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

Surname: Robinson
Christian Names: Richard John
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Boulder
Service #: 5717150
Service: Army
Branch: RAE
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

Richard John Robinson hales from Boulder in the Gold Fields of Western Australia.

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Robinson was a National Serviceman who claims he served in Vietnam, hence the array of six medals.

The photograph is a bit "blurry" but we believe he is wearing:

Australian Active Service Medal - Not entitled, was never on active service.
Vietnam Medal - Not entitled never served in Vietnam
National Medal - Entitled for work with Fire Brigade
Australian Defence Medal - Entitled
Commemoration of National Service Medal - Entitled
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Not entitled never served in Vietnam.

For many years Robinson has been spinning his Vietnam yarns around the Gold Fields. From the quality of what he says most veterans realize that he is a liar, cheat and wannabe, however generally, citizens of the area believe he is a returned Serviceman, which he is not.

To prove his "story" he claims in the local paper that he met a now deceased Gold Fields man in Saigon whilst serving in Vietnam. There is no evidence in any official government nominal rolls to show that either Robinson or the person he has named ever served in Vietnam.

The newspaper article is of poor quality, but here is what was said:

"Long time friend Rich Robinson will be attending todays shoot to honour his mate who he first met in Saigon whilst on National Service. He was on leave and someone said there is a guy from Kalgoorlie over there."Robinson said he came over and introduced himself and we spoke for a while. One day I walked into the Boulder ex Servicemens Club and there he was. We have been mates ever since.""

We sent Robinson a letter requesting information about his service. We have not received a reply.

"Mr Richard John Robinson 9 May 2016
xxxxxxxxxx Street
Boulder WA 6432Dear Mr RobinsonOur organisation works on behalf of Australian and New Zealand Defence Force Veterans.We have been advised that you are a well known Vietnam Veteran, however we have been unable to find any evidence of your service.We have no leanings one way or the other and therefore thought it best to ask you direct to advise about your service. This matter will be easily resolved on receipt of details from you.Please respond to the above email address before the 17th May 2016.Should you not answer we will proceed without your input.Sincerely
Bill Hobson
ANZMI"


Robinson claims service with Army Small Ships, these ships worked in Vietnam waters and also carried supplies from Australia to Vietnam. See detailed information here:

pronto.au104.org/Pronto_Book/ProntoSVN_CH5-3_2013.pdf

We made and enquiry to 32 Small Ship Squadron Association and below is the reply we received.

"Hi Bill,
Thank you for your enquiry. We have no record of Richard John Robinson as having served in 32 Small Ship Squadron or Vietnam.
I hope you nail him if he is an impostor (he is the second person you have identified who has claimed to have served in 32 and Vietnam).
All the best,
xxxxx"


We will advise the Boulder police that Robinson is illegally wearing Defence medals which is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 and has a maximum penalty of a fine of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both. Throughout Australia, State Police have successfully prosecuted many wannabes under this legislation

We ask Gold Fields Veterans to keep a watch for Robinson on commemorative occasions and if seen, tell him to remove the Vietnam medals and depart the event.

We however, are pleased to welcome Robinson to our website as another liar, cheat and wannabe. The ex Service community is very large and wide spread, if you are faking your military service it is most likely that you will be noticed and end up with Robinson and the hundreds of other guests reposing on our website.

Surname: Rochford
Christian Names: Stephen John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Deception Bay
Service #: 316114
Service: Australian Army
Branch: RAEME
Commencement of service: 1973
Completion of service: 1978
Case Notes:

Update 18 March, 2014.

Since our initial exposure of Stephen John Rochford from Deception Bay in Queensland, our ANZMI contact E mail address has been running hot with representations from Patriots Motor Cycle Club members claiming we have "shed bad light" on that organisation.

