Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'B'

Surname: Bruce
Christian Names: Willy
Country: Canada
State or Province: Ontario
City or Town: Ottawa
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:

 

 

Willy Bruce of Ottawa Canada should be congratulated for being the first Canadian to feature on our web site. Be assured that "Silly Willy" well earns a place in the annals of Australian and New Zealand military history for being a sham of a Shaman and a sham of an ex RAAF Pilot in Vietnam.


Notice that Silly Willy is wearing three Australian medal ribbons, they are:

Australian Defence Medal Ribbon (ADM)

Vietnam Medal Ribbon


The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon


"Silly Willy' is wearing the ADM in the wrong sequence, it should be the second last ribbon and not the first.

Silly Willy gets lots of publicity for his false Veteran Status, see below:

Here is a photograph of Willy and "his" downed helicopter that he purports to have been flying in Vietnam aged 19 years.


No person by the name of Bruce served with the RAAF 9 Squadron in Vietnam and in any case there has never been a person in the RAAF who has qualified to fly a helicopter at the age of 19 years let alone fly in a combat zone. Bruce is not listed on the Australian Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll. Notice that he claims to have sustained an injury in Vietnam that ended his Service career.

9 Squadron was the only unit that employed Australian and New Zealand helicopter pilots in Vietnam. The 9 Squadron Association have never heard of Bruce and have provided a complete list of personnel who served in Vietnam with that unit and Bruce is not included.

We requested Bruce's RAAF file through the Freedom of Information system and we are not surprised to learn that Bruce does not have an RAAF file.

 


If Bruce were to ever return to Australia he could be charged under the Defence Act 1903 Part VII Sections 80A and 80B for Falsely claiming to be a returned Veteran and Wearing Medals that were not conferred.

We declare Willy Bruce to be a liar, fraud, wannabe and con man. A man who would lie to those he calls his friends is a sham without conscience. He has grossly insulted Australian and New Zealand Veterans and we are sure that Canadian Veterans will feel the same way.

We would very much appreciate an update on this mans activities from any person who has had the misfortune to meet him.

Falsely claim to be an Australian Veteran in any part of the world and there is a chance you will join Willy Bruce as a liar fraud and wannabe on this web site for ever more.

 

UPDATE - WILLY BRUCE - 14 May 14

In our original exposure of the Canadian Willy Bruce the lying cheat and wannabe, we wrongly identified one of his medals as being the Australian Defence Medal, when in fact it is the Canadian Queens Jubilee medal. From a distance and considering that he was wearing Australian Vietnam Campaign medals the Jubilee medal is almost identical with the ADM.

Here is what we named the medal as. Australian Defence Medal


And here is what it actually is. Canadian Jubilee Medal.

We hope that Canadian Veterans Associations are taking action against Bruce for his deceit, when information is to hand we will provide another update.


UPDATE WILLY BRUCE - 20 JUNE 2014

Willy Bruce no longer beats the drum. The Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association (CAV) have taken decisive action against this long term lying fraud. Not only is he a fake Veteran of the Vietnam war but is also a fake Native American.

Below are letters from the CAV, firstly requesting Bruce to produce evidence of his service, and secondly, due to his failure to do so, a letter expelling him from the CAV.

This action is proof to all liars, frauds and wannabes that Veterans across the world have the ability to unite and expose those who steal their honour

LETTER TO BRUCE FROM CAV

May 12th 2014
Willy Bruce
540 Cambridge Street South
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5M7
Canada
Without Prejudices
Willy Bruce

Please be informed that the Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association have been contacted by private citizens in Australia and The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) also based in Australia. www.anzmi.net/index.php/enquiry

The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) on their web site under the

Title – Most Recent Cases
In the list of name appears the name “BRUCE”.

Bruce contains pictures, personal information, and allegations of fraudulent claims.

Surname: Bruce
Christian Names: Willy
City or Town: Ottawa
State or Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil

Upon the receipt of this information from the Australia & New Zealand Military Impostors group (ANZMI) and recognizing your pictures but not the personal information. The CAV embarked on the first due-diligence requirement that being the vetting The Australia & New Zealand Military Impostors group (ANZMI).

This was accomplished with the help of our ADF Veterans contacts in Adelaide Australia and our Military contact in Australia the Canadian Defence Advisor - Australia and New Zealand at the High Commission of Canada, Canberra Australian Capital Territory .

Our ADF Veterans Contact reported that The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) is well known, that they are mainly Vietnam War Veterans volunteers, some highly decorated, and they rarely get things wrong.

Our Military Contact checked with Australian Defence and the ADF, as well as DND Canada, and stated that the organization which has contacted the CAV is a private group which seeks to challenge and identifies persons who are seen as or are reported as Australia or New Zealand military imposters.

The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) does not hold any special status and is simply a citizen advocacy group run on a non-profit basis. Their aims and objectives, although honourable, are not endorsed by the government, as there are appropriate mechanisms to address these issues through official channels.

Considering the foregoing and because of the unofficial status of The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) the CAV will provide you with an opportunity in time to:

3) To provide Proofs of Military Service meaning all document held such as ADF Discharge Papers, ADF Medical Records, Administrative Documents, or obtainable Documents held elsewhere including military photos of the Viet Nam War era featuring yourself and others jointly in a photo.

4) Proofs of Military Service also include the contact information of fellow Veterans served with in Australia or Viet Nam.

Further to the possession of ADF Documents, Discharge Papers, and Veteran Served with references, if you have these Proofs of Military Service we advise you to have a Lawyer contact The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) and demand the proof that they have in their possession and are basing their allegations on.

The CAV, also requires copies of all documents of Proof of Military Service in the Australian Defense Force (ADF), the expectations are that the documents of Proof of Military Service will be received on or before 2359 Hrs. Friday, June 13th 2014. Where the documents of your Proof of Military Service are received by the CAV in the time frame indicate and are accepted by the CAV as Proof of Your Military Service we will support any action you wish to take against The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI).

Where the documents of your Proof of Military Service are not received by the CAV in the time frame indicate on or before Friday, June 13th 2014. The CAV will consider the allegations being made on the web site of The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) as factual and proceed in Canada as the law allows to take whatever actions are appropriate and to disseminate The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group’s (ANZMI) web site’s URL to those it may be of interest to.

Willy, at this point the CAV is without verdict of any kind and applies in your favour the full benefit of the drought to these allegations made by The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI).

The CAV bears no animosity or prejudgments and to the proof of this have Cc two Honourable Presidents of Veterans Originations’ as observers as measure of our sincerity.

