Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Brown
Christian Names: Maurice James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Sunshine Coast
Service #: 6709260
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Armoured Corps
Case Notes:

 

Veterans of Australia should be aware of a Nation wide audit of medals that are being worn on commemorative occasions. Maurice James Brown has been "fingered" as a medals cheat following a photograph published in the Sunshine Coast newspaper following ANZAC Day 2018

 

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Brown wears six medals one of the six is a "Tin" self purchased commemorative medal that must not be worn with genuine medals on the left breast;

 

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Vietnam Medal (VM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM)

Vietnam Commemorative Medal - Must not be worn with genuine medals

 

Here is the medal he is the self purchased medal he is wearing.

 

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Brown

 

Brown served in Vietnam as a National Serviceman with the 1st Armoured Regiment from August 1969 until August 1970, that service would have taken courage and commitment for which he was rewarded  five medals. The extra medal he has awarded himself diminishes his service.

 

We are receiving many reports of medals cheating resulting from media involvement on Commemorative Occasions. The number of reports being received indicates that there must be a plethora of medals cheats who do not get photographed.

 

If you are wearing medals you have not earned, or have mixed non official medals with your rack take them off, because the odds are you will be exposed as has Maurice Brown and many others in recent times.

 

Welcome Maurice, your actions have earned you a place on this website.

 

 

Surname: Charles
Christian Names: Bernard Colin
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Cotton Tree
Service #: A17401
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Branch: Carpenter
Case Notes:

 

Bernard Charles wears six medals. He is entitled to wear five. He has not earned the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) but at some time during the last fifty years he decided to attach it to his medal rack:

 

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Charles wears:

 

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)- Entitled

Vietnam Medal (VM) - Entitled

Defence Service Medal (DSM) - Entitled

National Medal (NM) - Entitled

Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM) -   Entitled

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) - Not Entitled

 

Eligibility wear the RVCM requires 181 days of service in Vietnam. Charles served for only 62 days:

 

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Charles

 

Charles is a medals cheat who should have been well satisfied with his five legitimate medals.

 

There is currently a team of veterans scrutinizing media and finding many who are cheating with the RVCM.

 

If you do not meet the criterion for this medal do not wear it. It is a criminal offence to do so, with a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine or six months imprisonment or both.

 

Bernard Colin Charles created a false history regarding his medals entitlement and now we have corrected the falsehood.

 

Welcome to ANZMI Bernard Charles.

 

Surname: Wright
Christian Names: Alan
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Manly
Service #: Nil
Service: None
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:

 

Allan Wright of Manly is a fraud, liar and wannabe who for many years has fooled most of the people most of the time.

 

Wright

Wright

 

 

Here is an accolade to Wright that appeared in notes from a very prestigious club from the Manly area

 

Wright

 

He wears military medals indicating that he was a National Service Infantry Soldier who served in Vietnam. They are:

 

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM)

 

On his lapels he wears six badges one of which is the prestigious Infantry Combat Badge (ICB). He also wears the cap of a USA Marine Corps unit that served in Da Nang Vietnam on the cap, another ICB is also attached. In addition he wears the unit tie of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV). AATTV was the longest serving and most decorated Australian unit in Vietnam. They received 113 Awards including 4 Victoria Crosses.

 

See here: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/U53430

 

On his right breast he wears World War 1 medals indicating he is the direct relative of a person who served in that war.

 

The truth is that Wright has never served in the Australian Defence Force and is a complete sham, who has deceived friends and acquaintances for many years.

 

Wright is well known in the Manly NSW area as a "Returned Veteran" and has been venerated for his service, however we are sure that many will have an entirely different opinion of him after reading this exposure.

 

Wright has indulged in criminal acts by Falsely claiming to be a Returned Veteran and for wearing medals that he did not earn. The Defence Act 1903 details a $3,300 fine or six months imprisonment or both for these offences. Unfortunately the NSW Police will not pursue these matters whilst other States Police do.

 

We ask that ex servicemen and the general public in the Manly NSW area keep a watch for Wright and if he appears wearing any kind of military apparel or medals he can again be reported to this website.

 

Wright has basked in the kudos of his false military history for many years and for his deceitful antics can reside on this website for many years to come.

 

Surname: Coret
Christian Names: Gerardus Cornelius
Country: Australia
State or Province: TAS
City or Town: Lilydale
Service #: 37866680
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Gerardus (Gerry) Coret, Justice of the Peace and President of the Lilydale (Tasmania) RSL Sub-Branch, served 376 days in Vietnam as part of the 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.

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The above photo of Coret was taken in December 2015 at the Lilydale District School, where the Avenue of Honour, a garden area that honours fallen soldiers from the Lilydale region, was officially opened as part of local ANZAC Centenary commemorations. Coret can be seen here with his campaign medals proudly displayed.

