Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Agard
Christian Names: Terrence John
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: South Burnett
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

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UPDATED 12 Oct 2013 (time actually spent in Vietnam)

Terence John AGARD, R65362 a South Burnett resident served in the Royal Australian Navy and did two trips on HMAS Vampire escorting HMAS Sydney to Vung Tau in April and May 1967 which gave him a total of 18 days service in Vietnam according to the Nominal Roll.

In actual fact he did not spend 18 days in Vung Tau, the days are counted from the day the ship left a and returned to the port it departed from or when it met up with HMAS Sydney and ceased its escort at sea.

On 20 Apr 67 the Vampire stayed in Vung Tau harbour for 16 hours 30 minutes and on 30 Apr 67 stayed for 7 hours 55 minutes being a total time of 24 hours 25 minutes which is a big difference of the 18 days on his record.

Terence AGARD is wearing the South Vietnamese Campaign Medal which he is not entitled to. A total of 180 days in South Vietnam was the requirement to be awarded that medal.

The photograph was taken on Rememberance Day 2012 at the Nannago RSL QLD. It is ironic that he attended the service knowing full well he was wearing an official medal he is not entitled to. This shows what little respect he has for those veterans that never made it back.

Below is the medal he is not entitled to.

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The only Vietnam medal he is entitled to is the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal as seen below.

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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: Tull
Christian Names: Mark
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Updated 03 Nov 2013

Mark TULL of Southport RSL, Queensland, is wearing three medals-;  the Australian Defence Medal, which he is entitled to wear, and two other medals he is not entitled to wear.  These are the fake Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal and the New South Wales Police Medal. He served only 8 years and not the 10 years required by the NSW Police.

Fake QE2 Golden Jubilee Medal

Official QE2 Golden Jubilee Medal

 

28th Mar 2013

Thanks to one of our readers, a retired New South Wales Police Officer, we have received further information about the NSW Police Service Medal that Tull is wearing on the wrong side that he is no entitlement to wear.

Mark TULL is wearing a device that is worn on three higher medals in the NSW Police. The highest of the three is the Commissioner’s Commendation for Courage.

The NSW Police Service Medal only has a bar on it. All NSW Police medals are State awards and should be worn on the right breast.

On the right breast we assume that TULL is wearing deceased Next of Kin medals from two World Wars, but above those medals he is wearing the New Zealand Compulsory Military Training Medal 1949-58 Commemorative Medal.

Mark TULL,  again you show no respect to either the police officers you served with by placing a device on a medal that you are not entitled to, but on higher awards which in some cases are awarded posthumously to police officers who have died in the line of duty.

Further, you discredit the servicemen who earned those medals in two World Wars by placing an unofficial TIN medal above the recipients of those medals who fought to keep the world free and bring peace to the world. We suggest you remove that medal completely, or if you wish to wear it,  place it where it belongs below those medals.  We also suggest you read up on the protocols of wearing medals.

Update 3 Nov 2013

Over the last few years there have been ructions in Queensland, Returned Services League (RSL). Perhaps this is a harbinger of things to come, as non Veterans, Associates and Affiliates jostle for  control of  RSLs.  Tull has no concept of medals protocol and blithely admits to wearing whatever he wishes, whenever he wishes. When he wrote his ridiculous response to ANZMI (see below) he was a "jostler" seeking high positions in the Southport RSL. He has since been appointed Secretary, of the Southport RSL Sub Branch.

Stupidity succeeds when ignorance and malaise is allowed to prevail. God help the Queensland RSL.

Here is what Tull has to say about featuring on this web site:


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We condemn the membership of the Southport RSL for allowing this medals cheat to be elected to a leadership position. Medals protocol was promulgated by the Queensland RSL during 2012, as follows:

Qld RSL republished a feature in the “Qld RSL News” from the South Australian RSL booklet “The Signal”, written by Keith Harrison, see excerpt below:

“Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn. However if they are worn as the occasion demands, they may be worn on the right breast.

Here is the official policy from the Department of Honours and Awards, Canberra.

“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.

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.”