Richard Blackwolf
National President & CEO

Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association
Documents to be received on or before 2359 Hrs. Friday, June 13th 2014 may be sent via:

E-mail
[email protected]
Facsimile
250 900-5276
Canada Post
Canadian Aboriginal Veterans
34 Kingham Place
Victoria, British Columbia
V9B 1L8

CANADIAN ABORIGINAL VETERANS AND SERVING MEMBERS ASSOCIATION

National Communiqué
June 18th 2014
Willy Bruce
540 Cambridge Street South
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5M7
Canada

Willy Bruce

Mr. Bruce, not having received any communications requested from you regarding the matter brought to your attention on May 12th 2014 notably the allegations being made by The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) based in Australia.

The CAV has provided you with multiple avenues of contact and an opportunity in time of over thirty days with a grace period of several days to reply:

1) To provide Proofs of Military Service meaning all document held such as Australia Defence Force (ADF) Discharge Papers, ADF Medical Records, Administrative Documents, or obtainable Documents held elsewhere including military photos of the Viet Nam War era featuring yourself and others jointly in a photo.

2) Proofs of Military Service also include the contact information of fellow ADF Veterans served with in Australia or Viet Nam.

A search today under your name (Bruce) on The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) Web Site indicates to us that the Allegations made there still stand as being Valid because it is apparent that you have not provided the ANZMI or the CAV any evidence of Military Service in Australia or anywhere else for that matter.
www.anzmi.net/index.php/component/sobipro/?pid=62&sid=410:Bruce

Mr. Bruce, it is apparent that you are not a Veteran of Military Service or a ADF Veteran of the Viet Nam War, the expectations are that you will henceforth conduct yourself as a Civilian and totally refrain from presenting yourself as a Military Veteran, wearing any military style clothing, and making a pretends of being a ADF Veteran.

As a Non Veteran there is a requirement for you to return the “Canadian Aboriginal War Veterans Millennium Medal” presented to you in year 2000 and any other Aboriginal Veterans medallions and Uniform Kit items that are in your possession to the CAV at the Address provided herein.

Mr. Bruce, your Biography available on the internet mentions that “He was unsure of the benefits or disadvantages of "coming out" as an Aboriginal person in the working world” and goes on further to say “However, Willy was inspired to share his native culture with fellow employees when he heard the beating of a drum at a traditional native ceremony at NRCan”.
There is no following statement of which Culture was being referred to and there is no evidence of you being a member of a First Nation or a Métis Nation.

In consideration of the void of documents and other proof of being Aboriginal there are reasonable grounds to suspect that your claim of being Aboriginal is also a pretence.

Mr. Bruce, you are often seen in military style dress and wearing a “Warriors Brest Plate and Shield” from the Plains Culture, there is no evidence noted anywhere that you are a member of a Warriors Societies of the Great Plains Tribes, discontinue this practise, it is an affront to those Societies and their Military Service and War Veterans.


Mr. Bruce, you are not welcome to conduct or attend any event held at the National Aboriginal War Veteran Monument in Ottawa now or at any time in the future.

This matter will receive wide distribution, the Canadian legal system has not been searched for Laws governing the impersonation of a Veteran of Military Service or a War Veteran of an Allied Military Force.

Reports of the continuation of the your impersonation of a Military Veteran of any kind will cause the CAV to seek legal Council on this matter.

CAV - National Executive

Surname: Bryant
Christian Names: Stan
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Kandos
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

Stan Bryant was born in New Zealand on the 12 June, 1949. He emigrated to Australia and worked in various jobs before settling at Kandos, near Mudgee, where he became the proprietor of Bryant's Saddlery, 1 George Street, Kandos. From all accounts he was a well respected member of the community.

 

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In particular, all his friends and acquaintances in the town of Kandos and surrounding towns believed that Stan Bryant was an Australian Army Vietnam War Veteran, who had been awarded the Military Medal for his bravery in that war.

Below is a photograph of Bryant wearing the following medals,

From left to right -;

1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 (AASM) with clasp Vietnam.Not entitled.
2, The Vietnam Medal, Not entitled.
3. The Australian Defence Medal,Not entitled.
4. The Vietnam Campaign Medal,Not entitled.
5. The Military Medal. Not entitled.

The photograph is from his current Facebook page and had been posted there since at least 2012.

 

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The above photograph is the Military Medal.

Until 1993, the Military Medal (MM) was a military decoration awarded to personnel of the British Army and other services, and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, below commissioned rank, for bravery in battle on land.
The medal was established on 25 March 1916.[2] It was the other ranks' equivalent to the Military Cross (MC), which was awarded to commissioned officers and, rarely, to warrant officers, although WOs could also be awarded the MM. The MM ranked below the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), which was also awarded to non-commissioned members of the Army.[3]

Wikipedia.

The Face Book photograph of Bryant was tagged,“Here is a photo of me with my Nam medals.”Then followed a stream of congratulatory emails from his friends and acquaintances complimenting him on his service to the Nation and some saying how poorly, he and his Vietnam Veteran friends were treated on their return home from the War Zone.

Bryant revelled in these comments, most likely feeling like the Kandos town war hero.

Bryant however is just an out and out fraud. An imposter of the highest order. An immoral person, who has stolen the honour of all those who have served in the Australian Army in Vietnam, and other fields of conflict.

Bryant has never served in any capacity in the Australian Army, Navy or Air Force, let alone serving in the active war zone of South Vietnam. To make matters worse, he poses in the photograph with the prestigious Military Medal for bravery.

Coincidentally, it was the Military Medal that aroused the suspicions of genuine veterans that reside in the Kandos-Mudgee areas of New South Wales. Bryant wears the Military Medal last in the set of medals he purchased. The Military Medal should have priority and be worn first. Not having any idea about military medals wearing protocols, Bryant just pinned it to his chest as he saw fit.

Posting fraudulent photographs of themselves wearing un-awarded medals, imposters like Bryant, thrive on the attention they receive. They use words like “Nam” to project an image of their false military service.

Bryant did nothing to correct the wrong. He accepted the adulations of his friends and colleagues on Face Book on Anzac Days, Remembrance Days and Vietnam Veterans Days, for many years.

We sent Stan Bryant an email and invited him to respond to allegations that the medals he wears were not awarded to him.

