Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'A'
Patrick Armstrong JP., founder of the United Irish Ex Services Association of Australia attended the
Cenotaph ceremony in Martin Place, Sydney on ANZAC Day 2012 and gave a speech.
On the 24th October 2012, at the same place, he gave the Irish Peacekeeper speech in relation to
Ireland’s peace keeping operations since 1958, at the invitation of the UN (United Nations) Association at their annual ceremony.
He is wearing one un-official medal, the Emergency Services medal commonly referred to as a Tin Medal.
Below is the official Emergency Services Medal.
He is also wearing three State New South Wales Corrective Services medals on his left breast. The
only medal he is entitled to wear on his left breast is the Federal awarded National Medal being the
first medal from the left as you look at the photo.
State medals are worn on the right breast as advised by the Department of Honours and Awards. You will not see any State awards listed in the “Order of Wearing Medals” published 2007.
This is one of the frequently asked questions on the site.
Q14.How do I wear my state awards?
A14.State awards are worn on the right breast because only national awards in the Order of
Wearing Australian Honours and Awards are worn on the left breast.
Ex-service organizations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in
particular military campaigns, periods of service, or types of service that have not been recognized
through the Australian honours system.
Awards made by foreign governments which have not been approved by the Governor-General for acceptance and wear are also "unofficial".
There is no impediment to wearing such medals in appropriate private settings, such as a meeting of
the relevant ex-service association, or a reception hosted by the relevant foreign government.
Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.
Members of a uniformed service should wear their insignia on their uniform in accordance with the dress regulations of the particular service.
NOTE: It states uniform not civilian dress
This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular that of the
Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.
Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will
have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.
Atkinson also uses various other names, including Atkinson-Landwehr, Atchison, Achison, Landveyer, Williams, Williamson and other variations. Neil Howell Atkinson is not to be confused with Ian Atkinson, 2 RAR, Viet Nam 1967 - 1968. Ian Atkinson is a genuine veteran who served in the Australian Army and is in no way related to, or associated with the impostor featured here.
Introducing himself as a Doctor
and Vietnam Veteran, Neil Howell Atkinson became heavily involved with the "Vietnam Veterans International Reunion Melbourne 1988 Pty Limited". Somehow, he ended up as Company Secretary and represented the organisation at high levels by corresponding to various consulates and embassies seeking support for the project.
Atkinson first came to prominence in 1993 in Eaglehawk Victoria where he corresponded frequently with local newspapers concerning the plight of his "comrades in arms" Vietnam veterans and gained some credibility with genuine veterans. Photographed left at Eaglehawk that ANZAC Day he wore the two Vietnam Medals sporting two MID's (Mentioned In Despatches) along with American and Vietnamese foreign bravery awards (see left lower photo for a more detailed shot).
Ingratiating himself with members of the VVMC (Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club) he earned himself a name as a "Hard Bastard" and adopted the nickname of "Claymore". A member of the VVMC saw an American citation on his wall which gave the details of horrendous action and his bayoneting/knifing of five Viet Cong guerrillas following an incident where his mate was KIA (killed in action) during an ambush.
Moving on to Castlemaine in country Victoria, Atkinson began telling people he was an MD (medical doctor) but because of an accidental death at a hospital where he worked, he had been advised to "lay low" for a few years
He told many families of his horrific experiences in Vietnam and gained much respect throughout the local community. Atkinson hurriedly left Castlemaine with a married woman to another location, after being charged by local police with firearms offences, and admitting himself to a psych ward allegedly in an effort to escape a charge of "Road Rage".
Atkinson has fraudulently used veteran status to further his ambitions, using several aliases to obfuscate the truth and also tells the tale that he is related to a Nazi SS officer - himself boasting membership of the Nazi Party. Reputed to give the "Heil Hitler" salute on occasion with his female partner.
In efforts to highlight Atkinson's fraud, the mass media has so far failed to find any address for him in Victoria and inquiries are being made interstate.
Given Atkinson's history and some of his rumoured and alleged exploits, it's likely he will again attempt to infiltrate the ranks of ESO's (ex-service organisations) wherever he settles next.
Atkinson's claims are all false, he is not a medical doctor and there is no record of him ever serving either in the Australian Army (ARA or CMF) or in Vietnam.
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.
Darrin Austin of Gladstone is a liar. He claims to have served with the RAN as an elite Navy Clearance Diver in the First Gulf War which occurred between 2 August 1990 and 28 February 1991.
He was recently interviewed by a Gladstone newspaper about a court case he was involved in. Here is what he said about his Navy Service.
We phoned Austin and spoke directly to him. He said:
"He joined the Navy in 1989 and was discharged in 1991 and served in the Gulf War aboard HMAS Sydney and was a Clearance Diver Team 4".
In the RAN Clearance Divers are an elite section, and equal to the Army Special Air Service (SASR). Here is what a "kitted out" Clearance Diver would look like:
He further said:
"Since the newspaper article about his PTSD the Navy contacted him and are flying him down to HMAS Cerberus in Victoria to see a Psychiatrist"
Australian Veterans know that the RAN does not contact discharged sailors and offer to fly them to a Navy Base for psychiatric assistance. His lies have exceeded his knowledge of how the Department of Veterans Affairs work.
We were unable to locate evidence that Austin has served in the RAN. He is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Nominal Roll and we are advised by the RAN Clearance Divers Association that he has never been a Clearance Diver in the Australian Navy.
Austinalso said in the newspaper article:
Austin may claim a Saintly demeanour, however he is a liar about his Navy service and that usually indicates that he is a liar about other matters. Despite what he says he is involved in criminal matters, because falsely claiming to be a returned veteran is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 with a penalty of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.
We are reliably advised by a person with knowledge of Austin, that he is a constant liar and from the evidence that we have produced that description fits well.
We are not sure whether Austin has served in the RAN for a short period but we are sure that he never served in the First Gulf War and we are sure that he was never an elite Navy Clearance Diver.
Contrary to what Austin says, he is a dishonourable man and a constant liar.
We welcome him to our web site where he can sail on the good ship ANZMI to his hearts content.
Robert Barry AUSTON R55973 President of the HMAS Sydney Association when this photo was taken at the Long Tan Day Commemoration Ceremony on 18 August 2011 in Sydney (now known as Vietnam Veterans Day).
Robert AUSTON served with the Royal Australian Navy during the Vietnam War and did eight trips to Vung Tau for short periods, one trip on HMAS Melbourne, the others on HMAS Sydney.
Though the ships only spent a short period of time in the port at Vung Tau, not even a day, the trips were counted in days from the time the ship left Australia till it returned.
In the photo he is wearing on his left breast two un-official tin medals which were bought and not awarded. These medals if worn should be on the right breast.
The medals have been positively identified as the Australian Logistic Support Force Medal and the HMAS Sydney Medal.
It would appear just about every sailor that served on the troopship HMAS Sydney wears that tin medal. It was never awarded by the Defence Department.
Some years after the war ceased the Vietnam Logistic Support Medal was struck and awarded for these short trips and visits by other defence and civilian personnel.
By wearing un-official bought medals these ex-servicemen are showing a total disregard for the order of wearing medals and a lack of respect to other veterans.
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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.