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Surname: Anderson
Christian Names: Leonard James
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: StocktonFern bay
Service #: 2241239
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: Army
Commencement of service: 13 Feb 78
Completion of service: 09 Aug 84
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Leonard James Anderson, DOB 20/10/1950 is a legend in his home town of Stockton/Fern Bay, near Newcastle, NSW. He is currently the President of a Motor Cycle Club called the Sons of Anzacs in Newcastle. Leonard, or Lennie as he likes to be called has a fetish for military badges, patches and medals. As the years go by his military adornments increase remarkably on his motor cycle vest. As do the stories that go with them.

In the above photograph, Anderson is observed wearing the following adornments,

On his left chest he is wearing the Army Combat Badge which is issued to qualifying personnel for a continuous or accumulated period of 90 days unique service with an Arms Corps Unit within a war like area of operations.

Below his Sons of Anzac Patch, he is wearing an Order of Australia Riband/Medal which was awarded for his service to indigenous people. A civilian award. Next to that he is wearing the Australian Sports Riband/Medal which was awarded to him in 2000. Below that he is wearing an unofficial tin Australian Security Medal/Riband which can be purchased from the internet. Beside that is another possible tin security riband/medal that has yet to be identified.

On his right chest below the Australian Flag he is wearing a parachute badge and World War 2 ribands which we assume are that of a relative.

Below those ribands, he is wearing what looks at first glance to be a Special Air Services Regiment (SASR) patch with dagger and wings with the words "2nd Recon" . Besides that patch he wears a Sniper Patch.

Anderson has told colleagues over the past couple of years that he participated in SASR training only to fail in the last 6 candidates. He claims service in Army Intelligence. He claims that he did not go to Vietnam but he was involved in "Black Ops" in Cambodia where he was wounded twice and he shot and killed the enemy in firefights. He claims that he has the right to wear the Army Combat Badge due to his "Black Ops" service in combat where he was deployed with United States Rangers. He also claims to have been awarded the United States Rangers 1st Class parachute badge. He further claims that he was a Parachute Instructor in Darwin.

The above photo is not clear however it shows Anderson wearing a red Australian Army Parachute Display Team beret with what appears to be the UNSWR badge as well as his tin unofficial security medals on his right side.


In the above photos taken recently, Anderson is still wearing all of his regalia but has now added a United States Rangers 1st Class parachute badge above his ribands on his left chest. The United States Rangers badge can only be worn by citizens of the United States of America with qualifying military service.

We are also intrigued by the "2nd Recon Patch" (above) as we have never seen one previously. We have made some inquiries with individual Australian Army Unit officers and they have never seen it before either. It is obviously a home made designed patch that he has sewn onto his jacket himself to increase his importance and have people believe it has something akin with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment.

In addition to this we identified that the Order of Australia Medal/Riband that he wears on his left chest is the OAM (Military Division.) It can be distinguished from the OAM (General Division) due to the yellow bars embroided at both ends of the riband. The OAM (General Division) riband does not have the yellow bars. You can see in the attachment above the difference between the both ribands.

Anderson has purchased and mounted the incorrect riband deceitfully claiming and implying that it was awarded for honourable service in the Military Division.

We did some further research on Lennie and although all his patches, badges and ribands look impressive, we came to the conclusion that Lennie is a Military Fraud, an Imposter, a False Pretender, and I guess that you could also throw in a liar. The real story of the Sons of Anzac Motor Cycle Club President is a far cry from his postulations.

It is a very short story at that!!

Lennie enlisted in the Australian Army Reserves in February, 1978. He was discharged in August, 1984. He served part time during his six years attending monthly parades and the occasional two week camps within Australia. His only deployment outside Australia in his entire service was an exercise in Hawaii for about three weeks. He never completed any parachute course or sniper course. He has no qualifications in those areas.

We were contacted by some of Anderson's former Reserve colleagues who confirmed that Lennie had passed his initial subjects for promotion to 2nd Lieutenant. He was at that stage a Sergeant. He was due to be promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant when it was discovered that he had forged his Higher School Certificate. He was found guilty and reduced to the rank of Corporal. He then immediately left the Army Reserves in 1984.

His only military entitlement is the Australian Defence Medal. He is also entitled to the OAM (General Division)and the Australian Sports Medal.

