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Surname: Harding aka Hynes
Christian Names: John Wayne
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: Manawtu, Wanganui
City or Town: Palmerston North
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: None
Service: Claims NZ Army with secondment to USA
Branch: SAS, SEALS
Case Notes:


UPDATE - June, 2018

John Wayne HARDING aka HYNES

We were unable to identify the second medal worn by Harding next to the Purple Heart.

It has now been recognised as the United States of America (USA) Distinguished Service Cross (DSC).




The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Army, for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.

It is a gross insult for a "grubby" dishonest poser  like Harding to be wearing the US DSC.

Harding  is an example of the worst kind of liar, cheat and wannabe.


If academic degrees were given for mendacious, perfidious, deceitful prevarication, John Wayne Harding born 1 October 1947 aka Hynes would have a PhD.

He has to be a brilliant man to be able to keep up the dishonest charade that has baffled and entertained people in New Zealand (NZ) for many years. The problem for Harding is that any genuine veteran can pick him as a fake very quickly, because of what he says, what he wears and what he does. It is a wonder of NZ, why other veterans and ex service persons have not picked up his subterfuge over the many years he has been a fraud.




Notice he is wearing the USA Purple Heart Medal which is presented to USA defence personnel,  who were wounded in action.  He also wears another unidentifiable US medal and ribbon.  On his left sleeve is the insignia of a US Air Borne Special Forces Ranger.  Then on his head he wears (badly) the maroon beret of  a US Ranger.  He also wears the rank of a USA Colonel and another unidentifiable badge on his epaulets.





Here is the USA Colonel badge of rank he is wearing:




According to Harding:

He joined the NZ Army, and he along with three other soldiers were seconded

to serve in the  USA Defence Force. 

He was employed in the USA Army in a drug detection unit with a dog named "Max".

He served in Vietnam with the "NZ Special Air Service (SAS) under Frank Rennie".   That must  have been between 1965 and December 1972.   (Frank Rennie was a famous NZ Soldier and does not deserve to be associated with Harding see here:   

He was seconded as a body guard to President Reagan and " took a bullet"

for Reagan.   (That must have been in March 1981.)

Reagan gave him permission to become a US Navy SEAL  as a reward for "taking a bullet for him”. The Reagan shooting was on 30 March 1981.

He retired from the US Army with the rank of Colonel (Col) and uses that rank in his communications.  Here is an example where has written about his drug dog "Max"  He signed his name "Col John Wayne Harding US Army ( retired)"  The word "Col" is an abbreviation for "Colonel"




He spent a lot of time on a Navajo reservation and can speak Navajo Indian and 25 other languages. (On occasions US Army used the Navajo language during WW2 instead of code).

He has a Psychology degree,

He is a qualified Pastor with the American Bible College,

Since returning to NZ after Thirty years in the  USA has worked with Drug Dog

detection (the same dog named Max that he had in the US),

Had guns taken from him by the NZ Police and is not allowed a gun licence because he had been  a US Navy SEAL,

Has a Social Welfare vehicle from NZ Government because of recommendation from US President Bush,

Has not applied for  War Pension from NZ as he does not want NZ Government to know about the USA war pension he receives through an Auckland Lawyer,


Is in constant pain due to all the shrapnel left in his body,


Has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and has to smoke Marijuana to relieve the symptoms,


Suffers from the effects of "Agent Orange" from Vietnam  (No Agent Orange was sprayed in Vietnam after 1970.  On 16 October 1971 he was married in Motueka NZ and was not in the NZ Army when he was married.)


It is of no surprise that Harding is not listed on the official NZ  Nominal Roll of those who served in Vietnam.  In addition we received this email:


-------- Original message --------

From:  xxxxxxxx

 Date: 11/01/2017 2:55 p.m. (GMT+12:00

Subject: RE: [Website feedback] Name Search John Hynes or John Wayne Harding   - DOB 1 Oct 1947 - unclassified


Happy New Year,
We do not normally respond to blind queries like this without knowing who needs this information.
However, so the Vietnam War List can be verified, we can confirm that there are NO listings for this combination of name and/or alternate with this DOB in the NZDF system.
As far as we can establish on the information provided, this man did not serve at any time in Vietnam with the New Zealand Armed Forces.



It is on public records that:

He was married in NZ in 1971.

He was on the Western Hut Electoral Roll from 1979 to 1983.

Was Bankrupt in 1999 and again in 2004 also using name John Wayne Hynes.

He now resides in a NZ Government welfare house.  We hope his "Defence Service" and "PTSD" were not taken into account when allocating him this taxpayer subsidised house.

