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

Surname: Sowter
Christian Names: John James
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Boyne Island
Service: Army
Branch: Armoured
Case Notes:
2782318 Trooper John James “Sooty” Sowter, 1 Armored Regiment, Royal Australian Armoured Corps, 1965 to 1967,  is a liar, a  fraud and a wannabee.

In the photograph, Sowter is wearing his Royal Australian Armoured Corps shoulder patches, Armoured Corps beret and badge, with a National Service medal and Defence Service Medal on his left breast.  He is also wearing possible next of kin medals on his right breast.

 As can be seen at the foot of the photograph, (below) he informed the reporter that he is a Vietnam veteran, serving in the Army from 1966-1967.

On Anzac day 2013, of all sacred days, Sowter,  a former Australian Army National Serviceman, who was conscripted in the State of New South Wales on the 27 September, 1965, decided to reveal himself  to the local newspaper, The Observer, Boyne Island Region,  Queensland as a Vietnam War suffering veteran.  He informed the reporter that he refuses to wear a Vietnam medal “as his own personal protest because of how we were treated when we returned.”   The only reason he is not wearing a “Vietnam medal”, is because he is not entitled to wear one.  He didn’t go there, he did not return, and consequently, he was not issued with a medal.  He has also been photographed talking to Tannum High School students and we are reliably informed that he relates his “first hand” accounts of driving tanks in Vietnam to the students.  These personal accounts appear in the “Tannum High Lights” school publications 1st and 8th May, 2013 editions.

 

Sowter’s official Army record indicates that following his conscription into the Army, he completed Recruit Training at Kapooka in 1965.  He was then posted to the Armoured Centre for Armored Corps training.  He was then posted to B Squadron, 1 Armoured Regiment where he served until his discharge on the 26 September, 1967.
The above documents are from Sowter's official Service Record and account for every day of his service.
Sowter did not seek Vietnam service and nor was he posted to Vietnam during his two years service.    In an uneventful two years, he served the entire time in Australia,  was discharged,  and then continued his civilian vocation.  Like everyone else who served in the Army at the time of the Vietnam War, he would have had opportunities to volunteer for operational service in Vietnam, as many did.    However, he chose to remain safe and close to home. 

Former servicemen who attempt to steal the honour of genuine veterans are a disgrace and are despised by the genuine returned servicemen and servicewomen community. 

By deliberately exposing themselves to local newspapers, being photographed for their own egos and glorification,  and relating their so called sufferings to the general public, these wannabees show absolute disrespect for the genuine veterans who have served and died for Australia in a theatre of war. 

Sowter claims that he does not wear his Vietnam medal because of “the way he was treated when he returned.”

In complete contrast to Sowter’s despicable lies, the vast majority of Vietnam veterans are proud to wear their awarded medals on Anzac Day.  They went there, they served honourably in tough conditions and they are proud.

Genuine veterans do not want to read this rubbish by “bogus Vietnam veterans not wanting to wear their medals because of the way they were treated when they came home”.

Sowter was contacted by telephone to ascertain his version of the story. He confessed to not having served in Vietnam.   He claims that he was misquoted by the reporter of the Gladstone Observer in regards to his Vietnam Service, but he has not done anything to correct the situation. We have also been informed that the reporter would not have included any information in the article unless she had been told personally by Sowter.    He also claims that he was misquoted in the Tannum High School magazine about his “first hand” Vietnam service, but again, he has also done nothing to rectify this situation.

 Sowter is a member of the Boyne Island-Tannum Sands, Queensland, RSL Club.  He is a chauvinistic idiot who should have more sense.  We hope that his genuine returned veteran colleagues at the Boyne Island-Tannum Sands RSL Club treat Sowter with the contempt that he deserves.

Sowter by his own admissions has committed an offence against the Defence Act 1903, Part V11, Section 80A, by “falsely representing to be a returned soldier.”

 “Sooty” Sowter; is an appropriate name for this wannabee, for he has blackened his name well and truly in the Veteran community.

Whenever you google John Sooty Sowter’s,name from now,  his true Army record will be revealed.

Welcome to the website forever, John James “Sooty” Sowter.