He is not entitled to wear the OAM (Military Division)

He is also not entitled to wear the Army Combat Badge for all of his so called "black ops" in Cambodia, the U.S Rangers 1st Class badge, his red Parachute beret, his parachute patch or his sniper's patch. His tin unofficial security medals mean nothing and only add a bit more colour to his vest as does his "2nd Recon" home made patch.

Anderson is making himself out to be a war hero when in fact he was part time Reservist with no operational service whatsoever.

We at ANZMI have the utmost respect for civilians who volunteer and enlist in the Australian Army Reserves. Anderson however, is one of many former Reservists who feature on this site for embellishing their military service to gain notoriety and executive positions on committees in order to dominate those around them and seek ego driven recognition and respect.

Leonard Anderson, you have made your mark on the Sons Of Anzac Motor Cycle Club, Newcastle, and you have now made your mark on our website for evermore. You lack respect for genuine veterans and you lack credibility of any sort. You also lack total respect for any of your colleagues within the Motor Cycle club that you claim to represent as their President.

Our message to the The Sons of Anzac Motor Cycle Club committee, Newcastle, is get rid of this disgraceful imposter immediately before he does any more damage to the integrity of your organisation.

Organisations like the Sons of Anzac Motor Cycle Club and Patriots Motor Cycle Club do a good job for our current serving and former service personnel. But they need to screen applicants more judiciously and demand proven documentation before they accept people on face value.

This clown is a classic example of why organisations like this need to audit their members on a regular basis.

Due to his dishonesty, the Honours Secretariat at Government House, Canberra might also like to review their awarding of the OAM (General Division) to Anderson as well.

Surname: Allen
Christian Names: Graham Stanley
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Bowraville
Service #: R62950
Service: RAN
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Mar 1964
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

Ah; a life on the ocean waves! Enough to tempt any young man to sign on and see the world and so it was for young Graham Stanley Allen. Perhaps Graham was full of pride and maybe a little 'piss and vinegar' as he entered naval service in March 1964. His service was long and we would presume, honourable, except for a small point. Graham Allen is a medal thief!

Allen lives in a beautiful part of NSW, the Nambucca, on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Here he is apparently enjoying his retirement years with some community involvement in a number of activities. These include being president of the local military museum, a similar position with Bowraville Bowling & Recreation Club, as well as membership of the local Sub-branch of the RSL. These activities are very laudable and Graham Allen is to be commended for his community service.

In the above photo, the medals worn by Allen suggest a man who has not only performed long and valuable service to his country but has also seen active duty in the waters of the then Republic of South Vietnam. Unfortunately, things are not what they seem. We believe the medals in the photograph are:

The Defence Service Medal (with one clasp): Entitled
Vietnam Logistic Support Medal: Not Entitled
(unidentified but possibly the Australian Active Service Medal): Not Entitled
The National Medal: Entitled
The Australian Defence Medal: Entitled.

For good measure Mr Allen also wears a Returned from Active Service Badge on his coat lapel. He is also not entitled to wear this badge. These can be purchased on-line for $12 (including postage).

So what is the evidence ANZMI can present in the case of Graham Stanley Allen? For a start, he is not listed on the Vietnam Nominal roll, which is considered very accurate www.vietnamroll.gov.au/ . From information we have it seems that the only ships Allen served aboard up until 1970 were HMAS Melbourne and Hobart. Our information indicates that Allen did not serve aboard HMAS Melbourne at any time when it was within SVN waters.

HMAS Hobart saw 3 tours of duty on the SVN gunline between 1967 and late 1970. However, Graham Allen's name does not appear on crew lists for the Hobart during those 3 tours. www.gunplot.net/main/content/crew-list-h...-1st-2nd-deploymentswww.gunplot.net/main/content/crew-list-h...obart-3rd-deployment

Once again we have the case of a former long-serving ADF member who has every right to be proud of his service, as well as his community activities but who chooses instead to wear medals that he is not entitled to. It is not only dishonest but is a slap in the face of all veterans who served their country. Shame Graham Allen, shame!

Surname: Allen
Christian Names: Rodney Michael
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Yorkeys Knob
Service: ARA
Branch: 6 RAR, Infantry
Commencement of service: Oct 06
Completion of service: Nov 11
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Rodney Michael Allen is 33 years old and resides near Cairns in Far North Queensland. His interests include being extensively tattooed and wearing military medals that he has not been awarded.