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In September 2015, Coret attended a wreath laying at the Lilydale Cenotaph as part of the “Centenary Experience” display in that town. This was just one of the hundreds of commemorative events conducted throughout Australia for the Centenary of ANZAC.

Again, Coret can be seen displaying his medals and one could assume he wears these same medals to all official RSL-related functions, and has done so for some time. He should be proud of the medals he received for his active military service, and also his continuing service as a member of the RSL Sub-Branch Executive.

Coret, however, cannot be proud of the fact he has attached a commemorative, or as more commonly known, a ‘tin medal’, to his Service medals. Doing such may impress those that do not know, however, you do not fool your fellow veterans, who would recognise you had no association with the 2/12 Infantry Battalion whatsoever.

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The Front Line Service Medal was issued by the 2/12 Infantry Battalion Association, based in Queensland, to identify those who took part in World War Two front line actions with the Infantry, differentiating them from other units. It was manufactured and sold by that Association as a funds raising exercise. They made a lot of money selling this tin trinket to gullible people, who had no association with the 2/12 Infantry Battalion whatsoever.

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

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

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

Perhaps Coret could take onboard some advice from his Hobart cousins, who for a number of years have put out an instruction before each ANZAC Day, regarding dress, saluting and etiquette, stating at section 7:

“Occasionally a person will wrongly claim to be a returned veteran and wear medals to which they are not entitled. This practice is deceitful and disrespectful to the veteran community. Further, there are a number of unofficial medals not recognized through the Australian Honours system which should not be worn at events such as ANZAC Day”.

Gerardus (Gerry) Cornelius Coret, your Vietnam service has earned you the medals that you can be proud to wear. However, by adding a worthless commemorative 'tin' medal, you have earned yourself a place, in the ever-increasing numbers of RSL Sub-Branch Executives, who choose to flout protocol and convention, and in doing bring discredit on the Honours and Awards system and Veterans who have been awarded legitimate medals.

Surname: Astridge
Christian Names: Peter
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Gladesville
Service: Army (Citizens Military Forces)
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 1957
Case Notes:

 

Peter Astridge is the Secretary/Vice President of the Gladesville Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch.

 

Astridge

 

Notice that Astridge wears relatives medals on his right breast, a red sash over his left shoulder, a Commando Beret and Badge, and two medals on his left breast. Sometimes he wears the red sash on his right shoulder.

 

Astridge

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Astridge spent some time as a part time soldier in the Citizens Military Forces and served with Commandos, for which he may have been awarded an Australian Defence Medal (ADM) and the Commando Beret and Badge. The second medal on his left breast is a New South Wales unofficial State Emergency Services Medal and should not be worn at all. The "Tin" medal and the red sash are just "bling", perhaps to enhance the perception of his military service.

 

Traditionally, a red sash is worn in the Australian Army by serving Royal Australian Infantry Corps Sergeants and Warrant Officers on ceremonial parades. It was a tradition adopted from the British Army where the sash and its colour derived from it being used to drag wounded soldiers out of the battle line and to the rear, when fighting was at close quarters..

 

An RSL executive has no duties that may require the application of the red sash.

 

We suggest to Astridge that he gets rid of the sash, and the medal.

 

RSLs' are places where Veterans and the members remember the sacrifices of those who have served in the Australian Defence Force. It is not a place where people like Astridge can don fancy dress to massage their ego and their public persona.

 

Welcome to the website Peter Astridge.

 

Surname: Shortis
Christian Names: Christopher Neil
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

 

Christopher Shortis is an extremist politician with a bent for “Hitler” like rants at public rallies. It appears that Shortis likes to identify himself as "warrior". In a political party he was known as "Lieutenant" and wears medals on his right breast.

 

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At rallies there is quite a bit of clanging as the rack of medals on his right breast jostle about.

 

Shortis

 

It is assumed that the medals are those of a direct deceased relative.   Protocol for wearing medals as a descendant of the original recipient is as follows:

 

"Allowance is made for family members of a deceased recipient to wear that person's medals on commemorative occasions such as Anzac Day. When worn by others, the usual protocol recommended is that the medals are worn on the right side to show that the wearer is not the original recipient".

Note that protocol directs that relative’s medals may be worn on commemorative occasions. Extremist political rallies are not such occasions and Shortis is grossly insulting traditions and protocols.

Shortis spruiks lots of fighting words in his tirades, but he has never served in the Defence Force. Here is an example of his aggressive rhetoric:

Shortis

Perhaps Shortis wears the medals to give evidence, to the unwary public that he not only talks about his sweat blood and tears, but is the relative of a sweater, bleeder and weeper.

Fortunately for the Australian public this firebrand has been deprived of his weapons of close destruction, which thankfully leaves him with only mean rhetoric in his armoury.

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This entry is a bit out of the ordinary, however we believe that Shortis has well earned a position on this web site for his abuse of protocol and tradition in the wearing of Australian military medals

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