 

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: Spark
Christian Names: Rodney
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army
Branch: Medical
Case Notes:

Rodney Spark Fraudster Medic

In May 2009 Rodney SPARK made contact with a Victorian RSL Pensions Office seeking help to obtain, in his own words - a "Gold Card" 

We do not have a current photograph of Rodney Spark, if any of our readers can supply one it would be appreciated.

 Over the phone a DVA (Dept of Veterans' Affairs) recognised pensions officer queried SPARK as to what disabilities he desired to make which he could link to Vietnam "Operational Service" - SPARK indicated that he had no disabilities from his Vietnam service with the Australian Army, he only wanted to apply for a Service Pension which would qualify him for the Gold card. 

Pressing for more information, the pensions officer requested a brief history to assist SPARK and the following information (backed by Statutory Declaration) was provided: 

Conscripted to National Service (the draft) in June 1970 SPARK completed recruit training at the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion Puckapunyal Victoria and was allocated to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps - he was then posted to the School; of Army Health at Healesville Victoria where he underwent corps training and qualified as a Medical Assistant. 

SPARK  states he then attended a Battle Efficiency Course at Canungra Queeensland and was posted to 11 Field Ambulance - 3rd Casualty Clearance Station and spent six months stationed in Vietnam posted to a United States of America Army hospital in Danang employed as a male nurse.  He stated that he worked under Australian medical staff consisting of a Sgt DUBINSKY and a Sgt WALLACE.  He recalls that his Australian Commanding Officer was a Major KELLY. 

After six months in Vietnam SPARK stated that Major KELLY paraded him and a few other National Servicemen (draftees) in the CO's office to formally advise the men that: "Due to the change of Government in Australia, the ruling party has decided that draftees like yourselves are required to sign on for a further six months active service in Vietnam - those that refuse to comply with this directive will be returned to Australia immediately and forfeit all rights to repatriation benefits"  SPARK stated that he refused to sign the required documentation and that he was returned to Australia soon after and discharged from the Army. 

SPARK is adamant that his discharge certificate clearly indicates that he has NO overseas "Active Service", and he understands that this is his punishment and a Government cover-up for him not complying with his orders and extending his tour of duty in Vietnam. 

The pension officer asked SPARK if he had been issued with his Vietnam medals and the reply was in the negative - SPARK is insistent that his time in Vietnam will never be recognised.  The pension officer offered to make enquiries to enable a proper service history check to be completed with the possible chance of his being issued his medal entitlement and SPARK agreed to this...........as would any deserving veteran! 

Service checks can take up to three months to complete so the assurance was given that this would occur, in the interim SPARK was given the details of the local Dept of Veterans' Affairs advisory office to attend to complete his application for the Service Pension..... he assured the pensions officer he would comply with making the appointment.  

Some three months later in the normal course of following up his work load, the pensions officer rang SPARK to check on the progress of his application for Service Pension only to have SPARK inform him that DVA had ceased all processing of his claim due to the fact that their investigations had shown SPARK held no veteran status..........in other words he had never left Australia during the Vietnam conflict.

 

 

It is obvious that SPARK has committed fraud against the Federal Government by attending their Veteran's Affairs office and completing documentation that is meant only for a veteran - to receive correspondence from DVA advising him he is NOT a Veteran confirms that he attempted to gain financial benefits he knew he had no rights to. 

Further checks and balances show spark was a financial member of the Epping RSL until 2005, he provided his service history as serving in Vietnam with 11 Field Ambulance and 8 Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment........absolute fraud...and falsehoods. 

With fraud against the Government in particular the DVA, a statement made by the Minister of Veteran's Affairs last year regarding a WW2 bogus veteran who has defrauded the system of over $400,000.00 leaned towards Federal Police clamping down on such offenders - it is hoped that justice will be felt by this offender - he has not personally gained financially from his attempt, but made the effort to do so.

ANZMI will not collectively hold our breaths for  charges to be laid and heard against  SPARK...we are attuned to constant inactivity in this arena as our website continually publishes. 

