Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Spark
Christian Names: Neil
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Maiden Gully
Service #: 358375
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Claims 1978
Completion of service: Claims 1996
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Neil Spark was born on the 2nd September, 1957. He is 56 years old. He has been a member of the Bendigo and District RSL Sub Branch since May, 2012. Prior to that he was a member of the Cohuna/Leitchville RSL Sub Branch in Northern Victoria.

Spark is a blatant liar, a wannabee and a Fraud.

Spark has enthralled his fellow Bendigo and District RSL Club colleagues over the past two years with stories of his unique service with the British Army Training Team in Rhodesia from 1979 until 1980, as a seconded Australian Regular Army soldier sniper.

Below is a recent photo of Spark at a memorial service wearing the following medals -;

1. The Australian Conspicuous Service Medal. (CSM)
2. The Australian Service Medal with clasp SE Asia. (ASM)
3. The Commonwealth Monitoring Force Rhodesia Medal.
4. The Australian Defence Force Long Service Medal. (DFLSM)
5. The National Medal.
6. The Australian Defence Medal. (ADM)
7. (Right chest) The Zimbabwe Independence Medal.

Spark has made the following claims to genuine returned and serving personnel at Bendigo and District RSL functions over the past two years.

In the late 1970's and early 1980's he claims to have been a sniper in 1 Royal Australian Regiment ( 1 RAR). As part of his Sniper Course he was sent to England to train with the Grenadier Guards. Four other 1 RAR Australians were then selected to travel to Rhodesia. He claims that he was sent to Rhodesia with a British Unit. He arrived in Rhodesia in October, 1979 and left in 1980. He was attached to the British Army Training Team (BATT). Spark claims that he was in Rhodesia with British Forces for 110 days.

Spark claims that he enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1978 but he cannot remember his enlistment date. He has told colleagues that he served for 8 years Regular Army and 10 years a Regular Army Reserve soldier. He had such bad memories of Rhodesia that he did not tell his wife he went there for twenty years. He claims that because of this traumatic service, he was medically discharged from Army Reserves in 1996 with a service related psychiatric condition.

He claims that from 1983 to 1986, he was attached to the School of Infantry where he was a weapons instructor. In 1987, he states that he was transferred to the Military Police and was then discharged from the Army that year. He then states that from 1987 to 1996, he was a member of the Australian Reserve Forces attached to 8/7 Royal Victoria Regiment, Infantry, where he claims he was a Corporal.

During the past few years, Spark has also been observed on commemorative occasions wearing the Australian Infantry Combat Badge. (ICB)

When informed by other RSL members that he had no entitlement to this award, he commenced to wear the Army Combat Badge (ACB). He was then informed he had no entitlement to this award either. He then provided some bogus paper work to the Victorian State RSL H.Q. in the hope that they would approve his entitlements to wear one of these awards. His requests were eventually declined. He then admitted that Honours and Awards had sent these awards, (ICB and ACB) to him by mistake.

He then continued his deceit for a further period of time even though he must have known that he was being suspected as a fraud. He continued to add the post nominals of CSM (Conspicuous Service Medal) after his name in E mails and letters that he sent to individuals and organisations to further his deceit.

To be a good liar, you need to have a good memory. Over the past couple of years, Spark's stories of his unique military service started to waver and his stories became inconsistent.

As a result of this, Spark's RSL Club colleagues became more suspicious, instigated their own inquiries and eventually requested ANZMI to follow up their suspicions.

Inquiries were made at It's an Honour website and it was ascertained that Spark is not listed as a recipient of the Conspicuous Service Medal or the National Medal.

There is also no evidence of Spark being awarded the Australian Service Medal (ASM), let alone a clasp for SE Asia.

Inquiries were then made with lists of Australian Service personnel who served with the British Forces in Rhodesia. Spark's name does not appear on any pay records of personnel engaged in that theatre of operations. His name also does not appear in the book, "Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers," Alexander Palmer, 1996. This publication names the 152 members of the Australian Army who were awarded the CMF Rhodesia Medal.

