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

Surname: Storer
Christian Names: Bernard James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army
Branch: Provost
Commencement of service: 1966
Completion of service: 1968
Case Notes:

3785919 Bernard James Storer was conscripted into the Australian Army in 1966.  Following completion of his Recruit Training, he was posted to Southern Command, Royal Australian Army Provost Corps, Melbourne.  He then completed his Corps Training and was promoted to the rank of Corporal.

On the 21 June, 1967, Storer was posted to 1 Divisional Provost Company, Vietnam.  For the following 9 months he served at Vung Tau, Nui Dat and Saigon as a Military Police Non Commissioned Officer.

His duties consisted of normal Military Police duties in those three locations and his service would not be regarded as out of the ordinary or exceptional.
Storer returned to Australia in March 1968 and returned to his former employment.

In the above photograph taken recently, Storer is wearing the following medals -:

1.      Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75  clasp Vietnam              Entitled

2.      Australian Vietnam Medal                                                          Entitled

3.      Australian Defence Medal                                                          Entitled

4.      National Service Medal                                                              Entitled

5.      Gallantry Cross with Palm (Republic of Vietnam Medal)                Not Entitled

6.      Vietnam Campaign Medal                                                          Entitled.

There seems to be a growing propensity of former Vietnam Veterans to wear this Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.  If it has not been awarded officially by the former Republic of Vietnam Government and it is not recorded on your service records, you are not entitled to wear it.  It is as simple as that. 

The Medal can be purchased on the Internet for about $20.00 and this is what Storer and all the other medal cheats have done to improve their rack.


If you wear medals that you are not entitled to wear, then you can expect to be photographed and placed on the ANZMI site.  Our operatives are dispersed throughout Australia and New Zealand and the veteran community are sickened by the amount of genuine veterans adding non earned medals to their genuine rack for no other reason than to inflate their own ego and glorify 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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Strevens
Christian Names: Stephen Conway
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Bega
Service #: R63337
Service: Navy
Branch: Marine Engineering
Commencement of service: 05 Apr 1964
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Stephen (Steve) Strevens, Navy veteran, editor, author and historian – and medal cheat.

Strevens 1 2

 

The above photograph was taken on 24 April 2015, where Strevens appeared in an article in the Bega District News, talking about his latest book, this time about the experiences of a Vietnam veteran.

Strevens is best summed up in this biographical piece, issued as part of a media release from publishers Pan MacMillan Australia:

“Steve Strevens joined the Navy two weeks after his 16th birthday. He served in Vietnam, Malay and Borneo and then became a freelance writer. He was a regular contributor to The Age and has been published in many major newspapers and magazines, both here and overseas. He is a multi-award-winning journalist and has edited two regional newspapers. Steve's eight books include Slow River and the critically acclaimed biography of Collingwood AFL legend Bob Rose. He lives on the far south coast of NSW with his partner and their two ageing, loveable, but quite mad, dogs”.

Strevens served in Vietnam, Malaya and Borneo onboard HMAS Vendetta and HMAS Sydney. For this service he qualified for a number of official medals, as did others who served with him.

Strevens 2

In the above picture Strevens can be seen wearing, from left to right, the following medals:

1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) 1945-75 with 3 clasps – entitled.

2. Navy General Service Medal 1962 with 1 clasp – entitled.

3. Vietnam Logistic Support Medal (VLSM) – entitled.

4. Australian Service Medal (ASM) 1945-75 – entitled.

5. Australian Defence Medal (ADM) – entitled.

6. Vietnam Logistic Support Forces Medal – commemorative medal and not to be worn with official medals.

7. HMAS Sydney Medal - commemorative medal and not to be worn with official medals.

8. Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal – entitled.

The two ‘offensive’ medals are shown below:

Strevens 3

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 and Awards system. Protocol dictates that unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events. However, if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

The two medals above are commemorative ‘tin’ originally commissioned by a Naval association associated with HMAS Sydney, “The Vung Tau Ferry”. Before the early 1990’s there was no recognition for the Navy personnel who crewed the support ships serving Australians in Vietnam. Because of this, Naval associations produced their own. The VLSM was later instituted by the Commonwealth to provide official recognition.

The medal on the left was only available to association members who had served on the Sydney and the other is the Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal. These are purchased medals, commonly referred to as ‘tin’ medals.

If Strevens was such an acclaimed author and news editor, how did he let the ‘facts’ about these ‘tin’ medals slip through the cracks. Or is the truth of the matter Strevens chose to ignore the truth and add another two medals to make that rack look just that little more appealing to unsuspecting readers.

