least three ‘tin’ medals. Anthony has an entitlement to the following medals:
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (Vietnam Clasp)
Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal
Australian Service Medal (presumably with FESR Clasp)
Defence Long Service Medal (replaced the Defence Force Service Medal)
National Medal (Entitlement still to be confirmed)
Australian Defence medal
One of the ‘tin’ medals being worn is the Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal. Next to this medal is The Far East Strategic Reserve Medal, both commemorative association medals available for purchase on the HMAS Sydney Vietnam Veterans Logistical Support Veterans Association (Victoria) website. The third ‘tin’ medal is believed to be a version of the HMAS Sydney ‘Vung Tau Ferry’ Medal issued in the early 1990’s. (www.hmassydney.com/medals.html)
Oh what a tangled web we weave - when first we practice to deceive –
Trevor "Doc" ANTHONY has been forced to resign from the Outer Eastern VVAA, the HMAS SYDNEY Logistic Support Group, and the Victorian Branch of the Naval Association have requested his resignation. ANZAC House in Melbourne have divorced him as an ANZAC Day March Marshall. No doubt the South Eastern TPI Association will give him the spear as their President, and a few other veterans groups he belongs to will issue divorce papers as well.
It appears however that ‘Doc’ Anthony does not want to go quietly. As each of the numerous bodies he has associated himself with confront him, we are told he refuses to admit any wrong doing and simply resigns.
Trevor ‘Doc’ Anthony had the audacity to stand in front of genuine Vietnam Veterans, RSL Members and the general public and deliver a speech which he knew were lies, he created a persona of daring do, and he led everyone to believe that he served in areas where casualties were common place.
The fact is that the truth was the only casualty in his story and for his unwillingness to apologise to the veteran community he deserves his place on this website.
UPDATE – Trevor “Doc” ANTHONY
Well, it finally seems as if this tin wearing peacock has parted company with just about every Ex-Service Organisation (ESO) he managed to attach himself to.
Unfortunately, “Doc” didn’t go down fighting, unlike the heroic persona he created and continued to pretend to be.
To date, Anthony has tendered his resignation from the RAN Association, HMAS Sydney Association, The South Eastern TPI Association and the Outer Eastern VVAA. He was also dismissed as a ANZAC Day March Marshall.
His method of resigning was, to say the least, dramatic. On each occasion, the organisation contacted Anthony and asked that he provide evidence to support his claims of Vietnam service as outlined in our original exposure. On each occasion, Anthony vehemently threatens to fight the allegation and tells the organisation he will appear with his solicitor only to telephone his resignation through before the hearing.
The final coup d' grace was his much anticipated appearance before the Committee at the Ringwood RSL Sub Branch, his home club. Anthony contacted the Sub Branch to inform them he would appear at the appointed date and time, with his Solicitor and a Senior Victoria Police Officer to defend his ridiculous claims. As should have been expected, he contacted the Sub Branch and tendered his resignation over the phone, thereby denying the Sub Branch to opportunity to look him in the eye when dismissing him.
Trevor “Doc” Anthony could not resist the opportunity to embellish his military service. Rather than be content with his actual distinguished service on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War, he chose to create elements of that service which were simply lies. He added unofficial medals to his official entitlement to make himself stand out in the crowd. There is no doubt that “Doc” Anthony did some good while involved in the various ESO’s he was a member of. Notwithstanding, the mark of a man is admit wrong doing, and the ability to apologise to those who have been offended by his actions or lies. Trevor “Doc” Anthony could not do this, rather he took the easy way out by resigning from the various ESO’s without acknowledging his actions were wrong.
Trevor “Doc” Anthony has found a permanent place on our website.
Raymond Applebee was born on the 7 August, 1929. He enlisted in the RAN in 1947. He had two years and three months service and was discharged as an Able Seaman in August, 1949. He had no active service in that period.
Applebee is a medals cheat. He wears medals that he has not earned and tin medals that he has purchased over the internet or at Medals Shops.
He claims to have earned all the medals that he wears.
Below is an article that appeared in the Castlemaine Midland Express following Remembrance Day on the 11 November, 2013.
The above photograph is not very clear, however we have established that Applebee is wearing the following medals.
From right to left,
The Cold War Victory Medal. Tin unofficial medal puchased. No entitlement.
The Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
RAN Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. no entitlement.
Australian Cadet Forces Medal 1999. (15 years service) no entitlement.
Cadet Forces Medal Imperial (12 years service) entitled.
Victoria Police Long Service medal. entitled.
