Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Melville
Christian Names: Brian James
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Nowra
Service #: R51789
Service: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Branch: Airman Aircraft Handler
Case Notes:

 

According to Brian Melville, he received a medal through the mail without notification or return address and chose to add it to his rack of seven medals.

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The medal is the last one on the right hand side. It is an unofficial commemorative medal commissioned by RAN Associations.

Initially RAN Sailors who visited Vietnam on war ships were not recognized with a medal, hence they struck their own. This medal was never authorized to be worn with genuine service medals

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Subsequently the Government provided an official medal to cover the service of all servicemen who had short term visits and included sailors, soldiers, airmen and civilians, such as Qantas staff and entertainers .

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Melville did not qualify for this medal, as he earned two other medals signifying a posting of more that six months in Vietnam. Below are the two medals. The Vietnam Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

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He now wears three medals for his Vietnam Service, one is the dud commemorative medal.

Melville is a senior returned veteran, who served in the RAN for many years and has since served at the Nowra RSL for many years.

He wears an unauthorised medal and therefore has earned a place on this website.

Surname: Boak
Christian Names: Nicholas George
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Airlie Beach
Service: Army (Reserve)
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Commencement of service: 31 December 2003
Completion of service: 23 August 2017
Case Notes:

 

Nicholas George Boak is a man in the prime of life, he describes himself as an Accountant, Adventurer and serving Major in the Australian Army Reserve.

 

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We hold a written declaration from Boak stating that he:

 

Was awarded a Victoria Cross (VC)

Is a serving Major in the Army Reserve.

Served with Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) .

Served in Army, Navy, Air Force and "other" (whatever that may be)

 

Served in these areas of Military Operations:

 

  1. Gulf War
  2. Solomon Islands
  3. Afghanistan
  4. East Timor
  5. Peacekeeping
  6. Korea
  7. Malayan Emergency
  8. Iraq

 

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In reality he was a Lieutenant in the Army Reserve who was terminated in August 2017. During his service he was deployed to Solomon Islands for Operation "Anode" and was awarded an Australian Service Medal. He was also awarded an Australian Defence Medal as shown in photograph below.

 

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He has a Linkedin Account and has stolen a media release showing "him" shaking hands with the Honourable Peter Dutton MP. Boak looks similar to the person in the photograph and has stolen his identity to indicate he has a chest full of medals.   He has changed the name in the heading and placed it on his Linkedin account.

 

Boak has a high profile in the Airlie Beach area. High profiles with media involvement and lying about military service are not recommended because communities all over Australia now include current and former Australian Defence Force personnel, who can recognize a cheat in the blink of an eye.

 

We are pleased to add Nicholas George Boak now of Airlie Beach to our website.

Surname: Kennedy
Christian Names: Darryl Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Service #: 218783
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Case Notes:

 

Darryl Charles KENNEDY served as a Private Soldier with Support Company 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) in Vietnam between 17 May 1970 and 1 June 1971. He did twelve months of creditable service. He went on to serve a further long term with the Defence Force and we understand he continues to serve as a Special Constable in the New South Wales Police Force.

 

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In the photograph he is wearing:

 

Infantry Combat Badge

Australian Active Service Medal

Vietnam Medal with Mention in Despatches (MiD) Oak leaf.   (Not Entitled)

Australian Service Medal

Defence Force Service Medal with Rosette for 20 - 24 years service

Australian Defence Medal

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

 

There is one problem with his medals and more problems with what he has said about his service:

 He falsely wears the MiD emblem (Mention In Despatches).   He claims it was awarded to him for the brave act of "storming a machine gun nest" in Vietnam. This is fake and has been self-purchased and self-awarded.

 The MiD, if genuinely awarded, would be recorded on Kennedy’s Defence records at the National Australian Archives or on his Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Vietnam Nominal Roll entry. It is not listed at either Department.

 

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Many people do not understand the significance of the MiD, and do not realise that it is a prestigious award which is recorded as an ‘Honour’ on a persons Service Record and can be researched through the It’s ‘An Honour Website’ among others.

By placing the MiD on his Vietnam Medal, he is claiming recognition for an act of valour that he did not perform, or at the very least, was not considered worthy of recognition.

We have evidence that Kennedy has made numerous claims of service with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Vietnam and other places. He falsely claims to have been wounded in action (WIA) in Vietnam by a phosphorus grenade during an enemy contact.   As with the MiD, there is no record of this occurring.   He cannot blame a glitch in the records, the Army has been recording WIA events for over 100 years.