In the above photograph Allen is wearing the following medals -;

1. Australian Active Service Medal with clasp ICAT. (entitled)

2. Afghanistan Medal. (entitled)

3. Australian Service Medal with clasp Timor Leste. (not entitled)

4. Australian Defence Medal. (entitled)

5. NATO Medal with clasp ISAF (entitled)

6. Timor Leste Solidarity Medal. (not entitled.)

Following Australian Army Recruit Training in 2006, Allen was posted to 6 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) as a Private Rifleman. This was following the return of the Battalion from a deployment to East Timor. Allen served for 5 years in the Australian Regular Army, however, he never served in Timor.

In early 2010, the Battalion went to Afghanistan as part of the 1st Mentoring Task Force named Operation Slipper. The Battalion returned to Australia in late 2010 and Allen was discharged from the Army in 2011.

We have no reason to doubt that Allen carried out his duties as an Infantry Soldier in Afghanistan in a satisfactory manner. He has also been awarded the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) and the Returned from Active Service Badge.

Allen has no entitlement to the Australian Service Medal with clasp Timor Leste or the Timor Lest Solidarity Medal.

Why a genuine Afghanistan veteran of the Australian Regular Army would blatantly embellish his service by wearing unearned medals is hard to comprehend.

To answer this question, Allen was contacted by Anzmi and his medal display in the above photograph was questioned.

He subsequently responded and stated that his genuine medals officially awarded are the AASM with clasp ICAT, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Defence Medal and the NATO medal with ISAF clasp.

Allen then went on to say that ," Clearly this has come to your attention over me wearing one of my fellow 6 RAR mates replica set gongs (sic) with the Timor medal attached. The only one not awarded to me".

Allen continued by claiming inter alia, "that he was asked by some of his 6 RAR mates to come along and march to remember all the mates he lost." He stated, "that being late notice and as he had lost his medals, a mate gave him his old set to keep/wear as he is still serving, and has a new set from a further upgrading of medals. I have only worn this twice as they were both last minute decisions and as I hadn't ordered a new set at the time".

He then surprisingly claimed that, "The only tour we talk about, think about is Afghanistan 2010, no one I was with or spoke to, gave a shit about the unissued Timor gong. But apparently someone has taken offence to a piss ant trip like the little Timor gong that wasn't issued to me."

There are some noteable inconsistencies in Allen's versions of events. He states that the Timor Medal, (The Timor Leste Solidarity Medal) is the "only one not awarded to me" He conveniently forgets that he was also wearing the ASM with clasp Timor Leste. He also admits that he wore these medals on two occasions. You would think that he would know how many medals were on the rack that he had been "given" by his mate and more importantly, what the medals represented. Also the fact that he was not only entitled to wear two of the medals, he was not entitled to wear any of them. They were not his!

If you believe his version of events, then he should have more sense than to wear a rack of medals on two occasions that were not issued to him.

Allen demeans his fellow colleagues who served in Timor by stating that, "someone has taken offence to a piss ant trip like the little Timor gong that wasn't issued to me." We are certain that all Australian Military personnel who served in East Timor would not appreciate those disrespectful remarks. He obviously has no respect for Australian traditions and protocols.

We are aware that Allen has been wearing these unauthoried medals for some time. He has purchased them and placed them on his rack. We had previously been informed that Allen had been told on "numerous" occasions by colleagues to remove the two medals that he has not been awarded from his court mounted rack. That advice has obviously fallen on deaf ears and he has made the decision to continue to wear them.

For that strange decision he will remain on our website for evermore.

Surname: Caves
Christian Names: Denys
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: Hawkes Bay
City or Town: Wairoa
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 354663
Service: Army
Branch: Territorials (part time)
Commencement of service: 1959
Completion of service: 1961
Case Notes:

 

Denys Caves JP is a regional politician and well known in his area of New Zealand.  As a high profile person he should know not to do anything that can be adjudged as illegal, or not in keeping with protocols and heritage.

 

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Caves wears on his right breast medals of deceased relatives from both WW1 and WW2.   On his left breast contrary to tradition he wears a self purchased tin medal.  It is New Zealand Army 150th Anniversary Medal.   Here it is:

 

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It is this one:

 

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This is not an official medal and therefore must not be worn on the left breast, where it can be mistaken as a Medal for Defence Service.  Caves did serve in the NZ Defence Force but did not complete sufficient service to make him eligible for an award.

For whatever reason Caves wears the 150 Year Anniversary Medal it is a mistake in judgment.   Genuine Veterans do not appreciate those who claim false honour.

It is said that any publicity is good publicity, but we think in this case that is not so.  Denys Caves, welcome to our website.