This is his reply -;

Guilty as charged.
I have never served in the army.
I can offer no explanation for posting that photo other than stupidity.
I had no idea of the signifcance (sic) of the medals and had allways (sic) thought they were not real.
The photo was taken about 1998 and was part of a comercial (sic) photo shoot.
I was given the jacket with medals attached, the walking stick the dark glaseses (sic) and told how to pose etc.
I appoligise (sic) if I offended anyone and will never post this again.

Like all imposters we expose on this site, Bryant is a liar. The only thing Bryant is sorry for is the fact he was caught out. He now faces a mammoth task, trying to convince all of his family and friends that he is not a Vietnam Veteran at all, but only wore the medals as some sort of "photo shoot".

Also, the problem for his story, is that in the photograph that we have edited, two young ladies also appear either side of Bryant. However, they correctly wear ancestor’s medals on the right hand side. Would they have been given their coats and medals to wear as well for a “photo shoot?” Not likely.

Another problem for Bryant is that on his Face Book page he has posted the following entry on the 1 April, 2016.

Stan Bryant
April 1 •
I wore this with pride!!! so will post as often as I bloodywell like

 

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From Andrea (surname deleted) - You have a lot to be proud of Stan.
From Sue (surname deleted) - Yes, you should and Andrea is right , you do.
From Val (surname deleted) - Go for it.


So by his own admission, Bryant was claiming false Vietnam service in the Australian Army in 1998 when the original photograph was taken, up until the above Face Book entry with the supportive comments from his friends, Andrea, Sue and Val, who obviously believe his lies in 2016. Bryant has therefore been a Vietnam Veteran Imposter since 1998, or 18 years. So much for his "photo shoot excuse."

Following our communication with Bryant, he has now removed his Face Book page photo, where he wears purchased Vietnam medals, and all the praiseworthy comments from his friends, along with it.

Stan Bryant, you are a low life military imposter, who steals the honour of all those who have been to war, and those who have been awarded the Military Medal, both living and deceased.

You have never laced up an Australian Army boot, and you would have no idea what servicemen and women endure to qualify for the medals that you illegally wear.

Bryant has committed offences under the Defence Act 1903, Sections 80A and 80B in falsely representing himself to be a returned serviceman and wearing military medals that have not been awarded to him. These offences each carry a $3,000 fine and or six months imprisonment.

Bryant, you are more than worthy of having your name placed on this website forever.

Surname: Buchanan
Christian Names: Jim
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service #: Not Known
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: RAAC
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Here’s a tip for all the wannabes out there, if you are going to wear medals you are not entitled too, please make sure that your medal rack makes sense.   It just makes our job more interesting.

Jim Buchanan is a boofhead, a medal cheat and a wannabe but the sad thing is that he probably doesn’t realise what’s wrong with what he did.   Would a sane person turn up to an ANZAC Day parade in Perth wearing this rack of medals?

The astute reader will recognise the medals on his rack as being:

Commendation for Gallantry (No Entitlement)

National Medal (Entitled – WA Volunteer Fire Service)

Australian Defence Medal – (Entitled – Reserve Service)

WA Volunteer Fire Service Medal (incorrectly worn on left breast)

Buchanan wears no campaign or active service medals because the simple fact is that he has never earned them.   This idiot has failed to grasp the fact that the Commendation for Gallantry can only be awarded for acts under enemy fire.   To have been under enemy fire, the recipient would have to have been a member of a deployed Australian military force and if this were the case, would also have the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) and a Campaign Medal (Afghanistan, East Timor, Iraq or the like).   Clearly, Buchanan has none of these awards.    Australia’s official website, It’s an Honour provides the definitive policy in regard to the award of the Commendation for Gallantry on this significant award:

The Commendation for Gallantry is awarded to military personnel for acts of gallantry in action considered worthy of recognition.   The insignia of the Commendation for Gallantry is a Federation Star superimposed centrally on a gold-plated silver row of flames.   The insignia of the Commendation for Gallantry is attached to a plain orange ribbon. The centre of the Federation Star is 19 millimetres from the bottom of the ribbon and 16 millimetres from either edge.

 

 

Now, before you ask, it is not the case that Buchanan had his medals mounted and the mounter made a mistake between the Commendation for Gallantry and the Commendation for Bravery (for which he has no entitlement either).   Buchanan was photographed wearing this rack of medals on ANZAC Day and we have evidence he was boasting about winning the Commendation for Gallantry in Somalia.

To say that his actions in ‘self-awarding’ himself the Commendation for Gallantry is offensive is an understatement in this case.   Those who self-award themselves the odd service or campaign medal or two litter the pages of the ANZMI website.   Much rarer is someone who is stupid enough to wear an award recognising an act of bravery under enemy fire when the closest thing to ‘action’ was a punch up in the Digger’s Boozer at his Army Reserve Base in Western Australia.

James Buchanan is a fraud and a contemptible wannabe, falsely wearing such a significant military decoration as the Commendation for Gallantry is exactly the reason the offence of improper use of service decorations (S80 – Defence Act 1903) was created.  

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80B

Improper use of service decorations

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person wears a service decoration; and

(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

Let us hope that in this case at least, the Army Reserve and Western Australian Police taken notice and take appropriate action.

For his brazen stupidity if nothing else, Jim Buchanan has earned a permanent place on or website.   

Surname: Buchtmann
Christian Names: John William
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Penrith
Service: Citizen Military Force
Case Notes:

John William BUCHTMANN DOB 6 December 1945 of Penrith New South Wales enlisted in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) in 1965, and who like his twin brother Gerard like to wear a lot of medals which means nothing other than to impress people who know nothing about medals.

We first came across John Buchtmann on the internet which shows his history with the Volunteer Rescue Association in Penrith NSW. Now we are not saying his has not done a great job there and give him credit for the work he is doing. The only thing wrong which caught our eye is he is wearing ribbons which he should not be. This is what is written about John at the following web site.

http://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/index.asp?id=5355

John William Buchtmann has lived in the Penrith community for the past 48 years.

A founding member of the Nepean Rescue Organisation (NRO Inc.) and Nepean Rescue Squad, John was instrumental in meetings with Emergency Service Heads, Police Rescue and VRA prior to the first meeting of NRO Inc. held on 7 July 1975.

John joined the New Rescue Service Penrith as a volunteer at the initial meeting on 7 July 1975.

John joined the Training Squad on the initial training day 12 July 1975 and the Rescue Squad on the 13 December 1975.

An initial Committee Member of Executive until 1976, John was elected President of the Organisation in 1976 and remained so until elected as Captain in November 1980. John has been an Executive Member of the Organisation since its inception 33 years ago.

