Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Hamilton
Christian Names: Terry
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Terry HAMILTON Vice President of the North West National Servicemen's Association saw him beaming at the Courier Mail press camera at the ANZAC Day 2013 march in Queensland whilst wearing on his left breast the commemoration Anniversary of National Service Medal 1951-72, the Australian Defence Medal and a purchased bit of scrap metal on sale from unscrupulous dealers denoting National Service. 

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/gallery-e6freoof-1226629239118?page=34

The third medal from the left is the point in issue, purchased for around $60 and making lots of money for some clever crook who holds absolutely no sense of honour and propriety.

Of great concern is the fact that a senior executive of the National Servicemen's Association (a Sub Branch Vice President) would so blatantly dishonour himself and his minions by wearing a purchased piece of tat by parading on this day of days in such a disrespectful manner - is it any wonder this organization has so many detractors?

Terry HAMILTON - welcome to the Tin Medals 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: Nancarrow
Christian Names: Barry
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:
Major Barry Nancarrow (Retired) – Chief Commissioner Salvation Army Red Shield Defence Services

 

Dear lord, here we have a Salvo adding a bit of unauthorized weight to his rack. The position of his left hand, may also indicate that Nancarrow is a skilled billiards player.

 

 

Nancarrow has added a Salvation Army Long Service Order to his rack. It is the second last medal on the right.  It is not a Australian Defence Medal and therefore must not be worn on the left side with his issued Defence Medals.  Adding to the offence, Nancarrow has been unable to procure the correct ribbon for the medal and has purchased and added a bit of rag he has picked up from somewhere.

Note the colour of the ribbon on Nancarrow’s rack and then note the actual ribbon for this medal

 

 

                                                                         

 

When asked about the medal Nancarrow said “My RSM made me wear it” Of course a man of the cloth would never prevaricate and therefore there must be a misguided Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) on the loose.

We are reliably advised  there are other Red Shield operators wearing this medal as part of their rack. For instance below is a photograph of the medals of Henry May, a Salvation Army Red Shield Welfare Officer serving in South Australia, note the inclusion of the offending medal. It is a sad situation when the unit Henry May is serving with are unable to advise him on medals protocol - but then again, it may be that same renegade RSM who advised Nancarrow to "put it up".

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: Trapp
Christian Names: Neill Edward
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: RedLands
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

Neill Edward Trapp – Another Sailor with trinkets.

 

Neill Trapp had three quick visits to SVN on HMAS Sydney. (Affectionately known as the Vung Tau Ferry.) HMAS Sydney was used to transport Army Units and equipment to and from Australia to Vietnam during the war. Trapp spent a total of Eighteen hours and Fifteen minutes on the ship in Vung Tau, Vietnam Harbour, and never went ashore. For that very ordinary service he wears six medals.

 

 

The last two medals on the right hand side are self purchased unofficial “Tin” trinkets that are significant, only because those who wear them are buffoon “lily gilders”. The medals are the unofficial Logistic Support Force Medal and the HMAS Sydney Medal. These two medals are commonly worn by Sailors and the sooner they realise how stupid they look, the sooner they will take them down and cast them asunder. Trapp also has a gaudy sparkling device attached to his medal rack that would be more appropriate in a trinket box in ladies boudoir .

 

For those with mathematical leanings, Trapp’s medals calculate to one medal for every three hours spent in Vietnam. An Infantry Soldier who spent Eight Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty hours (One year) on the ground in Vietnam, under perilous circumstances wears four medals which equates to one medal every Two Thousand One Hundred and Ninety hours – Considering that Trapp has added two fake medals to his very easily earned genuine medals indicates a person of little consequence who “sports” an enlarged ego.  

Trapp further pushes his ego by filling executive positions in ex Service Organisations (ESOs). He was Vice President of the Redlands, Queensland, RSL Sub Branch from 2005 to 2006 and President of the Redlands, Vietnam Veterans Group until 2011. It is difficult to imagine how other Royal Australian Navy Veterans and ESO members generally, allow people like Trapp to bring their service and status into disrepute.