Despite written policies and protocols, Tull has the audacity to admit, the NSW State Police medal he wears was not awarded to him, and also states that one of the medals he is wearing on his right hand side is a tin medal that belonged to his wife's, mothers New Zealand husband.

Tull is obviously a person who dearly wants to be seen as a much decorated returned Veteran and so wears lots of false bling to give that impression to the unsuspecting public.

Another member of that RSL was appointed as Treasurer and he also appears on our website.

http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/component/sobipro/?pid=62&sid=373:Boese

ANZMI is a messenger, we have no affiliation with any ex Service, or any other organisation, and we proceed without fear or favour to expose those who thumb their noses at ANZAC traditions that have been put in place by those who have actually gone to war on behalf of this Nation.

In recent times, as ex Service organisations lose their core membership of Veterans,  they also lose their traditions and values, because of people like Tull who thrive on wearing and flaunting unearned "bling".

It behoves the upper echelons of ex Service organizations to ensure that ANZAC traditions and protocols are carefully preserved.


Tull is a self confessed medals cheat, who thumbs his nose at protocols and traditions. He  now holds a senior executive position at the Southport RSL. Although the RSL's integrity is diminishing, ours never will.  Wherever Popinjays like Tull appear,  we will expose them for what they are.

 

UPDATED 4th APRIL 2014

It seems that since our initial exposure of Mark TULL wearing medals that he has no entitlement to, things have happened at the Southport RSL Sub Branch, as explained on their website.

19th March - The elected Secretary Mark Tull resigned from his role as Honorary Secretary after 12 months in the job, and as a Board Member. He has been asked to continue to hold the roles of Membership Officer and Editor of the website and the quarterly newsletter and general volunteer.

subbranch.southportrsl.com.au/good-stuff/new-secretary/

Let us hope that as the Membership Secretary, TULL displays the appropriate level of due diligence, but given his past record as a medal cheat, we can only wonder what will happen. At the very least, one Sub Branch Executive position has been cleared of a medal cheat.

His verbal verbosity knows no bounds it seems, nor will he let the truth stand in the way of a good story. Rather than simply admit he was wrong, TULL decided to launch into an attack on ANZMI via his website in the desperate hope that all of his followers would be hoodwinked into believing his version of the truth.

Since he appeared on our site, Mark TULL has generated considerable correspondence from serving and former Police Officers who have collectively shot holes in his defence as he recorded on his website:

tull.net.au/uncategorized/mark-tull-medals/

It is important that the truth be aired, and clearly Mark TULL is not prepared to do it so we have examined his justification for his actions and the responses by former and serving police officers and no doubt the reader will not be left wondering where the truth really lies.

TULL States:

Now on the left, as they say, ADM is fine, the Queens Golden Jubilee is my commemorative, but I don’t wear it with my dead relations on the right. I was a JP in NSW for 25 years, Ex Copper, NSW Firey, SES, SES, Qld Firey, Coast Guard and Hon. Ranger since I guarded the Queen on her Silver Jubilee visit to Sydney in 1977 when I was a Police Cadet. Love her and respect her. Big deal medal boys….

The FACTS:

Police Cadets DID NOT guard the Queen in 1977 (or ever). Cadets joined the NSW Police between the ages of 15 and 18 years. They were not sworn officers, they were not armed, they had no power of arrest and were merely secretarial staff, learning short hand. They were sometimes allowed to work the switchboard while they practiced their shorthand to achieve speeds of 100 to 120 words a minute. On special occasions they were allowed to work school foot crossings.

Being a JP (Justice of the Peace)in NSW for 25 years is not in itself a significant achievement. What is more concerning is that as a resident of QLD, he should no longer be using his NSW JP status in any way, shape or form. To do so is illegal, so let us hope that the JP title was dropped when he became a resident in Qld.

