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

Surname: Lawson
Christian Names: Joshua Douglas
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Fremantle
Service: Army
Branch: Medic
Case Notes:

Joshua Douglas Lawson of Rockingham Western Australia

Joshua Douglas Lawson thrilled the crowds at the Fremantle ANZAC Day 2013 March with his heavy rack of “warriors” medals.


 In reality he served his entire military career without leaving the shores of Australia

Lawson served for six years in the Australian Regular Army (ARA) in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.  According to Lawson he was deployed with Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) to Iraq. There is considerable difference between Lawson’s “SASR service” and reality. His only involvement with SASR was to attend a six weeks course. We are reliably advised that he never completed the course and was returned to his unit in Townsville Queensland.

Placing fraudulent photographs on Facebook is not a good strategy. There are many who had served with him, who noticed his ANZAC Day Facebook photograph, and were quick to provide us with the truth or his service.

It is difficult to comprehend how a person can tell blatant lies to his loved ones and friends, but as you can see in the extract below, some of Lawson’s friends and family believe his lies of overseas deployments. One friend must be suspicious because he asks “Why first year with his gongs”


When the evidence was gathered a simple invitation was sent to Lawson requesting he provide information to prove his entitlement to wear six medals. Lawson was requested three times to produce his bona fides but on each occasion he refused to co-operate.

“25 May

to Joshua

Last ANZAC Day you were wearing at least six medals indicative of multiple Defence Deployments. All you need to do is advise us that the medals you wore were issued to you.

We have no leanings one way or the other in this matter and advice from you could well end our enquiries.


“Joshua Lawson

25 May (4 days ago)

to me

As stated before, I don't recognise any official authority that you have. I simply don't talk about my time in the defence force. Especially to strangers that I don't know.

So go ahead with your investigation mate. Please understand that it is not that I am inhibiting you, I just don't know you.

P.S. I do like your website though, it was an entertaining read. I'm unsure how I'd never heard of this before”

Because of the quality of the photograph we are unable to clearly identify the six medals he is wearing, we have a Statutory Declaration declaring that he is wearing an Iraq deployment medal and the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM).  The last medal on the right hand side is identifiable as the Australian Defence Medal (ADM). The other three we are unsure of, except that we know he has no entitlement to wear any medal except for the ADM. The ADM is awarded to all Defence personnel who complete at least four years voluntary service and Lawson meets that criteria.

Lawson is a major “lily gilding” wannabe, he has purchased five extra medals and added them to his ADM. There is a tidal wave of cheats like Lawson who are making themselves infamous by advertising false military histories on the Social Media like Facebook and LinkedIn.

We challenge Lawson to name any veteran who can attest to him having operational service, without doubt he cannot do so, as he never left Australia during his six years of Defence Service.

There is a tidal wave of wannabes who are using the Social Media like Facebook and LinkedIn to purvey false Military Histories; this is a stupid move because genuine Veterans and ex Service Men and Women also subscribe to these programs and the chances of being recognized are very high.

Lawson is a liar, cheat and wannabe who decided to turn his mundane military career into that of a much deployed SASR hero, Lawson has been comprehensively caught, named and shamed, as will all, who claim false military histories.

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: Le'Raye
Christian Names: Ian Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Parafields Gardens
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

In 1966 Ian Francis Dean Le`Raye of Parafields Gardens in South Australia spent 45 hours and 35 minutes in Vung Tau Harbour in Vietnam and now disgusts Veterans with his lies about his Vietnam Service and the role he alleges HMAS Vampire had in that war.


Here is what he had to say:




In the Newspaper article Le`Raye said that HMAS Vampire bombarded the Vietnamese coastline and that they could have hit an orphanage. Le`Raye also says he completed “one tour of Vietnam”, lies about HMAS Vampire’s role, and pontificates about the Vietnam war in general.  In fact, Le`Raye spent  less than 2 days in Vung Tau Harbour and most likely never set foot on Vietnamese soil.  Below is the relevant page from the Report of Proceedings (RoPs) for HMAS Vampire during the month of May 1966.   Vampire’s activities in Vietnam in May 1966 are detailed.


