Bermingham

Date of Entry: 09/06/2020
Surname: Bermingham
Christian Names: Colin Raymond
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Benalla
Service #: 3171402
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

Colin Bermingham is a medal collector. Nothing wrong with that, unless you have them all court mounted and wear them on your left breast claiming that they were all officially awarded to you.

Colin Raymond Bermingham was born 30 December, 1943. He is a medal cheat. He has also embellished his military service to deceive his veteran colleagues in the Benalla RSL Sub Branch.




The above photograph depicts Bermingham wearing the following medals -;

1. Australian Active Service Medal clasp Vietnam (AASM) entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. Entitled.
3. National Medal. Doubtful. Not Listed - Its an Honour. .
4. Unknown medal.
5. Reserve Force Long Service Medal. Not entitled.
6. Australian Defence Medal. ADM. Entitled.
7. Anniversary of National Service Medal. NSM. Entitled.
8. Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal. RVCM. Entitled.
9. Commemorative Vietnam Medal. (Tin unofficial medal)
10. Unknown medal (Tin unofficial medal)




The above photograph depicts Bermingham wearing the following ribands -;

1. AASM. Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal Entitled.
3. National Medal. Doubtful. Not listed – Its an Honour.
4. Reserve Force Decoration Medal. Not entitled.
5. Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
6. Anniversary of National Service Medal. Entitled.
7. RVCM Entitled.
8. Commemorative Vietnam Veterans Medal. Sold by VVAA Tasmania.(Tin unofficial medal/riband).
9. Unknown (Tin unofficial medal/riband.)
10. Unknown (Tin unofficial medal/riband)

Bermingham raised concerns in his home town of Benalla in Victoria. He has been observed wearing his large 10 medals rack at local remembrance days, Anzac Days and veterans functions.

His medal rack, photo1, is inconsistent with his medal/riband rack shown in photo 2.

He has told colleagues that he is also entitled to wear an Australian Service Medal, (ASM), a Reserve Force Decoration medal, a Reserve Forces Service medal, a Citizens Military Forces (CMF) Efficiency Medal and a Cadet Forces Medal.

He claims that following his National Service commitment expiring on the 1 February, 1969, he enlisted in the Australian Regular Army and was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant. He stated that he missed out on becoming a Warrant Officer, which he regrets. He then claimed that some years later he was promoted to, and subsequently discharged at the rank of Major in charge of the “Range at Puckapunyal.” These statements are false.

Research conducted into the military service of Bermingham does not support his claims of medal entitlements and Commissioned ranks..

There is no record of Bermingham being awarded the following medals -;

1. National Medal. (15 years continuous eligible service )
2. Reserve Forces Decoration Medal (15 years qualifying service for Officers)
3. Reserve Force Medal (15 years qualifying service for other ranks)
4. CMF Efficiency Medal. (12 years qualifying service)
5. Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal (15 years qualifying service.)

On different occasions he also wears unofficial tin medals and ribands to bolster his rack.

FACTS -;


Records indicate that in 1985, Bermingham was previously investigated for wearing unawarded medals, including the Queens Jubilee Medal. He was referred to the Australian Federal Police. The outcome of that investigation is not known.

Records further indicate that Bermingham joined the Citizens Military Forces.(CMF) on the 18 January, 1961. From 1961, he accumulated about 4 years discontinuous CMF service and entered National Service Army training on the 1 February, 1967.

He served as an Infantry Lance Corporal in the Republic of South Vietnam from October, 1967 to October 1968.

Following completion of his 2 year National Service commitment, he was discharged from the Army on the 31 January, 1969 - he later re-joined the CMF in October, 1969. He then had a further 4 years discontinuous service in the CMF, accumulating about 8 years and 2 months service overall. As such, he is not entitled to wear any of the above long service medals or ribands..

At discharge from the CMF on the 24 October, 1973 his rank is listed as Staff Sergeant. He was never a Lieutenant or a Major.

In January, 2016, Bermingham made application for membership with the National Servicemen’s Association. He stated that he held the rank of Lieutenant and also Corporal in his Army service. On his application he stated that he had been awarded the Australian Service Medal (ASM), the AASM, Vietnam Medal, Australian Defence Medal, NSM and RVCM.

NATIONAL SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.

Bermingham , Colin Raymond

Service Army
Service Number 3171402
Registration Number 2006082-6FileNoMP1227BoxNo66
Rank Lieutenant. Corporal
Date of Birth 30 12 1945
Place of Birth Melbourne Vic
Date of Intake 1/2/1967
NS Training 2 RTB
Follow Up Training RAI Nui Dat Vietman
Basic Training Puckapunyal Vic
Next of Kin at time of Service Mr T Bermingham
Operational Service Vietnam
Medals ASM / AASM 45-75 / Vietnam Medal / ADM /ANSM / Vietnamese Campaign Medal
_ _ _ _

The Australian Defence Medal (ADM) was proclaimed on 20 March, 2006.

Therefore, all his claimed long service medals i.e. National Medal, Reserve Force Decoration Medal, Reserve Force Medal and the Cadet Force Medal would have been awarded to him before this date - if genuine !

However, he does not indicate any of these medals to the National Servicemen’s Association on his membership application, which was submitted in January, 2016. He mentions the Australian Service Medal on this application form, but he is not entitled to that medal either.

Bermingham was sent two emails and given an opportunity to clarify his medal entitlements and actual ADF service history. He declined to respond on both occasions.

Bermingham indicated on his Linked In profile that he was a “Retired Army Officer and Solicitor, Public Notary”. Following attempted contact with him by an ANZMI Researcher, these comments were removed from his Linked In profile.

On inspection of "Australian Legal Profession Register", the name of Colin Bermingham does not appear.

Bermingham wears 10 medals and ribands. He is entitled to wear 5. His actual entitlement is-

1. Australian Active Service Medal, clasp Vietnam.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Australian Defence Medal.
4. Anniversary of National Service Medal.
5. Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Bermingham is a genuine Vietnam Veteran. He should be proud of that fact, and proud of the genuine medals he has been awarded for his service.

He should get rid of all the tin and unearned medals and apologise to his Benalla RSL Sub Branch colleagues for his deceit over the years.

He should then be shown the door.

Welcome to ANZMI, Colin Raymond Bermingham

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