Information request from your website

Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group <[email protected]> Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 4:20 PM

To: [email protected]

*Your Name:*

Mark

*Email Address:*

[email protected]

*Phone:*

XXXXXXXXXXX

*Subject:*

Steve Rochford

*Your Message:*

 

Dear Sirs,

Whilst we appreciate your right to publish the profiles of frauds and wannabe’s on your site, we would appreciate if you could restrict the dialog to the facts of the person concerned and request that the following corrections be made to the Profile of “Steve Rochford”:

Steve was a member of Patriots Australia and was a older member of the Club. Since December 2013 we have conducted our own internal investigation of the adornments worn by Steve and wish to advise that as a result of that investigation and allowing due process, Steve is no longer a member of Patriots Australia and was not a member at the time of your publication of his profile.

The photo displayed is not recent it is over 4 years old.

Patriots Australia have in the early years, relied on the honesty and integrity of those that joined our Club, criteria has over the years been reviewed and evolved to become more academic and is now scrutinised in more detail.

We see no purpose or benefit in the comments referring to “Patriots Australia” in your dialog and request that it be reworded so as not to shed bad light on a Club that serves a genuine purpose in assisting Military Personnel in surviving and assimilation back into a normal civilian life.

We trust that you will amend the entry accordingly.

Kindest regards

Patriots Australia

 

We do not disparage any organisation that assists in the welfare of returned service men and women.

However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that some veterans organisations, due to decreasing numbers, will accept on face value any individual who is interested in joining their activities without the proper checks and balances .

This is particularly so in regards to entitlements to wear officially awarded medals and badges.

It is not hard. A copy of a Discharge Certificate would normally suffice or other proof can be obtained quite readily by requesting applicants to produce personal service records that they can access.

It is the responsibility of the organisation to verify entitlements, particularly if they allow their members to wear Australian military medals and badges on civilian clothing. Simple as that.
 



The Patriots have harboured this fraudulent wannabee for about four years if you take into account the information provided in the above E mail. They state that the photograph is four years old, yet they only completed their investigation in December 2013. (Three months ago.) They had to know that he was not entitled to wear the ribands and badges he displayed. One look at his Australian Combat Badge complementing the non war like ribands he was wearing should have set off alarm bells.

As for Rochford not knowing what he was entitled to is Fairyland fantasy and the Patriots management who allowed this should stand down for being so incompetent.

We stand by our exposure of Rochford and this case will remain on site as is.

This should be a warning to all similar organisations that they hold in their hands the full responsibility to maintain the highest integrity of all veterans everywhere.

As stated, this is becoming more prevalent and we would like to direct you to the activities of Grant Francis Sutton, another motor cycle enthusiast, who is also on our ANZMI website and was a member of the Military Brotherhood Military Motorcycle Club. (MBMMC) Queensland. He also likes to dress up. 

 

Original Exposure

 Steven John Rochford, of Deception Bay in Queensland is a member of the Australian Patriots Motor Cycle Club. The Patriots Motor Cycle Club is an Australia wide club that consists of current and former members of the Defence Force who have an interest in motor cycles. There are Chapters in most Australian States. Unfortunately, members who join this organisation are not thoroughly investigated as to their bona fides for medal entitlements that they wear on civilian clothing at club outings and social functions.
 

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Steven John Rochford, whose photograph appears above is sporting an interesting array of medal ribands and badges.

This photograph was taken recently at a Patriots Motor Cycle function and shows Rochford wearing the following ribands and badges on the left side of his chest.

1. The Australian Service Medal/Riband. 1945 - 1975.

This medal/riband is issued to members of the Australian Defence Force for service in connection with prescribed non warlike operations during the period commencing the 3rd September 1945 to the 16th September, 1975. A nickel silver clasp is also issued to the recipient with the medal identifying the theatre of action. e.g. Middle East, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands etc. There are 14 locations listed on the The Australian Defence Honours and Awards Site. The 14 locations listed are all outside Australia.
 

