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Surname: Bruce
Christian Names: Willy
Country: Canada
State or Province: Ontario
City or Town: Ottawa
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:

 

 

Willy Bruce of Ottawa Canada should be congratulated for being the first Canadian to feature on our web site. Be assured that "Silly Willy" well earns a place in the annals of Australian and New Zealand military history for being a sham of a Shaman and a sham of an ex RAAF Pilot in Vietnam.


Notice that Silly Willy is wearing three Australian medal ribbons, they are:

Australian Defence Medal Ribbon (ADM)

Vietnam Medal Ribbon


The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon


"Silly Willy' is wearing the ADM in the wrong sequence, it should be the second last ribbon and not the first.

Silly Willy gets lots of publicity for his false Veteran Status, see below:

Here is a photograph of Willy and "his" downed helicopter that he purports to have been flying in Vietnam aged 19 years.


No person by the name of Bruce served with the RAAF 9 Squadron in Vietnam and in any case there has never been a person in the RAAF who has qualified to fly a helicopter at the age of 19 years let alone fly in a combat zone. Bruce is not listed on the Australian Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll. Notice that he claims to have sustained an injury in Vietnam that ended his Service career.

9 Squadron was the only unit that employed Australian and New Zealand helicopter pilots in Vietnam. The 9 Squadron Association have never heard of Bruce and have provided a complete list of personnel who served in Vietnam with that unit and Bruce is not included.

We requested Bruce's RAAF file through the Freedom of Information system and we are not surprised to learn that Bruce does not have an RAAF file.

 


If Bruce were to ever return to Australia he could be charged under the Defence Act 1903 Part VII Sections 80A and 80B for Falsely claiming to be a returned Veteran and Wearing Medals that were not conferred.

We declare Willy Bruce to be a liar, fraud, wannabe and con man. A man who would lie to those he calls his friends is a sham without conscience. He has grossly insulted Australian and New Zealand Veterans and we are sure that Canadian Veterans will feel the same way.

We would very much appreciate an update on this mans activities from any person who has had the misfortune to meet him.

Falsely claim to be an Australian Veteran in any part of the world and there is a chance you will join Willy Bruce as a liar fraud and wannabe on this web site for ever more.

 

UPDATE - WILLY BRUCE - 14 May 14

In our original exposure of the Canadian Willy Bruce the lying cheat and wannabe, we wrongly identified one of his medals as being the Australian Defence Medal, when in fact it is the Canadian Queens Jubilee medal. From a distance and considering that he was wearing Australian Vietnam Campaign medals the Jubilee medal is almost identical with the ADM.

Here is what we named the medal as. Australian Defence Medal


And here is what it actually is. Canadian Jubilee Medal.

We hope that Canadian Veterans Associations are taking action against Bruce for his deceit, when information is to hand we will provide another update.


UPDATE WILLY BRUCE - 20 JUNE 2014

Willy Bruce no longer beats the drum. The Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association (CAV) have taken decisive action against this long term lying fraud. Not only is he a fake Veteran of the Vietnam war but is also a fake Native American.

Below are letters from the CAV, firstly requesting Bruce to produce evidence of his service, and secondly, due to his failure to do so, a letter expelling him from the CAV.

This action is proof to all liars, frauds and wannabes that Veterans across the world have the ability to unite and expose those who steal their honour

LETTER TO BRUCE FROM CAV

May 12th 2014
Willy Bruce
540 Cambridge Street South
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5M7
Canada
Without Prejudices
Willy Bruce

Please be informed that the Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association have been contacted by private citizens in Australia and The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) also based in Australia. www.anzmi.net/index.php/enquiry

The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) on their web site under the

Title – Most Recent Cases
In the list of name appears the name “BRUCE”.

Bruce contains pictures, personal information, and allegations of fraudulent claims.

Surname: Bruce
Christian Names: Willy
City or Town: Ottawa
State or Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil

Upon the receipt of this information from the Australia & New Zealand Military Impostors group (ANZMI) and recognizing your pictures but not the personal information. The CAV embarked on the first due-diligence requirement that being the vetting The Australia & New Zealand Military Impostors group (ANZMI).