As there was a distinct lack of evidence supporting Spark's assertions, he was contacted by ANZMI and asked if he could support his claims with documentation.

Lo and behold, Spark responded with the standard reply. One which nearly every wannabee clings to when they are caught out. Ill health.
Spark responded claiming that he was suffering ill health and was housebound most of the time due to back problems, constant pain, blood pressure, constant medication etc etc. However, we are aware that only two weeks ago he attended an RSL function where he was in jovial spirits extrapolating more Rhodesian war stories to whoever listened over a few of drinks.

He then went on to say in his response to ANZMI, that he was never awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal, The Australian Service Medal with clasp SE Asia or the Commonwealth Monitoring Force Rhodesia Medal. He also mentioned that he has no entitlement to the Zimbabwe Independence Medal.

He did claim however that he is entitled to the National Medal for his service to the Victorian CFA in 1994. He also claims entitlement to the DFLSM and ADM as he claims he joined the Army twice. We doubt that he can provide evidence for any military service. He was given the opportunity to provide a copy of his Certificate of Service or Discharge Certificate, but none was forthcoming.

He claims that his deceit started three years ago when-; "I was standing at the side of a road in a small Victorian country town on Anzac Day and someone asked me to carry their flag in the Anzac Day march. Even though I was in great pain, I joined the march and felt 10' (feet) high. I then moved to a larger City and embellished what I already had" (done).

Spark has purchased his non awarded medals from a Medal Shop or the Internet. He has then had them court mounted at a Medals Shop and worn them brazenly to commemorative services.

He has continued the facade for at least three years that we know of. He has lied to his genuine RSL colleagues and shown them the ultimate disrespect by treating them like fools. He should be summoned before the next Bendigo and District RSL general meeting and requested to apologise to all the members present for his deception, arrogance, disrespect and outright lies. Then his association with the Victorian RSL State Headquarters should be terminated for good.

Bendigo and District RSL Sub Branch Club members are to be congratulated for their diligence and awareness of a medal cheat within their midst and exposing Spark's fraudulent activities.

They have set an example that every other RSL Sub Branch Club in this country should follow. If you have a wannabe wearing non awarded medals or embellishing their service for their self gratification, they should be exposed and shamed for stealing the honour of those military personnel who served and/or died in all conflicts.

For his actions, the not so bright Spark has earned his place on this website for evermore.

Surname: Long
Christian Names: Kenneth Clive
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Kenneth Clive Long - Medals cheat

Kenneth Clive Long is a medals cheat, who has obviously purchased a Vietnam Campaign Medal (VCM) to enhance his approved rack. The VCM is a commonly abused award and we have many examples on our pages. In the photograph of Kenneth Long below, the offending medal is on the far right of his rack and is shown below his photograph.


 


 


 
Here is the eligibility for the medal
 

Eligibility

"The Australian government maintained the basic qualifying criteria specified by the Republic of Vietnam for allied troops. To be eligible for the medal a person must have completed a minimum period of 181 days, either continuous or aggregated, unless: killed on active service (KIA);wounded in action i.e. classified as a Battle Casualty and evacuated as a result of those wounds; or  captured and later released or escaped."

Kenneth Long served in Vietnam for 177 days before being returned to Australia for personal reasons. This information is reflected in both his Defence Service Record and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Certificate of Vietnam War Service. See below:


 

 
There are no grey areas, 181 days is the criteria, Kenneth Long does not meet the criteria and has usurped the Governor General’s responsibilities by purchasing and awarding himself the medal.
 
We know there are many more self awarded and unofficial medals in the Veteran Community and as soon as offenders are recognized they will be exposed as cheats and frauds

 

Update Kenneth Clive Long

Entitlements to Medals are concise, if you meet the criterion you wear the medal.

Long does not meet the rules to wear the Vietnam Campaign Medal (VCM), however, he is not alone in erring about this matter, there is a Triad of errors. Those erring are:

1. Kenneth Long
2. Central Army Records Office (CARO).
3. Department of Defence Honours and Awards.

We have clearly defined the facts for wearing the medal in our original exposure.