SPARK needs to be humiliated and shamed - firstly for disgracing the roles of the genuine medical orderlies and nurses who saved many lives, and held the hands of the dying in Vietnam.  - and secondly for wasting the valuable time of volunteer pensions officers who give their time and emotional expertise to those deserving veterans in need. 

The final words in this case go to a fitting adage provided to ANZMI this past week: 

IF YOU TELL THE TRUTH  - IT BECOMES PART OF YOUR PAST.

IF YOU TELL A LIE - IT BECOMES PART OF YOUR FUTURE

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: Spark
Christian Names: Neil
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Maiden Gully
Service #: 358375
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Claims 1978
Completion of service: Claims 1996
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Neil Spark was born on the 2nd September, 1957. He is 56 years old. He has been a member of the Bendigo and District RSL Sub Branch since May, 2012. Prior to that he was a member of the Cohuna/Leitchville RSL Sub Branch in Northern Victoria.

Spark is a blatant liar, a wannabee and a Fraud.

Spark has enthralled his fellow Bendigo and District RSL Club colleagues over the past two years with stories of his unique service with the British Army Training Team in Rhodesia from 1979 until 1980, as a seconded Australian Regular Army soldier sniper.

Below is a recent photo of Spark at a memorial service wearing the following medals -;

1. The Australian Conspicuous Service Medal. (CSM)
2. The Australian Service Medal with clasp SE Asia. (ASM)
3. The Commonwealth Monitoring Force Rhodesia Medal.
4. The Australian Defence Force Long Service Medal. (DFLSM)
5. The National Medal.
6. The Australian Defence Medal. (ADM)
7. (Right chest) The Zimbabwe Independence Medal.

Spark has made the following claims to genuine returned and serving personnel at Bendigo and District RSL functions over the past two years.

In the late 1970's and early 1980's he claims to have been a sniper in 1 Royal Australian Regiment ( 1 RAR). As part of his Sniper Course he was sent to England to train with the Grenadier Guards. Four other 1 RAR Australians were then selected to travel to Rhodesia. He claims that he was sent to Rhodesia with a British Unit. He arrived in Rhodesia in October, 1979 and left in 1980. He was attached to the British Army Training Team (BATT). Spark claims that he was in Rhodesia with British Forces for 110 days.

Spark claims that he enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1978 but he cannot remember his enlistment date. He has told colleagues that he served for 8 years Regular Army and 10 years a Regular Army Reserve soldier. He had such bad memories of Rhodesia that he did not tell his wife he went there for twenty years. He claims that because of this traumatic service, he was medically discharged from Army Reserves in 1996 with a service related psychiatric condition.

He claims that from 1983 to 1986, he was attached to the School of Infantry where he was a weapons instructor. In 1987, he states that he was transferred to the Military Police and was then discharged from the Army that year. He then states that from 1987 to 1996, he was a member of the Australian Reserve Forces attached to 8/7 Royal Victoria Regiment, Infantry, where he claims he was a Corporal.

During the past few years, Spark has also been observed on commemorative occasions wearing the Australian Infantry Combat Badge. (ICB)

When informed by other RSL members that he had no entitlement to this award, he commenced to wear the Army Combat Badge (ACB). He was then informed he had no entitlement to this award either. He then provided some bogus paper work to the Victorian State RSL H.Q. in the hope that they would approve his entitlements to wear one of these awards. His requests were eventually declined. He then admitted that Honours and Awards had sent these awards, (ICB and ACB) to him by mistake.

He then continued his deceit for a further period of time even though he must have known that he was being suspected as a fraud. He continued to add the post nominals of CSM (Conspicuous Service Medal) after his name in E mails and letters that he sent to individuals and organisations to further his deceit.

To be a good liar, you need to have a good memory. Over the past couple of years, Spark's stories of his unique military service started to waver and his stories became inconsistent.

As a result of this, Spark's RSL Club colleagues became more suspicious, instigated their own inquiries and eventually requested ANZMI to follow up their suspicions.

Inquiries were made at It's an Honour website and it was ascertained that Spark is not listed as a recipient of the Conspicuous Service Medal or the National Medal.

There is also no evidence of Spark being awarded the Australian Service Medal (ASM), let alone a clasp for SE Asia.