Stephen Strevens, through your own actions you have inadvertently written your own story and entry in the ever-increasing dishonour roll on ANZMI.

Surname: Stupar
Christian Names: Frank John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Phillip Island
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

Frank John STUPAR was born at Trieste, Italy, on 4 April 1940. 
He enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy on 28 April 1958, was given service number R54305, and trained at HMAS Cerberus.  His service included postings on several Destroyers, a Frigate and a Mine Sweeper  He carried out active service in Malaya/Borneo on two occasions but never in Vietnam or it's waters.

 



He was discharged from the service at HMAS Harman, Canberra, on 27 April 1967 after nine years service.  At the time of his discharge, Stupar held the rank of Able Seaman and from his service, was eligible for the following medals: 

  
Naval General Service Medal 1915 - 1962;    Eligibility not clearly established.
General Service Medal 1962;  and, in 1997 became eligible for the Australian Active Service Medal (1945-75) for his Malayan Peninsular/Borneo service and the Australian Defence Medal, in 2006.

On the eve of Anzac Day 2006, Stupar attended a semi formal dinner with a number of RAN Veterans and introduced himself as an "ex-RAN Vietnam Veteran".  No medals were worn at the dinner by any of the attendees.

During the course of the evening, Stupar regaled those present with a number of stories that were so outrageous, they were unbelievable.  Stupar must be a real dill to think he could pull the wool over the eyes of some of these crusty old salts whose service entitled most of them to be classified as 'lifers'.

He stated that he was on a patrol boat that sailed up the Mekong Delta and emphasised that it was a secret mission that had never been disclosed.  ("Top Secret" is a common wannabe phrase that is used to circumvent any questions about their fantasy stories.) 

He also stated that he was a survivor of the HMAS VOYAGER tragedy, when the Voyager was cut in half and sunk by the HMAS Melbourne off Jervis Bay during exercises on 10 February 1964, with the tragic loss of 82 lives.  Sure Frank - nobody would think to check.  Especially when, by spouting his big-noting fantasies this wannabe steals the honour of those who perished and denigrates the many survivors who have battled since 1964 to come to terms with the tragedy.  The survivors suffered the trauma of the accident, their rescue at night and the further trauma of having to endure two Royal Commissions which failed to make any findings that would enable them to get on with their lives and careers.   

Stupar's stories were so far fetched that after the dinner, several of the group checked the Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll and the Ships Crew list of HMAS VOYAGER at the time of the collision in 1964.  Stupar did not appear on either list.

On Anzac Day at Yarrawonga, which is situated west of Albury on the Murray River, there are two marches.  The first is at Mulwala on the north bank of the river, the second is at Yarrawonga on the south bank of the river.

Stupar marched in the first march at Mulwala and was photographed by a reporter from the local paper, the Yarrawonga Chronicle.  He is second from the left in the photograph, wearing a substantial rack of medals, sticking out his chest with pride, or is it arroganceafter having told the reporter that he was a Petty Officer. He was discharged an Able Seaman.


 



Stupar is shown wearing the following medals:

General Service Medal 1962......................qualified by 2nd tour of duty Borneo/Malay Peninsular

 Australian Service Medal 1945-75...............no qualification - Stupar served 29 days during his 1st trip to Malaysian waters.  This medal requires 30 days service.

Naval General Service Medal.....................No qualification - requires 180 days service, not 29

Australian Active Service Medal................ qualified - awarded GSM 1962.

Vietnam Medal............................................no qualification

Vietnam Campaign Medal...........................no qualification

 Luckily for him, Stupar had shot through before his dinner companions marched in the second march at Yarrawonga.  After his lies of the previous evening, and the associated lack of respect shown to the victims and survivors of the crew of the HMAS Voyager by his stories of being one of them, he would have had to face a 'jury of his peers', who now have no respect for him. 
They would have had more anger and even less respect for him if they had seen him marching at the Anzac Day march wearing medals from the Vietnam War that he has no entitlement to wear.   

How low can you go Frank?  Wearing medals that were not awarded, falsely claiming war service, and publicly posing amongst genuine Veterans on the most sacred of days in any proud Veterans calendar.  You are a pathetic little man. 
 
