Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Cullum
Christian Names: Kenneth
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Cleveland
Service #: 714379
Service: Army
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: 03 Jan 1955
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

Kenneth Colin Cullum never saw active service, however he was called up for National Service and trained in artillery. He continued his service to the country and community through various organisations. In 2000, he was awarded the Emergency Services Medal for his service with Queensland State Emergency Service (QLD SES).

Cullum has also held executive positions in ex-Service organisations, his most recent, as Secretary of the National Servicemen’s Association of Queensland, Redlands Branch.

One would think that after many year’s involvement in such organisations, Cullum would be aware of medal protocols, or he simply chose to ignore them, as the following illustrates.

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The above photograph was taken at the 2015 Remembrance Day service at Redlands, Queensland.

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Cullum is wearing the following medals:

1. Emergency Services Medal – awarded in 2000 for service to the QLD SES.

2. National Medal – entitlement unknown as the medal was never officially awarded.

3. Australian Defence Medal – entitled.

4. Anniversary of National Service Medal – entitled.

5. International Year of the Volunteer Medal – an unofficial commemorative medal and not to be worn with official medals.

 

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The National Medal was established on 14 February 1975 as one of the original elements of the distinctive Australian system of honours and awards. The Medal recognises long and diligent service in organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members. Many, but not all, eligible groups are uniformed. The Medal is awarded to persons for long service in eligible organisations who fulfil the primary function and meet other criteria. Fifteen year’s eligible service is necessary to qualify for the Medal. Clasps are available for each additional 10-year period.

The Governor-General awards the National Medal. Nominations are made by the chief officer of the nominee’s organisation. The chief officer of each approved organisation also administers the medal for that organisation. The award recognises long service in approved organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members. Many, but not all, eligible groups are uniformed. Fifteen years’ service is required to qualify. Clasps are available for each additional ten years’ service.

Cullum may very well have qualified for the award of the National Medal, by virtue of his service with the QLD SES, however, until the medal is applied for in the correct manner and approved for issue, then he is not entitled to wear it.

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The above shows the result of a search of the Australian Honours and Awards database. Cullum has been awarded the Emergency Services Medal, but not the National Medal.

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The United Nations (UN) passed a resolution on December 2000 declaring that 2001 would be the International Year of Volunteers (IYV). This resolution adopted by the General Assembly was endorsed and co-sponsored by 60 countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Malta and The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The colours of the ribbon depict the light blue, being the Internationally recognised colour of the United Nations Medal and the orange, being the colour for the International Year of Volunteer Medal.

In short, this is not an official medal, it is no more than a decorative trinket and is not to be worn with official medals.

Kenneth Colin Cullum, you have had an outstanding life of community service, for which you have been appropriately recognised. However, your actions in respect of your medals has sullied this service, disrespected veterans and, perhaps, even disrespected yourself.

The fact that your actions took place whilst an executive member of an ex-Service organisation compounds your culpability and casts a cloud over those organisations that continually turn a blind eye to such practices. You are now among like-minded colleagues on the ANZMI website.

Surname: Crick
Christian Names: Thomas Edward
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service #: N260378 and NX 162731
Service: Army
Branch: RAEME
Commencement of service: 13 Oct 41
Completion of service: 16 Oct 46
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Tom Crick is a World War Two Veteran aged  Ninety Three years.  For many years he has been telling family of his World War Two adventures.  His wife, over the years has documented his tales of derring do.  The tales were presented to the Western Australia RSL Headquarters who naively published a synopsis in the June 2015 edition of their Newsletter  "The Listening Post".  Here is what was published.

The story is all "bunkum", Crick is a liar a fraud and a wannabe. Her has lied about his status prior to joining the Army and his war service is a complete fabrication.

Interrupted University of Sydney Studies Pharmaceutical Studies in 1940

In 1940 Crick was a Chemical Warehouseman. He did not achieve any secondary education  qualifications whatsoever and went nowhere near the Sydney University. See extract from his enlistment Attestation Form.