This was accomplished with the help of our ADF Veterans contacts in Adelaide Australia and our Military contact in Australia the Canadian Defence Advisor - Australia and New Zealand at the High Commission of Canada, Canberra Australian Capital Territory .

Our ADF Veterans Contact reported that The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) is well known, that they are mainly Vietnam War Veterans volunteers, some highly decorated, and they rarely get things wrong.

Our Military Contact checked with Australian Defence and the ADF, as well as DND Canada, and stated that the organization which has contacted the CAV is a private group which seeks to challenge and identifies persons who are seen as or are reported as Australia or New Zealand military imposters.

The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) does not hold any special status and is simply a citizen advocacy group run on a non-profit basis. Their aims and objectives, although honourable, are not endorsed by the government, as there are appropriate mechanisms to address these issues through official channels.

Considering the foregoing and because of the unofficial status of The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) the CAV will provide you with an opportunity in time to:

3) To provide Proofs of Military Service meaning all document held such as ADF Discharge Papers, ADF Medical Records, Administrative Documents, or obtainable Documents held elsewhere including military photos of the Viet Nam War era featuring yourself and others jointly in a photo.

4) Proofs of Military Service also include the contact information of fellow Veterans served with in Australia or Viet Nam.

Further to the possession of ADF Documents, Discharge Papers, and Veteran Served with references, if you have these Proofs of Military Service we advise you to have a Lawyer contact The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) and demand the proof that they have in their possession and are basing their allegations on.

The CAV, also requires copies of all documents of Proof of Military Service in the Australian Defense Force (ADF), the expectations are that the documents of Proof of Military Service will be received on or before 2359 Hrs. Friday, June 13th 2014. Where the documents of your Proof of Military Service are received by the CAV in the time frame indicate and are accepted by the CAV as Proof of Your Military Service we will support any action you wish to take against The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI).

Where the documents of your Proof of Military Service are not received by the CAV in the time frame indicate on or before Friday, June 13th 2014. The CAV will consider the allegations being made on the web site of The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) as factual and proceed in Canada as the law allows to take whatever actions are appropriate and to disseminate The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group’s (ANZMI) web site’s URL to those it may be of interest to.

Willy, at this point the CAV is without verdict of any kind and applies in your favour the full benefit of the drought to these allegations made by The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI).

The CAV bears no animosity or prejudgments and to the proof of this have Cc two Honourable Presidents of Veterans Originations’ as observers as measure of our sincerity.

Richard Blackwolf
National President & CEO

Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association
Documents to be received on or before 2359 Hrs. Friday, June 13th 2014 may be sent via:

E-mail
[email protected]
Facsimile
250 900-5276
Canada Post
Canadian Aboriginal Veterans
34 Kingham Place
Victoria, British Columbia
V9B 1L8

CANADIAN ABORIGINAL VETERANS AND SERVING MEMBERS ASSOCIATION

National Communiqué
June 18th 2014
Willy Bruce
540 Cambridge Street South
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5M7
Canada

Willy Bruce

Mr. Bruce, not having received any communications requested from you regarding the matter brought to your attention on May 12th 2014 notably the allegations being made by The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) based in Australia.

The CAV has provided you with multiple avenues of contact and an opportunity in time of over thirty days with a grace period of several days to reply:

1) To provide Proofs of Military Service meaning all document held such as Australia Defence Force (ADF) Discharge Papers, ADF Medical Records, Administrative Documents, or obtainable Documents held elsewhere including military photos of the Viet Nam War era featuring yourself and others jointly in a photo.

2) Proofs of Military Service also include the contact information of fellow ADF Veterans served with in Australia or Viet Nam.

A search today under your name (Bruce) on The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) Web Site indicates to us that the Allegations made there still stand as being Valid because it is apparent that you have not provided the ANZMI or the CAV any evidence of Military Service in Australia or anywhere else for that matter.
www.anzmi.net/index.php/component/sobipro/?pid=62&sid=410:Bruce

Mr. Bruce, it is apparent that you are not a Veteran of Military Service or a ADF Veteran of the Viet Nam War, the expectations are that you will henceforth conduct yourself as a Civilian and totally refrain from presenting yourself as a Military Veteran, wearing any military style clothing, and making a pretends of being a ADF Veteran.