RoPs show that HMAS Vampire escorted HMAS Sydney into Vung Tau Harbour and tied up at 0825 hrs on Wednesday 4th May 1966, then weighed anchor at 0600 hrs Friday 6th May 1966, and departed to provide a departure screen for HMAS Sydney. Following that task, Vampire proceeded to Hong Kong.  At no time after departing Vung Tau did HMAS Vampire fire shots, nor did Vampire fire shots in Vietnam waters at any time during the whole period of the Vietnam War.. 

Here is a paragraph about the history of HMAS Vampire:

“Commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1959, Vampire served in Fleet Tours and Naval exercises in the 1960s as part of the Commonwealth Strategic Reserve with SEATO (South East Asia treaty Organisation). It took part in exercises off Singapore during the Indonesian Confrontation with Malaysia in 1965 and made troop escort runs to Vietnam in 1965-1967 and again in 1969. She was never directly involved in any action.”

You will notice in the photograph that Le`Raye has added two self purchased “Tin Medals” to his rack of authorized medals. It is against protocol of The Department of Defence Honours and Awards Section and the South Australian Returned and Services League to wear “Tin Medals” on the left breast mixed with authorized medals.

Honours and Awards policy for unofficial medals is:

“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.”

South Australia Returned Services League (RSL) Policy is:


The RSL actively discourages the wearing of non official medals at RSL and other ceremonial or commemorative functions. 

“If Commemorative Medals are worn, they should be positioned on the right breast and not mixed with Service Medals or Decorations”.

 As Le`Raye was speaking as a representative of the Vietnam Veterans Association Australia (VVAA) of South Australia, Northern Suburbs Branch, we enquired to that organization regarding  Le`Raye. We received a fast and threatening response from the Public Officer of that organization, all written in capitals to emphasize that they mean business.  

 ---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: VVAASA_Assoc <vietvetsa@chariot.net.au>

Date: 23 August 2011 10:53

Subject: ian leraye

To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

 DEAR xxxx





In a response to the threat from Coppock we said (in part):

“Your threat of litigation is most unseemly, and in any case the first defence to that kind of litigation is the truth. We will present the truth, whilst Le'Raye has lied.”

Le`Raye is wearing two self purchased, unofficial “Tin Medals” on his left breast, they are; 

Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal.

This unauthorized medal duplicates the official Vietnam Logistic Support Medal that Le`Raye is also wearing

Far East Strategic Reserve Medal.

Le`Raye is wearing a clasp FESR to his Australian Army Service Medal that officially reflects his FESR service. The “Tin” FESR Medal is a meaningless trinket.

Both of the above medals are “double up” silly trinkets, designed to make the medals rack a little bigger, maybe with sailors, size does matter.

The Government Department of Honours and Awards and the RSL clearly state that wearing “Tin” medals with legitimate racks is against protocol. Navy Veterans are the most common offenders, and it is obvious that Mr Coppock and the VVAA of South Australia also support the wearing of “Tin”.

To Summarize:

Le`Raye falsely states that HMAS Vampire bombarded the Vietnam Coast from about 8 km off shore.

Le`Raye falsely states that “Army Spotters” and RAN ships were cavalier and careless enough to bombard Orphanages.

Le`Raye has grossly exaggerated his role in the Vietnam war considering that his total experience was 45 hours and 35 minutes in Vung Tau Harbour on board a war ship.

Le`Raye said “he had served in conflicts in Malaysia and the Far East but said Vietnam left different scars. It was not a nice war.”

Le`Raye also falsely enhances his Navy Service by wearing unauthorized “Tin” medals.

Ian Francis Dean Le`Raye for all of the things above, welcome to our web site.

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: Lecher
Christian Names: Geoffrey Russell
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Narooma
Service: CMF/Army Reserve
Case Notes:

Geoffrey Russell Lecher, Narooma Medal Cheat



Lecher has been big noting himself around Narooma for years with innuendo of Vietnam Service and problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs mishandling his compensation “claims’.  Here is a photograph of Lecher taken at Narooma, he is wearing four medals.



He has no entitlement to wear the most important medal, the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with clasp Malaya (first on the left) The second and third medals are legitimate and awarded for time served in the Citizens Military Forces.  The fourth is the National Service Commemorative medal. The guidelines for this medal have become very confused and  Defence Honours and Awards now adjudicates on individuals bona fides .  Lecher was never a National Serviceman but may be eligible by special dispensation because of his CMF service; in any case his main offence is falsely wearing the prestigious Australian Active Service Medal.