John has been a member of the Nepean Rescue Squad / Penrith V.R.A. Rescue Squad for 33 years and has been Squad Captain for 28 years, since November 1980 and is currently Squad Captain of NSW Rescue Service – Penrith, and is still a member of Nepean Rescue Organisation Inc. Executive.

John was on the V.R.A. Executive as Treasurer for five years and as Captain has always represented the V.R.A. in Penrith area as a Member of the Local Emergency Management Committee, Local Rescue Committee, District Emergency Management Committee and District Rescue Committee.

John has done thousands of presentations to local community, school and business groups about road safety and Penrith V.R.A. Rescue Squad.

Over the last 33 years, the VRA Rescue Squad has completed 6941 jobs - 5000 of which have been attended by John including the Glenbrook train accident in 1976, Granville train accident in 1977 and the Thredbo Landslide in 1997.

2257726 John William Buchtmann enlisted in the CMF and joined a Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Unit (RAEME). There is no entry on his service records to show he attended a Recruit Course or an Initial Employment Course to qualify in any trade. His record shows he was unsuitable for Tropical service of Infantry work.

The only thing that shows up in his record is that he received an injury on 28 March 1966 and the rest of the entries relate to that injury. He was discharged on 19 October 1967.

On 11 November 2010 both John on the left as you look at the photo and Gerard to his right attended and laid at wreath at the Penrith Remembrance Day Ceremony and a photo was taken showing them wearing numerous medals on both sides of their chests, also both are wearing a beret with the RAEME badge. As there is no record of John having completed a Recruit or IET Course he should be wearing the Rising Sun Badge.

They are also wearing military head dress with civilian uniforms so they could salute after laying the wreath and the head dress should only be worn with a military uniform.

When not in military uniform, the correct gesture of respect for the fallen is that after bowing the head, one's medals are covered with the right hand or headwear.  It's called "the veterans' salute", but it's also appropriate for non-veterans.

This tradition is explained below.

The Salute by Veterans at the Cenotaph or Wreath Laying Ceremony (Remembrance Service)

It will be noticed at any Remembrance Service or when passing a Cenotaph Veterans will place their Right Hand over their “Left Side” many may believing that they are placing their ‘Hand over their Heart” in Respect or Remembrance of their Fallen Comrades”;- this is not so.

The Veterans Salute to their “Fallen Comrades” originated in London on Armistice Day in 1920, during the ceremony to unveil and dedicate the Cenotaph in Whitehall at the same time a funeral procession accompanying the remains of the “Unknown Soldier” halted at the Cenotaph during the ceremony before proceeding to Westminster Abbey for internment. Those present included the senior Soldier, sailor and many Victoria Cross winners. The ceremony concluded with a march past. The Regimental Sergeant Major of the Guard Regiment conducting the ceremony, faced with a gathering of highly decorated and high ranking military men (including many Victoria Cross winners), all wearing rows of medals, decreed that all would salute the Cenotaph as they marched past by placing their hand over their medals, signifying that “No matter what honours we may have been awarded they are nothing compared with the honour due to those who paid the supreme sacrifice”.

I will now cover the medals John is wearing starting from left to right on his left breast.

National Medal(official entitled)

Australian Defence Medal(official- entitled due to the fact he enlisted in the CMF and was discharged due to injury before completing his service)

National Service Commemorative Medal(official-entitled)

Conscript Medal(un-official purchased medal. Should not be worn at all)

CMF/Reserve Forces Medal(un-official, same as above)

Simpson Medal (un-official, same as above)

Emergency Services medal(un-official, same as above)

The last four medals have been made up by either individuals or organizations and sold to persons willing to purchase them. They are commonly called tin medals as they are not recognized medals by Honours and Awards or the Defence department who are the only people who can issue Australian Medals produced officially by the Federal Government. Those last four medals should be removed immediately.

The CMF/Reserve Forces Medal should not be mistaken for the official Reserve Forces Medal which is issued after 15 years service. The National Service Commemorative Medal covers all those that carried out National Service in the 1950’s, 60’s and early 70’s, when the Vietnam War ended. The Simpson Medal is supposed to represent persons injured during military service. There is no such official medal.

There is an official Emergency Services Medal if persons have completed the requirements.

Significance

The Emergency Services Medal recognises distinguished service by members of emergency services across Australia, and people who are involved in emergency management training or education. 

How it is awarded

The Governor-General awards the Emergency Services Medal on the recommendation of the responsible Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers.  The medal may be awarded to a person who has given distinguished service as a member of an emergency service. 

The medal my be awarded regardless of whether the person is eligible for any other award because of the service.  However, a person who is already a holder of the medal is not eligible for another award of the medal. 

Each Australian emergency service organization may award:   

One medal for every 1,000 full-time members, or part of 1,000, full-time members in every calendar year.

One medal for every 5,000, or part of 5,000 part-time, volunteer or auxiliary members. 

One medal may be awarded in a calendar yearfrom each of the following: 

Australian Capital Territory.  

The Northern Territory and

One medal from all external Territories. 

Awards are announced on Australia Day (January 26) and the Queen's Birthday (June) each year. 

Only one award can be made to an individual. Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal ESM. 

Persons can be nominated for the award at the following web site. http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/inded.cfm

The medals on the right breast of John, top row are:

Granville Train Disaster Medal (This is an official NSW State Government Award and is worn on the correct side, (blue and white in colour.

Volunteer Rescue Association Service Medal (un-official should not be worn) 

Information from the above site:

Q14.  How do I wear my state awards?

A14.  State awards are worn on the right breast because only national awards in the Commonwealth Government "Order of Wearing" are worn on the left breast.  Also from the above site:  Unofficial medals: 

Ex-service organisations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in  particular military campaigns, periods of service or types of service that have not been recognised 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. 

Order of wearing.

There is an established order of precedence for the wearing of Australian decorations.  You can download a copy of the Order Of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards document.  The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards - RTF 325KB/PDF 61KB. 

Now you will notice that John is wearing Next of Kin Medals, any un-official medals should always be worn below Next of Kin medals.  Even in that set of medals there is an un-official tin medal which is the last on the right.  It is know as the Gallipoli Star.  It originally was approved by GeorgeV to be awarded to Australian and New Zealand troops who landed on the Peninsula.  As it was not going to be issued to British troops there was an outcry and it was abandoned.

As John William Buchtmann shows total disregard to the Order of Wearing Medals as well as showing no respect to Veterans who wear their correct entitlement which can easily be seen in the photo taken on Remembrance Day with Veterans in the background, he will grace our pages for the world to see.