Since posting the exposure, Long has been bleating about removing him from our web site.

Here is his latest bleat:


"From:
Date: 25 March 2014 10:16
Subject: Confirmation of Service
To: >

Hi xxxx,

You say there are no grey areas, you are completely wrong!!! There are compassionate reasons and this is where my solution falls. I have emailed you on previous occasions explaining why I am eligible to wear the Vietnamese Campaign Medal and you have refused to listen to any of my explainations. (sic)

I now direct you to take my name from the site and to write an apology to me and my family for misplacing me as a MEDAL CHEAT and causing undue stress upon us all.
I would also like you to inform me of your address and phone number as well as your legal representative as you have not heard the last of me.

Please find attached a record from Honours and Awards dated 19 March, 2014 confirming that I have qualified for and have been awarded the medal.

I await your prompt response,

Ken Long"

Below is the "record from Honours and Awards dated 19 March 2014 " that Long refers to"

 

THE ABOVE LETTER IS WRONG


Notice that it says:

"An examination of your Service Record confirms that you have qualified for and have been awarded the following awards

Vietnam Campaign Medal"


Department of Defence Honours and Awards did not examine Long's Service Record, if they had, they would discover he has no entitlement for the VCM.

Many years ago CARO erroneously included a VCM on Long's Certificate of Service.



Honours and Awards have simply "parroted" CARO's mistake and instead of correctly advising Long of his non entitlement have very much exacerbated the problem.

Long did not serve 181 days in Vietnam, and he was not returned home because of enemy action. He served 177 days and returned home for administrative or personal reasons.

It would appear that Long lacks the ability to understand simple instructions and even though CARO and Honours and Awards have wrongly confirmed his entitlement any reasonable person would know that they had erred because the criterion of serving 181 days in Vietnam was not met.

We ask that the erring Triad take the following action:

1. Kenneth Long. Get the ribbon off and stop whingeing and making threats.

2. CARO advise long of your error and apologise.

3. Honours and Awards apologise for not properly checking Long's Service
Record and providing incorrect information.


In his email to us Long states that our policy is " that there are no grey areas and that we are completely wrong" Long is correct about there being no grey areas and when the CARO and Honours and Awards advise him or their errors, he will learn that our report is truthful and accurate and there are no grey areas when it comes to medals entitlements.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

 

 

Surname: Militich
Christian Names: Yordan
Country: NZ
State or Province: Hawkes Bay
City or Town: Naiper
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: unknown
Service: Army
Case Notes:

 

 

Yordan Militch is an idiot!

Even he says so. The Army says so. And now the courts say so!

This ex Army corporal bought a swag of medals from an online trading site (Trade Me) and wore them to impress some school students who were told of his daring stories of his time in the SAS in war-torn Afghanistan.

Except Militich never left NZ once in the couple of years he served in the NZ Army.

For all his glory-stories, medal cheating and valour theft, Militich will now live forever in the world of the ANZMI, with the rest of the wannabe's and pond scum.


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Yordan Militch admits he made a 'dumb mistake' claiming to be a former SAS soldier. He is a builder by trade.

EVA BRADLEY/Fairfax NZ
BUILDING HIMSELF UP: Crime
'Idiot' builder made fake war hero claim"

He bought medals off Trade Me, pinned them to his chest - and made up elaborate tales about life as an SAS soldier.

Yordan Militch captivated crowds with stories of picking off the enemy as a sniper, and saving his mates from dangerous situations.

But his tall tales came to police attention after he spoke at an educational course in Hastings last year.

He admitted yesterday that he just got carried away.
"I thought I was something I wasn't, and that was it."

Militch wore six medals when he spoke at the Landmark Forum and described himself as one of the most decorated soldiers in New Zealand, the police summary presented to the Napier District Court said.

He described serving in Afghanistan and East Timor, and being deployed as a sniper.