TULL States:

Now the Police Medal is My dead best mate Paul Quinn, murdered at the Easter Bike races in Bathurst in 1985 and I helped bury him. I bought a copy and wore it (on the left) which they should be on the right, if they are yours because it’s a state issued medal. Quinny was promoted Sergeant posthumously from Con 1/c at his death, and he never made his 10 years, but I reckoned he deserved it. This medal is going to be placed at the National Police Remembrance Wall this year (2013) on the plaque that has Quinny’s name on it when I attend with the Wall to Wall ride with about 1200 other serving and ex coppers. PS, I spent a fair bit of effort with a mate on Sydney radio and the state government a few years ago ensuring the murdering bastard that killed Paul stayed behind bars and was not paroled.

The FACTS:

Of all his verbal diarrhora, this is perhaps the most offensive and insensitive of the comments made by TULL. The fact is that Constable 1/C Quinn was murdered in 1986, not 1985 as stated by TULL. He was not murdered at the Easter Bike races. The correct circumstances of Constable Quinn’s murder are:

‘…Late in the afternoon of 30 March 1986 Constable 1st Class Quinn was involved in the high speed pursuit of a vehicle from South Bathurst towards Perthville. At Perthville the offender Horan lost control of the vehicle and collided with the approach railing of a bridge at the intersection of Bridge Street. The offender then leapt from the vehicle with a .303 rifle and began to fire at the Police who had been chasing him. Constable Quinn was hit in the neck and killed instantly whilst Constable Ian Borland was also seriously wounded in the incident. The offender was shot several times by Police and was later charged with a number of serious offences. Fortunately Constable Borland recovered from his injuries. Constable Quinn was posthumously promoted to Sergeant 3rd Class…’

TULL has used this tragic event to his own ends. Not only has he incorrectly reported the date and circumstances of the incident, he has tried to suggest that he is some sort of ‘white knight’ regarding the NSW Police Medal.

If as he says, he purchased the NSW Police Medal to be "placed at the National Police Remembrance Wall this year (2013) on the plaque that has Quinny’s name on it when I attend with the Wall to Wall ride with about 1200 other serving and ex coppers", WHY, Mr. TULL, DID YOU GET THAT MEDAL COURT MOUNTED WITH YOUR FAKE QE2 MEDAL AND YOUR ADM?

The simple truth is that TULL has been caught out and has tried to use the death of a police hero to cover his tracks. This makes him much more than a medal cheat, he has stolen the valour bestowed upon his ‘best mate’. There is no excuse for this.

The fact is that the late Constable Quinn served for 9 years before his death. While 10 years is the minimum period of service to qualify for the award of the NSW Police Medal, all that would be required for his next of kin to request the issue of the medal. If TULL was such a close friend, perhaps he could have done this on behalf of the family, rather than purchasing a replica medal and wearing it himself.

Furthermore, his comment ‘I spent a fair bit of effort with a mate on Sydney radio and the state government a few years ago ensuring the murdering bastard that killed Paul stayed behind bars and was not paroled’ Well that didn't go well did it Mr. TULL, because Pat Horan the killer was paroled from Long Bay in January 2004 and that was more than a few years ago.

TULL States:

The Eagle device is mine. I just put it on Quinny’s medal with a little bit of thread as it looks funny by itself. I actually did get a commendation when I was in the job, but they didn’t give out eagles or ribbons then. So, this is the story of Mark Tull’s Medals. Pity an anonymous site has now relegated itself to political support in the RSL and for dragging some bloody good men online in a negative way, and with absolutely no way of either rebutting or defending themselves. Never claimed to be anything I am not. Just an Ex Ares type that has been doing his bit in the RSL as a worker for 33 years now.

The FACTS:

Again, TULL has demonstrated his complete lack of understanding of medals and his own entitlement. As was clearly explained in our original exposure, the ‘Eagle Device’ forms part of the current NSW Police Honours & Awards system. He has no entitlement to purchase a replica and place it on a medal it is not intended to be worn on. In fact, if TULL does have a Commissioners Commendation awarded prior to the medallic award being created, all he need do is apply to the NSW Police for the issue of the award after supplying evidence that he did in fact receive a Commissioners Commendation. If however, his ‘commendation’ was awarded by anyone less that the Police Commissioner then he has no right to wear any sort of device, as only those commendations awarded by the Commissioner attract a decoration.