Inquiries were then made with lists of Australian Service personnel who served with the British Forces in Rhodesia. Spark's name does not appear on any pay records of personnel engaged in that theatre of operations. His name also does not appear in the book, "Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers," Alexander Palmer, 1996. This publication names the 152 members of the Australian Army who were awarded the CMF Rhodesia Medal.

As there was a distinct lack of evidence supporting Spark's assertions, he was contacted by ANZMI and asked if he could support his claims with documentation.

Lo and behold, Spark responded with the standard reply. One which nearly every wannabee clings to when they are caught out. Ill health.
Spark responded claiming that he was suffering ill health and was housebound most of the time due to back problems, constant pain, blood pressure, constant medication etc etc. However, we are aware that only two weeks ago he attended an RSL function where he was in jovial spirits extrapolating more Rhodesian war stories to whoever listened over a few of drinks.

He then went on to say in his response to ANZMI, that he was never awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal, The Australian Service Medal with clasp SE Asia or the Commonwealth Monitoring Force Rhodesia Medal. He also mentioned that he has no entitlement to the Zimbabwe Independence Medal.

He did claim however that he is entitled to the National Medal for his service to the Victorian CFA in 1994. He also claims entitlement to the DFLSM and ADM as he claims he joined the Army twice. We doubt that he can provide evidence for any military service. He was given the opportunity to provide a copy of his Certificate of Service or Discharge Certificate, but none was forthcoming.

He claims that his deceit started three years ago when-; "I was standing at the side of a road in a small Victorian country town on Anzac Day and someone asked me to carry their flag in the Anzac Day march. Even though I was in great pain, I joined the march and felt 10' (feet) high. I then moved to a larger City and embellished what I already had" (done).

Spark has purchased his non awarded medals from a Medal Shop or the Internet. He has then had them court mounted at a Medals Shop and worn them brazenly to commemorative services.

He has continued the facade for at least three years that we know of. He has lied to his genuine RSL colleagues and shown them the ultimate disrespect by treating them like fools. He should be summoned before the next Bendigo and District RSL general meeting and requested to apologise to all the members present for his deception, arrogance, disrespect and outright lies. Then his association with the Victorian RSL State Headquarters should be terminated for good.

Bendigo and District RSL Sub Branch Club members are to be congratulated for their diligence and awareness of a medal cheat within their midst and exposing Spark's fraudulent activities.

They have set an example that every other RSL Sub Branch Club in this country should follow. If you have a wannabe wearing non awarded medals or embellishing their service for their self gratification, they should be exposed and shamed for stealing the honour of those military personnel who served and/or died in all conflicts.

For his actions, the not so bright Spark has earned his place on this website for evermore.

Surname: Spencer
Christian Names: Elwyn Ronald
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Campbelltown
Service #: 29643
Service: Army
Branch: RAAOC
Commencement of service: Mar 1964
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

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Here we have yet another example of a former Australian serviceman with a very impressive medal rack, who seemingly can't resist making it look just a little bigger by the addition of a commemorative medal which has no official recognition.

Elwyn Spencer served his country well as a member of the Australian Army, with operational postings to both Malaya and South Vietnam. Later in life he joined the RSL where he held positions of Sub-branch president and welfare/pensions officer. Spencer is to be commended for this.

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So why on earth would he ruin his good work by wearing the Vietnam Veteran's Medal which is not an official award and can be purchased on-line for $84?

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But as if this isn't bad enough, Elwyn has also been photographed at official ceremonies wearing the United States of America Purple Heart Medal.

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The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917, has been wounded or killed.

The criterion for the awarding of this US medal is quite specific when it comes to defining what a 'wound' is.  It also states ' The Purple Heart is not awarded for non-combat injuries.'  There are also a number of injuries and wounds which do not qualify for the awarding of the Purple Heart and one of these is injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident '... not related to or caused by enemy action.'