He claimed he was awarded two medals for saving his mates, and the others recognised his peacekeeping efforts.

In reality, Militch is a family man living in a house he built on the Hawke's Bay coast.

He served in the artillery division of the Defence Force between 2002 and 2004 at Linton. He was never deployed overseas and did not serve with the SAS.

"I made a dumb mistake, and that was it," he told The Dominion Post yesterday.

He said the military had rung him up and called him an idiot. He agreed.
Militch appeared in court this week and pleaded guilty to breaching the Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act 1918. He was convicted, fined $300 and ordered to pay $150 court costs.

He said he wanted to apologise to everyone he had fooled, including students at Lindisfarne College a few years ago.

He was taking boot camps in Hawke's Bay at the time, and was recommended to the school as an inspiring speaker.

"At first he was very convincing, but some things didn't ring true," college rector Ken MacLeod said.

Militch told the school he was a sniper deployed overseas and at one point had Saddam Hussein in his sights. MacLeod became suspicious and contacted parents with military connections. He believed they passed on the suspicions to the Defence Force and the police.

Militch said his family were shocked to learn about his escapades but remained supportive.
- © Fairfax NZ News



We have also received a letter from the school where Militich chose to do his boasting:



Good Morning,

We have found a photo of Yordan wearing at least 9 medals however we feel that given his conviction and his apology to the College via the news media that further embarrassment for him from us is unwarranted. As a Christian School we feel that it is time to let him have a fresh start and for his family to not be embarrassed further.

Should the NZ Army formally make this request then we might reconsider.

Kind Regards,

XXXX XXXXXX

(Name Witheld)
Lindisfarne College
Hastings
New Zealand
PO Box 2341 Hastings

Surname: Newbold
Christian Names: Alexanda
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Adelaide
Service: None
Case Notes:


Alexanda Newbold of Adelaide South Australia (SA) claims to have been a Commissioned Officer in the Australian Army. He is involved with the SA Scouting Movement and proudly shows "his" campaign medals to impressionable fellow scouts.

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Notice that Newbold wears an array of Campaign Medals as well as an Infantry Combat Badge to "prove" his claims to be a returned Army Veteran.

Australian Active Service Medal
Afghanistan Medal
Australian Service Medal
Australian Defence Medal
The Afghanistan NATO Medal
 
When Newbold married, he wore the medals with the full ceremonial dress of a 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR) Commissioned Officer, together with a coveted Sherwood Green Commando Beret and a Sword. Unfortunately we have no photographs of this event, however as is the usual case one may turn up after publication.

In fact, other than a Boy Scout's sneaker, Newbold has never pulled on a Defence boot of any kind. He is an unscrupulous liar, cheat and wannabe. There should be no place for him in Scouting Movement as it includes keen young Australians who would naively give misdirected homage to Newbold for his false Military achievements.

During the early stages of this investigation, we contacted the Scouting Movement of South Australia and advised them of Newbold's dishonesty. Since then Newbold has turned himself into South Australian State Police, confessed his criminal activities in relation to the Defence Act 1903, where he is in breach of Part VII Sections 80A and 80B, which state there is a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine and six months imprisonment or both for:

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
80B. Improper use of service decorations

We hope the South Australian Police do their duty and put him before a Magistrate.

Wearing campaign medals and combat badges is easy, earning them is another thing. Many Australians have died earning the medals that Newbold is wearing, and untold thousands of others suffer from the experience of earning medals whilst serving their country in war. Wearing medals without earning them is unacceptable, hurtful and offensive behaviour.

As sung by the musical icon Slim Dusty, this is the "Land of no Second Chance". We do not pick and choose whether a person is exposed based on extenuating circumstances. Be assured if you falsely claim to be a returned veteran your infamy will be recorded here.

For his dishonesty and his yearning to be seen as a decorated returned veteran, Newbold has well earned his place on this web site.