29th May 2011

With regard to our cases on both John and Gerard Buchtmann we have received further information regarding the medals they are wearing. The blue and white medal which we have recorded as the Granville Train Disaster Medal is incorrect. It is in fact the 25th Anniversary Granville Train Disaster Medal.

The original medal had a hand stitched ribbon similar in colour to the United Nations Medal ribbon.

When John and Gerard had their medals Court mounted which means the medals are mounted in such a way that the medals are next to each other and do not move, whereas the old method of mounting medals had them over lapping each other and they would swing as you marched.

The ribbon the Buchtmann twins used was the UN ribbon for their anniversary medals and they never served with the United Nations.

In actual fact, no medal was ever issued for that disaster, only a medallion by the New South Wales Government was issued.

National Service

Both twins wear the Conscript Medal which is what we refer to as a tin medal as it is an un-official medal. John however wears the official commemorative National Service Medal. We cannot find a list of all those that were called up for National Service and We cannot say whether he was officially awarded that medal.

On their service records there is no mention that they were serving with the Citizen Military forces (CMF) in lieu of full time National service of two years.  At the time, which I know from personal experience as I was in the CMF prior to joining the Australian Regular Army, we were advised that if you registered for National Service, you could do six years CMF and not be called up.

We cannot get a copy of the original Act which states that as it has been repealed and the only copy of the Act on line is the Act dated 1971 which had a large number of amendments to some sections and some were sections were repealed.

We did manage to find a document from National Archives which shows that in 1964 the Act had an amendment to make it six years CMF and also information on the Australian War Memorial web site which backs this up. This was done to stop persons joining the CMF before the ballot was drawn and then resigning from the CMF after finding out they had not been called up.

     http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/viet_app.asp

Encyclopedia

Appendix: The national service scheme, 1964-72
by Sue Langford

Two provisions enabled youths to enlist in the Citizen Forces rather than undertake national service. They could enlist before their twentieth birthday and give at least one year's effective service, and were required to continue to give a further five years' service. Alternatively, they could join the Citizen Forces before the ballot for their age group and, provided they were accepted for service in the Citizen Forces, were obliged to serve for six years.

The Government soon became aware of a loophole in these provisions. If balloted out, youths were able to resign from the Citizen Forces immediately afterwards. The Government soon closed the loophole and from 8 December 1965 registrants who had enlisted in the Citizen Forces had to serve a total of six years irrespective of whether they were balloted in or out. In addition, youths who did not serve efficiently in the Citizen Forces were liable for call-up.

The following document is from the National archives web site.

As you will see from the following information, both had to register for National Service as their birthday was on 6 December 1945 and ballot they would have been in was drawn on 10 September 1965.

Birthdates drawn in the second National Service ballot: 10 September 1965

Men included in the ballot who were born in the period 1 July 1945 to 31 December 1945.

July 3, 6, 7, 8, 16, 22, 25, 26, 31

August 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26

September 2, 4, 5, 6, 14, 17, 21, 25, 26

October 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 23, 25, 29

November 3, 4, 12, 14, 15, 16, 22, 24, 27

December 6, 10, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 31

John enlisted in the CMF on 20 September 1965, 10 days after the ballot was drawn for two years only, and not the required six years if he was serving in the CMF in lieu of full time National Service if he had been called up.

Gerard enlisted in the CMF for two periods 3 September 1963 to 10 December 1964 and 6 September 1965 to 31 August 1967, notice he re-enlisted 4 days before the ballot was drawn which means he did not do the required six years in lieu of National Service if he had been called up.

The amendment for six years service was made on 8 December 1965 and had they been called up and serving in the CMF in lieu of full time National Service it would have been recorded in their service records as they were both in the CMF at the time of the amendment and would have had to change their time of enlistment to six years.

On the evidence provided, we will leave it up to you the reader, to decide if they had in actual fact been called up for national service.

29th May 2011

Regarding our case on John William Buchtmann, you will notice that in the photograph at the start of the case page, John is wearing a set of gold wings. At the time of the investigation we could not identify the wings. Thanks to a reader of our web site we have received information on what the wings are.

We also received information the John is or was a pilot. He is not wearing the wings of either a Private Pilot or a Commercial Pilot, but John has the audacity to wear the wings issued to a lot of brave men who flew aircraft during World War 2 under the RAF Bomber Command as Path Finders. These men would fly ahead of the main bomber group and mark the target with incendiary bombs to start fires on the target so the main group had a marker to aim for and improve the chances of dropping the bombs on target at night.

If john was a private pilot he should be wearing pilot wings similar to the one below.

But no John has purchased for some reason the Path Finder Wings which can only be worn by men who served as Path Finders during WW2 and then only when issued a certificate to authorise the wearing of such wings. The wings are worn on the right breast pocket of the RAF or RAAF tunic below the medal ribbons.

John has by wearing those wings shown no respect to the brave men that earned the right to wear those wings and especially to those that never returned from their missions. One Australian RAAF pilot who earned those wings was the late Air Marshall Sir James Anthony Rowland, AC, KBE, DFC, AFC, KStJ who was a past RAAF Chief and Governor of New South Wells.

How much lower can this person get by insulting the men and relatives of those who earned them?

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.

 

 

Update of John William Buchtmann of Wyong New South Wales. (NSW) 25th June, 2015.

We originally exposed John William Buchtmann of Penrith New South Wales a few years back when he was sporting an array of tin purchased medals on his left side that had never been awarded to him. He was at the time a member of the Penrith Volunteer Rescue Association.

Buchtmann and his brother Gerald Buchtmann, who was also a member of the same organisation loved dressing up with all their false trinkets and attending functions and ceremonies to impress onlookers that they are something above the ordinary run of the mill volunteer rescuer.

Well we guess that we have heard it all before. However, it just keeps happening.

Below from our original exposure of the Buchtmann brothers is a photograph of them in all their glory at a Penrith ceremony some years ago. John is the one on the left. John is always the easiest to identify because he wears more tin medals than his brother.

Also below are the tin purchased medals John Buchtmann was wearing on that day.


They are described individually above in the initial exposure. He is only entitled to the 1st National Medal and probably 2nd Australia Defence Medal.

Well, not content with being exposed as a medal cheat and a wannabee years ago, John William Buchtmann is still at it. Some people just never learn that by wearing tin medals over a considerable period of time, you will eventually be reported to Anzmi where you will be exposed to the world for what you really are. A fraud.

