Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Peters
Christian Names: Gary Philip
Country: Australia Ex NZ
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Townsville
Service #: 187407
Service: Australian Army
Branch: RACT
Commencement of service: 1991
Completion of service: 1995
Case Notes:




Gary Philip Peters found fame in the service of the family of the now deposed Libyan despot Colonel Muammar Gaddafi where he was employed as part of the Families security force.

Following the demise of Gaddafi's strangle hold on Libya, Peters fled the country, and the story of his escape has had international media attention. As the dust settled on his adventures, Peters returned to Townsville Queensland, and joined in the conviviality of an ex Services Bikers Association.

At the Bikers club, as shown in the photograph, Peters portrayed himself as a returned veteran by wearing the following medals and badges:

Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)
Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Afghanistan Medal
Iraq Medal
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Infantry Combat Badge (ICB)
Special Air Service (SAS) winged dagger.

Peters has no entitlement to wear any of the above medals except perhaps the Australian Defence Medal. His Australian Military Service was as a Private Soldier Driver in the Royal Australian Corps of Transport from 1991 to 1995. He served only in Australia.

We hold Statutory Declarations detailing that Peters has said that:

"He had done over 3000 free fall jumps and the large Winged Excalibur tattoo on his forearm he got in the Regt to honor (sic) of the guys who died in the Blackhawk training accident of 91".

We were able to communicate with Peters and when he realised that he was well and truly caught he sent us a series of emails detailing his service:

From Gary Peters 16 Dec 2013

"Hi xxx,

I'll help anyway I can I suppose for my military history, you mean when I served here in Australia or post military experience in Libya, Tunisia and Algieria etc? My service in Australia Im not to keen on discussing that as there is still alot going on with the ICC and the United Nations organisations.


From Gary Peters 19 April 2014

"From: Gary Peters <>
Date: 19 April 2014 17:43
Subject: Re: Military History
To: xxxxxxxx

Dear Mr xxxxxx,

Just for your information and for the records, my service # is as follows. 187407. Hopefully this will show that I have served in the RAA but as these records will show I did no overseas duties with the RAA, all my Combat experience was post Army service with private organisations in the US. Hopefully this will assist you. Sorry yes tpt corp and I meant the Royal Australian Army (RAA) sorry for the confusion. Units served in was 5 transport troop and then 85 Tpt in Moorebank Sydney"

19 April 2014

"Dear Mr Hobson,

I have served in the Australian Military from 91 to 94 in the tot (sic) corp. I have heard also that have stated that I served with the SASR, this is incorrect, but I did attempt the Cadre course in 93 I think it was but was not successful.



19 April 2014

"Hi Bill,

Sorry yes tpt corp and I meant the Royal Australian Army (RAA) sorry for the confusion. Units served in was 5 transport troop and then 85 Tpt in Moorebank Sydney".

By detailing his service, it is obvious that he has not earned any of the medals he is wearing. One of the medals is a Conspicuous Service Medal which is a prestigious award for meritorious achievement or devotion to duty in non-war like situations. Peters has obviously purchased that medal and all the others he wears, and awarded them to himself. For that action he has committed offences against the Defence Act 1903, Part VII Sections:

80A. Falsely representing to be returned Soldier
80B. Improper use of service decorations

These two offences carry maximum fines of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.

Peters had his fifteen minutes of fame from international media by working for the infamous Gaddafi family. Obviously he needed a bit more fame and wore medals and insignia that he has not earned, and therefore we name him as a scurrilous liar cheat and wannabe and give him a lifetime of infamy on this web site.



Surname: Fullarton
Christian Names: Alexander Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Carnarvon
Service #: 546295
Service: Australian Army. C.M.F
Branch: Signals and Pay Corps
Commencement of service: 1967 and 1987
Completion of service: 1968 and 1988
Case Notes:




Alexander Robert Fullarton, 58 years of age, is well known in Carnarvon, Western Australia, as a businessman, and a local Councillor.

His Facebook page is pretentious and descriptive with his declared business successes over the years and photographs of all his accomplishments including a PhD in Taxation Law, and a current Councillor for the Carnarvon Council.

He promotes himself as a person of apparent good standing within his community on his Facebook page, his Linked in page and his website.

However, we have also been sent photographs of Alexander Fullarton by concerned members of the community, who have observed him wearing military medals that he has not been awarded officially at Anzac Day services over the years, and at other commemorative occasions.

In the above photograph taken at a Remembrance Service in the recent past, Fullarton is wearing the Australian Defence Medal, together with the "Shire of Upper Gascoyne Centenary Medal," and the Citizens Military Forces/Reserve Forces tin unofficial medal.

In the photograph above taken at the 2014 Anzac Day March at Carnarvon, Alexander Fullarton is wearing the following medals on his left chest.

Medal 1. The Australian Operational Service Medal. (No clasp)(Civilian)

Proclaimed in 2012, the Australian Operational Service Medal (civilian) is awarded for service on specific operations listed on "Its an Honour" for an aggregate period of not less than thirty days. Civilians who serve alongside the Australian Defence Force and are subject to the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982, may be awarded a civilian variant of the medal. It is awarded with a standard civilian ribbon and a clasp denoting the operation. (e.g. Tanager, Citadel, Spire, Slipper etc.).