Ultimately joined the 2/4 Commando Regiment "Z" Force in NSW

Crick never at any stage served as a Commando or any other "combat" type of Army unit. He spent from October 1941 to December 1942 as a Clerk in various Ordnance Units, then transferred to the Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers where he served as an Armourer until his discharge as a Craftsman (equivalent of Private soldier)  in 1946.

Became Lieutenant Thomas Edward Crick and led his men to Malaysia and Singapore where they were captured. 

 Crick was never more than a Craftsman which is the equivalent of a Private Soldier. From this point in the article it is all "boys own" fiction. Here is his Discharge Form clearly showing his rank of Craftsman which is written on the top right as "CFN" 

Crick did serve overseas during the war but it was as an Armourer in Moratai and Ambon in Indonesia.  It was mundane, but important service similar to that done by most Australian Logistics Soldiers during World War Two.

The article mentions:

Escaping from Japanese Prisoner of War Camp

Boat journey to Timor

Stealing Dutch Gold

Liberating Japanese Prisoner of War Camps

Tracking down War Criminals

All of that is bunkum.

We are somewhat amazed that a State RSL Headquarters should place such an obviously flawed story in its Newsletter.  When the RSL was advised of their naivety the story  was quickly removed from the publication with the promise of an explanation to be published in the next issue.

Despite his age we have no compunctions in publishing this exposure. Crick has been telling his lies for years and it is important for his posterity that his true military history is known.

We reiterate, if you are a wannabe or tell lies about your military history you are very likely to be reported and included on this web site.'

Welcome Thomas Edward Crick of Perth aged 93 years.

Surname: Craig
Christian Names: George Wieslaw
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Trott Park
Service #: 4721817
Service: Army
Branch: RAEME
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

George Wieslaw Craig was born in Glasgow, Scotland on the 3rd August, 1948.  He served in the Australian Army as a Craftsman in the RAEME. Branch. 

Craig is currently the Secretary of the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia, (VVFA) South Australia Branch, Warradale.

Craig is a Medal Cheat and a liar.

 

Craig was posted to South Vietnam as a Craftsman on the 2nd June, 1971.  He served his entire time with the 5 Company Royal Australian Army Service Corps, in Vung Tau, the Australian Logistic Support Base as part of his RAEME duties.

He served in South Vietnam for a total of 170 days.

At Torrens Parade Ground Adelaide, on Long Tan Day 2015, he was caught out wearing an un-awarded Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM) He was  warned by the President of the Royal Australian Regiment Association that if he was seen wearing the un-awarded medal again, he would be reported to the Australian Federal Police. 

On a further occasion however, in the VVFA office, Craig was caught out again wearing  the un-awarded Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.  (RVCM)

This medal was awarded to Australian military personnel serving at the minimum,  181 days in the former Republic of South Vietnam.  He was then reported to his President of the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia, (VVFA) South Australia Branch.   He was then interviewed by the President in respect to his wearing the un-entitled award.  He admitted to falsely wearing it on the two occasions mentioned, however, he claimed to the VVFA President that on both occasions he was observed wearing the medal, he had borrowed a set of medals from a friend as he had not had his own medals mounted. 

He further claimed that he did not look at the borrowed medals on either occasion and just put them on without checking.  He stated that he did not take any notice of what medals he was wearing.

This lame brain excuse was accepted by his President friend and Craig was simply counselled. 

Craig is a liar and should know better.  He is the Secretary of the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia, South Australia Branch and would know the qualifying  period required for being awarded the RVCM.

We are aware that Craig purchased the medal from a Medal Shop or on the internet and had it court mounted with his other medals well before he was caught out wearing it.

We are also aware that Craig is a member of the Mad Galahs.  This is an ignorant misguided group of foolish conspiracy theorists whose former military members espouse that the Army in Vietnam was ultimately corrupt and that the Department of Defence and the Australian War Memorial have altered and hidden records.

Craig also runs a Religious website in his own name for an Adelaide Catholic Church foundation. 

He has no credibility to hold office within the VVFA and should be shown the door.   

If his President friend condones this sort of behaviour within his Branch, then he should stand down as well to maintain credibility of the Organisation that he represents.

Surname: Cowie
Christian Names: Wayne William
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Rockhampton
Service #: 1735654
Service: Army
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: 09 Jul 1969
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

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They say that the further North you get in Australia, the more relaxed the people are.