He has advised us that he is entitled to and also wears the following two medals. As they cannot be identified on his "rack" we can only assume that they are the two medals hidden behind his coat lapel in the photograph above.
National Medal. Probably entitled. Not listed on It's an Honour, Canberra.
NSW Marine Service Rescue Medal. Commemorative medal.
Local veterans and ex servicemen have been concerned for some time that Applebee had not been officially awarded medals that he displays on his left side. They were suspicious that Applebee was not the person he made himself out to be. In the above article, Applebee claimed that he was a Lieutenant Commander RAN (retired) and wore the eight medals on his left side whilst giving an address at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Castlemaine.
Following the publication of the above article, locals notified us that Applebee was never a Lieutenant Commander RAN retired and queried his medals entitlement.
We then made inquiries and ascertained the true history of Applebee's Australian Naval service which is indicated above. He served for two years and was discharged as an Able Seaman. (1947 - 1949)
We then contacted Applebee and invited him to provide us with evidence regarding his claimed rank of Lieutenant Commander RAN (retired) and his medal entitlements as published in the Midland Express.
He then replied inter alia that -;
Rank of LCDR -
Not having read the text content at the time, I was honestly unaware of the wording. However I did briefly see the photograph, and perhaps should have been more attentive to the content at the time of publication.
Applebee claims that he saw his photograph in the Midland Express but stated,
"I did not read the text and should have been more attentive at the time of publication."
Applebee would have been aware of his published rank in the article but did nothing to correct it. The journalist would have no other way of knowing his rank unless told or implied by Applebee.
Following our contact with him in September 2014, requesting information regarding his claimed rank in the article, he then states that he contacted the newspaper and asked them to correct the article. This was almost 12 months later and only after our contact with him. He had carried on with his false persona for that entire period.
Applebee claims he joined the Royal Australian Naval Reserves on the 13 November, 1953 as an Able Seaman and states that he left on the 26 June, 1973, almost twenty years later, still as an Able Seaman. We are unable to locate any records of his Reserve Force Service at the National Australia Archive Records. We have also requested verification from Applebee of this Reserve Force service but to date, he has not responded.
He informed us that he joined the Australian Sea Cadet Corps (ASCC) on the 30 June, 1957 as an adult trainer and resigned on the 5 February, 1981.
During this time he progressed from Petty Officer , Training, to Lieutenant and then to Lieutenant Commander (Cadets).
Applebee also claimed on his RSL application form that he had "Merchant Navy service" as well as "Naval Reserve Force service". He did not have either.
Merchant Navy service, as opposed to Merchant Marine service indicates war like service. We have confirmed that Applebee has had no Merchant Navy operational war like service and this claim is false.
Applebee further claims entitlement to the Cold War Victory medal with two clasps "Freeworld Forces and Reserve Forces". He also informed us that he has a certificate for this medal and that the number on the certificate matches the number on his medal. There is no significance in this statement at all. It all means nothing.
This is a tin medal available from medal dealers in the United Kingdom and France. The medal is advertised for 75 pounds sterling, the two clasps are 25 pounds sterling each, and if you want a worthless certificate to accompany the worthless medal and clasps, then that is advertised for a further 10 pounds sterling. So all up, the entire package would cost 165 pounds sterling to purchase from a website titled Federation Des Combattants Allies en Europe. Below is an example of the last medal on his rack.
Example of Cold War Victory medal with clasps.
He is also not entitled to the Australian Cadet Force Services medal. This medal was created in 1999 and is the successor to the British Cadets Forces Medal (Imperial) that ceased to be issued in Australia in 1974. The Australian Medal was formally established on the 15 December, 1999. The Australian Cadet Forces Service medal recognises 15 years long and distinguished service and was backdated to 1974 when the original Imperial Cadet Medal ceased to be issued.
Applebee resigned from the the Cadets in 1981. Therefore he only had 7 years service from 1974 to 1981 that would qualify him for the later issued Australian Cadet Force Services Medal, and not the 15 years required. He would know that he is not entitled to this award, yet he wears it. (Below)
He is entitled to the Cadet Forces Imperial Medal (12 years service prior to 1974). (Below)
The NSW Marine Rescue Service medal is a State commemorative medal and should be worn on the right hand side. He has added this to his rack to impress others.
Applebee is a committee member of the Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch. He is listed as their Chaplain.
As the Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch Chaplain, he should display more honesty in himself and not wear tin medals that he has no entitlement to, and pretend to be someone that he is not. Also, as his rank is not Lieutenant Commander RAN retired, but a Sea Cadet Officer position, he has no entitlement to use that rank in public life.