We have Lecher’s full Service Record and include an example below for the period 28 September 1960 to 15 July 1965.  He was discharged at “His own request” on 28 July 1966, and then re-enlisted in the Army Reserve on 6 Sep 1972. He then served on until 29 August 1988.



For those good citizens of Narooma who have been harassed and lied to by Geoffrey Russell Lecher please be advised that you have the last laugh because;

1.      Lecher has never been involved in operational or war service.

2.      He did not serve in Vietnam.

3.      He has never served in Malaya and has no entitlement to wear the Australian Active Service medal with clasp Malaya.

4.      Although he has a file with Department of Veterans Affairs he has no accepted disabilities resulting from any active military service.

Lecher had plenty of opportunity to serve in operational areas, all he had to do was enlist in the Australian Regular Army during the 1960s and request service in Vietnam, and he didn’t do it and chose to be discharged from the CMF [Citizens Military Force] during the Vietnam war and not re-enlist until it was all over.  Cheats like Lecher believe their lies will be concealed by elapsed time.  He is wrong, as are all frauds liars, cheats and wannabes who infest the Veteran community.

ANZMI has every genuine Veteran keeping a vigil on the integrity of the Veteran community in honour of those who gave their lives or their health during their 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: Levesque
Christian Names: Richard Malcolm
Country: Australia
State or Province: Canberra
City or Town: Theodore
Service: Infantry
Branch: Army
Case Notes:

Richard Malcolm Levesque – Extraordinary soldier and “Recipient” of the Gallantry Medal”.


Levesque resides in the suburb of Theodore, Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). He served in the Australian Defence force during 2004 and 2005. There are two versions of Richard Levesque’s military career.


Levesque’s Version

His version has been carefully documented on various Statutory Declarations and submitted by those who have been so much in awe of his achievements, that they felt it their duty to tell us about this “hero”.  According to Levesque, his military career included the following:

Was the youngest person to have served with 2 Commando Regt (2 CDO) having joined at the age of sixteen years and eight months

Had multiple “back to back” tours of Afghanistan with 2 CDO.

Was also deployed to Somalia and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.

In Afghanistan worked under cover in market places to gain intelligence (obviously it didn’t work as he appears to have none)

Watched whilst fifty Taliban were bulldozed into a mass grave.

Has shot and killed Taliban.

Suffers from Post Traumatic Stress disorder resulting from his war service.

Claims to be the recipient of a Department of Veterans Affairs Pension.

Was awarded Gallantry Medal for his courageous service

He wore medals on ANZAC Day 2012 to the Calwell Club, Calwell ACT. On a more recent social occasion Levesque advised his “mates” that he had been “awarded” the Gallantry Medal and arranged an official dinner to celebrate the occasion.

Levesque’s version of his service is one of being a much deployed gallant, hardened “Fighting Veteran” who, for his bravery in action, was awarded a much deserved Gallantry Medal.


A more accurate version of his service

We are reliably advised that the truth of Levesque’s Defence Service varies from what he claims; in fact there are no similarities whatsoever.

He was enlisted into the Army in March 2004

He was discharged in November 2005 for the reason that “Retention was not in the interest of the Service.

During his whole service he was classified as a “Recruit” or a “Trainee”

He failed all of the training he attempted

He was never deployed to any operational area

Earned no medals whatsoever.

Levesque, in reality, is a contemptible liar, cheat and wannabe who has committed serious criminal offences against the Defence Act 1903 Section 7 Parts 80A and 80B


80A. Falsely representing to be a returned soldier.


80B. Improper use of service decorations.


Both of these offences have a maximum fine of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.

Levesque obviously has the Walter Mitty syndrome and is grossly and offensively exaggerating his military service.

He will no longer be able to “blow his trumpet” about his military service, because we know, and you know, and he knows, that as a soldier, he was a complete dud and as a civilian he is a liar, cheat and wannabe.

From now on any person who types the name “Levesque” into a computer search engine will be led to this exposure.

Welcome to our web site Levesque you have well earned the dishonour.