As a Non Veteran there is a requirement for you to return the “Canadian Aboriginal War Veterans Millennium Medal” presented to you in year 2000 and any other Aboriginal Veterans medallions and Uniform Kit items that are in your possession to the CAV at the Address provided herein.

Mr. Bruce, your Biography available on the internet mentions that “He was unsure of the benefits or disadvantages of "coming out" as an Aboriginal person in the working world” and goes on further to say “However, Willy was inspired to share his native culture with fellow employees when he heard the beating of a drum at a traditional native ceremony at NRCan”.
There is no following statement of which Culture was being referred to and there is no evidence of you being a member of a First Nation or a Métis Nation.

In consideration of the void of documents and other proof of being Aboriginal there are reasonable grounds to suspect that your claim of being Aboriginal is also a pretence.

Mr. Bruce, you are often seen in military style dress and wearing a “Warriors Brest Plate and Shield” from the Plains Culture, there is no evidence noted anywhere that you are a member of a Warriors Societies of the Great Plains Tribes, discontinue this practise, it is an affront to those Societies and their Military Service and War Veterans.


Mr. Bruce, you are not welcome to conduct or attend any event held at the National Aboriginal War Veteran Monument in Ottawa now or at any time in the future.

This matter will receive wide distribution, the Canadian legal system has not been searched for Laws governing the impersonation of a Veteran of Military Service or a War Veteran of an Allied Military Force.

Reports of the continuation of the your impersonation of a Military Veteran of any kind will cause the CAV to seek legal Council on this matter.

CAV - National Executive

Surname: Brooks
Christian Names: Benjamin Mathew
Country: Australia
State or Province: NT
City or Town: Darwin
Service #: *224017
Service: Army
Branch: RAA
Commencement of service: 03 Jul 01
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Benjamin Mathew  Brooks "tried it on" and has been comprehensively caught.

The photograph shows Brooks on a graduation parade when he became an Corrections Officer in the Northern Territory Correctional services.  We believe he is no longer a Corrections Officer because his general behaviour was less than satisfactory.

In the photograph he is wearing the following medals:

Australian Active Service Medal - Not Entitled

IraqMedal -  Not Entitled

Australian Service Medal - Entitled

Australian Defence Medal - Entitled

In addition he wears an Army Combat Badge to which he has no entitlement.

He never served anywhere to meet the criterion for this badge, which  is:

Been force assigned to a combat team for a period of either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service; or

Been physically deployed in the same geographical location as a Combat Team and have a primary role to directly support that Combat Team for a period of either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service.

He is wearing four medals and has earned only two.  The first two are prestigious medals for war service in Iraq, he did not earn them, they are self purchased fakes.

The third medal is for non warlike service in Timor and the last medal is for completing four years service in the Army.

People from all walks of life  understand the shame of stealing the honour of Defence Veterans and we are happy to investigate all reports received from the public.

Falsely wearing medals is a risky business, those who do it will be noticed and subsequently allocated space on this website.

Brooks was reported to us by a member of the Public and our investigation ascertained that he is a fraud and a wannabe who is very welcome on this website.

 

Surname: Blair
Christian Names: Gordon
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sydney
Service #: A230551
Service: RAAF
Branch: General Duty
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Gordon Blair is a member of the Returned and Services League (RSL) at Hornsby in NSW.  Prior to that he was the Secretary at another RSL.   

The above photograph was  taken at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli.

Blair is wearing:

National Medal for services to the community as a civilian - Entitled

Australian Defence Medal for service in the Australian Defence Force - Entitled

New South WalesStateEmergency Services Long Service Medal - State award not to be worn with Defence Medals. Must be worn on right breast.

Year of the Volunteer Medal - Self purchased Tin medal

Blair exhibits symptoms of the malaise within the RSL.  A recent National RSL strategy is to bestow on any person who has ever served in the Defence Force the title of "Veteran".

For the last One Hundred years a "Veteran" has been a person who has served overseas in a war zone, but now on a whimsical notion of the RSL, Gordon Blair is a "Veteran" and according to his demeanour at Anzac Cove wants everyone to believe that he is one.