2. The Australian Defence Medal/Riband

This medal/riband is issued to current and former members of the Australian Defence Force in recognition for completing four years service and also former National Servicemen and Australian Reserve personnel with qualifying service.
 

3. The Regular Forces Medal/Riband.

This is an unofficial non issued (tin) medal/riband that the wearer purchases from a Medal Shop or on the Internet. Usually about twenty dollars. (A$20.00) It means nothing and only adds to a wannabees rack of unauthorised medals or ribands.

4. The Army Combat Badge. (ACB)

The purpose of the Army Combat Badge is to recognise the unique service of an Australian Defence Force member operating with an Arms Corps Unit within a War Like Area of operations. The member must have been serving on warlike operations and been force assigned to a combat team for a continuous period of 90 days, or an aggregate period of 90 days. The ACB recognises service with a combat element.

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On his right chest, Rochford is wearing the Australian Individual Readiness Notification Badge.
 

5. The Australian Individual Readiness Notification badge. (AIRN).

The AIRN is issued to personnel who are qualified in readiness requirements in accordance with Defence instructions. It is only to be worn on Ceremonial Dress or uniform. It is never to be worn on civilian clothing.

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The AIRN badge was not issued to current qualified serving members until the mid to late 1990's. Rochford had discharged from the Australian Army in 1978.

Rochford has broken all the rules. He served in the Australian Army from 1973 to 1978. His 5 years service to the Nation was no doubt honourable and without incident.

He joined as a young apprentice, passed his trade courses and obviously became a valuable member of RAEME and the Australian Army. He should have been proud of that service.

Unfortunately though as time went on, Rochford decided to embellish his service and portray an image of a Soldier who had accomplished more than he did. Obviously, this was to impress his Patriot Club Motor Cycle associates and anyone else he happened to encounter.

Rochford completed his entire service in Australia. He had no overseas duties during his five years.

His entitlement for his service is the Australian Defence Medal. He should also be proud of that!
He is not entitled to wear the Australian Service Medal/Riband (ASM), the Army Combat Badge, (ACB), the "tin" Regular Forces Riband, and the AIRN. The medal ribands and badges have all been purchased.

We sent Steven Rochford a communication and asked him if he wished to respond to our request regarding his wearing of the ribands and badges in the photo.
He replied that -;

"The awards issue, to me, is a non event. Embarassing, but a non-event regardless."
He went on to say that a local member of his RSL had a medal mounting service and was always at him (Rochford) to "let me do your gongs".

Rochford stated that -;

" I had been out of the Military for twenty years and had no idea what I was entitled to. I eventually relented and paid him to do so based on my military history which I related to him. He sold me the package and I wore them in good faith assuming he knew what was correct."

Rochford must have told him some really good personal "operational" stories for his mate to have mounted the above ribands and sell them to him , particularly the ASM, together with the ACB and the AIRN.

Rochford declared that "I had no idea what I was entitled to". For a former member of the Australian Army with five years service to openly state those words, Rochford has shown himself to be a complete idiot.

Rochford lives in Deception Bay, a suburb north of Brisbane , Queensland, Australia. It was so named in 1823 by an explorer, Lieutenant John Oxley, due to it's "shallowness". (Wikipedia)

By his actions, Deception Bay and it's shallowness, is probably the most appropriate place in the whole of Australia for Stephen Rochford to reside. Welcome to the website.

 

Surname: Roman
Christian Names: Marco D
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Dawesville
Case Notes:

Updated 07 Nov 2013

Marco D Roman aka Montgomery Mark Moore, Montgomery Weir of Dawesville, Mandurah, Western Australia is a liar, fraud and cheat who uses numerous other names including that of people he knows or have been in contact with him.