It is also well known that the US Defence Department do not "pluck" soldiers from New Zealand  and give them a career that included being a Secret Service Presidential body guard,  a Navy SEAL and being promoted to the rank of Colonel.

We have traced Harding back to 1971 when he was married aged 24.  According to his "stories" he would have been a serving soldier at that time, unfortunately his haircut does not match his vocation.




Be careful  if you approach Harding because he is not averse to threats of violence, which he does to display his false "tough guy" past.  Harding  is not a tough guy, but just a bully, a lying fraud and wannabe.

ANZMI has exposed numerous NZ "Veteran" fakes, most have been taken to court for falsely claiming to be returned veterans and wearing false medals.  Harding is a fake and a liar and should be given the benefit of having a Magistrate decide his fate.

We welcome "Colonel" (Retired) John Wayne Harding to the fame of  his exposure on this website.


Surname: Turner
Christian Names: Robin
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Gold Coast
Service: Australia Regular Army
Case Notes:


There is a popular belief among the Veterans community, and indeed the wider public that medals issued for service belong to the recipient to do with as they will.  

This belief is incorrect.

The statutes of most orders of knighthood and the royal warrants of decorations and medals include provision for the Queen to "cancel and annul" appointments and awards. Cancellation is considered in cases where retention of the appointment or award would bring the honours system into disrepute. There are no set guidelines for cancellations, which are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Honours are sometimes revoked (forfeited), for example if a recipient is subsequently convicted of a serious criminal offence.  From time to time the Honours Secretary and/or The Chief of the Defence Force consider cases where information has been received which indicates an individual is unsuitable to hold an award.  Sometimes the original decision to grant an honour was made on the basis of inaccurate information (including through manipulation of the public nominations system), but normally cases relate to actions that took place after the award was made. Recommendations are made to The Governor General who has delegated authority from Her Majesty the Queen to rescind an honour.


Robbie Turner


This is the case of Robin “Robbie” TURNER, a former soldier with 24 years’ service who, was announced as a recipient of the Commendation for Distinguished Service.   All was not as it seemed.   Unfortunately for Robbie, he found himself dismissed from the Army for grossly offensive behavior.

As a result, a decision was taken to revoke the award which had been published in the Commonwealth Gazette but not yet presented.

Despite the fact that it had never been formally presented, he took it upon himself to purchase a replica of the award and mount it to his rack.



Robin Turner


The award of concern is the Commendation for Distinguished Service (Above).

In an attempt to justify, or perhaps confuse the issue surrounding the presentation of the award, TURNER insists that he had been invited on two occasions to receive it.   Government House denies that any such invitation has been made to TURNER.   Given that Government House maintains meticulous records concerning investiture ceremonies, we at ANZMI are confident in the official advice provided.




ANZMI understands that this matter has already been referred to Police for investigation.   We hope that is correct.  

Robin TURNER is a fraud, he has no entitlement to wear such a prestigious decoration and given the circumstances surrounding his dismissal from the Army, the removal of all awards presented to him would seem appropriate.   The Regulations which cover each medal and award worn by TURNER provide for the removal of the award.   Hopefully, the Department of Defence might consider this action to be an appropriate one regarding this individual.  

ANZMI must whole heartedly acknowledge the outstanding investigative journalism of the Herald Sun’s Peter Mickelburough whose in depth reporting of this matter has led to TURNER being exposed for the fraud he is.   Mr. Mickleburough has been investigating this matter for over four years and his diligence is to be commended.   

ANZMI is pleased to know that main stream media takes as much interest in medal frauds and wannabes as we at ANZMI do.

Robin TURNER is a deserved candidate for our website.

Copied below are three reports by Peter Mickelburough regarding this matter.   These articles provide in depth detail of the investigation and importantly, the timeline involved in this matter.  The work done here proves that TURNER was well aware he was knowingly doing the wrong thing and despite that, and continued to wear an award he was not entitled to.   He has committed offences which should be investigated by police.     


Article 1

 Achievers stripped of their Australian honours after disgrace


January 19, 2014 12:00am 

A GOLD-medal winning world champion Paralympian, a war hero and a former world junior squash champion are the latest high-flyers to lose their ­Australian honours in disgrace.

As Governor-General Quentin Bryce prepares to ­announce more medals to mark Australia Day, the ­Sunday ­Herald Sun can reveal the latest awardees to join the list of 42 political leaders, entrepreneurs, sports stars, ­entertainers, fake war heroes and religious leaders deemed unfit to retain their honours.

Geelong athlete Daniel Bell handed back his gong in June, 10 months after pleading guilty to stalking and burglary ­charges in the Geelong Magistrates' Court.