The medal recognises the range of Border Protection operations since 1997 for military personnel and 2001 for civilians who were employed on a declared operation for not less than thirty days.

Defence Force civilians and other qualified civilians who are/were engaged with Australian Defence Force personnel are awarded with the medal and clasp if they meet the criteria listed. All operations with civilian approval for these medals commenced on or after the 11 October 2001 (Operation Slipper) and all relevant operations listed are overseas postings.

Fullarton has had no overseas military or civilian service with the Australian Military Forces. His declared Facebook Commonwealth Quarantine Service employment from August, 1978, where he states he performed "Coastal Surveillance" until he left that Agency in 1980, does not qualify him to wear this medal. In any case, the medal recognises operations after 1997 for military personnel and 2001 for civilians. Fullarton was well out of Quarantine Services by 2001. He has purchased it over the internet or a Medals Shop for about $25.00.

Medal 2. The Australian Defence Medal.

The Australian Defence Medal recognises current and former ADF personnel who completed an initial enlistment period, or, four years service, whichever was the lesser. It includes the CMF/Australian Reserves and former National Servicemen with qualifying service. Fullarton has apparently been issued with this medal.

Medal 3. The "Shire of Upper Gascoyne Centenary Medal."

A commemorative Local Government medal issued to Fullarton in 2005. There are strict protocols issued by the Commonwealth Governor General's Office that declare State issued or Local awards that have not been issued by the Sovereign, should not to be mixed on the left side with medals that are issued by the Sovereign. (The Upper Gascoyne Council have given themselves permission to wear this medal on the left side and one of the approving Council officers appears to also be a recipient of this award.) Government Gazette Reference LG401. Centenary Medal. 1 July, 2008.)

The Commonwealth Governor General's protocols are superior and outweigh State and Local Councils on this issue every time. The Council decision is wrong and it disrespects Commonwealth protocols regarding military awards worn on the left side. They should reconsider this poor decision out of respect for all former and serving military personnel, in particular, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. When it is all said and done, it is only a centenary medal.

Medal 4. The Australian CMF and Reserved Forces Medal.

This is an unofficial worthless tin medal that has no significance whatsoever. It is purchased at a Medals shop or over the Internet for about $20 - $30. It only adds to a wannabee's desires of self importance and ego to enhance his/her standing in the community. If you have to buy it, you did not earn it.

Medal 5. The Commemorative Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Above the four court mounted medals on Fullarton's left breast is this diamond shaped Commonwealth Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal. It was struck in England to commemorate the Queens 60th anniversary of the reign of the monarch. It is an unofficial purchased commemorative tin medal that should not be worn on the left side. The cost of the medal on the internet is Forty two pounds and fifty pence and it is a nice little earn for Medal Dealers. Fullarton has also purchased this medal and worn it to improve his rack and status.

On his right chest he is wearing what we believe are the medals of a family member.

Fullarton claims on his Facebook page that in August, 1975, he joined the 28th Infantry Battalion, (Citizens Military Forces - CMF.) He states that he was then transferred to 109 Signals Squadron in 1977 and left the CMF in 1978. He states that in 1978, he joined the Commonwealth Quarantine Service, Coastal Surveillance for two years. In 1980 he left this employment. He states that in 1987 he rejoined the CMF/Australian Reserves as a "Direct Entry Officer" in the 5 Royal Australian Army Pay Corps. (RAAPC) He does not indicate a "Date of Discharge." He also refers to this on his Linkedin page.

The above photograph is not good quality, but it clearly shows Fullarton wearing the rank of a Commissioned Army Officer, Lieutenant, with the Defence Service medal and two others whilst wearing a kilt. (probably the council medal and the tin CMF medal) We are not sure of the significance of the kilt with Commissioned Officer rank on his jacket.

On his website,

Fullarton displays the above photograph dressed in the kilt. Under this photo is the caption, "Piper Lt Fullarton lays a wreath at the East Carnarvon Anzac Day ceremony".

However, our inquiries reveal that 546295 Alexander Robert Fullarton enlisted in the CMF in 1975, as a Private soldier, served for 12 months and left in 1976 as a Private Soldier and not 1978 as he claims. He again rejoined in 1987, as a Private Soldier, where he again served for 12 months and left in 1988. He was discharged as a "Private" in the Royal Australian Army Pay Corps. (RAAPC).

He has apparently been awarded the Australian Defence Medal but no other medals for his brief part time military service.

Following his latest display of medals at Carnarvon on Anzac Day 2014, where it was ascertained that his medal rack has increased somewhat from the previous year's photograph, we sent Fullarton a request asking him to identify all the medals he wears and how he obtained them.

He sent a response informing us that everything was in order and that he would respond to our request "when he had a moment."

Fullarton replied to our request four days later and stated the following inter alia;

1. He had been advised that "he could not send us any documents we have requested as a caution to identity theft".

2. "As to the uniform, it is my band uniform as a member of the Gascoyne Pipes and Drums. As such, it is a costume not a military uniform and the badges etc etc, do not apply as purporting to be anything more than that. The wearing of such falls under theatrics as in the actors of "Patrol Boat" and other television dramas".

