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

Surname: Willoughby
Christian Names: Dale Anthony
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sanctuary Point
Service: Army
Case Notes:

Dale Anthony Willoughby of Sanctuary Point, New South Wales is a liar, medal cheat and wannabe.

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From the above photo you can see that Willoughby is wearing a number of medals which are from left
to right:

Australian Active Service Medal 1975 with clasps East Timor and Afghanistan (only entitled to Clasp
East Timor)

International Force East Timor Medal (Interfet) (entitled)

Afghanistan Medal (not entitled)

Defence Long Service Medal (not entitled did not serve the required time)

Australian Defence Medal (entitled)

Above the medals he is wearing a blue Unit Citation which is the United States Presidential Unit
Citation awarded to 3 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) for the battle of Kapyong in the
Korean War. The citation was formerly known as the “Distinguished Unit Citation” till it was renamed
in November 1966.

He is not entitled to wear that Unit Citation on civilian dress as he was never in that battle, only ex-serving members who were involved in that battle can wear it on civilian dress. Serving members of 3RAR wear the Unit Citation as part of their dress uniforms only whilst members of that battalion.

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Infantry Combat Badge (not entitled as he did not meet the requirements for that Badge)
 
Here are some of the Claims Dale Willoughby has made:

1. As part of his post traumatic stress claim,  he has stated while serving in East Timor he saw a girl being raped. He had the offender in his sights but could not open fire due to the rules of
engagement.
 
If this was true, what stopped him and the rest of his section from pulling the offender off the girl
and arresting him to hand over to the proper authorities to be dealt with.

2. He said he was in Iraq attached to the US 101st Airborne Division as a forward scout which is the reason he was not awarded the Iraq medal.

We can only assume the mighty US 101st Airborne Division was short of Forward Scouts and that
is why a lone Australian Private was attached to them.

3. He said he was attached to an Australian Special Air Service Troop in Afghanistan as a
Forward Scout where he saw a mate shot while standing next to him.

Again we can only assume again they did not have sufficient forward scouts.

4. He said he was in a helicopter crash whilst in Afghanistan and again claims he was next to a mate that was killed in the crash and when the helicopter blew up he was wounded and still
has shrapnel in him that cannot be removed.

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One member in the group photo was in the Navy when a helicopter crashed on Bass Strait oil rigs
back in the 1980’s, so we can leave it to you imagination where he made that story up from.

We know that he has made other false claims about his service to other people. Should you
be one of these persons and wish to let us know about these claims, you can contact us through
our web site and we can update his case.

Dale Willoughby was contacted by us and denied making any such claims. When asked about the medals, his reply was;

“I had a friend who was sick in hospital and he asked me to wear his medals on ANZAC Day.”

He shot himself in the foot with that excuse as the photo was not taken on ANZAC Day
2012 but later in the year at another service.

We have managed to collect some information about his service through various informants to
know he only served approximately 11 years in the army and a lot of that was in non-infantry units. We
also know that he only did operational service in East Timor and that was for a short period.

Dale Anthony Willoughby,  for your fairy tale war stories, wearing of awards you are not entitled to, 
you obviously lack honesty, integrity and most of all,  respect for the ex-servicemen and
women that have served in these operations.

You have earned the right to join others like you on our web site.

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: Wilson
Christian Names: Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service #: Unknown
Service: Australian Army Reserve
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

Robert Wilson is a Western Australian Policeman and now a Warrant Officer in the Royal West Australian Regiment of the Australian Army Reserves. The photograph below was taken in July 2016 when he held the rank of Sergeant:

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Here is a close up of the medals.

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He is wearing seven medals, he is only entitled to wear six on his left breast.

The problem is that the second last medal worn by Wilson is a Western Australian State Police Medal.

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Protocol is clear, State Police Medals are not worn on the left breast and in particular not when in Defence uniform. Wilson's actions break all the rules.

The Governor General of Australia has published a list of Australian and Imperial medals that are authorised to be worn. In addition there is a list of Foreign Awards that have been approved by the Governor General. There is no list of State Medals that may be worn on the left breast mixed with Defence and Federal medals.

We are aware that the Police Commissioner of Western Australian has given permission to mix State Medals with Federal Medals on the left breast. He is usurping the powers of the Office of the Australian Governor General who is the person who makes decisions about medals. We are also aware that in the headquarters of Western Australia Police there is a medals "expert" who is an ex Army Reservist who has misguided Police Commissioners, for many years, however it behooves Police Commissioners to "get it right" and not take notice of a Public Servant whose advice is based on personal aggrandisement.