Surname: Slingsby
Christian Names: Graham John
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Bligh Park
Service: Serving RAAF Commissioned Officer
Case Notes:

Graham John Slingsby, about 45 years of age, is a deceitful character determined to get his way. He is a manipulator of the truth, a fraud, an imposter and a blatant liar. He is currently a Flying Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. (RAAF)

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Some wannabees on this site tell us incredible stories of their bravery whilst in combat, during hazardous secret missions that they have trouble talking about. However, when we ask for documentation of their bravery, they say it has all been destroyed for security reasons.

However, Graham John Slingsby is a different kettle of fish. Slingsby was happy to provide us with documentation that he thought supported his story that he was a former highly decorated NSW Police Officer who had been awarded the National "Commendation for Brave Conduct' award before he joined the Royal Australian Air Force. Slingsby proudly wears this National Commendation for Brave Conduct award on ceremonial occasions like Anzac Day and other official ceremonies.

The National Commendation for Brave Conduct is a silver gilt sprig of mimosa on a blood- red backing ribbon and is worn on the left side.

In the photograph below, Slingsby is wearing a Royal Australian Air Force Flying Officer's uniform with the National "Commendation for Brave conduct" ribbon and the National Medal for 15 years service in the NSW Police Force. This photograph was taken at a recent Anzac Day ceremony and can be found on his Face Book page.

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The National Commendation for Brave Conduct is a prestigious bravery award that is bestowed among members of the public including Police Officers for outstanding acts of bravery. Recognition for this award is only achieved when the actions of a person are reported and formally reviewed by the Honours Secretariat and then this information is placed before a the Australian Bravery Decorations Council consisting of fourteen representatives from within Australia. These members then decide if the actions are worthy of an appropriate award.

These include, (1) the Cross of Valour (CV), (2) The Star of Courage (SC), (3) The Bravery Medal (BM) and (4) The Commendation for Brave Conduct. As you can see, the Commendation for Brave Conduct is ranked 4 in importance and is an honorable award.

When these awards are approved, the recipients on all occasions attend Government House and the medal is bestowed upon them by the Governor General in appropriate and moving ceremonies.

Slingsby came under our radar when we were directed to his Face Book page by a reader who saw his photo and recognised him as a former Police Officer in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales in the 90's and early 2000s. It appeared to the reader that the bravery award he was wearing was suspicious.

Slingsby joined the NSW Police in 1987 as a 19 year old. He served as a Police Officer until he left in 2005. He had 18 years service and was awarded the National Medal for 15 years service. He served in the Wagga Wagga area in general duties. He then joined the RAAF in 2006 and commenced Officer Training School, left and sought other employment and then in 2009, he rejoined and recommenced Officer Training School.

Following advice from our concerned reader, we then contacted Slingsby and informed him that we had received information that the bravery award he was wearing in the photograph had been reported to us as suspicious. Slingsby replied that he had genuinely been awarded the Bravery Commendation whilst in the NSW Police and that he would provide ample documentary proof of that fact. He told us that he had no idea why his award was not recorded at the Government Web Site, "It's an Honour" , but said that he would take steps through the NSW Police to have them notify that Department and correct the anomaly.

Slingsby then forwarded the below mentioned documents.

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This is a copy of the report of the good policemanship by Slingsby and another Constable in the arrest of a man at Wagga Wagga in 1996.

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This is a copy of the invitation for Slingsby to attend Mirage Room, Wagga Wagga RSL Club on the 10th November, 2005 for a Medal/Award Ceremony.

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This is a copy of the Certificate of Service of Graham John Slingsby following his departure from the NSW Police Force on the 5th December, 2003. It confirms an award of a National Medal and a Commendation for Brave Conduct.

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Slingsby first applied for RAAF Officer Training School in 2006. In April, 2006, he organised that a letter (above) be forwarded from the Personnel Manager of the Wagga Wagga Police Local Area Command to the RAAF Officers Training School informing them of his commendation for brave conduct. In May 2008, he again organised a confirmation of this award to the Officer Training School. No doubt, this was important for him to show the RAAF Officer Training School hierarchy that he was a commendable applicant. Slingsby has advised us that he had the award placed on his RAAF "PM Keys record". This is his Personnel File.