3. "As to my entry as a DEO (Direct Entry Officer) to the 5 RAAPC, I have confirmation of my qualifications to do so provided by the OC of the unit in 1987. I duly enlisted as such and the process commenced. Due to changes in personal circumstances, I was compelled to withdraw from the unit. In truth I am unsure as to how far the process was completed, whether it was terminated, reversed, or simply not proceeded with. Given I have the confirmation of entry from my CO, I do not feel it unreasonable to state I was accepted as a DEO by the Paycorp. That is a fact."

4. "I admit the AOSM (Australian Operational Service Medal) award remains "pending" at this stage and shall remove it until confirmed. In addition I agree that the unofficial medals should be worn on the right breast. I am aware I have broken no laws in this matter, however, I believe that you are correct, it does not set a good example and I shall review those."

5. "I was an Officer of Cadets for a short time, but again, that is not a Defence Force position, it is, as with my band, a civilian matter."

Fullarton is cunning. He has embellished situations to try and portray an overall picture of himself that he was a Commissioned Officer, Lieutenant in the Army Pay Corps.

He has stated on his website that he is Piper Lieutenant Fullarton.

He claims Direct Entry Officer Lieutenant rank into the Royal Australian Army Pay Corps.

We have evidence that he also refers to himself as Lieutenant on other occasions in front of others.

He claims the Scottish regalia is a costume he wears in the Gascoyne Pipes and Drums Band. From all our inquiries, we are unable to establish that this band exists. However, why would he place the rank of Lieutenant stars on his "costume?" Would the reason be to impress members of the Public and portray an image of a Commissioned Officer of some kind when he is/was not.

He discharged as a Private part time soldier. Why not proudly wear this rank on his "costume"?

You be the judge.

His description of his Direct Entry Officer process is laughable. When you read it, he does not know whether he was ever a Direct Entry Officer or not. Sillier still, he does not think it "unreasonable" to state that he was "accepted" as a "Direct Entry Officer" to the Pay Corps. He knows he was never a Commissioned Officer in the RAAPC. He was a Private part time soldier. Still it looks good on his Facebook page, 27 years later.

He states that his Australian Operational Service Medal is "pending" and that he shall remove it "until confirmed" . Fullarton knows he does not qualify for this important and prestigious medal, yet he has worn it on Anzac Day, of all sacred days with his other tin medals that he will "review".

You have to actually meet the criteria to wear official medals and be awarded with them. Fullarton does not meet the criteria and has not been awarded with it. He purchased it somewhere and decided to wear it on Anzac Day.

Fullarton is a public figure in Carnarvon, Western Australia. He has put himself out there as a community leader by his involvement in local affairs. He refers to himself as Doctor Alexander Fullarton. He has been a Councillor on the Carnarvon Council since October 2013 as the representative for the Pastoral Ward, Shire of Carnarvon. His term expires in October, 2015.

Fullarton's claims to having been a former Commissioned Officer in the Royal Australian Army Pay Corps with Direct Lieutenant Officer entry in 1987, and that he is a genuine recipient of the award of the Australian Operational Service Medal.(civilian) are lies. He is a false pretender and he knows it.

The concerning part about all this, is that Fullarton is a current Councillor on the Carnarvon Council.

By wearing purchased tin medals that he has not been awarded, and having them court mounted and worn on the left breast, he demeans the significance of all official military medals awarded to every serviceman and woman, whether deceased or alive.

These actions are a blight on his integrity and he is making himself out to be someone he is not. The general public would not know of his true medal entitlements and probably admire him as a hero, giving him courtesies that he does not deserve.

However, Alexander Fullarton, I can assure you, that every returned and current serviceman or woman who observe you wearing these non awarded medals are appalled at your lack of respect for them and medals protocol in Australia. You have treated your colleagues with total disrespect.

As a non returned veteran of the military however, it is something that you will probably never understand.

According to his Linkedin page, Fullarton was the Secretary/President of the Gascoyne RSL Sub Branch Western Australia, from April, 1998 to March 2012. You would think that someone with 14 years experience as an executive in the RSL movement would know the correct protocols of wearing official medals and purchased medals.

Our advice to Alexander Fullarton is that you are a pretentious wannabee and a fraud.

Fullarton states that he will "review" his decision to wear the unauthorised medals.

Our advice is to remove the offending medals that you have not earned immediately, and send a letter of apology to your local RSL., and all its members, for your appalling lack of judgement over a long period of time.

The Western Australian RSL State Headquarters should also summon Fullarton to explain his deceitful behaviour and take appropriate action.

By wearing the official Australian Operational Service Medal (civilian), Fullarton has committed an offence against the Australian Defence Act 1903, as amended,

80B Improper use of Service Decorations.

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if;
(a) the person wears a service decoration; and
(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

Welcome to the Website Alexander Robert Fullarton.

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.


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
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: 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


"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:

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"



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.

Militich 01


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

'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,


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

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