Bell was awarded an Order of Australia medal for services to sport after winning swimming gold in the 4x100m medley relay at the Athens 2004 ­Paralympic Games.

His citation reads: "He brought great credit to himself, the Australian team and the nation."

Bell, who has Asperger's syndrome, ADHD and "obsessive behaviours", was placed on an 18-month community corrections order and rehabilitation programs to ­prevent reoffending.

His defence lawyer said Bell was "hearing voices and … was no longer in control of himself" at the time of his offending after an adverse reaction to a generic drug.

In November, the Governor-General also cancelled the Commendation for Distinguished Service made to former Major Robin Paul Turner. No reason was given.

The award is for the ­distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations and recognises command and leadership in military action.

The Governor-General's office refused to say why Turner's award was removed, saying that "due to security restrictions", details of some awards to Australian Defence Force personnel are not ­released to the public.

When asked if Turner was one of the so-called "Jedi council", an unidentified Defence spokesperson said: "On 14 November 2013, the Australian Army announced that it had terminated the ­service of six members in ­relation to the allegations of unacceptable behaviour.''

The award revocation was dated a day before the Jedi council ­announcement and ­released a day after.

The so-called "knights of the Jedi council" are alleged to have filmed and shared offensive emails, including sex acts.

The Sunday Herald Sun was unable to contact Turner.

Former junior world squash champion and head of Squash NSW Carin Clonda, 40, was stripped of her 2010 Order of Australia medal in September.

Ms Clonda confirmed the decision was linked to a scathing NSW Supreme Court judgment against her in 2012.

Justice Michael Pembroke found Ms Clonda had acted with "guile and deception" in changing a lease arrangement she had to hire facilities from NSW Squash headquarters in Sydney's northwest in 2008.

But Ms Clonda said she was the victim of a personal vendetta by NSW Squash.


Article 2

Disgraced former soldier Robin ‘Robbie’ Turner still wearing medal stripped after offensive behaviour


May 25, 2018 3:37pm

 A DISGRACED ex-soldier drummed out of the army for grossly offensive behaviour is facing possible jail for continuing to wear a distinguished service honour stripped from him more than four years ago.

Recent pictures of former major Robin “Robbie” Paul Turner, including one taken on Anzac Day this year, show him proudly wearing the Commendation for Distinguished Service decoration.

Another picture shows a beaming Mr Turner wearing the service decoration at a lunch held in the lead-up to Anzac Day to raise money for a memorial to fallen Afghanistan war veterans, where his company, Axon Property Group, sponsored the keynote speakers, including Victoria Cross winner Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith and Paralympic gold medallist Curtis McGrath.

Ex-soldier Robin “Robbie” Turner (left) with the medal (far left) on Anzac Day 2017.



It is unclear where Mr Turner’s service decoration came from, as the cancellation occurred prior to him receiving any insignias.

The Department of Defence said the insignia could only be legally worn after it had been invested, and it understood this had not occurred in Mr Turner’s case.

The Government House Honours and Awards Secretariat, which manages the ­investiture of honours, said: “This office does not have any record of Mr Turner attending an investiture to receive his award, prior to its cancellation.”

When asked by the Herald Sun about the cancellation, Mr Turner said: “Yep, I remember it well, my friend. How do you know about it?”

He even acknowledged reading a 2014 Herald Sun report to this ­effect.

He acknowledged that he had been wearing a medal, claiming he had never been formally notified the award had been cancelled.

“As far as I was aware, I was entitled to wear it,” he said, adding he fully understood his responsibility and would now check and remove the medal if it had been ­cancelled.

“I fully respect and understand the significance and responsibility that goes with that sort of stuff,” he said.

The award is for the distinguished performance of ­duties in warlike operations and recognises command and leadership in military action.

Axon trades on Mr Turner’s military past to sell itself to defence personnel as an “Australian veteran-owned business” which specialises in helping defence force personnel use their housing entitlements to invest in property.


According to the Gold Coast company’s website, Mr Turner founded it and created its “commando approach to ­investing”.

“Robbie Turner, served our country for almost 24 years in the army and became a self-confessed property investment enthusiast since 2004,” the site boasts.

When Mr Turner’s commendation was cancelled in November 2013, no reason was given.

At the time, the Governor-General’s office cited “security restrictions” which prevent details of some awards to soldiers being made public.

It is a criminal offence for a person to wear a service ­decoration which was not conferred on them or to falsely represent themselves as such, with a maximum penalty of a $6300 fine, six months’ jail, or both.