When the RAN Veterans returned to their various homes after the reunion and march at Yarrawonga, ANZMI was contacted and advised of Stupar's stupidity and an investigation was carried out by our researchers. 
Our research is supported by statutory declarations, copies of official documents obtained from the National Archives of Australia, and cross referenced against numerous government and ex-service organisation web sites, the Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll, HMAS Voyager Crew Lists, books about the Voyager disaster and transcripts of the two Royal Commissions into the sinking of HMAS Voyager.

As is our standard operating procedure prior to publishing the results of our research, Frank Stupar was contacted by ANZMI and asked to provide evidence to support his claims of 'top secret' missions during the Vietnam War.
As is common when we ask questions of wannabes, that seemingly have no answers, we have received no contact whatsoever from Stupar.  He has failed to face up to his shortcomings.   

We at ANZMI sincerely hope he will be sufficiently embarrassed by this exposure of his bogus medal displays and 'Hollywood' style yarns and  will refrain from repeating his Anzac Day 2006 performance.  We urge him to be satisfied with his achievements, the service he has given to his country, and wear with pride the medals he has been awarded for that service. 

 Phillip Island RSL (sub-branch) might wish to check on exactly what Naval service Stupar noted on his application form.

 Information on the HMAS VOYAGER tragedy can easily be found on the internet.

 

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: Suba
Christian Names: Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Victor Harbour
Service #: Not Known
Service: ARA & ARES
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

When we are hit with disasters from time to time, we all know we can rely on community service groups such as the State Emergency Service (SES). These men and women give up much of their own time and energy to support fellow citizens in times of great need. Robert Suba is one such man with a long involvement in the SES at Victor Harbour in South Australia and for that he is to be applauded. Unfortunately, like many others in emergency service work, Mr Suba does not seem to understand the protocol in place when it comes to the wearing of medals.

In the above photo, taken at a formal commemorative service in Victor Harbour, we can see displayed on Suba’s chest, from left to right, the National Medal with 2 clasps, the Australian Defence Medal, the South Australia Emergency Services Medal, the SES Long Service Medal and the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer Medal.
This is a pretty impressive rack and the 2 clasps to Suba’s National Medal, indicate that he has over 35 years of community service, something he should rightly feel proud of.

However, only 2 of the medals, the National Medal and the ADM, are allowed to be displayed on the left side of the chest. These are official Australian National Medals and protocol dictates that they not be mixed for display with other Sate/Territory, or commemorative medals.

The protocol is clearly outlined on the Australian Government’s official awards and decoration website, It’s an Honour www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/wearing.cfm
Similarly, the protocol is also laid out on the South Australian SES website at www.ses.sa.gov.au/public/download.jsp?id=71598
And as Mr Suba is also a member of the Victor Harbour RSL Sub-branch, had he checked the RSL’s own site, he would also have been made aware of how decorations and awards are to be displayed. www.rslsa.org.au/customdata/index.cfm?fu...emID=5159&OrgID=1113

The bottom line is that there is no excuse for anyone to be wearing a mixture of Official National medals, State awards and commemorative ‘tin’ medals.

To his credit Robert Suba promptly responded to our query regarding the medals he was wearing in the photograph. He told us that at the time of adding the SA Emergency Services medal, the SES had not completed its dress code regarding the wearing of medals. However, after reading the current SES protocol he now understands the correct and official protocol and has given an undertaking that he will rectify the mounting of his official and State decorations.

Suba’s case is yet another example of both ESO’s and emergency service organisations either being unaware of, or choosing to ignore, the protocols which exist regarding awards and decorations. This is a constant issue for us at ANZMI and perhaps it is time for organisations affected by this to send out a written reminder to their members on what is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surname: Sullivan
Christian Names: Raymond Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Unknown
Service #: 2166936
Service: Army (National Service & ARES)
Branch: Catering Corps
Commencement of service: 02 Mar 68
Completion of service: See Case Notes
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Raymond Francis Sullivan was born 1944. In March, 1968, at 24 years of age, he commenced compulsory National Service Training in the Australian Army.    Subsequent to his National Service commitment, Sullivan continued part time service with the Army Reserve.   Below is his National Service record.

In the next image, Sullivan can be seen wearing (Court Mounted in fact), the following medals:


1. The Reserve Forces Medal (Entitled);

2. Australian Defence Medal (Entitled);

3. Anniversary of National Service Medal (Entitled); and

4. National Service tin purchased unofficial medal. (Not entitled to be worn with official medals)

Sullivan is another example of a member of the Australian National Servicemen's Association adding a tin unofficial medal to his two genuinely awarded medals.

This ‘tin’ is not, nor has it ever been an official medal.

