Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Wardlaw
Christian Names: Ross Henry
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Te Awamutu
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 41916
Service: Army
Branch: NZ Army Service Corps
Case Notes:


Ross Henry Wardlaw is well know in the NZ veteran community for his executive membership in:

The Returned Service Associations (RSA),
The Kings Empire Veterans Association (KEVs),
His active service in the Vietnam war and finally:
For his total disrespect for tradition and medals protocol.

Here is Wardlaw wearing nine medals on a commemorative occasion:

Here is a close up of the medals:

Of the nine medals, he is authorised to wear only six of them:

1. The New Zealand Operational Service Medal
2. The Vietnam Medal
3. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike) with clasp VIETNAM
4. The New Zealand Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal The New Zealand Defence Service Medal with clasp REGULAR
5. The South Vietnamese Campaign Medal
6. The Regular Force Cadet 50th Anniversary Commemorative & Memorial Medal
7. The New Zealand Army 150th Commemoration Medal
8. Scout Medal of Merit

The last three medals are just "bling" and must not be worn with legitimate Defence medals.
The 7th and 8th are self purchased commemorative medals,

The 9th medal is a New Zealand Boy Scout medal of Merit, that has had an extra badge attached

For some years the NZ RSA and members have allowed Wardlaw to wear the three fake medals. Any person who has earned six medals, and then bolsters his rack with three extra fake medals, is not a person to be respected in the ex service community.

We welcome Ross Henry Wardlaw to our website.

Surname: Willick
Christian Names: Kennth William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Woodgate
Service #: R65934
Service: Royal Australain Navy
Branch: Engineering Mechanic
Commencement of service: 26.11.1966
Case Notes:


Kenneth Willick is the President of the Woodgate Queensland, Returned and Services League (RSL). His actions make him a poor example of an RAN Vietnam returned veteran.

Willick wears seven medals. These are:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Vietnam Logistic Support Medal (VLSM)
National Medal (NM)
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM
Undiscernable medal ??

The last medal is not discernable but it will most likely be a non authorised commemorative medal. The second last medal, is discernable and is the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM).

Simply put Willick did not earn the RVCM shown below.

The last medal is most likely an unauthorised self purchased"Tin" medal.

To increase the "bling" effect, Willick also wears his medal ribands together with his mounted medal rack. Whilst a colourful, array, it is simply not protocol.

Qualification for the RVCM requires 181 days service in Vietnam or Vietnam waters. Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll shows Willick as having served for 55 days in Vietnam. The 55 days is an unfortunate RAN iniquity, whereby RAN Vietnam service was counted from the time of departure from an Australian port, until the time of return to an Australian port, conversely Australian Soldiers traveling on board RAN ships to fight in Vietnam for one year, had their time counted from when they landed in Vietnam until boarding for the return journey.

Willick travelled to and from Vietnam on three occasions, each for an average of around 18 days sailing. His actual time anchored in Vung Tau harbour during his three voyages, was around 20 hours for the whole three voyages. During that time he would never have left the ship. Whether you compare the 55 days, or the 20 hours to the requirement of 181 days it is obvious that Willick is a medals cheat.

It is incongruous that an RSL President could have worn the two offending medals at his RSL as well as in the company of District and State senior RSL executives. An RSL that cares little for medals protocol is an RSL without integrity and is an RSL without a future.

Land, air and sea veterans are all participating in the disregard for medals protocol regarding the RVCM. In recent times we have published details of:

Whyman Army -

Joyce RAAF, -

and now

Willick RAN,

Kenneth Willick is welcomed aboard our ship, and can confirm that his time aboard will be for a very long voyage.

Surname: Thame
Christian Names: Richard Victor
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Rotorua
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 39764
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:


Richard Victor Thame is thought to be a doyen of the NZ ex service community and he has featured in media reports wearing six medals.

The medals are:

1. NZ Overseas Service Medal
2. Vietnam Medal
3. NZ General Service Medal 2002 (Clasp Vietnam)
4. NZ General Service Medal 2011 (Clasp Regular)
5. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
6. Regular Force Cadet School 50th Anniversary Medal - Unofficial Commemorative medal.

Thame wears five prestigious medals and one dud medal. The dud medal changes him from ex service doyen to dilettante in one fell swoop. This is the dud medal.

A man of his background and experience has no excuse for wearing a self purchased commemorative medal attached to his genuine medals.

Australian and New Zealand veterans would appreciate if NZ ex service organizations could counsel Thame regarding his medal rack.

Thame is welcomed to this website, where there is plenty of space for all who disregard medals tradition and protocol.

Surname: Betteridge
Christian Names: Clyde
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Caboolture
Case Notes:


Clyde Betteridge and his wife Christine appeared on the SBS TV show "Insight", on the 6 August 2019. The show was about Clyde Betteridge and his wife who married after being estranged for forty seven years.

During the Vietnam war, Clyde was courting Christine and was ready to marry his sweetheart, who was expecting a child, however, his sweetheart's father was not impressed with Clyde, and because Clyde claimed he was to be conscripted into the Army and sent to Vietnam the relationship ended. Christine said "Clyde bravely strode up my front steps ready to ask my Dad for my hand in marriage. But poor thing didn't make it in the house - Dad flew out screaming and chased Clyde off down the street. Never come near my daughter again! he yelled"[/b]

Nine minutes and 16 seconds into the TV show the presenter says to Clyde Betteridge

"You went off to Vietnam", to which Clyde Betteridge replies "Yep". "

"What was that like" asks the presenter, "Were you thinking about Christine and the son and what had happened, or were you just in another experience altogether?"