Since our last exposure, John Buchtmann left Penrith in Western Sydney and moved to Wyong on the NSW Central Coast. He then joined the Central Coast VRA Rescue Squad where his experience is obviously appreciated. Not being content with being a member of this respected Volunteer Rescue Association, Buchtmann has seen the need to continue to wear all the tin fake medals he was caught wearing before on the left side of his uniform.

Below is a photograph of John Buchtmann at a recent yearly state-wide conference dinner attended by Senior State Emergency and Rural Fire Service Executives.

As you can see, Buchtmann must have been on the urgent call out list that night as he can be seen wearing his uniform with radio handpiece above his tin ribands at the dinner table. We would not be surprised if he organised a couple of incoming calls over his radio during dinner to impress those sitting at the table with him.

Now the senior State Emergency and Rural Fire Service executives would have no doubt been impressed by all his tinnies. He wore more than anyone else so he may even get a promotion out of it.

A close up photograph of the ribands is shown below.

They can be identified as -;

1. National Medal riband Entitled.
2. Australia Defence Force Medal riband (2 years part time Citizens Military Forces. CMF) probably entitled.
3. Unofficial CMF/Reserve Forces Medal Riband. Tin purchased riband
4. Unofficial Simpson Medal riband. Tin purchased riband.
5. Unofficial Emergency Services Medal. Tin purchased riband.


Buchtmann has removed two medal ribands from his rack from his Penrith days.

1. The official Anniversary of National Service Medal 1951 -1972.

2. The unofficial tin purchased “Conscripts Medal.”

We were always suspicious of his wearing the official Anniversary of National Service Medal 1951-1972. His records indicate that he only completed two years part time Citizens Military Forces. There was some uncertainty in our previous write up of him as to whether he was entitled to wear the official National Service Medal. It is obvious he has no entitlement to wear that one or the tin Conscripts medal.

Buchtmann continues to wear pilot’s wings of some sort above his tin trinkets. It just adds a bit more colour and glamour to his uniform.

Below is another photograph of Buchtmann following the Central Coast Rescue Squad AGM. The clarity of the medals is not clear but we have been assured by several of those at that meeting that he is wearing the same tin medal ribands as in the top photos. He is also wearing pilot wings in this photo.

Below is another photograph of Buchtmann that appeared in the local media a few days ago in early June 2015. He certainly appears to have taken a liking for having his photo in the media wearing all is non awarded purchased tins.

Volunteer Rescue organisations do a necessary and vital job for the community. We mean no disrespect to the important work that they do.

John Buchtmann however is a long time medal cheat and fraud. He sets a bad example to those younger members of the organisation that he trains. He is entitled to wear two medals. The National Medal and probably the Australia Defence Medal for his two years part time Citizens Military Forces service.

John William Buchtmann, remove all those unearned medals and ribands that you bought immediately, and show some respect to those who have earned genuinely awarded medals the hard way.

If this Medal Cheat continues to bring discredit to the Central Coast Rescue organisation, like he did at Penrith, he should be shown the door by those he is trying to impress.

If his superiors do not demand that he remove the tin medals from his left side, then they have no respect for Australia’s Honours and Awards protocols either.

We will keep an eye on Mr John William Buchtmann of the Central Coast VRA Rescue Squad and provide another update in the future if and when required.

 

 

 

 

Surname: Buchtmann
Christian Names: Gerard Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Penrith
Service: Citizen Military Force
Case Notes:

Gerard Francis BUCHTMANN, QGM, JP, DOB 6 December 1945 of Penrith New South Wales enlisted in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) in 1963, and who like his twin brother John like to wear a lot of medals which means nothing other than to impress people who know nothing about medals.

We first came across Gerard Buchtmann on the internet which shows his history with the Volunteer Rescue Association in Penrith NSW. Now we are not saying his has not done a great job there and give him credit for the work he is doing as well as being awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for actions he has carried out. The only thing wrong which caught our eye is he is wearing ribbons which he should not be.This is what is written about Gerard at the following web site.

http://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/index.asp?id=5354

 

Gerard Francis Buchtmann has lived in the Penrith community for the past 48 years.

Gerard was a founding member of the Nepean Rescue Organisation and Squad and has been instrumental in meetings with Emergency Service Heads, Police Rescue and V.R.A. prior to its first meeting held on 7 July 1975.

Gerard joined the Nepean Rescue Organisation and Squad at the initial meeting on 7 July 1975 and joined the Training Squad at its initial Training Day on 12 July 1975.

Gerard joined the Rescue Squad on the 13 December 1975 and has been a member of the Nepean Rescue Squad / Penrith V.R.A. Rescue Squad for the past 33 years.

Gerard was initial Squad Captain for four years, Senior Deputy Captain for 29 years and is now Deputy Captain of the NSW Rescue Service – Penrith and remains a member of the Nepean Rescue Organisation Inc.

As Deputy Captain, Gerard also represented the Squad at District Emergency management Committee and District Rescue Committee level.

Following the Granville train disaster, Gerard was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal and Granville Medal in 1977. Gerard was then appointed Rescue Officer NSW Fire Brigades.

 

2205726 Gerard Francis Buchtmann enlisted in the CMF and joined a Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Unit (RAEME) on 3 September 1963. He transferred to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) 1 Field Ambulance, for a short period before transferring back to RAEME. He was discharged at his own request on 18 December 1964 and re-enlisted with the same unit on 6 September 1965. He attended a RAEME Promotion Coaching Course on 17 July 1966 and failed to qualifyhe also attended a CMF Drivers Course and qualified on 17 November 1966. He was discharged on 31 August 1967.

On 11 November 2010 both Gerard on the right as you look at the photo and John to his left attended and laid at wreath at the Penrith Remembrance Day Ceremony and a photo was taken showing them wearing numerous medals on both sides of their chests, also both are wearing a beret with the RAEME badge.

They are also wearing military head dress with civilian uniforms so they could salute after laying the wreath and the head dress should only be worn with a military uniform.

When not in military uniform, the correct gesture of respect for the fallen is that after bowing the head, one's medals are covered with the right hand or headwear.  It's called "the veterans' salute", but it's also appropriate for non-veterans.

This tradition is explained below.

The Salute by Veterans at the Cenotaph or Wreath Laying Ceremony (Remembrance Service)

It will be noticed at any Remembrance Service or when passing a Cenotaph Veterans will place their Right Hand over their “Left Side” many may believing that they are placing their ‘Hand over their Heart” in Respect or Remembrance of their Fallen Comrades”;- this is not so.