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Marco Roman first appeared on the Walter Mitty website in the United Kingdom, see link below

http://waltermittyhunt.com/index.php/report-a-walt/viewgroup/114-marco-d-roman-sas-walter-mitty

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We were made aware of Roman some time back when we were sent images from his Facebook page as he has been seen marching on ANZAC Day 2012 and 2013 in Perth, Western Australia on his own claiming to be a member of the British SAS. You will notice in the first photograph from his Facebook page it was taken at the Dawn Service at Kings Park in Perth 2012. He has most likely attended other ex-service commemorations as can be seen from his Facebook pages.

Due to other ongoing investigations by a certain department we have waited till now to expose him.

What we know of his military history is that he did join the British Army and went to the Parachute Regiment till he was kicked out as he did not meet the requirements to belong to such an Elite Regiment.

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He was sent to the Green Jackets, but his time there was short lived after being charged with Manslaughter and spent time in an establishment at the Her Majesty’s pleasure. He left the United Kingdom to come to Australia before British Police could speak to him regarding a Grievous Bodily Harm and Fraud enquiries.

We know that he has committed a number of frauds in Western Australia, worked as a FIFO (fly in fly out) worker in the Northwest of Western Australia and claimed to be ex British, 16 Air Assault Brigade, Parachute Regiment as well as making a claim he was ex Australian SAS. Another claim he made was that he had his front teeth knocked out by the Irish republican Army (IRA) by being somewhere he wasn’t supposed to be.

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You will also notice that he has marched claiming to be ex British SAS, but he is wearing the Australian SAS Beret and Badge. The two different ties he wears are Australian SAS Association ties as well as a blazer badge which he cannot seem to decide what side it should be worn. It is worn on the left of a jacket pocket as can be seen on any ANZAC Day from Associations that wear a blazer badge on their jackets.

These SAS items can be seen in any place around Australia being worn on ANZAC Day by real members of the SAS Association. Some items can be purchased on eBay from time to time or Military Disposal Stores.

In one photo he is wearing a lapel badge which was identified on eBay as being the 50th anniversary badge of the Australian SAS back in 2007.

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The correct beret and badge for the British SAS can be seen below.

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Marco Roman or whatever you want to call yourself, you would have to be one of the dumbest wannabe’s claiming to be ex SAS and to place those photos on Facebook proves it.

You may pose as a member of an Elite Army Unit, but you do not have the calibre to be one. For your lack of respect to these men of those units who carry out dangerous missions some of whom have not returned, you have earned your place on our website as well as in the United Kingdom for eternity.

Updated 24 Sep 2013

New information has come to our attention regarding this person.

His official documents (most likely fraudulent) have his name listed as Antonio Marco D'Roman as he has a history of forging documents which include qualifications and identity papers. Every time he changes his name, there is a story about using his birth parents' surname.

He is know by more than 20 pseudonyms some of which are:

Mark D'Roman

Mark Western

John Heil

Mark Reid

Mark Lahey

It is anyones guess as to what name he will use next and companies need to keep a watch out for this person who appears to have no morals.

Updated 07 Nov 2013

We have received a copy of a resume Marco D'Roman left on a computer, only a small portion of that is being put up to protect names of companies and indivduals he has named in the resume. The main part is about referring to his service in the British forces from 1999 to 2007 in which he states;

"Unable to disclose information on curriculm vitae due to service confidentiality".

If this was true, why did he parade on ANZAC Day trying to make out he served with the UK SAS. All members of the British Armed Forces can request a copy of their service record which would show units served in and what qualifications and rank they have obtained during their service. The only thing they would not be able to mention is any covert operations they took part that are classified as Secret.

So we have more lies told by him to cover up his poor less than desirable service record.

 

 

RESUME

 


NAME:              Mark Reid

 

ADDRESS:        1/13 Breakwater Parade, Mandurah, Perth, WA, 6210

 

D.O.B:              03 / 03 / 1973

 

TELEPHONE:    M1 0401 741 417 H 08 9582 3561

 

E-MAIL:           [email protected]

 

OBJECTIVES:       

 

To apply and further develop my natural abilities and acquired skills in endeavours that are both challenging and fulfilling.  To improve my skills and  enhance my experience in all facets of human development by utilising my communication skills and experiences.  To work in a environment that allows me to interact with people to facilitate the development of new skills to assist others.