Betteridge responds "Another experience altogether, because all you want to think about is staying alive. You want to come home."

All who saw the show believe that Clyde Betteridge is a veteran of the Vietnam war. Clyde may have been conscripted, but he never served in Vietnam and therefore his concern about "staying alive" and "wanting to come home" was a lie.

Although the circumstances of this story are somewhat different from the usual malfeasance of frauds and wannabes Clyde fits the profile for falsely claiming to be a Vietnam veteran on a national TV show.

Welcome to the website Clyde.

Surname: Thurley
Christian Names: Randall G.
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: 140263
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Case Notes:


On 13 August 1991 when HMAS Success departed for the Persian Gulf to participate in operation Damask following the Iraq invasion of Kuwait, Randall G Thurley was aboard and served in that theatre of war.


The medals he is wearing are:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM_
Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait Medal (SALKM)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (KLM) Must not wear with National medals.

For his RAN service, and for his service in the Persian Gulf aboard HMAS Success, Thurley was awarded the first four medals. The fourth medal, the Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait Medal, is authorised by the Australian Governor General to be worn on the left breast with Australian National medals.

The fifth medal he wears is the Kuwait Liberation Medal. The Government of Kuwait introduced the Kuwait Liberation Medal in 1995 to recognise those who served in support of Operation Desert Shield or Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991. The medal is not approved for wear by members of the ADF, but is allowed to be retained as a memento by members who received it.

Thurley is listing to his Port side, because he is bearing 20% non manifest weight. His Plimsoll line is compromised and he will not be out of the danger zone until he unloads the commemorative Kukwait Liberation medal that causes him to list.

Thurley is one of many ex RAN who wrongly wear this medal, and perhaps this entry may solve his and others listing problems, because any person wearing the medal will surely be sunk.

Surname: Whyman
Christian Names: Hewitt Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Wagga Wagga
Service #: 2789339
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: 1968
Completion of service: 1977
Case Notes:


Hewitt Robert Whyman was born on the 16 October, 1947. In 1968, he was conscripted into the Australian Regular Army as a National Serviceman. He was allocated to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. According to all reports, on completion of his two year compulsory service, he remained in the Army until 1977, when he took his discharge.


During his two years National Service, he was posted to the Republic of South Vietnam on the 27 December, 1969 as a Lance Bombardier. He served for 50 days in South Vietnam and returned to Australia on the 4 February, 1970.
In the above photograph Hewitt Whyman is wearing the following medals.

1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) 1945-1975. Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. Entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
4. Anniversary of National Service Medal. Entitled.
5. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.(RVCM) Not entitled.

The entitlement for the RVCM is 181 days service in the Republic of South Vietnam or continuous service in Vietnamese waters. Whyman had 50 days in country. This is well short of the requirement for the issue of the award. Sadly, Whyman has purchased the RVCM and had it court mounted with the rest of his medal entitlements.

The criteria for the entitlement to this award is very clear. It is known by every Australian who served in Vietnam during the war.

Hewitt was not a battle casualty of the Vietnam War. He was not evacuated from Vietnam due to wounds received in that war..
Hewitt Whyman is currently an Indigenous leader and mentor at Kapooka Army Base at Wagga Wagga. He has served with the Aboriginal Legal Service for many years as a Field Officer.

The Kapooka Chronicle and the Australian Army speak of him in glowing terms.

In the above photograph, Whyman is wearing the RVCM riband.

Whyman has volunteered his services to assist young Aboriginal youth through initial Army Recruit processes. He is there to mentor and provide guidance. We congratulate him for that.

As a mentor though, he should be setting a good example to the many recruits seeking him out for advice and guidance.
He is not entitled to wear the RVCM and he should immediately remove it from his rack. He did not earn it and he has purchased it on ebay, or at a medal shop.

ANZMI tried to contact Whyman and offer him an opportunity to explain his wearing of the un-entitled medal and request its removal from his rack. We received no response.

This site is littered with former Australian Defence Force personnel who have not spent the necessary time in the former Republic of Vietnam, yet choose to wear the RVC medal, knowing they have no entitlement.

A classic example of a former RAAF serviceman continuing to wear an un-entitled RVCM is Michael Joyce. Joyce served for 91 days in South Vietnam before he was repatriated to Australia after becoming ill. Again, well short of the required 181 days.

He was not a battle casualty and was not evacuated because of his wounds. His name does not appear on the Vietnam War Casualty List.

He was mistakenly awarded the RVCM following a bureaucratic bungle by former RAAF Administrators who put forward his name for the medal. Joyce maintains that he is entitled to wear the medal, because it was "sent" to him in the mail from the Department of Defence. Joyce knows, as does every other serviceman who served in that war, that he is not entitled to it. We can be thankful he did not get the Victoria Cross "sent" to him in the mail in error.
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ANZMI will pursue all reports of medal cheats and place them on this site when the facts are proven.

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