The Veterans Salute to their “Fallen Comrades” originated in London on Armistice Day in 1920, during the ceremony to unveil and dedicate the Cenotaph in Whitehall at the same time a funeral procession accompanying the remains of the “Unknown Soldier” halted at the Cenotaph during the ceremony before proceeding to Westminster Abbey for internment. Those present included the senior Soldier, sailor and many Victoria Cross winners. The ceremony concluded with a march past. The Regimental Sergeant Major of the Guard Regiment conducting the ceremony, faced with a gathering of highly decorated and high ranking military men (including many Victoria Cross winners), all wearing rows of medals, decreed that all would salute the Cenotaph as they marched past by placing their hand over their medals, signifying that “No matter what honours we may have been awarded they are nothing compared with the honour due to those who paid the supreme sacrifice”.

I will now cover the medals Gerard is wearing starting from left to right on his left breast.

Queen’s Gallantry Medal(official entitled)

National Medal(official- entitled )

Conscript Medal(un-official purchased medal. Should not be worn at all)

CMF/Reserve Forces Medal(un-official, same as above)

Emergency Services medal(un-official, same as above)

The last three medals have been made up by either individuals or organizations and sold to persons willing to purchase them. They are commonly called tin medals as they are not recognized medals by Honours and Awards or the Defence department who are the only people who can issue Australian Medals produced officially by the Federal Government. Those last three medals should be removed immediately from the left breast.

The CMF/Reserve Forces Medal should not be mistaken for the official Reserve Forces Medal which is issued after 15 years service.

There is an official Emergency Services Medal if persons have completed the requirements.

Significance

The Emergency Services Medal recognises distinguished service by members of emergency services across Australia, and people who are involved in emergency management training or education. 

How it is awarded

The Governor-General awards the Emergency Services Medal on the recommendation of the responsible Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers.  The medal may be awarded to a person who has given distinguished service as a member of an emergency service. 

The medal my be awarded regardless of whether the person is eligible for any other award because of the service.  However, a person who is already a holder of the medal is not eligible for another award of the medal. 

Each Australian emergency service organization may award:  

One medal for every 1,000 full-time members, or part of 1,000, full-time members in every calendar year.

One medal for every 5,000, or part of 5,000 part-time, volunteer or auxiliary members. 

One medal may be awarded in a calendar yearfrom each of the following: 

Australian Capital Territory.  

The Northern Territory and

One medal from all external Territories. 

Awards are announced on Australia Day (January 26) and the Queen's Birthday (June) each year. 

Only one award can be made to an individual. Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal ESM. 

Persons can be nominated for the award at the following web site. http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/inded.cfm

 

The medals on the right breast of Gerard, are:

NSW Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with two clasps denoting 30 years service. [This is an official NSW State Government Award and is worn on the correct side]

Granville Train Disaster Medal [as above]

Volunteer Rescue Association Service Medal [un-official, should not be worn]

Information from the above site:

Q14.  How do I wear my state awards?

A14.  State awards are worn on the right breast because only national awards in the Commonwealth Government "Order of Wearing" are worn on the left breast.  Also from the above site:  Unofficial medals: 

Ex-service organisations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in  particular military campaigns, periods of service or types of service that have not been recognised 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. 

Order of wearing.

There is an established order of precedence for the wearing of Australian decorations.  You can download a copy of the Order Of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards document.  The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards - RTF 325KB/PDF 61KB.

NOTE: If the Medal is not on that list it should not be worn on the left breast.

As Gerard Francis Buchtmann QGM, JP has a total disregard to the Order of Wearing Medals and shows no respect to Veterans who wear their correct entitlement which can easily be seen in the photo taken on Remembrance Day with Veterans in the background. He will grace our pages for the world to see.

29th May 2011

 

With regard to our cases on both John and Gerard Buchtmann we have received further information regarding the medals they are wearing. The blue and white medal which we have recorded as the Granville Train Disaster Medal is incorrect. It is in fact the 25th Anniversary Granville Train Disaster Medal.

The original medal had a hand stitched ribbon similar in colour to the United Nations Medal ribbon.

When John and Gerard had their medals Court mounted which means the medals are mounted in such a way that the medals are next to each other and do not move, whereas the old method of mounting medals had them over lapping each other and they would swing as you marched.

The ribbon the Buchtmann twins used was the UN ribbon for their anniversary medals and they never served with the United Nations.

In actual fact, no medal was ever issued for that disaster, only a medallion by the New South Wales Government was issued.

National Service

Both twins wear the Conscript Medal which is what we refer to as a tin medal as it is an un-official medal. John however wears the official commemorative National Service Medal. We cannot find a list of all those that were called up for National Service and We cannot say whether he was officially awarded that medal.

On their service records there is no mention that they were serving with the Citizen Military forces (CMF) in lieu of full time National service of two years.  At the time, which I know from personal experience as I was in the CMF prior to joining the Australian Regular Army, we were advised that if you registered for National Service, you could do six years CMF and not be called up.

We cannot get a copy of the original Act which states that as it has been repealed and the only copy of the Act on line is the Act dated 1971 which had a large number of amendments to some sections and some were sections were repealed.

We did manage to find a document from National Archives which shows that in 1964 the Act had an amendment to make it six years CMF and also information on the Australian War Memorial web site which backs this up. This was done to stop persons joining the CMF before the ballot was drawn and then resigning from the CMF after finding out they had not been called up.

     http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/viet_app.asp

Encyclopedia

Appendix: The national service scheme, 1964-72
by Sue Langford

Two provisions enabled youths to enlist in the Citizen Forces rather than undertake national service. They could enlist before their twentieth birthday and give at least one year's effective service, and were required to continue to give a further five years' service. Alternatively, they could join the Citizen Forces before the ballot for their age group and, provided they were accepted for service in the Citizen Forces, were obliged to serve for six years.

The Government soon became aware of a loophole in these provisions. If balloted out, youths were able to resign from the Citizen Forces immediately afterwards. The Government soon closed the loophole and from 8 December 1965 registrants who had enlisted in the Citizen Forces had to serve a total of six years irrespective of whether they were balloted in or out. In addition, youths who did not serve efficiently in the Citizen Forces were liable for call-up.

The following document is from the National archives web site.

As you will see from the following information, both had to register for National Service as their birthday was on 6 December 1945 and ballot they would have been in was drawn on 10 September 1965.

Birthdates drawn in the second National Service ballot: 10 September 1965

Men included in the ballot who were born in the period 1 July 1945 to 31 December 1945.

