Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'M'
James (Jim) Waters Mallan, President, Gloucester RSL Sub-Branch.
Every now and then at an ANZAC or similar service, you will see someone that causes you from the outset to question the row of medals displayed proudly on their chest. When that person also holds an executive position within the RSL, one must also question their integrity and overall fitness to hold that position.
There are many questions that must be asked of James Mallan.
These photographs were taken at the 2015 Gloucester Dawn Service and later ANZAC March in Gloucester, country New South Wales. Mallan can be seen wearing a well mounted rack of medals, namely:
1. NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Director-General’s Unit Citation (State award).
2. National Medal.
3. Australian Defence Medal
4. Centenary Medal
5. Anniversary of National Service Medal
6. NSW SES Long Service Award (State award)
Established protocols dictate that State awards should be displayed on the right side of the bearers chest They do not belong, and should never be mixed, with official Federal issued medals.
That now raises further questions in regard to the Federal issued medals. Although the award of Mallan’s Centenary Medal (for service to the SES) is listed on the ‘It’s an Honour’ website, there is no record of his having been issued the National Medal. Although the National Serviceman’s Roll is voluntary, there is no mention of Mallan, nor in general is there any reference to his prior Defence service, which one would expect to find something, somewhere, given his position in the community and on the RSL.
Finally, there is the matter of the order that his medals have been mounted, they should appear, from left to right:
1. Centenary Medal.
2. National Medal.
3. Australian Defence Medal
4. Anniversary of National Service Medal.
James Mallan, President of Gloucester RSL Sub-Branch: You have a number of questions to answer, with regard to your honesty and integrity. However, there is no question that you belong on the ANZMI website.
Duncan Marchant is another in the litany of modern day ‘wannabes’ who choose to blame their irresponsible anti-social behaviour on ‘war’ service in ‘The Ghan’, rather than acknowledge that far from suffering PTSD, they simply don’t have a backbone.
Marchant enlisted in the Army in 2000 and completed twelve years of service. During his time in the Army, he was seconded to Operation QLD Flood Assist in 2010. This was his only operational deployment. For his service, he was awarded the following:
National Emergency Medal with Clasp ‘Qld 2010-11’
Australian Defence Medal
What has Duncan Marchant done to earn a place on our website? Well, Marchant has created a persona to help him impress prospective life partners, he is prepared to lie and blame his inability to maintain relationships and his other failings on PTSD. Knowing that Marchant has no overseas service, was a RAEME member and enlisted in 2000, the following segment of an Email written by Marchant will explain why he deserves his place on this website:
‘…I had a serious accident in a high risk exercise involving a helicopter many years ago. In 2002 there were 3 soldiers seriously hurt and three dead. I was one of the serious ones hurt but what u didn’t know was i flat lined twice on a air lift to Brunei hospital. Brunei is near Malaysia. It took me 18 months to learn to walk properly and eat properly again. The lumps all over my body were from that accident and I have always been so conscious about them and still am. I feel like a freak sometimes and when we were together and u said not to its the first time in my life I didn’t worry about them.
When Langers died I was over in the Ghan and I got pulled out of there team to replace a seriously hurt soldier on QRF which is Quick Reaction Force. Which means if any patrols or incidents we were rapidly deployed to the area. Langer’s unit got hit hard by enemy fire in an ambush and we were deployed. On route to the area we found out that there were several soldiers hurt badly and two critical. Our job was to secure the area for medivac and get the injured outa there to base hospital. When we landed a mate grabbed me and told me to get over to a body were 2 patrol medics was working on a soldier that was in desperate trouble. When i got over there it was Langers. Myself the medic and two others worked on him under the guidance of the 2 medics helping them. Langers was still conscious but shot up really bad. He laughed at me and said that he was ok but he and we knew he wasn’t. We got him on the helicopter and i went with him and two medics back to base hospital. But in the flight he had a massive hemorage and died in my arms. I couldn’t help him and felt so bad I had let my mate die and couldn’t do anything to stop it. I blamed myself for years and as u know never really gotten over it…’
Marchant’s tales of daring do are simply that, tales. His claims of involvement in a helicopter crash are complete lies. Marchant did began his Army service as a Rifleman in Infantry before transferring to RAEME. In 2002, he was undergoing training in Australia, quiet a long way from the jungles of South-East Asia.