Surname: Harding aka Hynes
Christian Names: John Wayne
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: Manawtu, Wanganui
City or Town: Palmerston North
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: None
Service: Claims NZ Army with secondment to USA
Branch: SAS, SEALS
Case Notes:

 

If academic degrees were given for mendacious, perfidious, deceitful prevarication, John Wayne Harding born 1 October 1947 aka Hynes would have a PhD.

He has to be a brilliant man to be able to keep up the dishonest charade that has baffled and entertained people in New Zealand (NZ) for many years. The problem for Harding is that any genuine veteran can pick him as a fake very quickly, because of what he says, what he wears and what he does. It is a wonder of NZ, why other veterans and ex service persons have not picked up his subterfuge over the many years he has been a fraud.

 

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Notice he is wearing the USA Purple Heart Medal which is presented to USA defence personnel,  who were wounded in action.  He also wears another unidentifiable US medal and ribbon.  On his left sleeve is the insignia of a US Air Borne Special Forces Ranger.  Then on his head he wears (badly) the maroon beret of  a US Ranger.  He also wears the rank of a USA Colonel and another unidentifiable badge on his epaulets.

 

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Here is the USA Colonel badge of rank he is wearing:

 

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According to Harding:

He joined the NZ Army, and he along with three other soldiers were seconded

to serve in the  USA Defence Force. 

He was employed in the USA Army in a drug detection unit with a dog named "Max".

He served in Vietnam with the "NZ Special Air Service (SAS) under Frank Rennie".   That must  have been between 1965 and December 1972.   (Frank Rennie was a famous NZ Soldier and does not deserve to be associated with Harding see here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Rennie)   

He was seconded as a body guard to President Reagan and " took a bullet"

for Reagan.   (That must have been in March 1981.)

Reagan gave him permission to become a US Navy SEAL  as a reward for "taking a bullet for him”. The Reagan shooting was on 30 March 1981.

He retired from the US Army with the rank of Colonel (Col) and uses that rank in his communications.  Here is an example where has written about his drug dog "Max"  He signed his name "Col John Wayne Harding US Army ( retired)"  The word "Col" is an abbreviation for "Colonel"

 

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He spent a lot of time on a Navajo reservation and can speak Navajo Indian and 25 other languages. (On occasions US Army used the Navajo language during WW2 instead of code).

He has a Psychology degree,

He is a qualified Pastor with the American Bible College,

Since returning to NZ after Thirty years in the  USA has worked with Drug Dog

detection (the same dog named Max that he had in the US),

Had guns taken from him by the NZ Police and is not allowed a gun licence because he had been  a US Navy SEAL,

Has a Social Welfare vehicle from NZ Government because of recommendation from US President Bush,

Has not applied for  War Pension from NZ as he does not want NZ Government to know about the USA war pension he receives through an Auckland Lawyer,

 

Is in constant pain due to all the shrapnel left in his body,

 

Has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and has to smoke Marijuana to relieve the symptoms,

 

Suffers from the effects of "Agent Orange" from Vietnam  (No Agent Orange was sprayed in Vietnam after 1970.  On 16 October 1971 he was married in Motueka NZ and was not in the NZ Army when he was married.)

 

It is of no surprise that Harding is not listed on the official NZ  Nominal Roll of those who served in Vietnam.  In addition we received this email:

 

-------- Original message --------

From:  xxxxxxxx

 Date: 11/01/2017 2:55 p.m. (GMT+12:00

Subject: RE: [Website feedback] Name Search John Hynes or John Wayne Harding   - DOB 1 Oct 1947 - unclassified

 

Happy New Year,
We do not normally respond to blind queries like this without knowing who needs this information.
However, so the Vietnam War List can be verified, we can confirm that there are NO listings for this combination of name and/or alternate with this DOB in the NZDF system.
As far as we can establish on the information provided, this man did not serve at any time in Vietnam with the New Zealand Armed Forces.

Cheers
xxxxxxxxx

 

It is on public records that:

He was married in NZ in 1971.

He was on the Western Hut Electoral Roll from 1979 to 1983.

Was Bankrupt in 1999 and again in 2004 also using name John Wayne Hynes.

He now resides in a NZ Government welfare house.  We hope his "Defence Service" and "PTSD" were not taken into account when allocating him this taxpayer subsidised house.

It is also well known that the US Defence Department do not "pluck" soldiers from New Zealand  and give them a career that included being a Secret Service Presidential body guard,  a Navy SEAL and being promoted to the rank of Colonel.