It is suggested that the Western Australia Police Commissioner phone the Governor General and sort the matter out.

Robert Wilson for reasons known only to himself has flouted Department of Defence and Department of Honours and Awards rules by adding one extra, non approved medal to his already impressive rack. It was a foolish thing to do and he will now reside on this website among all the other medals cheats.

Surname: Wimberley
Christian Names: Terry
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Nerang
Service #: Not Known
Service: USA Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Vietnam Era
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Terry Wimberley was born in Kentucky USA in 1946.  He is an ex United States (US) Army Veteran of the Vietnam era.  He now resides in Nerang, Queensland, Australia. 

 

Note that Wimberley is wearing among other medals and awards:

A United States Silver Star Medal, and a Bronze Star Medal.

 

 

He has developed a small profile in Australia as:

Secretary to Australian Bat Clinic:   Company Profile : Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre

Ritual Elder to Mankind Project Australia:  ManKind Project Australia - | ManKind Project Australia

According to Wikipedia, as a Ritual Elder of the Mankind Project he is required to "Support men in meaningful lives of integrity, accountability, responsibility and emotional intelligence".  When you read further you will see, that by his actions, he follows none of the Mankind Project principals

His claim to fame is that he was awarded  the very prestigious United States (US) Silver Star War Medal which is the third highest US military decoration, awarded to members of the US Armed Forces for "Gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States".  He also wears a US Bronze Star which is awarded for "Heroic or meritorious service or achievement"

There is no doubt that he served in Vietnam as a member of the US, 25th Infantry Regiment, 2/27th Infantry Battalion known as the "Wolfhounds".

Nowhere on Military Records, or lists in the United States, is Wimberley listed as having been awarded a Silver Star. We asked him about this, and  he supplied the following explanation and  photograph.

"Dear Mr. xxxxxxxxx

Further to your enquiry I have found the attached photo taken some time in

1968. The photo shows me receiving the award or awards from the Battalion

Commander, that you were interested in.

Interesting for me is that many of my fellow Wolfhounds and I cared less

about the awards---We just wanted to go home. Amazing for me that I found

this picture as I could only find about 40 photos in all. I have a vague

memory of a man in my platoon named Jake and I believe he took the photo.

Thank you for your interest and if you served----Thank you for your service."

The photograph provides no evidence of him being awarded a Silver Star. We are reliably advised that because it is a small unit parade, he is most likely being awarded the USA Infantry Combat Badge

We contacted sources in the United States and received the following responses:

From his US Army UnitAssociation

"Wolfhound Historical Society

Hello Sir, in respond (sic)  to you; yes, there was a Terry Wimberley in 2/27th Wolfhounds of the 25th ID. He also served Vietnam the year 1967-1968. I could not find record  of Silver Star award.

Wolfhounds forever,

Dorsey Weeks,President"

 

On 2 May 1971 an article about Wimberley appeared in the newspaper, Progress Bulletin from Pomona California. 

Unfortunately the clipping is unreadable, however we had it read in the USA and in relation to his military service it says:

"Terry Wimberley was drafted into the Army in 1967 and spent a year in South Vietnam where he was a forward observer and was wounded twice."

Had he been awarded a Silver and a Bronze Star during his service, he would have been a minor celebrity and it would certainly have been mentioned in a public relations "blurb".

Here is another report from a reliable source:

"[i]Good Day Mr. xxxxxxxxx,

I am glad to assist, in any way I can, concerning Mr. Terry Wimberley. The fotos (sic) of Mr. Terry Wimberley are an excellent starting point.

As you mentioned already, I was unable to find a citation for a "US Silver Star" (Silver Star Medal) for a "Terry Wimberley". Nowhere did I find a reference to Mr. Terry Wimberley for a valor award.

If said individual was an "Infantryman" he would also be entitled to a Combat Infantryman Badge ( or CIB). Strange that if this is the same "Terry Wimberley that the article would not mention he is a decorated veteran (i.e. Silver Star/Bronze Star recipient).