“So what? No harm done”, some may say. “At least he is not wearing medals” others may comment. Well, for us here at ANZMI it is the second part of his claims which are most disturbing, particularly when we know he did not deploy to Afghanistan or other overseas location at anytime during his service in the Army.
Marchant puts himself as the centre of attention ‘When Langers died over in the Ghan’. It is unsure who he is referring to but it is likely to be the late Sergeant Todd Langley who was killed in action on 4th July 2011. Irrespective of the identity of ‘Langers’, there is nothing more offensive than to claim the valour due to our war dead. Hang your head in shame Duncan Marchant.
We have decided not to publish the entire Email from Marchant out of respect to the young lady he was corresponding with but fortunately she recognised that his stories were less than credible and dumped him.
Duncan Marchant is a liar and wannabe of the most contemptible kind. He falsely claims to suffer from PTSD in order to explain away his inability to maintain a relationship or to excuse some of his behaviour. Duncan Marchant has well and truly earned his place on this website.
Markovic UPDATE 21 Apr 17
Go to the bottom of this page to see the latest update
WARNINGbeware of Goran Markovic, a Serbian born Australian citizen, from Lalor Park NSW who is now roaming Europe. He is a relentless con man, liar and wannabe with no conscience. Saying he has the morals of a pig is insulting pigs. He targets vulnerable people and like a pig hunting truffles, he is relentlessly. He applies charm and hard luck stories until he has exhausted his victims money supply. It is known that he works on multiple "victims" at the same time.
Markovic is an Australian Citizen who does his dirty work in Europe, mainly in France but also in Belgium, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, and Serbia. He falsely claims to be:
A Colonel in the Royal Australian Air Force. (RAAF)
A Group Captain in the RAAF
A Pilot in the Australian Flying Doctor Service
An Officer of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
An Officer of Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)
Interpol Taskforce Commander
Interpol Crime Squad Head Australian Bureau of Interpol.
A Pilot with New South Wales Civil Aviation Authority. (CAA)
Adrian Basile and has a fake passport in that name.
He often uses the rank of Colonel during introductions and conversations. The idiot does not know that the RAAF does not have "Colonels". He also fails to understand that the Civil Aviation Authority is a National Organisation and not a NSW State Authority. Below are examples of his tools of deceit.
Falsely using rank of Colonel, endorsed on the bottom of a fake air ticket he used in one of his scams.
False Australian Driving Licence:
False Australian Civil Aviation Card
From false media reports
Unfortunately his innocent and vulnerable targets are "everyday" honest trusting people who are charmed by his false claims and demeanour.
Here is an example of his modus operandi from a recent victim, who was an Australian travelling in Europe:
"I was travelling alone in Europe last year and staying at a hostel in Florence, Italy in April when Goran Markovic turned up saying he had all his documents, passport etc stolen. I helped him out by letting his mum send money to my passport and then giving him the money.
He showed me a police report from the Italian police. He then started telling me that he works as an Interpol Investigator.
He told me he works on and off for ASIO/ASIS doing regular secret assignments. He also said he worked as a pilot for the NSW Civil Aviation Authority and had been a pilot in the Australian Air force in which he reached the rank of Colonel. He often used the title Colonel when talking with people.
He said he fought in the Serbian/Bosnian war and had a lot of Australian military experience.
We travelled for about 10 days together as friends as he had convinced me that he was a devoted partner and father, was committed to putting criminals in jail and basically seemed like a decent and good person. At the end of the 10 days when I was going to leave, he showed me papers from NATO in which he had been activated for duty in relation to the Ukrainian conflict
I gave him my car until I could organize something else (it's a UK car). He now has that (stolen as well) in addition to the $120,000 he stole from my family and I."
He has been using my identity to stay at hotels in Europe (often not paying for the bill). He is using my name on emails to potential victims, see below:
Everywhere he goes he tells similar stories about being in the Australian Air Force etc
We know he is somewhere in France trying to find another victim.
We have a list of four others who have been similarly conned by Markovic.
Markovic is a constant conman forever on the prowl. He has well set up files and false documents to support his stories, and usually starts with a story of how he has had his Money and documents stolen, then begs for a small amount of money. He then ingratiates himself into the life of his target and gradually relieves them of larger amounts of money.
If you know anything of this Psychopathic Australian Ambassador of evil please let us know so that we can contribute to his demise.