Blair is wearing only one medal that relates to Australian Defence service and that is the lowest grade of Australian medals, the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).  It is issued to all Service people who complete four years service.

At ANZAC Cove Gallipoli on Anzac Day 2015  Blair was strutting his stuff pretending to be a be meddled  Australian "Veteran" when in fact he was a strutting Fedora hatted Popinjay without sufficient nous to understand Australian medals protocols.

We are reliably advised by an RSL Executive that Blair was warned about his disregard for medals protocol and he took no notice.

Genuine Veterans (not ersatz RSL Veterans) and ex service men and women should know medals protocols and should also know that if they disrespect traditions and protocols they stand a very good chance of featuring on this website.

We welcome the very silly Mr Gordon Blair to our web site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surname: Ben-Avi
Christian Names: Zev
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Yarraman Area
Service #: 3179822
Service: CMF and ARA
Branch: RAAC and RAAOC
Commencement of service: 29 Oct 67 & 24 Apr 6
Completion of service: 23 April 1983
Case Notes:

 

 

 

 

As has been noted in these pages before, wannabees and valour thieves come in many forms, but the lies told by Zev Ben-Avi over many years are breathtaking in their scope and the length of time that he has gone unchallenged. Ben-Avi has lied to the Army as a whole and to the veteran community.

To start with some of his lesser transgressions, Ben-Avi is often seen wearing a green Commando beret and metal Commando beret badge. He also gets about with a Commando shoulder flash sewn onto his motorcycle jacket just in case you missed the beret.

Ben-Avi has no right to wear this beret or badge as he never qualified for the green beret as a trained Commando. He enlisted as a Recruit in 2 Commando Company, CMF on 29 October, 67. He completed his recruit training between 23 March, and 5 April, 68 before enlisting in the ARA on 24 April, 68. He simply was not a member of 2 Commando Company long enough to ever qualify for the coveted green beret.

Ben-Avi certainly does not measure up to the Commando's code.


But wait there is more! Ben-Avi joined the ARA and was allotted to Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) where he was known for wearing the Commando flash on his tracksuit whilst at 1 Armored Corps.

To make matters worse, Ben-Avi seems to have developed a fetish about the Israeli Defense Forces and went about convincing people he had been a paratrooper in the Israel Defence Force. (IDF). Various versions of this claim are about but ANZMI located this interesting one on file at the Australian War Memorial.

The film was made in October 1973 and is captioned as follows :

An Armoured column heads out of Alice Springs to tackle a gruelling 1,000-mile desert trek through the Northern Territory. The men and machines are from the First Armoured Regiment normally based at Puckapunyal, Victoria. A total of 130 men and 12 armoured troop carriers are taking part in the month-long exercise, aptly named Giant Stride. It is aimed at testing the carriers and their crews in Desert Navigation, Long-range Communications, Tactical Movement and Survival. Before taking to the desert on the main stage of the exercise, the troops were taught special desert survival techniques. One of the skills was to make a solar still, to provide water through condensation. Their tutor was Sergeant Zev Ben-Avi, a former Israeli Army Paratrooper (for identification, he is the man with the big moustache). The more conventional method of drawing water from Artesian Bores was used to fill jerry cans for the long hot haul through Central Australia. The troops are due to finish the exercise later this month.

This clearly shows how he hoodwinked the Army with his masquerade as a former Paratrooper and Commando using it to advantage himself within the Army.

The story has got even bigger since those early days. Note the claim in this letter written by Ben-Avi himself :

The whinge - not all Jews are stereotypical. For instance some live in a country about a third the size of Tassie, many of whom understandably suffer from Holocaust paranoia, surrounded by about 80 million hostiles who live on the borders and who also (understandably) hate the guts of those 4 1/2 million Jews who live in that land of Israel.

One of those Israeli people has lived in Australia since 1967, coming here after the Six Day War of June '67 on 'loan' from the Israeli Defence Forces. This bloke was conscripted for service in Israel in 1956, serving during the '56 Suez War in 202 Paratroop Brigade under then Brigadier Moshe Dayan followed by service in the same Para unit in reprisal cross-border raids on terrorist camps in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. This service was followed by secondment as a military advisor to 5 different African countries (Ethiopia, Belgian Congo, Katanga - now part of Zaire as is the Congo - Uganda and Kenya). The African service was from 1959-64.