During this investigation we contacted the President of the Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch, Mr Ernest Plumridge on three occasions requesting his assistance regarding Applebee's claims respecting his rank of Lieutenant Commander RAN retired and also the questionable medals he wears. As the President , Plumridge should be aware of all military entitlements of his committee members. If he is not, then it behoves him to check. That is his job. If he is apathetic to this key responsibility of his position, then he should stand down. Plumridge declined to answer any of our requests and would probably like the matter to be swept under the carpet.
We were later contacted by the Secretary of the Castlemaine RSL Sub Branch, Bob Miller, who informed us inter alia that -;
"Regarding his medals, again we have viewed original documents and an abundance of supporting evidence relating to Mr. Applebee's claimed service in various organisations regarding his medal entitlements. We have no doubt as to the authenticity of that area.
Although being qualified in entitlement, he has recently become aware that the "Cold War Victory medal" should be classified as "non official", contrary to his former belief, and is therefore now removed from the group"
We then contacted Mr Bob Miller and invited him to provide copies of documentation that he states "left himself and the executive in no doubt as to the legitimacy of Applebee's medal entitlements", including his Reserve Force claims. A simple request.
We were particularly interested in his answer as to how Applebee was awarded the Cold War Victory Medal with two clasps, as this is a purchased tin medal.
Also, as there is no record of Applebee performing 20 years Royal Australian Navy Reserve Service or his being awarded the RANR Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, we are intrigued as to what documents must have been produced and accepted by the Secretary to satisfy the executive and himself of this service. He could not have produced a Certificate of Service, he had none!
Mr Bob Miller on behalf of the executive committee, failed to answer any of the questions we asked.
Raymond George Applebee is a medals cheat and a wannabee who should know better. He should apologise to all his fellow members at the Castlemaine RSL for his misleading and improper behaviour.
We also have on site the following Salvation Army personnel.
The Salvation Army are a marvellous organisation that support our defence personnel. Their administrators need to ensure that their individual representatives fully comply with Australian medals protocols in the same manner that other former and current servicemen/women are required to do.
Gordon William ARMSTRONG is the Secretary of the Currumbin Returned Services League on the Gold Coast and is another example of an Executive of an RSL Branch not setting an example in regard to the wearing of tin medals.
The RSL Branches seemed to be infested with members and committee members wearing tin medals and un-official foreign awards not accepted by the Australian Government with their official medals awarded. The RSL itself has distributed an instruction to that effect.
But committee members and especially those holding an executive position on the committee totally disregard this instruction and continue to do so even though a number have been exposed on our website.
Gordon ARMSTRONG served in the Royal Australian Navy both in the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) and carrying out escort duties accompanying the troopship HMAS Sydney to Vung Tau, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
He did two trips on HMAS Stuart and his Vietnam service is below.
You will see that the tours are counted in days from the time the ship left port to the time it returned to port. In actual fact on the first trip HMAS Stuart dropped anchor in Vung Tau Harbour at 0700 hours and departed at 1430 hours on 30 May 1967. On the second trip, the same ship dropped anchor at 0650 hours and departed at 1430 hours on 3 February 1968. So all up he spent a total of fifteen hours and ten minutes in the Harbour of Vung Tau, not the days mentioned on his record.
At the time there were no medals awarded for service in FESR or escorting ships to Vietnam. The ex-navy members decided to make their own medals for these periods of service and they are un-official medals and referred to as TIN medals as they had to be bought. They are referred to as the FESR and VLSF Medals.
It was not till a number of years later that the Navy was awarded the Australian Service Medal clasp FESR and the Vietnam logistic and Support Medal for these periods of service.
The medals from left to right are;
Australian Active Service Medal clasp Vietnam
Vietnam Support and Logistic Medal
Australian Service Medal 45-75 clasp FESR
Australian Defence Medal
Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal
Vietnam Logistic Support Force Medal tin
Far East Strategic Reserve Medal tin
As ARMSTRONG has been awarded official medals, those tin medals should not be worn at all with official medals. Even if official medals had not been awarded, tin or un-official foreign awards should be on the right breast.
No doubt there will be more executives from the RSL and any other Ex Service Organisations that disregard the protocols of wearing medals as laid out by Honours and Awards will be appearing on our website, so don’t be surprised when you do.
Gordon William ARMSTRONG remove those offending medals as you are showing disrespect to fellow veterans past and from present conflicts and stop trying to make out you are a hero by wearing the tin medals. You will now grace our website and if you fail to get rid of those tin medals expect to have an update made to your case page should you continue to be disrespectful.
This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.