We have traced Harding back to 1971 when he was married aged 24.  According to his "stories" he would have been a serving soldier at that time, unfortunately his haircut does not match his vocation.

 

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Be careful  if you approach Harding because he is not averse to threats of violence, which he does to display his false "tough guy" past.  Harding  is not a tough guy, but just a bully, a lying fraud and wannabe.

ANZMI has exposed numerous NZ "Veteran" fakes, most have been taken to court for falsely claiming to be returned veterans and wearing false medals.  Harding is a fake and a liar and should be given the benefit of having a Magistrate decide his fate.

We welcome "Colonel" (Retired) John Wayne Harding to the fame of  his exposure on this website.

 

Surname: Forsdike
Christian Names: Andrew James
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Warragamba
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Artillery
Commencement of service: June 1966
Completion of service: 1972
Case Notes:

 

Andrew James Forsdike was born on the 20 April, 1949. He enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in June, 1966, and for ten months from May 1968 to March, 1969, he served in the former Republic of South Vietnam. His records indicate that he was a Temporary Bombadier, Royal Regiment of Australia Artillery. – 12 Field Regiment.

Forsdike wears an Order of Australia Medal and a Commendation for Bravery, (recognition for his actions at a road accident in NSW) both of these, he has earned and we congratulate him. He should be satisfied with his lot. It is a pity when a person who has been "through the mill" and has a rack of medals to be proud of, becomes recalcitrant and insists on adding awards that have not been properly bestowed on him.

 


Andrew Forsdike



Here is a list of all the medals and badges that he wears:

Order of Australia Medal
Commendation for Bravery
Australian Active Service Medal
Vietnam Medal
Australian Defence Medal
Centenary Medal
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm (RVGC) - NOT ENTITLED
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Infantry Combat Badge - NOT ENTITLED

 


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Notice he wears the RVGC with Palm which is the second from the right of his rack of medals and the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) above his medals



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When asked about the RVCG and the ICB, Forsdike responded as follows inter alia -;


Goodday xxxxx


firstly let me say that there are a lot of very jealous Vietnam Veterans out there. Especially with me having the OAM the Commendation for Brave Conduct the Centenary of Federation Medal the ICB and ACB and the Gilmore Medal you can check these on its an Honour web site.
The ICB, I have had numerous people asking why I was wearing the ICB, especially in my unit, as I was the only one awarded it for my actions at Coral, I also have the ACB, thats (sic) why I currently have a request in the Central Army records asking for a copy of the recommendation my Co put in to Army HQ in Saigon on the 13th may 1968 asking that I be awarded the ICB, the incedent (sic) no (sic) is 7819615 this was awarded to me in 1971 just before I left the Army, and its (sic) on my discharge Certificate.
I did apply to the Australian Gov asking about the Cross of Gallantry , I worked for the NSW Police for the last 15 years, and because I wore a uniform I asked my friends in the Commonwealth Police was it illegal to wear this ribbon on my uniform , they said that there is no law saying it is illegal to wear a foreign award . on your uniform, and they also stated that the RSL cannot tell you what or wear (Sic) you can wear an award, it can only give guide lines. I also wrote to the minister for defence years ago when I said that all Australian troops who came under the command of the US MACV were entitled to it, he gave me a whole lot of crap, so I wrote to the US government who said that our Minister was playing with words. By her saying that Australian troops were never under the operational Command of the US Government, this we have proved to be wrong. I am not popular with 102 bty as I made a mistake by saying there (sic) officers did not do there (sic) job at Coral, when in actual fact I repeated some thing that was said to me, when I should not have, as there (sic) officers were all very brave men, and did there (sic) jobs well.

Andy


Make your own judgement about Forsdike's mention on "lots of jealous Vietnam veterans". His OAM, Commendation for Bravery and the Centenary Medal are all officially listed, however we have no idea what the "Gilmore Medal" may be.

If, as he states, the ICB is listed on his Discharge Certificate and it was issued to him in 1971, then it is either a false claim or a mistake, that can, and should be rectified. Forsdike claims a recommendation for the ICB was forwarded to Army HQs Saigon by his unit on 13th May 1968. The ICB did not exist in 1968. It was early 1970 when the then Director of Infantry, Colonel David Thompson and the Chief of General Staff Sir Thomas Daly discussed and instigated the badge.