Markovic defames the integrity of Australian RAAF Officers and we hope his inclusion on our web site helps to bring him to justice.
Markovic UPDATE 21 Apr 17
Markovic slunk back into Australia and went into hiding in South Australia. His criminality had caught up with him in Europe and he made a run for home.
Markovic had fled from Australia Fourteen years ago. Before scuttling off to Europe he had been convicted of more than ninety crimes in Australia and was facing further serious charges.
The long arm of the law new he was back in Australia and this fake "ASIO" operative aka fake RAAF "Colonel" was soon located by Police and arrested.
Markovic is a despicable human being who has chosen a life of petty crime at which he has not been very successful. Let's hope that the four Warrants relating to his criminality before fleeing from Australia Fourteen years ago give him some time to reflect on his iniquitous life style whilst looking through Prison bars.
Welcome back Markovic you are an immoral, callous fraud and have hurt many innocent and generous people. Claims of being a retired senior RAAF Officer have bought the Australian Veteran Community into disrepute.
This exposure of one David Marr, who resides in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, has been a harrowing one for many veterans who worked on this case; especially so for the spouse of one genuine veteran in particular. Marr's military experience is not extensive. Some would say virtually non-existent. His entire military career spanned a short stint as a part-time soldier in a reservist unit totalling just four months service; just enough time to learn how to wear his uniform; some ten days of accrued time on duty.
His civilian employment was again part time. As a part-time travel consultant he was able to promote and chaperone (at no cost to himself it appears) a visit to The Wall in Washington DC, USA (America's national monument to the Vietnam War) in 1995 for a group of Australian Vietnam veterans. These veterans did not know that Marr was an imposter, far from it! They had no idea the military persona he presented was totally fraudulent. The image Marr presented was promoted and supported to the extent where he was totally accepted and involved with Army unit associations during the 1970's; hot on the heels of Australia's closure to the war, when many veterans felt betrayed by their country and the vast majority of returned service personnel kept a low profile. Circumstances which benefited Marr's fraudulent behaviour perfectly. These were nonetheless, simpler times; a was a time when society trusted another's word and wannabes were unheard of. David Marr was a very good con-man, duping many veterans. Especially after he was elected to committees representing the interests of Vietnam veterans. This expanded so much, and Marr's fraud contrived so well, that at the time nobody ever doubted the military background and experiences he presented.
Despite the intent and promulgation of the penalties under the Defence Act 1903 as amended, remedies under the Act are seldom used; perhaps because the penalties are so incredulously light (see left).
Marr in the photo on this page is seen wearing two medals to which he is not entitled, the Australian Vietnam Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Star. In the video here (warning; long download) he is also wearing the Defence Force Service Medal. A medal awarded for 15 years service in the Australian military; not 15 weeks!
By exposing Marr and others on these pages it brings solace to the victims and helps to make others aware that frauds are in many places in our society, sometimes in high places, and we must remain ever vigilant.
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.
Purchasing fake or commemorative medals from Medal Dealers and tacking them on to the end of a genuine set of medals is usually the modus operandi of wannabees who have had no operational service whatsoever during their time in the military.
Alternatively, our pages are full of other frauds who have never served in the military and just buy and wear whatever medals they like.
Our story below though makes us wonder why genuine veterans would want to cheapen their authorised rack by mounting non authorised medals beside their official awards.
Lyle Trevor Martin was born in August, 1928. He is a Korean War veteran who served in the Australian Army and Reserves for 15 years. He had a distinguished career with service in Japan, Korea and Malaysia.
In the above photographs Lyle Martin is wearing the following medals -;
1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Clasps Korea and Malaya.
2. Korea Medal.
3. Korea United Nations Medal.
4. General Service Medal (GSM) 1918 – 1962. Clasp Malaya.
5. Australian Service Medal (ASM) Clasp (possible PNG)
6. Australian Defence Medal.
7. Pinjat Jasa Malaysian Medal.
8. Occupational Medal Japan. (Unawarded tin purchased medal.)
9. Nuclear Test Medal. (Unawarded tin purchased medal.)
10. Anniversary of Korea Medal. (Unawarded tin purchased medal.)
The last three medals on Martin’s rack are tin medals that he has purchased and had court mounted. Martin has no need to embellish his rack.
In the first and third photographs, Martin is wearing a Commando badge on his right lapel. He was never a Commando and this badge should not be worn.
