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

Surname: Knapp
Christian Names: Len
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: North Island
City or Town: Hamilton
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: Unknown
Service: Army
Branch: Royal New Zealand Infantry
Commencement of service: 1960's
Completion of service: UnKnown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Len Knapp is the President of the New Zealand Malaya Veterans Association and President of the Hamilton Returned Services Association. New Zealand have the same protocols as Australia when in comes to wearing foreign awards. President Len Knapp doesn't give a fig about tradition and protocol because he wears the unauthorised Pingat Khidmat Berbakti Medal from Malaysia.

Knapp wears the following medals:

New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 [warlike] clasped MALAYA 1960-64
The New Zealand Defence Service Medal
The Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal
The Pingat Khidmat Berbakti Medal

This is the offending medal:

Pingat Khidmat (Dedicated Service Medal): instituted by King Hisam ud-din alam Shah on 29th July 1960

New Zealand has a list of foreign medals that may be worn by those who have earned them. Here is the list:



The Pingat Khidman Berbakti is not included on the list and should not be attached to authorised medals that have been awarded by the Sovereign.

Here is advice from New Zealand Government:

"Dear XXXXXX

I have checked our records and spoken with Defence Medals Policy. There is no record of any official request for this medal to be presented to NZ personnel by the government of Malaysia. Consequentially, no request for approval to accept and wear this medal was ever initiated by either ourselves or Defence.

It is, therefore, an unauthorised medal for which approval to accept and wear has never been given. It should not be worn with official orders, decorations and medals.

regards
XXXXXXXXxx
(Custodian, New Zealand Order of Wear)
Director, Honours Secretariat
Cabinet Office, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet"

We are reliably advised that Knapp is importing replicas of the medal to sell. If you spend your hard earned cash on purchasing this worthless replica do not flaunt the traditions and protocols of the ANZAC traditions by adding it to your medal rack.

We are reliably advised that Knapp has been asked to remove the offending medal. His response is always a hearty scoff. We hope this entry on our web site will cure him of his scoffing problem.

Surname: Koch
Christian Names: Timothy Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Port Lincoln
Service #: 8540902
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Mar 08
Completion of service: Jun 10
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Timothy Robert Koch of Port Lincoln enlisted into the Australian Regular Amy in March 2008 and was sacked in June 2010. The reason for his departure is shown as "Retention not in the Service Interest".


Koch appeared in the Port Lincoln Times following this years Remembrance Day service. He was wearing four medals and one badge. These were:

Australian Active Service Medal
Afghanistan Medal
Australian Defence Medal
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal
Infantry Combat Badge


Koch is a classic wannabe, fraud and liar, he has earned none of the medals or the coveted Infantry Combat Badge.

Before being sacked Koch spent all of his twenty seven months of Army Service in Australia. After recruit training he was posted to the 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR). An element of 5RAR were posted to Afghanistan in 2008 but Koch was not with them, and he had been discharged from the Army before the Battalion was deployed to Afghanistan in September 2010.

We have reported this matter to the South Australia Police and have received information that they are actively investigating offences under the "Defence Act 1903 Part VII Sections 80A and 80B"

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier
80B. Improper use of service decorations  

Both these offences carry maximum penalties of $3,300 fine of six months imprisonment or both. Koch is a Corrections Officer at Port Lincoln and for these offences he may get the opportunity to see the other side of his work. At the very least he is not a fit and proper person to be a Prison Officer.

Koch has "sported" his false medals in a Retuned and Services League Bar at Port Lincoln. He also wears the medal ribbands on his Correction Officer uniform. His blasé approach indicates he confidently believed that he would not be caught. Koch was wrong, ANZMI have thousands of Veterans and ex Servicemen all over Australia watching for wannabes.

Koch has been comprehensively caught and will now be able to "sport" his false medals for all time on our web site and with a bit of luck may get to wear them on an inmate uniform.

 

UPDATE KOCH  December 2015

South Australian Wannabes beware as those who falsely claim to be returned veterans or wear medals they have not earned are very likely to be charged and put before a Magistrate.

For the first time in our twenty years of operation South Australia State Police have successfully charged a wannabe.  It is disappointing to Veterans that there are still two States who will not prosecute offenders, they are New South Wales and Western Australia. 

Below is the media report that updates and finalizes the Koch affair:

 

Surname: Kryza
Christian Names: Rick
Country: Australia and USA
State or Province: New South Wales (NSW) and Ohio (USA)
City or Town: Griffith (Australia) and Painesville (USA)
Service #: Never Served
Service: Never Served
Branch: N/A
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

Rick Kryza, or Doctor Rick Kryza as he likes to be known is a military fraud, a wannabee, a medal cheat and a false pretender.

He is a Patron member of the Gay Polo Club in the USA and likes to fraudulently dress in Australian military uniforms with medals and ribbons, to impress his inner circle of male friends.