Following our perusal of all this documentation, everything appeared legitimate. However, his name did not appear on "It's an Honour" as the recipient of the National "Commendation for Brave Conduct Award". The alarm bells started to ring, and when we made inquiries at the Wagga Wagga Police Command, we were informed that the Bravery Award Slingsby was presented with was based on a local Commander's recommendation for the incident in 1996. He was subsequently awarded a local Region Commander's "Certificate" for his actions by the then Police Commissioner at the Awards Ceremony. Something he could place on his wall. There is no ribbon, medal or anything else presented with this "Certificate." It is a local award.

Slingsby was awarded this local Region Commander's Certificate in 2005, following his departure from the NSW Police in 2003. He then used this occasion for his own advantage and deceitfully claimed significant higher award status to impress his RAAF Recruitment Officers, his RAAF colleagues, civilian friends, family, and people on Face Book.

He then continued this deception to try and convince ANZMI that this significantly higher bravery award was genuine and was identical to the much lesser local award that he received at Wagga Wagga. He also informed us that he would arrange with the NSW Police Protocol Unit to have his name recorded on It's an Honour" to correct the anomaly. He knows this will not happen. Just another lie. He knows what he is doing. There are no excuses. He is a false pretender and he knows it. He has been caught out.

In our communications with Slingsby, he was continually asked one question that he declined to answer -;

"Is the National "Commendation for Brave Conduct " award that you wear and that you organised to have recorded on your RAAF PM Keys record, the same award that was presented to you at the Mirage Room, Wagga Wagga RSL on the 10th November 2005?" A simple question you would think. However, no answer.

The worrying part about all this is that he is a current serving Commissioned Flying Officer in the RAAF.

Slingsby is a disgrace. He is a disgrace to the RAAF Officers uniform that he is wearing, and he is a disgrace to the NSW Police Force. Many brave NSW Police Officers have been awarded this prestigious award over the years at Government House for their truly brave actions that have saved the lives of others, or their own.

To have someone like Slingsby taking the honour of these brave men and women is despicable. He flaunts this award like he is a hero.

He may have made a good arrest in 1996, but so did dozens of other Policemen and Policewomen who were also awarded Region Commanders commendations. (Certificates)

Slingsby has no credibility. He has manipulated the system and embellished his local award for his own gratification.

In addition, he has purchased the National "Commendation for Brave Conduct ribbon" from a Medal dealer or from an internet supplier. Well knowing that he is not entitled to it.

This fraudulent glory hunting RAAF Commissioned Officer should be hunted out of the Royal Australian Air Force with the speed of an F111.
We have done our bit.

Surname: Gordon
Christian Names: Kevin Stephen
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:


Live: 22 Nov 2013

Kevin Stephen Gordon is a medals cheat.

Gordon is wearing a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (VCM) that he did not earn.

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Notice in the photograph he is wearing this set of medals:

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The medal he has not earned is shown below:

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Here is the criterion to wear the VCM.

Eligibility

The Australian Government maintained the basic qualifying criteria specified by the Republic of Vietnam for allied troops. To be eligible for the medal a person must have completed a minimum period of 181 days, either continuous or aggregated, unless:

• killed on active service (KIA);
• wounded in action i.e. classified as a Battle Casualty and
evacuated as a result of those wounds; or
• captured and later released or escaped.

Note that medical evacuation from the area of operations for any reasons other than wounds received in action does not constitute an exemption from meeting the minimum qualifying period.

Gordon served and carried out some hard work in Vietnam, but he served for only 72 days as shown on the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Vietnam Nominal Roll.

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He was medically evacuated home as a Non Battle Casualty. See below:

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All Vietnam Veterans are aware of the VCM criterion, yet we have a constant stream of offenders brought to our attention.

If you are silly enough to flaunt the rules, we will find you, and expose you as a medals cheat, just as we have Kevin Stephen Gordon and many others.


This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

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