It is certainly true in this picture of a very relaxed Wayne Cowie, taken at a Vietnam Veterans commemorative service, in 2015, at the Cockscomb Veterans Bush Retreat, a nice 30 minute drive from Rockhampton in  Northern Queensland.

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Cowie served 277 days in Vietnam as part of the 4th Field Regiment, The Royal Regiment Australian Artillery, as the Vietnam War Service certificate shows.

The 4th Field Regiment was raised at Wacol on 3 May 1960, being the first major Regular Army unit to be raised in Queensland. The Regiment moved to Lavarack Barracks in 1968. As a complete unit, the Regiment served two tours of duty in South Vietnam, as well as sending individual batteries to South Vietnam, Singapore, Malaya and East Timor.

Why this little potted history, you ask? Cowie was part of an artillery unit, a point that will later to prove very important in his undoing.

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At the end of his official medals, Cowie has tacked on a commemorative abomination, this one known as the Front Line Medal. This piece of tin may look pretty, however, you do not fool your fellow veterans, who would recognise you had no association with the 2/12 Infantry Battalion whatsoever.

The Front Line Service Medal was issued by the 2/12 Infantry Battalion Association, based in Queensland, to identify those who took part in World War Two front line actions with the Infantry, differentiating them from other units. It was manufactured and sold by that Association as a funds raising exercise. They made a lot of money selling this tin trinket to gullible people, who had no association with the 2/12 Infantry Battalion whatsoever. You can add Cowie to that list of gullible people.

Defence Honours and Awards has this to say about such medals:

“Medals not listed in the order of wear may be worn officially, on an unrestricted basis, only with the express permission of the Governor-General. As a general rule, such permission is extended only to official awards of foreign governments. It has never been extended to private commemorative medals. Those medals should not be worn at all, and certainly never on the left hand side and mounted with officially issued medals”.

Have you picked up on the glaring inconsistency yet? That’s right, Cowie was attached to an artillery unit, yet he is wearing a thing designed to commemorate service in the infantry.

Yes, they certainly are more relaxed up North, and Wayne Cowie did not have to expend much energy to earn a permanent place on the ANZMI website.

Surname: Cooper
Christian Names: Shane Warren
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Townsville
Service #: PMkeys 8558939
Service: RAAF
Branch: OPS SPT SQN
Commencement of service: Oct 09
Completion of service: Still Serving
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Shane Cooper enlisted in the RAAF in October 2009. He was 50 years of age. The RAAF accept entry into the service from applicants who are aged approximately 6 years younger than retirement age, in particular if they have a trade. Cooper enlisted with the background trade of a Plumber.




 

In the above photographs taken in 2015, Cooper is wearing the (i) Australian Operational Service Medal, Border Protection (AOSM) and (ii) the Australian Defence Medal. (ADM). He was awarded the Australian Defence Medal in 2013.

He served in the RAAF mainly in trade positions and was posted to Manus Island on Operation Landscape.

Manus Island is not a qualifying area for the award of the Australian Operational Service medal.

Cooper has been observed wearing the AOSM or the AOSM ribbon on numerous occasions. He has been told by others that he has no entitlement to wear it, however he continues to do so.

We contacted Cooper and invited him to respond to allegations made about him falsely wearing the AOSM.

He replied that -;

I am currently being discharged from the Military because I am not mentally sound. I get mixed up and confused. I thought I was entitled to wear it because I did OP Resolute which is on my PMKEYS. Another member told me he was awarded the metal (sic) who was on the same OP as me for the same period. On ANZAC day Sgt xxxxxxx (name deleted) asked me if I was entitled to wear the Medal. I answered I am not sure but its on my PMKEYS.
I said I will remove the medal from my dress. He said no just wear it its too late now as we were about to start the march.


Lac Cooper

We have been informed that Cooper did serve on Operation Resolute for a short period, however this service did not render him eligible for the award of the AOSM. This was a fact that he was well aware of.