For a man who has served his country in Vietnam with distinction and later as a member of the ADF, we can only wonder why he feels the need to embellish his service.   Like many wannabes on our website, Kennedy has made claims of daring do with the SASR such as being dropped off the coast of Darwin and paddled into estuaries dodging crocodiles.

Unfortunately for Mr Kennedy, the SASR has never heard of him.

We cannot imagine why a man of Kennedy's experience would want to cheat with a bravery award and falsely claim to have served with the SASR, but that is what he has done.   By his own actions, he has tarnished his genuine service history as well as his reputation.   By falsely claiming to have been awarded the MiD, Kennedy is committing offences under the Defence Act 1903:

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80B

Improper use of service decorations

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person wears a service decoration; and

(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

As a Special Constable, a position which demands honesty and integrity, Kennedy has let himself and his peers down.   Let us hope that the appropriate authorities in NSW recognise his actions for what they are and take action against him.

Surname: Fraser
Christian Names: Anthony C
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Wodonga
Service #: 143860
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Stoker
Case Notes:

 

Anthony (Tony) Fraser served in the first Gulf War aboard HMAS Brisbane during 1990 and 1991.

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Tony Fraser is wearing five medals one of them is not approved by the Australian Governor General.

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Australian Service Medal (ASM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal (LKM)

Kuwait Liberation Medal (KLM) Not to be worn

US Navy Meritorious Unit Citation. 

The offending medal is the Kuwait Liberation Medal issued by the Government of Kuwait.

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There are no medals issued by the Country of Kuwait that are approved to be worn on the left breast by Australian Defence Veterans

Fraser has a medal that he should not wear. Honest Medal Dealers know the rules and will not mount "dodgy" medals, however like all trades, there are renegades who will do anything for an extra dollar.

There is space for Fraser on this website and if we knew the name of the person who mounted the Medals we would also include him/her.

Surname: Robinson
Christian Names: Lisa
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Forest Lake
Case Notes:

 

Ms Lisa Forest knowingly ignores medals protocol and tradition by wearing a State medal with her two Federal Medals.

 

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Ms Robinson is wearing:

Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (HOSM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Unofficial New South Wales Emergency Services Medal (ESM) - Not to be worn

Federal medals are hard earned and those who earn them are justly proud as they are issued under the authority of the Governor General of Australia.

Ms Lisa Robinson wears an unofficial State Emergency Medal (SEM) with her Federal medals contrary to protocols and tradition.

Here is the offending medal.

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We are reliably advised that Lisa Robinson served as a Reservist in both the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Australian Navy.

She is an active member of the Forest Lake Returned and Services League (RSL) and wears the offending medal at the RSL on commemorative occasions.

If RSLs are not working to maintain the integrity of our medals system what hope do we have?

Lisa Robinson knows well that she is wearing a non approved medal as she wrote on Social media.

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Ms Robinson chose to knowingly wear an unauthorised medal contrary to protocol and tradition and therefore has been allotted space on this website.

Surname: Barrett
Christian Names: Neville Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: Tasmania
City or Town: Launceston
Service #: 6708907
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Case Notes:

 

Neville Barrett did a lot of hard work during the 375 days he served with the 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam

 

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For his service he earned five medals and a Badge.  He wears five medals, but one is a fake, one is missing, one is a fake and an Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) is missing.

 

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) - (Missing from his rack)

Vietnam Medal (VM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Out of order should be last medal

Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM) (Out of order should be second last medal on rack)

Front Line Medal (FLM) - (Self purchased vanity medal must not be worn)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM) (worn out of order should precede the ANSM and RVCM)

Infantry Combat Badge (ICB)- (Missing)

 

The offending medal is the FLM that is a self purchased, meaningless piece of junk that has no place mixed with genuine medals on the left breast. He is not wearing an AASM which should precede all his other medals.

 

The FLM medal is sold by Medal Dealers for $60.

 

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Instead of the FLM, Barrett is entitled to wear the prestigious Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) which is the official badge that differentiates those who served as Infantrymen on combat duties.

 

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Rather than wear the prestigious ICB, Barrett has chosen to wear a worthless self purchased trashy $60 FLM.

 

Although Neville Barrett did "the hard yards" in Vietnam he has earned a place on this web site for blatant disrespect to medals protocols

 

 

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