July 3, 6, 7, 8, 16, 22, 25, 26, 31

August 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26

September 2, 4, 5, 6, 14, 17, 21, 25, 26

October 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 23, 25, 29

November 3, 4, 12, 14, 15, 16, 22, 24, 27

December 6, 10, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 31

John enlisted in the CMF on 20 September 1965, 10 days after the ballot was drawn for two years only, and not the required six years if he was serving in the CMF in lieu of full time National Service if he had been called up.

Gerard enlisted in the CMF for two periods 3 September 1963 to 10 December 1964 and 6 September 1965 to 31 August 1967, notice he re-enlisted 4 days before the ballot was drawn which means he did not do the required six years in lieu of National Service if he had been called up.

The amendment for six years service was made on 8 December 1965 and had they been called up and serving in the CMF in lieu of full time National Service it would have been recorded in their service records as they were both in the CMF at the time of the amendment and would have had to change their time of enlistment to six years.

On the evidence provided, we will leave it up to you the reader, to decide if they had in actual fact been called up for national service.

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.

Surname: Buckless
Christian Names: Michael Joseph
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service #: 10138 (False)
Service: RN and RAN (False)
Branch: Clearance Diver (False)
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

10138 Michael Joseph Buckless QGM FSM CSM MBE OBE of Kwinana Western Australia, born 14th October 1962 claims many years of service in the British and the Australian Navy.


Buckless-1


Buckless was not an ordinary sailor, he was a Petty Officer Clearance Diver and according to him, was awarded:

Queens Gallantry Medal (QGM).
Foreign Service Medal (FSM). (This is a British Tin Commemorative medal).
Campaign Service Medal (CSM).
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Here is what this salty son of the Empire has to say about his Navy career:

He served in the British Royal Navy (RN) for thirty five years.

Quotes his RN service number as 10138.

He is a Veteran of three wars and has three war medals.

He served on Fleet Clearance Team 1 (FCTD1) in Falklands as an elite Clearance Diver.

He served in the Falklands as a Merchant Seaman

He has a bullet lodged in his back from the Vietnam War.

On his return from the Falklands war he was ostracized and jailed for 9 months.

On his return from the Falklands was awarded the QGM for rescuing his team members.

He is the last surviving member of his Clearance Diving team and refers to himself as the "last man standing".

He has worked with the Russians defusing bombs because he is the only one who knows how to do this.

He served aboard Australian Navy Ship Moresby as a Clearance Diver.

He has shrapnel in his liver and suffers from Shell Shock.

We have been able to refute most of his claims:

Quotes his RN service number as 10138.

All RN Warrant Officers (then called Fleet Chief Petty Officers) and ratings of the era in which he claims to have served (indeed right up to the present) had a six figure service number preceded by a letter indicating port division (e.g. P for Portsmouth, D for Devonport, C for Chatham) or a legacy branch designation (e.g. J for Seaman and Communication ratings) plus a random letter as a suffix. So his RN service number should appear like this "D086394B". The number he has quoted is in fact a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) number that was owned by another person and was allocated in 1945.

"He served in the Falklands as an elite Clearance Diver"

We have the names of every RN Clearance Diver who served on FCTD1 in the Falklands. There were sixteen of them and Buckless is not mentioned, nor has he ever been heard of by Clearance Divers of that era, or any other era. The story of the real Clearance Divers from the Falklands War is here: www.mcdoa.org.uk/The_Forgotten_Few_of_the_Falklands.htm )

"He has a bullet lodged in his back from the Vietnam War"

Buckless was born on 14 October 1962. All Australians had returned from Vietnam by 1972. The war ended 1975. If Buckless was serving in the RAN when he was wounded he was 10 years old. If he had somehow found himself with some other Allied force, he would have been 13 years old, when some nasty Viet Cong shot him in the back

"On his return from the Falklands was awarded the QGM for rescuing his team members"

He was not involved in the Falklands War and was never part of a Clearance Diving Team. He never rescued anyone and was never awarded a QGM.

"He is the last surviving member of his Clearance Diving team and refers to himself as the "last man standing""

See the "proof of this statement" in the photo below.

Buckless-2

This photograph is evidence of the extent that Buckless has manufactured false evidence of his "Navy Service".

"He served aboard Australian Navy Ship Moresby as a Clearance Diver"

He has never served in the Australian Navy, he is a scurrilous scorbutic liar.

"He has shrapnel in his liver and suffers from Shell Shock".

Feigning injury from war service is as low as you can go. Buckless claims "Shell Shock" from which many ex Defence personnel suffer and is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This man has never been subjected to any war experience that could cause him "shell shock". Like many on this web site he uses this as an excuse for his disgusting behaviour. This act is a gross insult to all genuine veterans who sufferer from PTSD.

Claims to have been awarded an MBE and OBE.


Details of all recipients of these awards are promulgated in the London Gazette. Buckless is not listed. See below where he has sent an email and included his false awards after his name.

Buckless-3

Like many criminals, Buckless is not the brightest, as an example, he has acquired two Australian medals and had his false RN Service number and name engraved around the edge.
The medals are the Australian Defence Medal and the Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal.

Buckless-4

Buckless-5


As part of his subterfuge, Buckless joined the Kwinana Returned and Services League (RSL). He falsely declared on his Application that he had served with the Royal Navy from April 1975 to May 1991. As previously pointed out, his birth date is October 1962, which means Buckless would have been a British "Jack Tar" at the tender age of twelve years and six months. In 1975, when he falsely claims to have joined the minimum age for entry into the RAN was 16 years.

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Also we are reliably advised that Buckless gave a description of his "Blood and Guts" service to a Committee group at the Kwinana RSL when he made a "play" for the position of President. Fortunately, there was sufficient unease within the group to ensure that Buckless' Presidential aspirations were not processed.

This bloke is such a disgusting person that we have left his contact phone number on the form, for all to contact him and seek his reason for being an odious wannabe.

Buckless has created several strategies to convince people that he was an elite Clearance Diver who served with the Royal Navy including the 1982 Falkland Islands war.

Perhaps he wrongly believes, like many others, that we are unable to check credentials of overseas Defence Forces. Buckless and all of those who lie and cheat about their service can be assured that Veterans the world over are linked by an invisible chain of harmonious resonance to rid impostors, liars and frauds from the Global Veteran community.

Western Australia, beware of Buckless, he has the propensity to lie without conscience in his bid to falsely achieve Veteran status. Why not contact him and try him out?

Buckless belongs on this website.

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