Mr Turner’s lawyer said his client had been invited to two investitures but declined both and that it was common practice to wear replicas and keep originals safe.

Defence spokeswoman Jessica Skorupa said such matters were dealt with by the ­relevant police force.


Article 3

 Police investigate ‘fake’ medal worn by major drummed out of the army for disgraceful conduct


May 30, 2018 3:30pm

EXCLUSIVE: POLICE have been called in to investigate disgraced former army Major Robin Turner after a Herald Sun investigation revealed him using a “fake” bravery medal to further his business interests.

Drummed out of the army for grossly offensive behaviour, “Robbie” Turner now faces possible jail for wearing the decoration.

After the Herald Sun last week published pictures of Mr Turner proudly wearing the medal on ANZAC Day this year and last year, the Department of Defence said it had referred the matter to police.


Disgraced former soldier Robin "Robbie" Turner wearing a “fake” ochre-coloured Commendation for Distinguished Service Medal at a function to raise money for a memorial to fallen Afghanistan war veterans in the lead up to ANZAC Day 2018.

“The ADF Investigative Service has referred the matter to civilian police as it is within their jurisdiction,” a Defence spokesman said.

The ochre-coloured Commendation for Distinguished Service insignia Mr Turner is pictured wearing recognises command and leadership in military action.

It is unclear where Mr Turner’s medal came from, with both Defence and Government House

Honours and Awards Secretariat, which manages the investiture of honours, saying there is no record of Mr Turner ever receiving the insignia prior to his award being cancelled four-and-a-half years ago.

A beaming Mr Turner also posed for the camera with his dodgy decoration at a lunch held in the lead-up to Anzac Day to raise money for a memorial to fallen Afghanistan war veterans, where his company, Axon Property Group, sponsored the keynote speakers, including Victoria Cross winner Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith and Paralympic gold medallist Curtis McGrath.

Axon trades on Mr Turner’s military past to sell itself to defence personnel as an “Australian veteran-owned business” which specialises in helping defence personnel use their housing entitlements to invest in property using Mr Turner’s very own “commando approach to investing”.

When asked by the Herald Sun about the cancellation, Mr Turner said, “Yep, I remember it well, my friend. How do you know about it?” and even acknowledged reading a 2014 Herald Sun report to this effect.

He acknowledged that he had been wearing a medal, claiming he had never been formally notified the award had been cancelled.

Surname: Paynting
Christian Names: Barry
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Gulgong
Service: Citizens Military Forces (CMF) Army
Branch: Catering Corps
Case Notes:


Barry Paynting purports to be a chaste man, having served with the Salvation Army for many years. He was also a chased man because he decided to falsely claim to be a Returned Veteran with six months or more service in the former Republic of South Vietnam.

Barry Paynting

Paynting is wearing:

Australian Active Service Medal
Vietnam Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Australian Defence Medal

All of the above are false. It would have taken planning and expenditure to purchase, mount, and wear the fake medals, therefore it was not "a spur of the moment" event.

Paynting wore the Vietnam medals on ANZAC Day 2018 at the Gulgong Returned and Services League Club (RSL). Although Paynting is a Director of the Gulgong RSL Memorial Club, he is not a member of the Gulgong RSL Sub Branch. One would think that in a small town like Gulgong, Paynting, as a Director of the memorial Club, would be enthusiastic to join and support the Gulgong RSL Sub Branch. Perhaps, he knows that he would have to provide proof of his military service and medallic entitlements. A requirement that he would be unable to comply with.

On his Facebook, he shows that he served as a "Sgnt Cook 3RAR" (Sergeant Cook 3 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment). Any person who has served as a Sergeant in the Army knows well that the abbreviation is "Sgt" and not "Sgnt", and no, it is not a “typo”.

Barry Paynting

Paynting never served in South Vietnam, never served with 3RAR and was never a "Sgnt". When asked about the Facebook entry, this chaste man said blithely that his Facebook had been "hacked". Not so, according to our witnesses, who saw him wearing the medals on Anzac Day 2018.

Paynting has participated in the religious segments of commemorative events at the Gulgong RSL, espousing righteousness and morality to all and sundry.

He has now well and truly "blotted his copy book" and should be drummed out of that establishment.

Chaste Salvation Army men should not tell lies about their military service, otherwise they will be chased by genuine Veterans.

As Paynting is a person of religion he may be forgiven by the powers that be, however the Returned Veteran Community are unforgiving and he will stay on public display as a liar, cheat and wannabe for a very long time.

Surname: Dale
Christian Names: Victor Churchill
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Coolgardi
Service #: 5411678
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:


Victor Churchill Dale wears a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) that he did not earn.