During the '67 Six Day War, this bloke commanded one of the three Paratroop Battalions that captured the old city of Jerusalem and the famous Wall of the Second Temple during vicious street fighting, being decorated twice during this fighting and the last two days of this was on the Golan Heights - again not much fun.

In October '67 this bloke was seconded again for foreign service this time to the Australian Regular Army being placed with 2 Commando, attached to SAS for service in Vietnam on special operations with MACVSOG (US) - Military Assistance Command Special Operations Group based in Danang.

This bloke came back to Australia determined to stay here as a migrant. The price to stay was - "Join the Army"! He did, being enlisted as a Sergeant (from Israeli Major, but no matter the pay was heaps better). He was posted to a Cavalry Sqn equipped with Armoured Personnel Carriers and found himself back in Vietnam.

Subsequently this bloke did 15 yrs with the Australian Regular Army before 'retiring' on a Veterans Affairs pension (TPI - Totally and Permanently Incapacitated). This bloke was also a founder of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club. This bloke was an orphan and grew up on a children's kibbutz in Israel where due to the border location, military training started at 10 years old with border patrols begun at 13 years old and this bloke came from a family (from grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters parents etc) of 48 people. Only two of this family survived the "White Aryan Brotherhood" and its "gas appliances" and its "German shepherds" and its '"railway sidings". This bloke is now the only survivor of that holocaust and gets just a bit pissed off at cheap so called stereotypical shots at his own kind, including those rich cunts who live in Bellevue Hill NSW.

In case you hadn't yet guessed, the "bloke' that I am referring to is a hairy, ugly bastard who goes by the name of Zev Ben-Avi.

I have personally spent a childhood (if you can call it that) surviving through Adolph Hitler's mad schemes, followed by several years on hostile borders, followed by 11 years of professional soldiering in what is arguably one of the best defence forces in the world, followed by 15 years (including tours in Vietnam) in the Australian Regular Army. I am an expert at survival and I have spent most of my life in defence of the rights of people who cannot defend themselves against those who would put them down - from unsubtle cheap shots to outright genocide.


Zev Ben Avi
A Proud Hebrew


Thats the story he was telling by October 1992.

Unfortunately for Zev Ben-Avi this is easily demonstrated to be an outright tissue of lies.

Firstly, 2 Commando Company was never deployed on Active Service. It was strictly CMF.

Secondly, Ben-Avi was never in the IDF but safely in Coburg, Victoria. Any of these claims can be dismissed as outright lies.

Thirdly, he enlisted as a recruit in the ARA and not as a Sergeant.

Finally, his education and employment history shows that he completed the Intermediate Certificate at Geelong Technical College in February 1956 aged 16 years

He then attended a five years Optical Technical course at Kodak Australia.

Other Employment history shows:
Scientific Optical Labs Adelaide - Mar 63 to Apr 64
Murray Motors Echuca - Apr 64 to Dec 64
Self - Echuca Jan 65 to Oct 65
Tongala Milk - Tongala - Oct 65 to Feb 67
Kodak Research Lab - Coburg - Feb 67 to Mar 68.

So while he claims to have been an Israeli War Hero, he was just a normal everyday Victorian country boy with a fetish about the IDF.

Ben-Avi was born in September 1940. Apply that year of birth to his fanciful claims and you will see how ludicrous his claims are. It is not necessary to refute each individual claim as the whole document is clearly in the realm of the fairies. The Israeli Defense Forces would be interested to know how he has usurped the valour of the Parachute Brigade Commanders and its capture of Jerusalem during the Six Day War.

Coburg is a long way from Jerusalem and Ben - Avi must stand condemned as a valour thief, a wannabe and an outright liar.

When asked by ANZMI about his IDF service, he stood by his claims and offered no proof, as he said it was against IDF policy to do so.

MEDALS CHEAT

What makes this case all the worse is that Ben-Avi did serve in Vietnam with 3 Cavalry Regiment and was wounded in action. He left the Army with the rank of Sergeant and he should be pleased with that. As you can see however Ben-Avi was never satisfied with being a mere Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) crewman.