We have examined the Australian Vietnam Casualty list at http://www.thecasualtylist.com/ and find that Mr Spencer was indeed recorded as a casualty during the Vietnam War.  However, this was the result of a motor vehicle accident between Nui Dat and Hoa Long on 3 March 1968.  The accident is recorded as a 'NBCAS' (non-battle casualty)

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In any event, even if Spencer had satisfied the requirements, for the award of the US Purple Heart, he is not permitted to wear it. The Purple Heart is not listed amongst those UnitedStates of America awards, that are approved, by the Australian Government.

http://gg.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/honours/Countries%20and%20Awards%20as%20at%20October%202015.pdf

For many years the ANZMI has implored the RSL, at local, State and National levels, to crack down on its members, including many who hold executive positions, who insist on wearing non-official tin junk.  Unfortunately, most of our pleas have gone unheeded and this deplorable and dishonourable situation still persists. We feel confident in saying that former Campbelltown NSW RSL Sub-branch president, Elwyn Spencer, was well aware of medal protocols when he attended commemorative services wearing a valueless trinket and a foreign medal he had no right to wear.  His behaviour has earned him a place on our website.

Surname: Stackpool
Christian Names: Andrew Michael
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Yass
Service #: Not Known
Service: RAN
Branch: Intelligence
Commencement of service: 06 Mar 67
Completion of service: 21 Jul 14
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Andrew Michael Stackpool was born on the 21 July, 1949. His RAN service records indicate that he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as a Midshipman on the 6 March, 1967 as an 18 year old.

He is currently the Editor of the Publication "The Navy Reservist".

 

 

Stackpool progressed through the ranks to Lieutenant Commander until he retired in July, 2014.

In the photograph below, Lieutenant Commander Stackpool is wearing the higher rank of Captain on his epaulettes and the following medal/ribands. This photograph was downloaded from his Facebook page. However, we believe that the Captains rank is associated with a Mariner's Association of some sort and not the Royal Australian Navy. At least we hope so!

1. Australian Active Service Medal/Riband. (AASM)
2. Vietnam Medal/Riband. (VM)
3. Australian Service Medal/Riband with Clasp FESR (ASM)
4. Defence Force Service Medal/Riband with four clasps (DFSM)
5. National Medal/Riband. (NM)
6. Australian Defence Medal/Riband. (DFM)
7. Vietnam Campaign Medal/Riband. (VCM)

Stackpool, however is not entitled to wear the Vietnam Medal (VM) or the Vietnam Campaign Medal. (VCM)

The Vietnam Medal is awarded for -;

Australia

Qualifying service for the Vietnam Medal includes:
• 28 days in ships or craft on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam.
• One or more days on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land.
• One operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese water by aircrew on the posted strength of a unit.
• Official visits either continuous or aggregate of 30 days.
• One day or more by members of accredited philanthropic organisations attached to Australian forces in an official capacity for full-time duty.
between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973.




The Vietnam Campaign Medal is awarded for -;

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was issued by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam for service in the prescribed area of operations in Vietnam during the period commencing on 31 July 1962 and ending on 28 March 1973 for Australian personnel.
The Australian government maintained the basic qualifying criteria specified by the Republic of Vietnam for allied troops. To be eligible for the medal a person must have completed a minimum period of 181 days, either continuous or aggregated, unless:
• killed on active service (KIA);
• wounded in action i.e. classified as a Battle Casualty and evacuated as a result of those wounds; or
• captured and later released or escaped.
Medical evacuation from the area of operations for any reasons other than wounds received in action does not constitute an exemption from meeting the minimum qualifying period.

Stackpool’s Navy record indicates that he served on the HMAS Anzac between the dates of the 30 March, 1968 to the 28 July, 1968. During this time, the crew of the HMAS Anzac was awarded 19 days active/operational service between the dates of 20 May, 1968 and 7 June, 1968.

Below is the official Australian War Memorial record of Stackpool’s Vietnam operational service.

Therefore, Stackpool has no entitlement to wear either the VM or the VCM medal/ribands as indicated above. He is fraudulently claiming at least 181 days Vietnam operational service when in fact he had 19 days service.

Stackpool is a medals cheat and a fraud.

He is entitled to the Vietnam Logistical Support medal, however he has chosen to display the two medal/ribands above that he has not been awarded to impress others. He has purchased them somewhere.