He served his time, he completed his required duty as did hundreds of thousands of other National Servicemen. He should be satisfied with that. There is no need to purchase tin medals and add them to his genuinely awarded medals. Doesn't make sense.

It is also a concern that he was able to get the medals Court Mounted.   Any reputable Medal Mounter would refuse to mount official medals with tin rubbish but it is clear from the photograph that a dubious medal mounter is out there somewhere.

The pages of the ANZMI website are littered with examples of National Servicemen like Sullivan, who just cannot be satisfied with the official recognition their service warrants.   Just have a look at the following ANZMI cases:

Bauerle

Burzacott

Collins (Bega RSL Sub Branch)

Flood (Bega RSL Sub Branch)

Witchard (Bega RSL Sub Branch)

Unfortunately, there are many, many more on or website.

The National Servicemen's Association of Australia have to get their act in order and discipline their members for ignoring long established medals protocols, in order to maintain respect and dignity within the Australian Defence Force and Veteran community.

Welcome to our website Raymond Sullivan.

 

Surname: Sutton
Christian Names: Grant Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service: Army Reserves/Army
Branch: Infantry
Completion of service: 2000
Case Notes:

Grant Francis SUTTON of Brisbane, Queensland is another modern day wannabe claiming to have served on combat operations and being a qualified member of 1 Commando Regiment.

Grant SUTTON was first spotted at the Beenleigh Returned and Services League (RSL) Queensland on Remembrance Day 2012 with a few other members of the Military Brotherhood Military Motor Cycle club (MBMMC) and on a number of other occasions wearing various medals and embellishments for service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Medals and Badges

As can be seen from the photograph, they are;

Australian Active Service Medal 1975 (not entitled)

Afghanistan Medal (not entitled)

Iraq Medal (not entitled)

Australian Service Medal 1975 (not entitled)

Defence Long Service Medal (not entitled) (min 15 years’ service required)

Australian Defence Medal entitled

Above the medals he is wearing the AIRN (Army Individual Readiness Badge) which is only worn by serving members on certain uniforms and not on civilian dress.

ICB (Infantry Combat Badge) (not entitled)

RASB (Returned from Active Service Badge) (not entitled)

Note he has no awards for East Timor.

He was spoken to at the Beenleigh RSL and as a result the following email was sent to the MBMMC as follows;

-----Original Message-----

From: xxxxxxx [mailto:xxxxxxxxxx@hotmail.com]

Sent: Thursday, 7 March 2013 2:28 PM

To: nathq@militarybrotherhood.com.au

Subject: "Sutto"

 

Hi, I'd like to express my concerns over one of your members that was at the xxxxxxxxx RSL on Thursday 7 march.

 

It is Grant "Sutto", I'm assuming Sutton is his last name. I recall from Remembrance Day 2012 he attended the RSL with a few of your other members wearing various medals and embellishments for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has frequented the RSL since that time, wearing a vest with the various military brotherhood patches on, I couldn't help but ask him why he was wearing his Infantry Combat Badge on the right for which he could give no plausible reason. Upon hearing his responses I asked him where he'd served out of curiosity, to be told 1CDO REGT Iraq in early 2003 and Afghanistan. I then replied that 1CDO REGT did not deploy to Iraq, then he mumbled and said that he deployed to Iraq with Bcoy 6RAR early 03 not 1CDO. After I told him 6RAR did not deploy to Iraq until dec 2004 and that Bcoy was nonexistent during the timeframe as it was the battalion training team "BTT" he replied "I know what you’re doing". I do not know what he meant by that, I then asked him where else did he serve. He told me he went to East Timor in 99 with Bcoy 6RAR, Bcoy 6 did not deploy to Timor until April 2000 and he is not on the nominal roll nor does he wear East Timor medals reflecting service during that timeframe.

 

Is this member of yours legitimate or a fraud? There are huge inaccuracies in what he has said and that is the only reason it has made me genuinely concerned for your club, the RSL and the wider veteran community. For obvious reasons discretion needs to exercised on this matter.

 

On 08/03/2013, at 9:04 AM, "National Headquarters" <nathq@militarybrotherhood.com.au> wrote: xxx, Appreciate your concerns and thanks for the email. I'll take it from here and sort things out. Mucho Club President MBMMC XXXXXXXXXX

From: xxxxxxx (xxxxxxxxxx@hotmail.com)

Sent: Friday, 8 March 2013 10:09:13 AM

To: National Headquarters (nathq@militarybrotherhood.com.au)

Thanks Mucho, Please keep me updated on the outcome as it does concern all and I wouldn't want his name tarnished if it turns out he's genuine.