The photo apears (sic)  legitimate. The photo does depict a medal(s) or award(s) ceremony taking place, probably in Vietnam. The uniforms and surroundings look legitimate. The olive drab uniforms with concealed botton  (sic) down flap pockets are consistent with 1968 Vietnam. The ceremony is small (apparantly) (sic) two rows and involves what appears to be only "Specialists" enlisted Soldiers. The individual presenting the medal(s) or award(s) is certainly an officer and in the 25th Infantry Division.

Taking all of the above into account, it is my personal opinion, this is provably (sic) a ceremony to present the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) to qualifying Infantrymen of the 25th Infantry Division serving in Vietnam.  I cannot infer anything else from this photo alone..

Mr. Terry Wimberley may be a legitimate "draftee" and "veteran" of the Vietnam War, but there is no information to substantiate his Silver Star or Bronze Star medals."

After gathering the above information we again contacted Wimberley and requested some definitive proof of his claimed valour awards, however he failed to respond.

Wimberley is a long way from Kentucky and we can assume that he thought that he could dupe Australian Veterans by adding a bit of extra colour to his Medal Rack in the form of prestigious USA Valour awards.

Wimberley is now a discredited fraud liar and wannabe.  He obviously swaggers around his "Mankind Project" Cult as a heroic Ritual Elder, when in fact he was, like most of us, an ordinary soldier who did their job without the need for false fame.

We suggest to Wimberley to not wear his false medals, and to not mix in the Australian Veteran Community, as genuine veterans loathe liars and frauds.

We have a very strong following in the USA and am sure thousands of US ex servicemen will also be disgusted by Wimberley's behaviour.

Wimberley sought false fame by wearing fake medals, however he has now found fame on this web site where he will stay for ever more.

Surname: Wirth
Christian Names: Carl William "Bill" aka Max
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Neurum
Service #: None
Service: None
Case Notes:

 

Bill Wirth makes genuine veterans either want to vomit copiously or laugh hysterically, he is the epitome of a lying wannabe:

 

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When contacted by a researcher he said "he did go to Vietnam in 1962, but as a 17 year old civilian who put his age up to 21 years", but "could not talk about it". .

 

Here from Statutory Declarations is what he has told others: inter alia

 

"Now as to my service record: Well you really should research your facts properly. Australia sent men to be assigned to, the Americans due to political pressure as early as 1962 nothing official of course. I was inducted into a training squad to be sent to Vietnam sort of unofficially. My entire association with the Australian army was for 6 months after which I was seconded to the American Vietnam task force and was with then for under 2 years. Mainly with a MACV SOG unit I am not proud of my service in Vietnam.  We didn't get involved in glorious brave battles a lot of what we did was assassinations or just plain murder. but mostly surveillance and intelligence gathering. 

My association with the Australian army was not one I enjoyed. A few really salt of the earth types but a lot obnoxious arseholes too. All this was well before your time and names like xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, regular army guys and salt of the earth types were recruiting for the token Australian  contribution to the Americans  in Vietnam. And this was in early 1962!! I was 17. and I did need to, adopt another identity that was 21 to get in.. Now that is the truth of it whether or not you believe it or not  well frankly I do not care.

I agree with unmasking those who lie about their service but am wary about people who, like myself, don't appear on official records being unfairly accused. Although every pretender I know is always a real RSl stalwart strutting about with a chest full of medals they never earned. The few I do know that are  in the same boat as myself just keep a low profile and avoid RSL's and anzac marches etc. So that's that I guess".

 

Simply put, all that Wirth has said are ridiculous lies.

 

Wirth has convinced his family that he served as an Australian Soldier in a Secret American Army unit in Vietnam for two years. The unit claimed was Military Assistant Command Vietnam Studies and Observation Group (MACV SOG).    He has found that unit on the internet to fit his disgraceful lies.

 

MACV SOG was a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War.

 

Further details are available here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Assistance_Command,_Vietnam_%E2%80%93_Studies_and_Observations_Group

Note that his time frame is wrong, he claims to have served 1962 - 1963 and 1964. MACV SOG was not implemented until January 1964.

His claims are "raw sewerage" and it is a pleasure to expose him as a liar who never at any time served with the Australian or American Army in Vietnam.

When speaking to the researcher he also said, "that because of the nature of his service the Australian Government had abandoned him and his mates and he could not claim any benefits from Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)". He also inferred that because he was not making claims from DVA he was not doing any harm.

One of the worst traits we find in wannabes is lying to their loved ones it is an act of absolute treachery. We believe it is to secure false succour to explain their atrocious behaviour, and is the ultimate betrayal of love and trust.