Dale wears three medals they are:


Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM)  -  Not Entitled


Here is the offending medal:


Dale 2


At ANZMI, we do not take into consideration excuses, or make value judgements. There are no grey areas, only black and white.  Should  any person flout laws and protocols regarding military service or the wearing of medals we will report them without fear or favour.  It is the readers responsibility to consider the extent of the offending.


Victor Dale did the hard yards as an Infantry Soldier in Vietnam with 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit (1ARU) from  7th June 1967 until 17 Jul 1967 and then with 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR) from  18 July 1967 until 6 November 1971.  A total of 153 days.




To be eligible to wear the RCVM he needed to complete 181 days in Vietnam or be evacuated home as a Battle Casualty.  He did not complete the 181 days criterion and he was not a Battle Casualty.  He was medically evacuated after he developed tropical ulcers and cysts. He departed Vietnam on 6 November 1967 and after spending 7 days in a Military Hospital in Butterworth Malaysia, he was moved  on to  Sydney Australia.


Victor Dale is a respected Bush Poet and although we condemn him for wearing a false medal we are happy to advertise his work here:


All serviceman who served in Vietnam know the rules regarding the RVCM however there are many offenders listed on this website.  Our work does not weary them.


Be aware that if you falsely wear the RVCM or any other false medal it is likely that you will be noticed and then exposed on this website as a medals cheat.


Surname: Sykes
Christian Names: Larry Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Moree
Service #: 220918
Service: Army
Branch: Engineers
Case Notes:


Larry Sykes was sent to Vietnam aged 23 years in 1971.  He served in Vietnam with RAE units from 4 September 1971 until 20 February 1972 which is 165 days.




Larry is wearing the following medals:


Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) -  Not entitled


He is wearing four medals and he has earned only three.  He did not earn the RVCM  because he did not serve in Vietnam for the required 181 days and was not returned to Australia as a Battle Casualty. 




Here is the fake medal he is wearing:




Notice also he is doing the ridiculous hand over the heart salute. For some reason that American tradition is creeping into Australian commemorative occasions. It is done by Americans when in civilian clothes when their National Anthem is played.


 It is not an Australian tradition and has been misinterpreted from the UK and Australian tradition of placing the right hand over medals.


 As lessened membership criterion in the RSL erodes long existing protocols, current non returned Executives increasingly don't have a clue about ceremonial traditions.  The "Hand over the heart" salute has no place in Australia.   Here is what is supposed to be happening:


Sykes 4




As an Army Engineer Sykes would have done some hard work in Vietnam, however he now wears a medal that he did not earn.  He would know the rules because he would have had to purchase the medal himself and add to his rack.


Larry Sykes is a medals cheat and very welcome to this web site.



Surname: Lewsam
Christian Names: Geoffrey Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Canley Heights
Service #: R53310
Service: Navy
Branch: Electrical Engineering
Commencement of service: 1957
Completion of service: 1963
Case Notes:


Geoffrey Charles Lewsam served as a Leading Seaman in the RAN.  During his service, he had active service with the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) with a trip to Malaysian waters. 


Lewsam wears:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Australian Service Medal  (ASM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Pingat Jasa for service in Malaysian waters

Purchased "Tin" FESR medal   -  Not Authorised

Purchased "Tin" Commemorative Logistics medal for Vietnam - Not Authorised.

Lewsam is wearing four genuine medals and has added two "Tin" self purchased medals, here are the details of the two offending medals..

FESR Commemorative medal, self purchased for $65:


Vietnam Logistic Support Medal Commemorative medal self purchased for $60. It was a trinket to be worn on the right breast by RAN servicemen who had served in Vietnam waters. The whole thing was scrapped when an official Logistic Support medal was issued by the Government. Lewsam never served in Vietnam waters.


Lewsam is the Vice President of the Canley Heights Returned and Services League (RSL).  In the lead up to ANZAC Days he visits local schools in his official capacity to talk about Australia's involvement in wars.  He is blatantly falsifying his service and portraying himself in a false manner. Wearing these two fake medals can only be for the purpose of massaging his ego.

His mate, Mr Richard Pritchard, the President of the Canley Vale RSL has failed to correct Lewsam's behaviour.  The President is a genuine Vietnam Veteran and is well aware of Lewsam's deceit, but  does nothing.

Although the behaviour of most ex service persons is unquestionable, ANZMI will continue to detect and report those who, for their own vanity choose to erode protocols and traditions.

We welcome Geoff Lewsam to the good ship ANZMI where he is welcomed as a crew member with a long time to serve.

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