To improve his status to a level that he approves of, Ben-Avi has started wearing the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry in recent times.

When challenged by ANZMI on his right to wear this medal he replied as follows :

The SVN Cross of Gallantry with palm is an individual award and I was only aware of this some years back when I received a letter from the USA having been promulgated by the Republic of Vietnam government in exile in Department of the Army General Order Number 8 (March 1974). There are two typo errors on the citation. My name has been misspelt -Zev Ben-Ami and my unit has been designated as -Royal Australian Army instead of Zev Ben-Avi and Royal Australian Armoured Corps. The citation reads -"For Individual Valorous Achievments in Support and Combat During The Twenty Year Allied Forces Democratic Mission in The Republic of South Vietnam."
The heading on the citation reads -
Military Assistance Command Vietnam
To all who shall see these, presents, greeting:
Established by the Vietnamese Government by Decree No. 74-b/Qt,
dated 15 August 1950 and Decree No. 96/DQT/HC, dated 2 May 1952.
This is to acknowledge that the President of the Republic of Vietnam
Has ordered that
CROSS OF GALLANTRY
VIETNAM
Awarded to:
Zev Ben-Ami

The Government in Exile was never the recognized Government of South Vietnam and has no authority to issue any medals on behalf of that Government. This award is not approved by the Governor General and amounts to a "Tin" medal that Ben-Avi knows is bogus. The Government in exile is now defunct but when doing business, it was based in Orange Grove California amongst the Vietnamese refugee population who funded it. We are sure that they would have been happy to issue trinkets on request. Again this award is totally without legitimacy and Ben-Avi must remove it from his rack immediately.

It is amazing how often medals just seem to turn up in valour thieves' mailboxes all by themselves. The wearer is still responsible if he or she chooses to wear them, and this is another outright insult to the veteran community from this low life.

Ben-Avi has earned his place on these pages many times over. His offence is so serious that removal of the offending medal and regalia will not suffice. Ben-Avi should apologise to all IDF veterans both here and in Israel. He should never be welcome at any RAAC or Commando function ever again for the damage he has done to their names.

Your shame will remain on public view forever.

Surname: Bellingham
Christian Names: Andrew Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Salamander Bay
Service #: 8077926
Service: RAN
Branch: Seaman. Chief Petty Officer
Commencement of service: 05 Jan 82
Completion of service: Still Serving
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Well here we go again folks!

Another senior Naval Chief Petty Officer caught out wearing unawarded, purchased military medals. What sort of example do these people set for our younger ratings.

We are amazed at the number of reports that we are currently receiving regarding senior former and current Australian Naval personnel committing offences against the Defence Act 1903. –

Section 80A - Falsely representing to be a returned, soldier, sailor or airman and

Section 80B - Improper use of service decorations.

Penalty. 6 months gaol or $3,300 fine or both.

When members of the community or Junior Royal Australian Navy ratings observe senior long serving Naval personnel in uniform wearing military medals on the left side, they presume that the Naval officer has had a distinguished, recognised and rewarding career. They would not suspect that some of the medals worn have not been officially awarded and have been purchased in a Medal Shop or over the Internet.

That would be totally against all the protocols, principles and proud traditions that our Senior Service stands for.

Chief Petty Officer Andrew Charles Bellingham was a full time serving Royal Australian Naval Officer from the 5 January, 1982 until about 2010. He then transferred to the Royal Australian Naval Reserves where he currently serves.

He is presently attached to the Directorate of Navy Leadership and Culture Development as a Co-ordinator. Now that could be a problem!

In the photograph above, Bellingham is wearing the following court mounted medals -;

Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp. (AASM.) Clasp unknown.
Australian Service Medal, (ASM) clasp Kuwait.
Australian Defence Force Service Medal with two clasps. (Long Service)
Australian Defence Medal.
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia.) (First Awarded 17/1/1991. Last awarded 28/2/1991.

Bellingham is a medals cheat and an imposter. He is one of a growing number of currently serving or former Royal Australian Navy personnel who have been reported to this site for wearing unawarded medals or embellishing their service.

We have been contacted by a number of people who have provided evidence that Chief Petty Officer Andrew Charles Bellingham has been wearing at least two medals that he has not been awarded.