All those who have listened to Wirth's disgraceful lies must reassess their connection to him.

He will occupy space on this website and never be removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surname: Witchard
Christian Names: Ken
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Bega
Service #: Not Known
Service: Navy
Branch: Quartermaster General
Commencement of service: 1971
Completion of service: 1977
Case Notes:

 

 

 

A few weeks ago, ANZMI exposed a group of medal miscreants from the Bega RSL Sub Branch.   You can find this report by following the link:

BEGA RSL SUB BRANCH

The actions of one of the members of this infamous group has attracted significant attention, particularly in New Zealand.    You see, the story goes like this.   WITCHARD served in the Royal Australian Navy and one of his postings was to HMAS Supply.   During this posting, Supply, accompanied initially by Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigate HMNZS Otago and later by RNZN frigate HMNZS Canterbury, sailed to Moruroa Atoll in official protest of the French Canopus atmospheric nuclear test.

Here lies the story of the tin medal being worn by WITCHARD.  

This next image, from our original exposure shows Ken, that’s him in the centre, wearing his tin medals and at the time we could not identify the orange ribbon and medal at the end of his rack.

We have since learnt that the Tin Medal is the ‘Australian Nuclear Veterans Association Medal’.   A medal purchased from the Veterans Association and not issued by the Australian Government.

It is not ANZMI’s place to comment on the appropriateness of medallic recognition for the crew of HMAS Supply for this service.   Suffice to say that the New Zealand Government chose to issue her sailors with the New Zealand Special Service Medal (Nuclear Testing).    The official NZ Medal looks like this: 

Ken WITCHARD has conducted a crusade over the years to have the crew of HMAS Supply recognised.   The Australian Government has taken the view that the service of HMAS Supply during this period was no more or less that other service rendered by the ship in peacetime.   You may agree or disagree with this decision, but until the Government changes its mind that is that.

 WITCHARD has been very active in his efforts to circumvent the Australian Government and has attempted to gain support in New Zealand for HMAS Supply to be recognised by the New Zealand Government.

During his many communications with NZ Veteran organisations, WITCHARD let the ball slip regarding the medals he had been photographed wearing.

In response to a direct question about the medal with the orange ribbon, WITCHARD replied;

Ok on the medals we found out that one of the ones I was wearing was wrong and apparently not entitled to it so I’ve removed it the orange/red one is the Australian Nuclear Veterans medal released by that group some years ago” 

WRONG, he has been photographed numerous times and that medal appears on his rack each time.   He did not remove it until ANZMI drew attention to it.

Our concerned New Zealander then asked him about the second, or middle medal as our Kiwi friend confused it with the New Zealand Defence Force Medal (NZDFM).   When viewed together, you can see why there would be confusion.   The NZDFM (first), and the TIN Australian Regular Forces Medal.

 

In attempting to deflect questions about this medal, WITCHARD replies with the classic wannabe response;

“No, I think from the information we just received that the Government didn’t issue it, contrary to what we were told.   Mine was sent from Canberra and I assumed it came from the Defence Honours and Awards department as it was in a plain satchel with no government markings”.

What a load of rubbish.   WITCHARD actually expects us to believe that a mysterious parcel arrived in the mail, with no covering letter or markings of any sort and when he opened the parcel, shock, horror a medal fell out.   Of course if it did happen, you would not question what the hell it was about, but simply add it to your rack, wouldn’t you?   We at ANZMI think not.   Mysterious medals don’t just turn up in the mail.  

The only plausible reason there was no paperwork is that WITCHARD must have disposed of the receipt and credit card transaction before showing off his new gong!

Many ex-service personnel probably feel that there were parts of their service that should be worthy of medallic recognition, but unlike those countries that award medals for turning up to work, Australia is not that shallow.

WITCHARD is symbolic of those wannabes who want to create something special and daring out of what was a normal peacetime operation for HMAS Supply.   Yes, there were inherent dangers but most ADF operations, exercises and peacetime deployments have some sort of danger associated with their execution.

Welcome to your own place on our website, Ken WITCHARD.

Surname: Woodford
Christian Names: Graeme John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service #: R54733
Service: RAN
Branch: Gunnery
Commencement of service: 23/8/1958
Completion of service: 28/6/1961
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Graeme John Woodford was born in 1940. He is the President of the Perth North Sub Section, Western Australia Naval Association.