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Kryza was born in Rhodesia in 1959, to an Australian father and American mother. They later moved to the rural township of Griffith in the State of New South Wales, Australia.

Kryza appears to be a versatile wannabee with claimed military service in -;

1. The Royal Australian Air Force as a Group Captain, Pilot. Six months service in Iraq and six months service in Afghanistan.

2. The Australian Army as a Captain, with Iraq and Afghanistan active service.

3. The Royal Australian Navy as a Captain,

4 The British Army as a Captain.

In the above photograph, Kryza is wearing a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) uniform with the rank of Group Captain. He also wears purchased Pilots wings above his purchased replica medals.

The non awarded medals he wears in this photograph are -;

1, The Rhodesian Medal. (For 30 days service in Rhodesia before Independence - December 1979 - March 1980.) Not entitled.
2. General Service Medal 1962. (Awarded for various campaigns) Not entitled.
3. South Atlantic Medal with Rosette.(For service in the Falklands War) Not entitled.
4. The British Golden Jubilee Medal created 2002. (Not awarded or listed on "It's an Honour".) Not entitled.
5. The Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, created 2012. (Not awarded and not listed on "It's an Honour".) Not entitled.

In respect to the RAAF uniform that he is wearing, the following irregularities are present -;

a) He is wearing an RAAF uniform plain blue shirt that was superseded about twenty five years ago.

b) The aiguillette (lanyard) is not worn by Group Captain rank, unless they were an Aide De Camp (ADC) to the Governor. Kryza would not qualify even if his claim was genuine.

c) The waist sash is also not worn by Officers of his claimed rank of Group Captain. He is two ranks short to qualify for wearing this uniform item.

 

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The above photograph is Kryza wearing an RAAF shirt, with the rank of Group Captain and the word Australia on his epaulettes. He also wears Pilot's wings.

He wears the following medal ribbons -;

Top Row.
1. Australia Defence Medal ribbon. Not entitled.
2. Rhodesia Medal ribbon. (upside down) Not entitled.
3. Australian Service Medal ribbon. Not entitled.
4. Unknown. Not entitled.

Not knowing medals protocols, Kryza has mounted these top row ribbons incorrectly. If genuine, the Australian Service Medal ribbon would be mounted first, followed by the Rhodesian medal ribbon, (correctly mounted and not upside down), then the Australian Defence Medal ribbon. We are unable to identify the last medal but assume it is a tin.

2nd Row.
5. General Service medal ribbon. Not entitled.
6. South Atlantic medal ribbon with Rosette. Not entitled.
7. The British Golden Jubilee medal ribbon. Not entitled.
8. The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal ribbon. Not entitled.


Kryza has never served in the RAAF or the RAF and his claims are lies.

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In the above photograph, Kryza is wearing an Australian Army uniform with the rank of Captain.

The unearned ribbons that he wears on this uniform are -;

The Australian Active Service Medal. (AASM) Not entitled.
The Afghanistan medal. Not entitled.
The Iraq medal. Not entitled.
The NATO International Assistance Security Force Medal. (ISAF medal) Not entitled.

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The above photograph is Kryza wearing an Australian Army uniform with the rank of Captain, but different unearned ribbons.

1. Afghanistan Medal ribbon. Not entitled.
2. Australian Defence Medal ribbon. Not entitled.
3. Rhodesian Medal ribbon.(Mounted incorrectly - upside down), Not entitled.
4. Australian Service Medal ribbon. Not entitled.
5. Unknown medal ribbon. Not entitled.

A glaring irregularity in these photographs is his wearing of an observable white T shirt under the uniform shirt.

Kryza has never served in the Australian Army and these claims are also lies.

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The above photograph is Kryza wearing a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) uniform with the rank of Captain.

Kryza has never served in the RAN and these claims are also lies.

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In the above photographs Kryza is claiming Commissioned Officer rank in the British Military.

We are unable to identify the ribbons he wears in the top photograph, but that does not matter. He is not entitled to any of them.

In the second photo he is again wearing the following non awarded medals.-;

1. General Service Medal.
2. South Atlantic Medal with Rosette.
3. British Golden Jubilee Medal
4. Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.

We have contacted our British counterparts and ascertained that his claims of British Military service claims are also lies.

We then contacted Kryza and invited him to provide details of his military service.

He stated that he was a Group Captain in the RAAF with six months service in Iraq and six months service in Afghanistan. He stated that he was also the owner of a sheep station in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia, but had to move to Painesville, Ohio when his mother took ill. He stated that he took leave from his military duties to take care of his mother. This is where he joined the United States Gay Polo Club as a Patron member. His Face Book page is littered with admiring male friends who lavishly praise his claims of military greatness and adoration for his conceited self display of photographs in various military uniforms.