TULL may well believe that his exposure was part of some infighting in the RSL but he is wrong. He came to our attention as a medal cheat, plain and simple.

TULL States:

The badges I wear are all mine, and I am entitled to the National Medal, just never asked a service to nominate me, as I didn’t do 15 years in total with any of them. Might try to bump into the NSW Police Commissioner on the ride to this year and ask him if he could do me a little favour and get the Job to nominate me, as you can’t request it yourself. Probably a hanging offence to wear one you are entitled to but haven’t been presented with…


The FACTS:

No Mr TULL, it is not a hanging offence, but if stupidity was, you might have some explaining to do. We are surprised at the flippant manner in which he dismisses the National Medal, because, in all probability he is entitled to this award given the number of organisations he says he has been involved in. Most of these organisations would qualify a member with aggregate service for the National Medal. TULL’s problem is that he just has not bothered to follow it up - nobodies fault but his own. So Mr. TULL, rather than big noting yourself by trying to bump into the Police Commissioner, why not simply ask the Queensland SES, Fire Brigade or Coast Guard to put your nomination through. All you need do is provide evidence of your aggregate service it’s as simple as that.

Mark TULL is a medal cheat who was caught out and fell on his sword by resigning from the position of Secretary of the Southport RSL Sub Branch. However, he continues to enjoy membership of the RSL and retains some position of importance in the sub branch.

Rather than admitting his mistake and removing the offending medals, TULL has chosen like many cornered ‘wanabees' to come out fighting. In doing so he has demonstrated that our initial exposure was completely correct.

Furthermore, by trying to link his current predicament to the death of a police officer, he has gone to a new low.

His defence on his website does him no credit, it is offensive to serving and retired police officers and should be removed immediately

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.

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: Gordon
Christian Names: Kevin Stephen
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:


Live: 22 Nov 2013

Kevin Stephen Gordon is a medals cheat.

Gordon is wearing a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (VCM) that he did not earn.

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Notice in the photograph he is wearing this set of medals:

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The medal he has not earned is shown below:

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Here is the criterion to wear the VCM.

Eligibility

The Australian Government maintained the basic qualifying criteria specified by the Republic of Vietnam for allied troops. To be eligible for the medal a person must have completed a minimum period of 181 days, either continuous or aggregated, unless:

• killed on active service (KIA);
• wounded in action i.e. classified as a Battle Casualty and
evacuated as a result of those wounds; or
• captured and later released or escaped.

Note that medical evacuation from the area of operations for any reasons other than wounds received in action does not constitute an exemption from meeting the minimum qualifying period.

Gordon served and carried out some hard work in Vietnam, but he served for only 72 days as shown on the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Vietnam Nominal Roll.

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He was medically evacuated home as a Non Battle Casualty. See below:

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All Vietnam Veterans are aware of the VCM criterion, yet we have a constant stream of offenders brought to our attention.

If you are silly enough to flaunt the rules, we will find you, and expose you as a medals cheat, just as we have Kevin Stephen Gordon and many others.


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: Papa
Christian Names: George
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Case Notes:

 Live: 04 Nov 2013

George papa of Perth, Western Australia was photographed marching on ANZAC Day, Perth in 2013. It is clear that he served as a National Serviceman and in the Army Reserves from the tin medals he is wearing in the photo below.  

However, he did not serve in the Army Reserves to be awarded the Reserve Force medal,  which is for 15 years service.  Papa, to embellish his military service has purchased an unofficial medal to show that he did serve in the Citizen Military Forces. He has also purchased an unofficial National Service Medal and he still wears that, even though he has been awarded the official National Service Medal.

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The medals he is wearing from left to right are;

Australian Defence Medal. (entitled)

Anniversary of National Service Medal. (1951-1972) (entitled)

Citizen Military Forces Medal. (CMF) (not entitled self-purchased unofficial medal)

National Service Medal 1951-72. (not entitled self-purchased unofficial medal)


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George Papa, for your lack of respect to other servicemen and women and the protocols of wearing medals you have earned a right to appear on this site.

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: 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.

 

 

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