Here is what was written by Colonel David Thompson about the instigation of the ICB:

"In early 1970 I was sent for by the CGS. During our discussion I suggested that it was time for the Infantry Corps to have an Infantry Combat Badge to be worn by Infantrymen who had served overseas in operations.

The CGS agreed with enthusiasm and told me to design a suitable badge for Australia".

It is inconceivable that his Artillery unit took action to award him a non existent ICB on the same day as his actions at Fire Support Base Coral on 13th May 1968.

Here is part of the official instructions regarding the ICB:

1. Who is entitled to wear the ICB?

Members of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps who, in an infantry posting as part of an Infantry Battalion were deployed for, at least, 90 days to an operational area and subsequently awarded the Infantry Combat Badge.

If, as Forsdike claims he, or ill advised superior officers and public servants, finagled an approval to wear the ICB, it was wrongly awarded and must be rescinded. Alternatively, Forsdike could simply not wear it.

Forsdike is oblivious to Defence, RSL and general protocols. He should however, be aware of the Defence Act 1903 Part VII section 80B Improper use of Service decorations. Many fraudsters and wannabes have been dealt with by courts relating to this legislation . An Australian Federal Police Officer named Kelly Wingkee Luk was dealt with by Federal Police for fudging medals entitlement -;

mail.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/71-luk

Simply put, Forsdike is "Medal Hungry" and appears to have spent most of his life chasing medals.

'In March 2017 he had a family member take a case to the Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (AAT). He was seeking a Military Medal (MM) or Medal of Gallantry (MG) (these are prestigious war time bravery medals) for his participation at Fire Support Base Coral, east of Lai Khe, Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam in the early morning of 13th May 1968.

It is somewhat, audacious and vainglorious to instigate legal action to have oneself awarded a bravery medal and it is indicative of his narcissistic need to collect awards.

Forsdike claimed he did not get a bravery medal because of maladministration by his unit at the time, however the Tribunal found there was no maladministration, and although Forsdike did honourable service it was not of a standard to warrant an MM or MG. See 25 pages here:

2017_DHAAT_009_Ford on behalf of Forsdike – Decision Report

"The Tribunal finds that Bombardier Forsdike’s actions on 12/13 May 1968 at FSB Coral were undeniably brave but do not meet the threshold for a gallantry award. This finding does not in any way diminish the contribution Bombardier Forsdike made to his Regiment during his service in Vietnam.

On 15 February 2016, the Director General Personnel – Army (DGPers-A) provided a response to the Tribunal that, in the absence of maladministration or a failure in due process, the original decisions of the ‘decision-makers of the time’ be upheld and no further recognition be given to Lance Bombardier Forsdike. No review of the merits of the application was conducted"

Medals, awards and badges are presented by our Federal Government for defence service or for exemplary public service to our nation. If we were to follow Forsdike's ideas and actions, where medals are completely unregulated and no one can tell him what to wear, imagine what would happen if "medal hungry" wannabes throughout Australia were allowed free reign. The value and status of defence service and our medals system would be destroyed.

ANZMI strives to protect Australian and New Zealand protocols and heritage, We will report any person wearing defence medals or badges that they have not earned, or have been wrongly issued.

We asked Forsdike to remove the RVCG and the ICB from his left breast, he chose to not do so, and said

"I have no intension (sic) of supplying you with any of my documents. I have spoken to my son who was a public prosecutor for the NSW police and is (sic) now still works in a legal capacity. He has advised me not to respond to these alligations you have made and he said that if he sees or hears any more on this issue, and he finds out who is behind it he will then take the matter further.

Forsdike claims that he has been awarded the ICB and the Australian Combat Badge. (ACB)

You can be awarded one or the other. Not both. Below is the set criteria for the award of the ACB.

Army Standing Instruction (Personnel), Part 11, Chapter 3
CHAPTER 3
ARMY COMBAT BADGE
ELIGIBILITY

3.5. To be eligible to be issued the ACB, a member must have:

a. Either: (1) been force assigned to a combat team for a period of either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service, or
(2) been physically deployed in the same geographical location as a Combat Team and have a primary role to directly support that Combat Team for a period of either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service;
b. and:
(1) been serving on a warlike operations
(2) not have been previously issued the ICB or ACB

We have no alternative other than to give him space on this web site, where he can enjoy the award of being a medals cheat. Unfortunately we do not present recipients of this award with ANZMI tactile trinkets, however am sure that if we did, Forsdike would add it to his rack.

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