Thanks xxx

 xxxx xxx

Their website can be found here;

http://www.militarybrotherhood.com.au/

We also sent emails to the MBMMC regarding SUTTON and these are the three replies received:

10 April 2013

G’day Matt,

Currently I have a request into CARO to check him out. So I would ask that you hold off until I have obtain information from them.

As far as wearing any medals, no he does not until our checks are confirmed either way.

Early on when he joined our Club he did wear medals, but has been advised to remove them until checks are in.

Hoping you’ll work with us for the moment, and I’ll update you on this situation.

Mucho

Club President

12 April 2013

Thanks Matt,

Our process is that our Club application form is the authority from the member (signed with consent provisions).

That went in to CARO some time ago, plus a photograph of him. Nothing back to date.

However, I will reiterate that he does not wear any medals until we confirm his eligibility.

Mucho

2 July 2013

G’day Matt,

Still awaiting Honours and Awards (H&A). His Defence service has been confirmed in writing by CARO.

As he has Defence service he qualifies as a member – for now.

He does not wear any medals, as directed by us, until H&A clear this issue one way or the other.

As far as wearing his Commando beret, have not seen that since he was spoken to. If he is doing so outside our Club, not sure, but I will speak with him.

I would urge you to hold off with any webside posting until we get confirmation from H&A.

Regards

Mucho

Grant SUTTON like many wannabes in the world of computers uses social media like Facebook to lavishly praise his false military history and posted real photos taken on operations and most likely obtained by him from military magazines or a web site to deceive people into believing they are photographs of him serving on operations.

Grant SUTTON was contacted on Facebook and the following chat recorded;

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These are two photographs which were posted on his Facebook page to deceive people into thinking he had served on active operations when in fact he was never deployed to an operational area and he admitted to that in the recorded chat.

The problem with social media is that you must tell the truth, as other people who know you, and served with you in the Australian Defence Forces can recognize your lies.

As a result of what he posted on his Facebook page and claims he has made to people that know him, we received information about some of Sutton’s claims.

He secured the beaches of East Timor while the navy deployed troops and equipment into Dili Harbour and he was taking on the TNI (name for the Indonesian military forces, Tentara Nasional Indonesia) with members of the Australian SAS Regiment. He was also involved in operations with an elite Commando unit in Iraq.

On another occasion:

During an official function at the MBMMC involving local and federal politicians, members and guests, Sutton gave an emotional presentation about his involvement in “Special Operations” in East Timor and Iraq, and in “Black Operations” in “other places that are just too painful to talk about”.  He said after putting his Commando Beret away

“I just don’t want to know about it anymore, I don’t wear my medals now because it is too painful, and I can’t stand wearing them because they are a painful reminder of the bad times.”

The above statement by Sutton is false and was made most likely because he knew he had been caught out.

From the wealth of information we received from people that know him, read his Facebook page or received an email about him through networks within the veteran community, we have managed to piece together a more accurate description of his military service.

Initially he spent several years with 8th/7th Battalion, The Royal Victorian Regiment (8/7 RVR Army Reserves). He transferred to 1 Commando Regiment (Army Reserves), in the late 1990’s, though this only lasted approximately six months before he returned to 8/7 RVR. He transferred to 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment as he has stated on his Facebook page in 1999-2000 again for approximately six months before being discharged..

Members who are posted to 1 Commando Regiment wear the blue beret and badge till they have carried out the required training, courses and tests to qualify to wear the green Commando beret. Because he was serving part time and was only there for a very short period of time, we doubt very much that he would have been able to complete the required criteria to qualify him to wear the Commando beret.

An example of the requirements for the Citizen Military Forces (now Army Reserves) Commando Companies in Sydney and Melbourne can be seen below. The requirements and tests varied over the years up to the present requirement were both Army Reserve and Regular Commandos have to complete the same courses to be qualified to wear the green beret and able to serve on active service.

Grant Francis SUTTON the medals you have worn are not yours or are self-purchased fakes. You have shown that you lack honour, integrity and respect for those who earn them the hard way. You have insulted all veterans who served in those campaigns and in particular to the Special Forces veterans by pretending to be a qualified Commando.

With your disgusting behaviour and lies, no apology can satisfy the veterans you have disrespected and insulted. You have earned a right to appear on our site where you have been given a life sentence.

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.

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