Below is another later photograph of Stackpool wearing the actual two medals mentioned that he is not entitled to wear. Although blurred, we have enhanced the photograph to establish that he is still wearing the purchased VM and the VCM.


It must be extremely difficult for Senior Officers in the Royal Australian Navy to police the wearing of unentitled medals by their fellow senior Commissioned officers. Otherwise it would not, and should not occur.

Lieutenant Commander Andrew Michael Stackpool and previously exposed Lieutenant Commander Brian Stanley Ferrie, HMAS Cerberus, and Navy Warrant Officer Peter Ritchie, both also on this site, have intentionally and fraudulently worn military medals that they have not been awarded, as have other ranks.

We wonder where this stops or how high it goes? What processes are in place to prevent this from happening? Why does this keep occurring? What sort of message does this send to other ranks.

Stackpool worked as a Public Affairs Consultant at the Australian Defence Department , Canberra, ACT, in the latter years of his service. He was also a Senior Media executive, and was well established with the Navy Reserve News Publication and a Reporter for the “Army, Soldiers Newspaper”.

He should know better. He lacks credibility and integrity and has set a poor example to all junior ratings. He and other Naval personnel we have exposed on this site bring discredit to the Royal Australian Navy by awarding themselves unearned medals.

We welcome reports of any current serviceman or servicewoman who intentionally misrepresent themselves by wearing unearned medals or ribands that they have not been awarded.

Stackpool should apologise for his fraudulent behaviour and he should express these sentiments publicly in the "Navy Reservist" and the "Army, Soldiers Newspaper."

If he does not apologise publicly, then his facade will just continue.

Welcome to the site Lieutenant Commander Andrew Michael Stackpool.

Surname: Stanbury
Christian Names: Vivienne Joan
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: NZ 937
Service: NZ Navy
Branch: Support Branch
Commencement of service: 05 Jan 1953
Completion of service: 1955
Case Notes:

 

Ms Vivienne Stanbury has devoted a lot of time to the Queensland Returned and Services League (RSL) where she was a Sub Branch President and has now risen to the position of District President.

 

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Ms Stanbury wears two medals, the first is a legitimate New Zealand Defence Force Service Medal (NZDSM) for her service in the New Zealand Navy.   The second is an self purchased "Tin" Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal (QEGJM). That should not be worn, but if it is, must be worn on the right breast.

 Here is the "Tin"

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The genuine Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal looks entirely different to what Stanbury wears:

 

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Neither the genuine or the "Tin" were approved for issue in New Zealand and had very limited distribution in Australia. Here is the NZ position:

 

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Here is the Australian postion:

 

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 We have a continuous list of people wearing false medals, it is believed they are worn to expand their image to unsuspecting civilians and inexperienced RSL members. Most of those we expose are members of an RSL. Some RSL members and executives seem to not give a "fig" about the trend of their peers to devalue medals by adding fakes to their Racks.

It is time that the RSL produced a National protocol for the wearing of medals. The protocol should reflect instructions from the Office of the Governor General (GG) only. The GGs office is the ultimate authority. There is a mish mash of vague instructions emanating from Federal Government Departments, obviously written by public servants with impressive Academic Degrees who do not understand the value of the integrity of medals. Perhaps because they have not been through the grind of having to earn them.

 Ms Stanbury is entitled to wear the NZDSM although she had very little experience in the New Zealand Navy, having spent less than three years as a shore based Cook. Attaining the NZDSM normally required three years service, however she was given dispensation under a regulation that says:

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"If a person was discharged before the required time as a result of discriminatory policy the Chief of the NZ Defence Force could authorise the issue of the medal."

 Ms Stanbury served as a Cook at a NZ Navy Land Base for less than three years Sixty Four years ago when she was a teenager. She has risen through the ranks of the Australian RSL from being a Sub Branch President to her present position of District President. We wonder if those voting Ms Stanbury into high positions were aware of her background and her penchant to wear "Tin" medals?

Ms Stanbury can now, along with her NZ Navy service, and her RSL achievements note, in her Resume that she has been Mentioned in Dispatches on this website and although she has removed her "Tin" medal, a photograph of her "sporting" the medal will remain for at least another Sixty Four years.

 

 

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