The two medals are the -;

1. AASM with unknown clasp.

The AASM is awarded for service in a prescribed war like operational area. The below mentioned AASM is an example of this medal with the clasp East Timor.

2. Kuwait Liberation Medal. (Saudi Arabia.)

The Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) was awarded to military personnel who fulfilled the criteria required for the award of this medal. It was only issued for service in Kuwait between the 17/1/1991 and the 28/2/1991. During this time, Bellingham was a crew member of the HMAS Stuart. The HMAS Stuart did not deploy to the Gulf at this time or at any other time. In fact the HMAS Stuart had it’s commission extended in Australia until July, 1991, due to other RAN Destroyer ships commitment to the Gulf.

Below is an example of the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)

Chief Petty Officer Bellingham enlisted in the RAN on the 5 January, 1982.

During his service he did deploy to Kuwait in a peacetime non war like period. For this, he was awarded the Australian Service Medal with clasp Kuwait. The ASM is issued to personnel who serve in this capacity. It does not entitle him to wear the AASM. Also he has never been awarded the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia).

We contacted Chief Petty Officer Bellingham and invited him to explain how he was awarded the AASM and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

He subsequently replied and stated -;

I'm sorry that I have not replied as I have been overseas. I'm happy to work with you on this issue. I do hold a ASM with claps for Kuwait. ADM and DFSM. I have been inform that I'm able to return the DFSM and have issue a new service medal with the clasp as I have been conducting reserve days. All other medal have been removed from my per sessions.

Chief Petty Officer Bellingham does not seem to grasp the seriousness of the situation. He states that he is sorry that he has not replied as he has been overseas. That’s about all he is apparently sorry for. We are also extremely grateful that he is “happy to work with us on this issue.” We think he is on another planet.

He then continues “All other medal (sic) have been removed from my per sessions. (sic).

He does not give an explanation as to why he purchased and wore these medals or if he is sorry for wearing them. He just mentions in passing that "the medal (sic) has been removed from my per sessions". (sic)

Following receipt of that communication, a further response was received from him that stated inter alia, "Once again, I should of conducted my own investigation instead of listing (sic) to others".

Unfortunately, that excuse does not hold up. He is now claiming that on advice from "others" he apparently thought it was OK to wear the two medals. That does not make sense. In particular, as he was not awarded the two medals in the first place, he had to purchase them "on line or at a Medal Shop". He then had them court mounted with his officially awarded medals. Here we have a Chief Petty Officer with thirty years service now claiming no knowledge of the criteria required for the issue of the AASM or the Kuwait Liberation Medal, so he goes and buys them! Now that's Leadership for you!

Bellingham is an embarrassment to the Royal Australian Navy He is a Senior Non- Commissioned Officer at the Directorate of Navy Leadership and Culture, in the position of Co-ordinator. His behaviour is a disgrace and he has been wearing unawarded medals for his own self gratification and ego for quite some time.

He is the perfect example of poor leadership when in a Leadership role. He has no right to continue in this role. He is a bad example for what proud traditions the RAN stands for. He has no credibility and he should be ordered to resign. If not, he should be shown the door.

He should also write an apology to all his Royal Australian Navy colleagues and have this apology printed in the Navy news for all to see.

Chief Petty Officer Andrew Bellingham has earned his place on this site.

Surname: BEGA RSL SUB BRANCH
Christian Names: See below
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Bega
Service #: See Case Notes
Service: National Service
Branch: See Case Notes
Case Notes:

 

 

 

It is not often that we undertake a group exposure of medal cheats, and by indifference or otherwise, an entire RSL Sub Branch but that was before we became aware of the happenings in the NSW coastal town of Bega.  There is more on the nose than just cheese in the Bega RSL Sub Branch. 

Our attention was drawn to a photograph which appeared on the website of the Bega District News by one of our many followers.   That photograph was of Allen Collins, a former National Serviceman who likes to wear the odd bit of ‘Tin’ to enhance his rack.

Mr Collins joins the ever growing list of loyal individuals who have decided to self-award themselves a tin medal to recognise the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth 2.   We here at ANZMI have great respect for Her Majesty but that does not mean it is appropriate to wear an unofficial tin medal with your entitled awards.