 

March 1991 - April 2007, Her Majesty’s British Armed Forces, Army, United Nations and Rest of the World.

 

Unable to disclose information on curriculum vitae due to service confidentiality.

 

This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

 

Surname: Ronay
Christian Names: Jimmy
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Marion
Case Notes:

Jimmy Ronay –Submariner - Special Air Service operative and  hedge clipper
 
Jimmy Ronay is that smiling almost invisible man that you may see toiling away at the Glandore Community Centre in the City of Marion in the Adelaide region. But beware, according to Jimmy there lurks the hidden past of a mighty warrior


 


  Jimmy claims in the document below to have served with the British Navy then immigrated to Australia, joined the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) and was well decorated during seven tours of duty in Vietnam. 

See the report below:
 


Ronay has told a Veteran. 

"Ronay served three years with the British Royal Navy and claims to have qualified as a carpenter and then claims to have been employed on Submarines.  Following his Royal Navy service and his migration to Australia, letters were sent from the British Government to the Australian Government saying that Ronay would be of great use to the Australian Defence Force.  A letter was sent to his residence in Mount Gambier in South Australia telling him to report for Military Duty at Puckapunyal in Victoria.  During his seven tours of Vietnam and because of his "Submarine" experience Ronay was seconded to the United States of America Navy (USN) where he was a “Spotter” for USN Ship Missouri. For this work he used glasses that turned green when he sighted the target, and they sent a signal to the Missouri for fire missions they were dead accurate. At other times in Vietnam, Ronay was  a “Spotter for B52's, a  Dog Handler a Tunnel rat and did totally secret missions for the Government who will not release details of his missions. The Government will however release his details if he signs a document requesting them to. He refuses to sign".

Australian Veterans are spread to every corner of Australia and are quick to recognize and report  liars and wannabes. In the Glandore Community Centre “blurb” it says of Jimmy:
 
“Jimmy epitomises the very best in volunteering and is a wonderful role model to others in the community” 

If the Glandore Community Centre believes that being a liar and a wannabe is an ideal role model we can’t really blame them because who would disbelieve such a “lovely” old con man.  Wannabes come in all shapes and sizes and ages. Jimmy Ronay is a senior citizen and a community volunteer but that does not give him the right to steal the honour of veterans.
 
We instigated a search for a Defence file for Ronay and received the following answer
 
Dear Mrs XXXXXXXXXX, 

Thank you for your query about the service records relating to the following servicemen: James RONAY

Post-WWII Army records are held by the Central Army Records Office (CARO). They have advised us that they were unable to locate a Post 1947 Army Service record for this individual. We provided them with the following information: 

Name:                           James RONAY

Date & place of birth:       Scotland

CARO Reference Officer Access & Communications

In addition Ronay is not included on the official Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll, where all those who served with any of the three squadrons of Special Air Services are listed. We wrote a polite request to Jimmy Ronay seeking confirmation from him of his “Seven Tours of Vietnam”.  Jimmy failed to respond.   

We also contacted the Manager of the Glandore Community Centre and suggested that Jimmy may have been misquoted, however we are assured that what was written was what Jimmy said – “Seven Tours of Vietnam with Australian Special Air Services”

Jimmy Ronay has never served with the elite Special Air Service Regiment and has never served in Vietnam with the Australian Defence Force. He is not just a silly old bugger.  He is a liar and a wannabe
 

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: Rosen
Christian Names: Kevin George
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Tweed Heads
Service: Navy
Case Notes:

Live: 26 Nov 2013

R53650 Kevin George "Popeye" Rosen, of Tweed Heads, is another Navy Medals Cheat.

Here he is wearing six genuine medals and two "Tin" abominations.

