Kennedy

Date of Entry: 07/12/2018
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.

 

Kennedy

 

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.

 

Kennedy

 

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.

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