He is a medals cheat.

Woodford claims 5 medals for his operational service in Malaya and Singapore waters in deployments between late 1959 and early 1960. He also claims a further tin UK medal for a brief time on an Australian Merchant ship when he was 15 years of age.

Woodford wears tin purchased medals amongst his genuine awarded medals on his left chest.


In the above photograph, Woodford is claiming the following medals -;

1. The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975. Clasp Malaya.
2. The Naval General Service Medal. 1915-1962. Clasp Malaya. Probably entitled.
3. Australian Service Medal. 1945-1975. clasp FESR (Far East Strategic Reserve) Entitled.
4. The Pingat Jasa Malaysia/Singapore medal. Entitled.
5. Far East Strategic Reserve Medal. Unofficial tin medal. Purchased.
6. UK Merchant Navy Service Medal. Unofficial tin medal purchased.

Woodford enlisted in the RAN in 1958 for a term of nine years. After a short period he was posted to the HMAS Quickmatch, an anti submarine Frigate.

The Quickmatch did five operational service deployments to Malaya and Singapore waters between 24 September, 1958 and the 6 March, 1960. Woodford served on the ship for 3 of these deployments accumulating 90 days operational service. Enough for his Pingat medal.

In "The West Australian" newspaper article, titled "Sea in blood of Quickmatch Gunner", Woodford is photographed with his six medals. He relates to the reporter that he was only a lad of 17 when he was sent off to Singapore not knowing what to expect. He was in fact 19. In the article he relates his war events as "being edgy" because he had to travel into Singapore (on leave) on a bus that was "reinforced". He also relates how his ship had to tow a (friendly) junk in the middle of the night due to its engine problems. He recalls that his ship had to negotiate the closed Sunda Strait followed by two Indonesian gun boats, but "nothing happened".

Excerpts from the Newspaper story are cited below.

"Of course, at the time I didn't realise that anything was going on in the world," Mr Woodford said. "We had done exercises around Australia, and before we knew it we were off to Singapore. You know, we were 17-year-old kids. We thought, 'Singapore, great!'

On one occasion Quickmatch, after conducting exercises and while heading back to Singapore, came upon what appeared to be a suspicious situation. A Chinese junk attracted the warship's attention. An armed boarding party was sent over. It could have been a ploy of some kind. But it turned out the junk's engine was disabled. So the boat was taken in tow.

Later that night, AB Woodford witnessed human drama on the high seas. "I was down on the quarter-deck. On the way back to Singapore we struck a tropical storm. I could hear this (calling) in the background. If it hadn't been for a flash of lightning I wouldn't have seen it. The tow was going under. But we managed to pick them all up," he recounted.

Before Mr Woodford's career with the RAN ended he would spend two years in the exotic waters of South East Asia, usually in six or nine-month rotating deployments.

For all this he wears five medals in addition to his tin Merchant Navy medal.
His claim that before his career with the RAN ended, he would spend two years in the exotic waters of South East Asia, usually in six or nine month rotating deployments is untrue. His service record below does not support this statement. It also indicates that he completed almost 3 years out of the original 9 and was discharged on compassionate grounds.

The AASM was issued to Woodford for his Malaya service as well as the Naval General Service Medal 1915 - 1962. It appears that the ASM with clasp FESR was also issued for service in the same area.

Not satisfied with this and to enhance his status, Woodford has also purchased the unofficial tin FESR medal for the same 90 day period to increase his rack as well as the tin meaningless UK Merchant Navy Medal. (below) This medal can be purchased on line from a Medal Dealer in the UK for forty two pounds.

Here at Anzmi, we sometimes just don't get it.

Here we have a genuine former RAN Able Seaman who is entitled to awards that he should be satisfied with. Embellishing them with tin meaningless purchased adornments to improve his rack is hard to understand and can only be ego driven.

In addition to being the President of the Perth North Sub Section, W.A. Naval Association, he is also the Vice President of the W.A. Branch of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association. He is also the Senior Warden at the Sterling Memorial, Perth. Woodford should be leading by example and cease being a medals imposter. By your disrespect, you are encouraging your members to do the same, as already indicated in some photographs posted on your Perth North Sub Section Naval Association website.

If you have a need to wear purchased commemorative medals, then they should be worn on the right chest and not mixed or added to genuinely awarded military medals displayed on the left side.

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