Above his medal rack he also wears the United States Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation awarded to 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) for the Battle of Kapyong on the 24th and the 25th April, 1951. Martin arrived in Korea on the 26 August, 1951 and did not serve in the Kapyong engagement.
The Kapyong Presidential Unit Citation may be worn by members whilst attached to that Unit. Only those who were at Kapyong are eligible to wear it after leaving that Unit. Martin arrived in Korea well after the battle of Kapyong.
Martin enlisted in the Australian Army on the 9 December, 1946. He served for two years regular Army and during this period, he was posted to Japan for a time with the British Commonwealth Occupational Forces.
He then discharged on the 25 October, 1948 and within a few days enlisted in the Royal Australian Army Reserves. He then re-enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in July, 1950.
In August, 1951 Martin was posted to Korea as an Infantry soldier with 3 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.
He was subsequently wounded in Korea on the 7 July, 1952, and was casualty evacuated to Japan and then to Sydney in September, 1952.
He later served in Singapore in 1957 as a Storeman/Clerk and received the GSM with clasp Malaya.
He was discharged from the Australian Army on the 21 April, 1961.
We do not get satisfaction from exposing former military personnel who have served in areas of conflict. However, intentionally wearing three tin purchased medals with genuinely awarded medals is against all military medal protocols set down by the office of the Governor General.
These protocols were initiated to maintain dignity, integrity and respect to all personnel awarded genuine military medals that are worn on the left side. This is in keeping with long standing traditions.
Martin’s unofficial purchased tin medals should be worn on the right side with his other commemorative medals and below ancestors or family members medals that are worn on specific occasions.
The NSW Korean War Veterans Association (KVAA) is awash with members wearing self purchased tin medals. Their Face Book page displays members from the NSW President , Allen Lewis down to ordinary members, wearing un-awarded medals on the left side at official commemorative functions. The National Executive of the KVAA need to address the correct medal wearing procedures by their members to ensure that they conform with existing rules and protocols.
Martin is a former President of the Coraki, New South Wales Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch. He has also been a member of the Woodburn – Evans Head RSL and the Casino RSL.
He has been cautioned on numerous occasions by RSL Sub Branch officials and members regarding the wearing of non awarded medals on the left side. On each occasion he has ignored that advice.
He should know better.
Lewis Martin has broken the code and betrayed all ex servicemen who have gone before him. He has deliberately and for his own vanity worn a rack of false medals including the prestigious Imperial Military Medal (MM) which is awarded for "Bravery in the Field".
Martin is wearing the following medals.
Australian Active Service Medal
General Service Medal 1962 (Borneo)
Queens Silver Jubilee Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
He has no entitlement to any of them.
During 2015 Martin tried to launch himself into the Veteran fraternity with a request to join a Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) Facebook group.
Borneo and Vietnam may have been more than 45 years ago but for those involved, it is as if it were yesterday, and if you were in the RAAMC and had been awarded an MM you would be well known.
After lots of head scratching and checking, the RAAMC Facebook people correctly suspected that Martin could be a fraud and a wannabe and passed a request to us for investigation.
We discovered that Martin served in the Australian Citizens Military Forces (CMF) as a Private Soldier from 30 May 1961 to 11 Dec 1964. His unit was 2nd Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment (2RVR) and he spent all of his time in Victoria, Australia.
Here is his Record of Service Card.
We contacted Martin as follows:
"Our organisation is involved with research for Australian and New Zealand Defence Force Veterans.
It has been brought to our notice that you wear seven Defence Medals indicating being awarded the prestigious Military Medal (MM) for bravery, as well as (among others) Campaign medals for Borneo and Vietnam.
As we are unable to locate any reference to your military service involving overseas deployments we thought it best to ask you direct. We have no notions one way or the other and would be very happy to receive your advice regarding this matter.
We will require an answer by email to the above address by the 20 December 2015.
Should you choose not to respond we will proceed without your input."
At least Martin showed good sense in confessing to his deception. We received the following email from him:
Martin gave no reason for his fraud and deception. We do know that at his place of employment at the time the photograph was taken, he was thought to be a Returned Soldier.
Stealing the honour of genuine veterans is a loathsome act.
In this age of communication technology together with the awareness of genuine veterans and the abilities of ANZMI, all who "try it on" will be detected and exposed on this website.
Once installed you will stay here well beyond your use by date.