Offending “Tin Medals”

 

                                                    Logistic Support Force Medal                                      

 

HMAS SYDNEY Medal

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: West
Christian Names: Allan Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:
Major Allan Robert  West (Retired) of Far North Queensland

Allen West looks like an “Old War Horse” because he is an “Old War horse”. As a Warrant Officer he served with the elite Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam and before that, he served in Vietnam with 1 Field Squadron.  It’s unfortunate that this bloke is not blessed with a great deal of grey matter, and he shows no shame in wearing “Tin” with all his other hard earned medals. Notice the last medal on his rack is the frivolous “Front Line Medal”

 

 

West was a controversial figure whilst President of the Innisfail Queensland Returned and Services League (RSL) where he copped a five year ban after being found guilty of various “financial type” charges by the Queensland State Branch of the RSL. Much to the chagrin of the Qld RSL State Branch, West appealed to the National President of the RSL, who quashed the charges and re-instated West to the Innisfail RSL.  It should be noted that the National President at the time was also an ex Royal Australian Engineers Officer who new West very well.

 

 

West obviously unknowingly portrays himself as being “dopey” for wearing the Tin “Front line Medal”. He may have been an officer, but he falls short of being a gentleman.

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: Prangnell
Christian Names: Brian Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: western Australia
City or Town: Quinns Rocks
Case Notes:

As written on the notice in the photo of Prangnell, he gives advice about medals for the Quinns Rocks, Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch of Western Australia.  Brian Prangnell has been awarded the prestigious Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to Church, Youth, Sporting and services organizations. Together with his OAM he has two legitimate Defence Service Medals, unfortunately he likes to adorn himself with all manner of other trinkets and badges including a self purchased “Tin” Commemorative Golden Jubilee Medal. 

 

 

Prangnell was a 1950s National Serviceman who completed three months recruit training between January and April in 1958 and then continued in the Citizens Military Forces, which entitles him to wear the Australian Defence Medal and the Australian National Service Commemorative Medal together with his OAM.  To boost his rack of medals Prangnell has awarded himself the fake, self purchased, “Tin” Commemorative Golden Jubilee Medal

 

 

Below is the genuine Golden Jubilee Medal that has never been awarded to Prangnell.

 

 

We suggest to Bruce Rock RSL that having Prangnell as a “Medals Adviser” is rather ironic and tends to portray that RSL as a place devoid of integrity.

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: Yeo
Christian Names: Brian Arthur
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sydney
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

Brian Arthur YEO02910 served in the Royal Australian Navy during the Vietnam War and sailed five times to Vung Tau harbour in South Vietnam on the HMAS Sydney also known as the Vung Tau ferry delivering troops, equipment and supplies.

Brian YEO is a member of the HMAS Sydney Association and wore his medals at a wreath laying ceremony at Martin Place.

Medals

As you can see in the photo Brian YEO is wearing five medals. They are from the left;

Australian Active Service Medal Clasp Vietnam (entitled)

Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (entitled)

Australian Defence Force Medal (entitled)

The Sydney Medal (unofficial medal, not entitled)

Australian Logistic Support Force Medal (unofficial medal, not entitled)

As you can see he is only entitled to wear the three official medals, the other two are commonly referred to as TIN medals bought either through an association or some medal shops. Yeo is like many ex- servicemen from the navy during the Vietnam and Far East Strategic Reserve Force era that wear these tin medals.

Some ex-servicemen appear to think that because they are no longer in the Australian Defence Force they do not have to follow the Wearing of Medals Protocol put out by Honours and Awards. They are only earning disrespect from ex-servicemen who only wear the medals they are entitled to.

Brian YEO and others like him must be under the impression the more medals they wear, the more they impress the public by wearing these worthless pieces of tin medals. Brian Yeo and others like you, be aware that many younger veterans today have no respect what so ever when they see any veteran wearing medals they are not entitled to. If you want their respect we suggest you remove the offending medals.

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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