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

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:

 

Wirth

 

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.

Surname: Woodward
Christian Names: Roy Gerald
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Victor Harbour
Service #: 447746
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Case Notes:

 

Roy Gerald Woodward did hard service in Vietnam as an Infantry soldier. Arguably the hardest job in the Army.

 

Woodward

 

Woodward was well rewarded for his service by being presented with four medals. For reasons known only to himself he has purchased and attached a fifth unauthorised "Tin" medal to his rack. It is the medal nearest his left shoulder.

 He wears:

 Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) - entitled

Vietnam Medal (VN) - entitled

Australian Defence Medal - entitled

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal -entitled

Front Line Medal - A non official medal that must not be worn on the left breast.

 

The "Front Line Medal" is occasionally seen mixed with legitimate medals. There is no reason for any person to wear it, particularly a Vietnam Veteran. It is an unofficial medal that was created by the 2/18 Infantry Battalion Association after WW2 to raise money, and as an "In house" memorial to members of the 2/18 Battalion who were captured by the Japanese in Singapore in 1942 and suffered brutal hardship.

 

Here is the controversial medal:

 

Woodward

 

He and all those who flaunt protocol and tradition by wearing unofficial medals will be allocated space on this website.

 

Surname: Woodward
Christian Names: Roy Gerald
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Victor Harbour
Service: Royal Australian Army
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Case Notes:

 

At the age of 20 years, Roy Gerald Woodward did some hard work in Vietnam with an Infantry Battalion.

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For his service he wears five medals. He is entitled to only four. The offending medal is the non authorized Front Line Medal (FLM) that he wears as the last medal on his rack. Here is the medal:

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Woodward claims that the medal was awarded to him by the Australian Government. That is not true he would have purchased the medal himself and had it fitted to his rack.

It is unfortunate the Victor Harbour Returned and Services League (RSL) takes no interest in medals Protocol. Woodward should have been advised of his error by an executive during the commemorative ceremony at Victor Harbour on Remembrance Day 11 November 2018.

We welcome Roy Woodward to a space on this website.   

Surname: Woolfe
Christian Names: Frank
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Port Augusta
Service #: Not Known
Service: Army
Branch: RAE
Commencement of service: 1980
Completion of service: 1988
Case Notes:

 

 

Frank Woolfe served for 8 years in the Australian Army in the Royal Australian Engineers. (RAE). At the completion of his service, he was awarded the Australian Defence Medal for his 8 years service. (ADM)

He is currently a senior member of the State Emergency Service, South Australia (SES) at Port Augusta.

Woolfe’s Face Book page has numerous photographs of himself in SES and Coast Guard uniforms wearing medals and ribbons. He likes to be photographed in uniform.

 

Woolfe


In the above photograph, Woolfe wears on the left side the -;

1. Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
2. The United Nations International Year of the Volunteer Medal. Tin commemorative.

In what appears to be an escalating problem for the State Emergency Service in South Australia, Woolfe has acquired the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer Medal and added it to his ADM., on the left side.

He has also acquired the unofficial ribbon that accompanied this medal and attached that to his one genuine ribbon. (below)

 

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The United Nations International Year of the Volunteer Medal is an unofficial tin commemorative medal. It can be purchased on line for 58 Australian dollars on eBay or from a Medal Dealer. Woolfe has spent an additional 60 Australian Dollars to have the tin medal court mounted with his DFM., to add that extra bit of glamour to his uniform.

The medal is not recognised by the Australian Government at It’s an Honour for Australian awards.

If worn, it should be placed on the right side with other commemorative medals and not added to or mixed with genuinely awarded National medals worn on the left.

 
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The South Australia State Emergency Service Dress Code states the following -;

EMBELLISHMENT AND INSIGNIA.
DECORATIONS AND MEDALS.


Decorations and Medals and medal ribbons may be worn on Service Dress, shirts or dress uniform on the left breast immediately above any fitted pocket. Medal and award ribbons are worn with service dress, with the wearing of actual medals reserved for official or ceremonial occasions. Medals/awards not recognised by the Australian Award Medal Schedule will be worn on the right side above pocket.[/b]

Woolfe is a senior member of the State Emergency Service, South Australia. He is blatantly disregarding his own Service Medals Wearing Protocols, to make his medal array more attractive. He sets a bad example for the younger members of the SES.

He has been contacted regarding his inappropriate wearing of the medal. His reply was that if it is good enough for the Chief Officer of the SASES (South Australia State Emergency Service) to wear it on the left side, then it is good enough for me. We have that comment in writing.

Woolfe is a disrespectful wannabe and a medal cheat. He disrespects Honours and Awards in wearing a tin trinket. He also disrespects all those current and former military service personnel, who have earned the right to wear National awarded medals on the left side the hard way.

Our message is simple to South Australia State Emergency Service personnel. If you wear unofficial tin medals on your left side, there is a very good chance you will see your photograph in uniform with tin medals on this website.

As an aside, and in response to Woolfe’s claim that the Chief Officer, SASES wears the identical tin trinket on the left side, we have viewed numerous photographs and videos of Chris Beattie, Chief Officer, SASES. In each photograph, he does not wear this medal or ribbon.

Woolfe is a self confessed medal cheat. He also distorts the truth when it suits him.

It is obvious that Mr Chris Beattie needs to have a serious chat with him.

Credibility - Make up your own mind!!

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