He now claims that he returned to his sheep station ownership duties and the military. However, he informed us, that he has now been posted to the United Kingdom for six months with” Inter Commonwealth Military duties”. He also claims membership of the British Army.

Kryza has never laced up a military boot, in Australia or any other country.
We should all be grateful for that.


We subsequently invited him to explain his unique experience of being a Commissioned Officer in the three services of the Australian Defence Force, the Air Force, Navy and Army. His response is below -;


Rick Kryza
8:16 PM (1 hour ago)


G'day

When I attended military college for officer's training, since day one I made it known to my superiors that I wanted to learn all aspects of the Military Services. Even though I consider myself Royal Australian Air Force first (my first love is flying) I had to convince high ranking officers that having a knowledge in the navy and army is essential in the time of war or military conflicts. Thus, through special orders, I was able to see service in all branches. As you said, it is an unique situation, but one I thoroughly enjoy. Besides, my father was RAN, my grandfather was Light Horse. So, I was able to gain a little insight in military life at a young age.

I never did like how the different branches of the services had a natural dislike for each other. After all, the RAAF recruited members from the army and navy at it's formation. So, why not have an air force pilot learn aspects of the running a naval ship, or taking part in Iraq/Afghanistan as an RAR officer.

Hope this satisfies your inquiry.


Rather incredible that the RAAF would allow a fully trained pilot, in whom they have invested so much time, money and training, to transfer to the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army to further his knowledge about those two Services. In addition, also send him to Iraq and Afghanistan as an Australian Army Captain.

They could have just bought him a couple of books to read !!

Kryza is a ridiculous self conceited show pony who steals the valour of brave men and women who have served honourably in theatres of war. Particularly Iraq and Afghanistan. All this to impress his close circle of admiring male friends.

Kryza should be ashamed of himself for purchasing and wearing bemedalled Australian military uniforms for his own self- adulation, and his pursuit of military aggrandisement and attention.

The only people who wear the uniforms of multiple services are Royalty. Perhaps Queen like !

He has committed offences under the Australian Defence Act 1903, sections 80A and 80B, for falsely representing himself as a returned serviceman, and wearing non awarded medals and decorations. Penalty - 6 months imprisonment and/or $3000.00 fine.

In addition to his fraudulent behaviour by illegally claiming to be a returned Australian Serviceman, Kryza has also lied to all his friends on Face Book regarding his University of Sydney educational qualifications.

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The above entry appears on his Face Book page. He also claims that he has completed a degree in Australia/Commonwealth Constitutional Law and Zoological Veterinary Medicine.  

See below -;

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As a result, we made inquiries with the University of Sydney, to confirm or refute his claims. The result is detailed below -;

Student Centre Academic Records


Dear Mr (Name deleted)

Thank you for your email regarding Richard/Rick KRYZA.

Unfortunately, I am unable to locate any record of a graduate
under the name provided.

Kind regards
____________________________________________________________
(Name deleted).
(Position deleted)
Academic Records l Student Administration Services
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Level 6, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02)
University of Sydney NSW 2006 l Australia
T +61 2 8627 1444 l E
academic.records@sydney.edu.au
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In the below document Kryza even recently claims to the Cleveland Zoological Society, Ohio, United States, that he is a Doctor.

CLEVELAND ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY - OHIO.

ADOPT AN ANIMAL DONORSKaren & Alan Wilber $1,000+ Mrs. Marilyn Callaly Mrs. Frederick C. Crawford Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Halpern Dag Hammarskjold Elementary School Dr. Rick KryzaMr. Myron D. Moorhead Mr. Gary M. Novotny Ms. Michelle M. Orenick Mr. & Mrs. Steve Spilman Mrs. Jeanne D. Tyler Mr. & Mrs. Alfred E. Werman Me

Kryza is just an extraordinary fake without honour. A Walter Mitty living in a world of fantasy.

Welcome to this site for evermore, Rick Kryza,

 

Surname: Kyne
Christian Names: Brett
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Rochester
Case Notes:

Brett Kyne and Mick Hassell – Rochester, Victoria Volunteer Fire Brigade

 

The Rochester Fire Brigade may have received bad advice on ANZAC day 2013, or perhaps their cavalier approach to medals protocol was a deliberate attempt to receive maximum kudos during one of the very few occasions when they get to wear their Fireman uniforms.

 

 

Both men are wearing World War Two (WW2) medals on their left breast; Hassell is wearing two sets of WW2 medals.  We hope the medals are those of their next of kin, if that is so, the medals must be worn on the right side. Only self earned Defence and Australian Federal Government medals are to be worn on the left side and only by the person who has earned them. 

It behooves, RSLs in country towns to brief ANZAC Day participants on medals protocols, it also behooves organizations who wear uniforms to be aware of what they may wear on uniforms.

The Rochester Fire Brigade wears medals as if they have earned them.  

For their actions, they are officially awarded space on this web site as pretentious medals cheats.

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.

 

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