As you can see, this has not stopped Mr Collins, a former National Serviceman who has added not only the Jubilee Medal, but has also added the National Service ‘tin’ for good measure.

As a former National Serviceman, Collins has an entitlement to wear two official medals, The Anniversary of National Service Medal and the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).   If you look closely, you can just see what we believe to be these medals behind the ‘tin’.  

The medals he is clearly seen wearing are nothing but tin rubbish.   The so called Jubilee Medal bears no resemblance to the official Jubilee Medal issued by Buckingham Palace.   The Government of Australia decided not to accept the issue of the medal, but rather a small number of Australians were awarded the official medal, these include Australians awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) or Cross of Valour (CV) as well as State Governors and the Governor General.

This is the ‘tin’:

This is the real deal:

Similarly, the ‘Nasho tin’ is nothing but a rubbish self-awarded trinket which should be disposed of in the rubbish bin.   Wearing that medal alongside the officially awarded medal can only mean Collins is trying to create the impression of being the ‘hardened veteran’.

Here is the ‘tin’ Nasho Medal:

Now, under most circumstances ANZMI would make contact with the RSL Sub Branch which the miscreant belongs, in the case of Mr Collins that would be the Bega RSL Sub Branch.   We at ANZMI did attempt to make contact with the Secretary of the Bega RSL Sub Branch to inform him or her of our concerns, but only silence was the reply and now we know why.

There is an old saying,‘when you scratch a sore it only makes it worse’ and so it seems with the Bega RSL Sub Branch.   During our research into Mr Collins, we sourced additional photographs of Mr Collins participating in RSL events.   We note he proudly sports an RSL tie suggesting some active participation in the Sub Branch.   In undertaking our research we came across a photograph, taken at the same event of three more Bega Sub Branch members.

Here we have Huey, Dewey and Louie (aka Bill Flood, Ken Witchard and Bob Flood).   Three more members of the Bega RSL Sub Branch, all proudly sporting their gongs, all of which contain an assortment of official medals and ‘tin’ rubbish.

Here is another photograph of Bill Flood and Witchard at different ceremony in Bega, still sporting their ‘Tin’.   It can also be seen that both gentlemen wear RSL Name tags and we believe both of these gentlemen may at some time been Committee members of the Sub Branch, perhaps explaining why our email fell on deaf ears.    We have made extensive enquires to identify the third medal being worn by Witchard and through those enquires learnt that he is the Secretary of the Naval Tankerman Association.   The medal appears to be some sort of Tin Commemorative Medal, self-awarded by Witchard simply because of vanity, rather than to signify operational service.

You can easily find the images by following the link: 

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/2687914/bega-remembrance-day-service-2014-photos/#slide=22

The time has come for the RSL at National and State level to act.

The pages of our website are littered with stories of RSL members, indeed RSL Executives and committee members who continually snub their noses at the Australian Honours and Awards System.    These same people scream loud about being proud Australians, so why do they condone those who snub their nose at our honours system.    The Honours and Awards system, both at Federal and State level recognise bravery, outstanding service, long service and operational service among others.   

One important group had been neglected for some time, but former National Servicemen who did not deploy operationally were eventually recognised with the award of the ‘Anniversary of National Service 1951 – 72 Medal’ and later established an entitlement to the ‘Australian Defence Medal’ (ADM).   Surely two official medals to recognise a person’s fulfilling of their national service obligation is sufficient recognition.   It seems not to be the case in Bega, and a number of other RSL Sub Branches around Australia who either turn a blind eye or are complicit in allowing self-awarded rubbish to be worn with official medals under any circumstance.

Here is a clue for those RSL committees who still don’t understand.   If it is not listed in the Australian Honours and Awards System, or an approved foreign award approved by the Governor General, it is NOT worn on the left side.     

Perhaps a visual reminder is needed by the National and State Executives of the RSL in order for them to do something about Sub Branches that flout the rules clearly issued by Government House.

Welcome to our website Allen Collins, Bob Flood, Bill Flood, Ken Witchard, and by association, your mates at the Bega RSL Sub Branch.

 

 

 

 

 

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