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His six official medals from left to right are:

Australian Active service Medal 1945-75 Clasp Vietnam

Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal 1945-75

Australian Service Medal with clasp

Defence Force Service Medal

National Medal

Australian Defence Medal

The two offending medals are those on the right hand side of his medals rack. They are the -:

(i)    Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal (un-official commemorative tin medal)
(ii)    Sydney Medal (un-official tin medal).


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In fact, Rosen would have spent only a few hours in Vung Tau Harbour during his two visits ferrying troops and equipment to Vietnam and it is most unlikely that he ever went ashore.

To commemorate those few hours in Port, he wears four medals. Two were genuinely presented to those who served on HMAS Sydney by the Australian Government and the other two are self-purchased   "Tin".

The "Tin" medals were originally cast by ex Navy personnel, because they had received no recognition for their contribution to the Vietnam War, then, after much lobbying, in 1994 the Australian Government approved the issue of the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) and the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM) twenty two years after Australia's involvement in the war ended.

Prior to 1994 many Navy veterans were wearing the "Tin" medals as a protest against their non recognition, however, as soon as approval was given to wear the AASM and the VLSM for their Vietnam service, the "Tin" should have been taken off and cast asunder. Unfortunately, many like Rosen have decided that they look much more "war like" with eight medals rather than six.

Ex Royal Australian Navy personnel are by far the worst offenders for wearing "Tin" medals, and the Gold Coast/Tweed Heads region of Australia contains a host of offenders, most of whom are Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch committee members. "Popeye" Rosen is on the committee of the Coolangatta Tweed Heads RSL Sub Branch.

His behaviour is a disgrace to the Royal Australian Navy and an embarrassment to Veterans everywhere.

"Popeye" Rosen is on our web site where he belongs, and be assured that the absurd number of medals cheats residing in the Gold Coast Region of Australia will eventually join Rosen.

This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

Surname: Ross
Christian Names: Stuart Alban
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: Not Known
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

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The above photo of Ross was taken at the Cannon Hill RSL 2016 Dawn Service, with his campaign medals proudly displayed.

Ross joined the Australian Army as a volunteer and served a significant amount of time in Vietnam, 594 days in fact. This is an impressive period of service, and for that service he can be justifiably proud, just like the many others who saw active service.

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Ross, however, cannot be proud of the fact he has attached a commemorative, or as commonly known, a ‘tin medal’, to his Service medals. Doing such may impress those that do not know, however, you do not fool your fellow veterans.

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The Front Line Service Medal was issued by the 2/12 Battalion Association to identify those who took part in World War Two front line actions with the Infantry, differentiating them from other units.

Defence Honours and Awards has this to say about such medals:

“A relatively recent phenomenon medal world is the appearance of a wide variety of non-official medals, generally referred to as ‘private commemoratives’ but also called ‘tinnies’. A non-official medal is any medal that is not listed in the Order of Wearing of Australian Honours and Awards, which was published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette Special No. S.101 of 4 April 2002.

Medals not listed in the order of wear may be worn officially, on an unrestricted basis, only with the express permission of the Governor-General. As a general rule, such permission is extended only to official awards of foreign governments. It has never been extended to private commemorative medals. Those medals should not be worn at all, and certainly never on the left hand side and mounted with officially issued medals”.

Over the years this policy has appeared to relax a little, with commemorative medals being worn on the right hand side of civilian clothing, and if Ross were to wear this thing, that is where it should be.

Ross has deliberately flouted Government policy in order to give himself just that little more recognition and set himself apart from other Veterans. What he does not seem to understand is that he does not need that piece of ‘tin’ to show his ‘front line’ service as that has been adequately recognised by the Infantry Combat Badge he also wears on his suit.

Stuart Alban Ross, your Vietnam service has earned you the medals that you can be proud to wear, however, by adding a worthless commemorative medal, you have earned yourself a place on the ever-increasing parade numbers on the ANZMI site.

 

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