Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Rickard
Christian Names: Richard Wayne
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Sunshine
Case Notes:

Richard Wayne Rickard of the Sunshine, Melbourne RSL, Victoria.

Richard Wayne Rickard was a National Serviceman who served in Vietnam with 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. As is the case with most Infantry soldiers who served in Vietnam,  he was a “Front Line” soldier. On ANZAC Day, 25 April 1969 he was “wounded in action” by a land mine. On that day, Australians were remembering the legends of all our past veterans and Rickard was adding to the legend on the front line of a war.

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We are not happy to include Rickard on our web site but, he has chosen to add to his medals rack, a piece of self-purchased “Tin Junk”, known as the Front Line Medal.


Rickard is wearing the coveted and legitimate Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) which is all that is needed to indicate that he was a “front line” soldier.

We recognize Rickard as a true front line soldier, but condemn him for breaking tradition and protocols, by wearing the abominable medal as if it had honour and meaning.


Here is the offending Medal known as the "Frontline Medal" from the World War 2 era and Rickard’s offending rack.

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We repeat the advice that we have given before – ONLY PROPERLY AWARDED OR APPROVED DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE MEDALS ARE WORN ON THE LEFT SIDE.

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.

Surname: Wright
Christian Names: Steve
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

Upadated 5 Sep 2013

Steve Wright is another member of the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Association (APPVA) who wears the tin Peacekeeper Medal.

Wright served alongside the First and Second UN Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM I & II), during his tour of duty with the Royal Australian Navy as crew on board HMAS Jervis Bay in 1993.

Steve Wright we suggest you follow the protocols put out by the following website.

http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/wearing.cfm

Unofficial medals

Ex-service organisations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in particular military campaigns, periods of service or types of service that have not been recognised through the Australian honours system. Awards made by foreign governments which have not been approved by the Governor-General for acceptance and wear are also "unofficial". There is no impediment to wearing such medals in appropriate private settings, such as a meeting of the relevant ex-service association, or a reception hosted by the relevant foreign government. Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

Steve Wright you have earned a place on the Medals Cheat Page.

Update 5 Sep 2013

Further Information has come to hand regarding Steve WRIGHT and the wearing of the United Nations Medal Somalia which he has no entitlement to, as can be seen in the inquiry below.

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HMAS Jervis Bay was a Training ship and Troop Transport delivering supplies and troops to Somalia only and not assigned to the United Nations Operation in Somalia. His only awards entitlement is the Australian Active Service Medal 1975 clasp Somalia and the Australian Defence Force medal.

http://defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au/inquiries/completed-inquiries/somalia/

Somalia

Inquiry into Recognition of Australian Defence Force Service in Somalia between 1992 and 1995

The Tribunal considered a range of recognition issues relating to ADF service in Somalia, including a campaign medal, awarding of the Australian Active Service Medal to HMA Ships TOBRUK and JERVIS BAY and recognition for 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

Submissions closed on 24 August 2009.

The report was presented to the then Minister for Defence (MINDEF) on 5 July 2010. On 16 July 2010 MINDEF advised the Chair that the Government had accepted the following recommendations in this matter:

The Tribunal recommends that the original CGS Commendation not be upgraded to that of a MUC.

The Tribunal recommends that a campaign medal for service in Somalia 1992-1995 not be struck.

The Tribunal recommends the upgrade of the ASM (Clasp SOMALIA) that was awarded to HMAS Tobruk ship’s company to the award of the AASM (Clasp SOMALIA).

The Tribunal recommends that HMAS Jervis Bay ship’s company be awarded the AASM (Clasp SOMALIA).

The Tribunal recommends that members of HMAS Tobruk or HMAS Jervis Bay deployed to Somalia between 1992 and 1993 not be considered for the award of the UN Medal because they were not assigned to the United Nations nor did they meet the 90 day eligibility criteria.

The Tribunal recommends that the Australian Government not approach the UN to alter the eligibility criteria for the UN Medal.

The Tribunal recommends that a Meritorious Unit Citation not be considered for the Australian Service Contingent of UNOSOM II.