Lac Shane Cooper is a liar and a medal cheat. The Sergeant, whose name we have deleted, did not give permission for Cooper to wear the medal on Anzac Day. However, he did quite rightly question Cooper’s entitlement to wear it. Rumours had circulated that Cooper was a fraud in respect to his wearing the award of the AOSM. As stated, he had in fact been told by fellow serving members that he had no entitlement to it. He ignored their advice.

Cooper claims he responded to the Sergeant that, "he was not sure if he was entitled to wear the medal". He would have no doubt as to whether he was entitled to it or not. That is why he purchased it from a Medal Shop or on the internet and had it court mounted, as it had not been officially awarded.

We are also intrigued that Cooper states that “the Sergeant told him to leave the medal on as it was too late and the march was about to start.”

Yes we agree, no sense in holding up the Anzac day march for a few seconds!!!!!

About the only part of Cooper’s response that is believable is that he states he is not mentally sound and that he gets mixed up and confused.

Common traits in the plumbing business on the peaceful surrounds of Manus Island we presume, and one that could possibly entitle you to a nice disability pension following discharge.

His superiors need to discipline Cooper for flagrantly disregarding Australian Honours and Awards medals protocols and RAAF regulations, by wearing an Operational Australian Service medal on his uniform that he has no entitlement to.

Our advice to Cooper is get it off immediately and show some respect to those who have genuinely been awarded Operational Service Medals.

Surname: Cook
Christian Names: Kenneth Hugh
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Koroit
Service #: R49003
Service: RAN
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: 01 Sep 52
Completion of service: 31 Aug 64
Case Notes:

 

 

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The above photo of Cook was taken at the Koroit RSL 2016 ANZAC Service, where he is laying a wreath at the Cenotaph.

Cook joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1952, serving for 12 years. During this time he spent considerable postings to sea aboard HMA Ships Shoalhaven, Cootamundra, Tobruk (I) and Vendetta.

For his service, Cook would have been entitled to the following medals:

1. Australian General Service Medal - Korea
2. United Nations Service Medal - Korea
3. Australian Service Medal (ASM) 1945-75 (clasp FESR)
4. Naval General Service Medal 1918-62 (clasp MALAYA)
5. Australian Defence Medal
6. Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal

In the above photograph, Cook can be seen wearing a total of 8 (not very well mounted) medals. From the picture, the seventh medal is unable to be identified, however, medal number eight, as circled, is a commemorative medal for service with the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR).

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To all discerning Veterans, the FESR Commemorative is nothing more than a ‘tin’ medal, it has no place with authorised Service medals.

So how did this medal come about? Well, people will collect anything and medals have an attractiveness all of their own, particularly when worn in order to impress others rather than just an official recognition of service to Australia.

This was well set out in the advertising spiel of the organisations who produced the commemorative medal.

“To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the RAN's involvement as an integral part of the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR), the HMAS Sydney and the VLSV Assoc (Vic) has dedicated this medal to all of those that served on HMAS ships on the FESR.

Ministerial approval was sought and Navy Office have granted an 'Instrument of Consent' to use certain words/letters on the Obverse side of the medal, thereby making it uniquely 'Navy'.

The design of the medal is a very fitting one, with two uniquely naval motifs included in the design. The first, the quarter compass rose, depicts the North West quadrant, signifying the direction of the 'Far East' in relation to Australia. The second is the symbol of a canted and fouled stockless anchor, superimposed with a scroll signifying the RAN's involvement in the FESR from 1955 until its disbandment in 1971. The wreath beneath the anchor crown is representative of the eucalypt leaves of the Australian bush, and is in tribute to the memory of those that did not return from this service to their country.

The recipient of this medal, whose name appears on the Reverse side, served on the Far East Station in an RAN ship which was a unit of the Commonwealth Strategic Reserve. And in the fine traditions of the Royal Australian Navy, they served Australia well.”

Defence Honours and Awards policy dictates specifically that such medals are never to be worn with official medals, a policy that is even reflected on the HMAS Sydney Association website and also on many other Navy and Military association pages.

Kenneth Hugh Cook, your lengthy Naval service has earned you the medals that you can be proud to wear, however, by the dis-service displayed by wearing a worthless commemorative medal, you have earned yourself a place alongside the increasing number of Navy veterans on the ANZMI site.

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