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: Lewis
Christian Names: Deakon James
Country: Australia
State or Province: n/a
City or Town: n/a
Service #: n/a
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: n/a
Commencement of service: 21/01/2002
Completion of service: Currently Serving
Case Notes:


Case notes:

This is Petty Officer Deakon LEWIS.  He is s current member of the Australian Defence Force and joins a growing list of serving members who wear medals they have not been awarded and have no entitlement to wear.


Deakon LEWIS


In recent times, ANZMI has had cause to expose the actions of several serving members who, for reasons only known to them have decided to make a fool of themselves by wearing medals and awards they have no entitlement to.  See our other serving cheats:  

Ritchie           http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/483-ritchie

Ferrie            https://anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/103-ferrie

Cokanauto     https://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/449-cokanauto

Slingsby        http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/388-slingsby

Bellingham    https://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/508-bellingham

Petty Officer LEWIS now joins this illustrious group because of a stupid decision he made to wear the Operational Service Medal (Border Protection).  

This decision is even more surprising when we learn that LEWIS is already a highly decorated sailor.   He is the recipient of the Conspicuous Service Medal and also has a genuine entitlement to the Operational Service Medal (Greater Middle East Operation), yet for reasons only known to him, he decided he needed more credibility.




LEWIS has an entitlement to the following:                      

Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)

Australian Operational Service Medal – ME Ops (AOSMGMEOPS)

Defence Long Service Medal (DLSM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

We understand that his superiors became aware of this ‘indiscretion’ by LEWIS who allegedly claimed that it was ‘an error on his service record’.   We have certainly heard that one before.

The ‘I didn’t know’ defence might work for a junior sailor, but LEWIS is not a simple ‘Jack Tar’.   He is a Petty Officer, and a Recruit Instructor as indicated by the badge he wears in the photographs.  He also holds the CSM, so you would expect someone in his position to be able to understand that if ‘he didn’t do the time, he didn’t earn the gong’.


Deakon LEWIS


Apparently, the Navy didn’t believe LEWIS either and he was dealt with formally for his ‘indiscretion’.

Despite Navy finalising the matter, the fact that he is a decorated Senior Sailor, and a onetime recruit instructor who should have known better.   He wore the medal knowing he had no entitlement to it and did nothing to confirm his actual entitlement before ‘putting it up’.   He must have known the medal was a copy and not officially issued.  

This is not a case of administrative error, or confusion on behalf of the member.   It is a simple case of fraudulently wearing a medal which he had no entitlement to.

He continues to serve.

Welcome to our website Deakon LEWIS.

Surname: Lewsam
Christian Names: Geoffrey Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Canley Heights
Service #: R53310
Service: Navy
Branch: Electrical Engineering
Commencement of service: 1957
Completion of service: 1963
Case Notes:


Geoffrey Charles Lewsam served as a Leading Seaman in the RAN.  During his service, he had active service with the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) with a trip to Malaysian waters. 


Lewsam wears:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Australian Service Medal  (ASM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Pingat Jasa for service in Malaysian waters

Purchased "Tin" FESR medal   -  Not Authorised

Purchased "Tin" Commemorative Logistics medal for Vietnam - Not Authorised.

Lewsam is wearing four genuine medals and has added two "Tin" self purchased medals, here are the details of the two offending medals..

FESR Commemorative medal, self purchased for $65:


Vietnam Logistic Support Medal Commemorative medal self purchased for $60. It was a trinket to be worn on the right breast by RAN servicemen who had served in Vietnam waters. The whole thing was scrapped when an official Logistic Support medal was issued by the Government. Lewsam never served in Vietnam waters.


Lewsam is the Vice President of the Canley Heights Returned and Services League (RSL).  In the lead up to ANZAC Days he visits local schools in his official capacity to talk about Australia's involvement in wars.  He is blatantly falsifying his service and portraying himself in a false manner. Wearing these two fake medals can only be for the purpose of massaging his ego.

His mate, Mr Richard Pritchard, the President of the Canley Vale RSL has failed to correct Lewsam's behaviour.  The President is a genuine Vietnam Veteran and is well aware of Lewsam's deceit, but  does nothing.

Although the behaviour of most ex service persons is unquestionable, ANZMI will continue to detect and report those who, for their own vanity choose to erode protocols and traditions.

We welcome Geoff Lewsam to the good ship ANZMI where he is welcomed as a crew member with a long time to serve.

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