The Tribunal recommends no changes be made to the current policy of one award per operational service.

The Tribunal recommends that no further consideration of additional distinguished service awards be made for either UNITAF or UNOSOM II.

The Tribunal recommends that no changes be made to the extant policy for visitors or members not force assigned.

On 18 April 2011 the Government announced its acceptance of the Tribunal’s recommendations.

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.

 

 

Surname: Armstrong
Christian Names: Patrick
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sydney
Case Notes:

Patrick Armstrong JP.,  founder of the United Irish Ex Services Association of Australia attended the
Cenotaph ceremony in Martin Place, Sydney on ANZAC Day 2012 and gave a speech.

On the 24th October 2012,  at the same place,  he gave the Irish Peacekeeper speech in relation to
Ireland’s peace keeping operations since 1958,  at the invitation of the UN (United Nations) Association at their annual ceremony.

He is wearing one un-official medal, the Emergency Services medal commonly referred to as a Tin Medal.

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Below is the official Emergency Services Medal.

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He is also wearing three State New South Wales Corrective Services medals on his left breast. The
only medal he is entitled to wear on his left breast is the Federal awarded National Medal being the
first medal from the left as you look at the photo.

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State medals are worn on the right breast as advised by the Department of Honours and Awards. You will not see any State awards listed in the “Order of Wearing Medals” published 2007.

http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/wearing.cfm

This is one of the frequently asked questions on the site.

Q14.How do I wear my state awards?


A14.State awards are worn on the right breast because only national awards in the Order of
Wearing Australian Honours and Awards are worn on the left breast.

http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/wearing.cfm

Unofficial medals

Ex-service organizations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in
particular military campaigns, periods of service,  or types of service that have not been recognized
through the Australian honours system.

Awards made by foreign governments which have not been approved by the Governor-General for acceptance and wear are also "unofficial".

There is no impediment to wearing such medals in appropriate private settings, such as a meeting of
the relevant ex-service association, or a reception hosted by the relevant foreign government.

Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/wearing.cfm#More

 

Uniformed services

 

Members of a uniformed service should wear their insignia on their uniform in accordance with the dress regulations of the particular service.

NOTE: It states uniform not civilian dress

 

 

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.

Surname: Bermingham
Christian Names: Lionel Gene
Country: Thailand
State or Province: Bangkok
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army
Case Notes:

Lionel Gene BERMINGHAM - Genuine SASR and 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Vietnam veteran and medal fraud.

 

BERMINGHAM carved a reputation throughout all his years as a regular volunteer soldier particularly in most forms of parachuting - testament to the inordinate number of jumps he made is the recorded hospitalisations due to injuries allied with this hazardous past time. 

 

 

Whilst this man put himself in danger many times he has now earned the chagrin of many of his contemporaries because of his wearing of the Vietnamese Campaign Medal - a foreign award made to all allies who served more than 181 days in South Vietnam. The only reason any veteran would receive this award who served less than the prescribed time would be because of being Killed In Action (KIA), Casualty Evacuated (CASEVAC) due to being Wounded in Action (WIA) or being taken Prisoner of War (POW).

 

Documentary evidence shows BERMINGHAM arrived in Vietnam on the 4th of June 1966 - and returned to Australia on 1st September 1966 following medical evacuation for what can be deduced as a skin problem - on 10 October 1966 his medical Physical Employment Standard (PES) was downgraded from Forward Everywhere (FE - Class 1) to CZNT (Communication Zone Non Tropical) - Unfit to serve in hot/humid environment

 

Numerous Vietnam veterans posted to Vietnam for a standard 12 month period were brought home early due to medical problems with skin ailments - the climate and hygiene conditions were not suited to their health.

 

BERMINGHAM was awarded the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) on 3 August 1971 and the Vietnam Medal on the 15th of September 1971 -  The Department of Veterans' Affairs nominal roll of Vietnam Veterans' shows clearly that BERMINGHAM spent a total of 88 days in South Vietnam - well under the qualifying 181 days to be awarded the Vietnamese Campaign Medal - as he was medically evacuated due to a skin problem he has absolutely no entitlement to be wearing the award - we can only assume that like many of his contemporaries who appear on this website that BERMINGHAM has purchased the medal to satisfy some urge to make himself look more of a man - and one must ask why would a veteran who has a proven record of sky diving life threatening situations step out of line and lower himself as a wannabe??

 

ANZMI see his actions as indefensible and deem him a medal offender.  Gene BERMINGHAM - welcome to the www of medal cheats

 

 

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.

 

Surname: Joyce
Christian Names: Gilbert Keith
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: The Caves
Case Notes:

Gilbert Keith JOYCE, 3166040 served in the Vietnam War with the Australian Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) from 07/01/1970 to 07/01/1971 as a Temporary Warrant officer Class 2 and is better known as Keith JOYCE.

As a result of that tour he was awarded the Military Medal by the Australian government for his actions in Vietnam as well as receiving awards from the South Vietnam Government and the United States Government.

 

Medals

The medals that JOYCE is wearing from left to right are;

Military Medal (entitled)

Australian Active Service Medal (entitled)

Vietnam Medal (entitled)

South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal with Silver Star (not entitled, should be Bronze Star)

South Vietnam Campaign Medal (entitled)

Frontline Medal (unofficial medal not entitled)

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation (entitled)

United States Army Meritorious Unit Commendation (entitled)

Infantry Combat Badge (pinned on the unofficial medal)

He would have been awarded the Cross of Gallantry Medal with Bronze Star by the South Vietnamese government as clearly shown in the document above, but he is wearing one with a Silver Star, next level up.

This is also recorded in the book first published in 2005 titled “The Men Who Persevered”which is the story about the AATTV. The book also shows he was awarded other US Medals which are not being worn in the photo of his medals.

He is also missing the Australian Defence Force medal and the unit citations and Infantry Combat Badge should be worn above the medals, not on them.

Front Line Service Medal (World War 2 unofficial TIN medal) from the Medal Yearbook 2011.

Issued by the 2/12 Battalion Association to identify those that took part in front line actions with the infantry, thus differentiating them from other units.

With being the recipient of a number of high awards we cannot understand why he is wearing the unofficial medal as there were no front lines in Vietnam as there would have been in World War Two.

Keith Joyce you have shown disrespect by wearing a Silver Star on the Cross of Gallantry medal and the unofficial WW2 medal. The Infantry Combat Badge denotes that you served on operations and there is no need to wear a worthless piece of metal. You have earned a place on this page.

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.

Surname: Price
Christian Names: Alan Raymond
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Alan Raymond Price – 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, VCM Cheat

Alan Price has been an executive of an Ex Service Organisation (ESO) and has done a lot of good work for many years, however he chose to dress up his medals rack with a medal he was not entitled to wear and therefore is a medals cheat.

In the above photograph Price is wearing a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (VCM). To qualify for this medal required serving in Vietnam for One Hundred and Eighty One days, alternatively any person killed or wounded in action at any time would qualify Price was medically evacuated from Vietnam as a non battle casualty, after serving from 21st May 1968 to 3rd September 1968 a total of One Hundred and Five Days.

All soldiers who served in Vietnam know the rules about the VCM. The excuse Price has used to explain his behavior is that someone told him it was OK.Price provided more than a page of reasons for wearing the medal; His communication contained the following paragraph:

“Therefore please accept that yes I did wear the VCM on and off for some thirty years, often with the approval of my unit 4 RAR, and other units but I had taken it down forever in approx 2009.I have not worn it since and I have no intention of wearing it”.

"It is obvious that Price was never officially awarded the VCM and that he purchased it."

We proceed without fear or favour, and are beholden to no Ex Service Organization, Government bureaucracy, or political dogma, simply put, if you wear medals you are not entitled to wear and it is brought to our attention you will feature on our web site in the same way as Alan Raymond Price and dozens of others.

 

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.

 

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