Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

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.

Surname: Collison
Christian Names: Ben Adam Rohan
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Umina Beach
Service #: Not Known
Service: RAAF
Branch: Catering
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

Ben Collison is a rarity in the world of the wannabe. The reason for this is that he is one of the few who have been prosecuted for the offences committed by wearing medals when not entitled to do so. Hooray we here at ANZMI say, finally law enforcement in NSW have taken a leaf from the book of their Victorian and South Australian colleagues and taken the appropriate action by putting this peacock in front of the Courts to answer for his actions. Unfortunately as will be seen in the following paragraphs, it appears Collison failed to learn from the experience and appears to us here at ANZMI to be snubbing his nose at the justice system and the veteran community. Now we at ANZMI cannot claim to have exposed Collison, and the good work of the NSW Police must be acknowledged. However, as we know
when you scratch a sore you find much more to the story.
 
 
Here is the peacock in full plumage. The fact is, the only medal he is entitled to wear is the Australian Defence Medal (ADM). That is it, nothing more. It will be noted that in this photograph he is also wearing the Returned form Active Service badge (RASB) and the Army Combat Badge (ACB) for which he has no entitlement either.Collison’s actual service was somewhat less distinguished than he would have us believe. He served for 12 months or so in the Army Reserves before joining the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a Cook. His service was average, nothing spectacular and after apparently suffering a knee injury, he was discharged in 2011.
 
 
Many in the ex-service community would be aware that Ben Collison was convicted for wearing medals he had not earned.
 
 




 
Not letting the truth stand in the way of a good story, Collison regaled himself with self-awarded medals and picked up a diagnosis of PTSD for good measure. He then ingratiated himself into the veteran community and even secured himself a job in the office of a local politician as some sort of advisor on veteran’s matters, attending functions and representing himself as a decorated returned veteran. Indeed, he even managed to be mentioned in a speech to the Queensland Parliament by his then boss, Michael Pucci, the Member for Logan. A full version of the speech is available on the web, but the relevant parts of that speech bellow:
 
 
 
 
 
In his Defence for his actions, Collison continues with the ruse of Defence Force related PTSD with the Court records noting:“He stated when he met the group he felt uncomfortable in telling the group his PSTD was not from overseas combat and did not correct people when asked,” the Facts read.

Is there anything worse than wearing medals you are not entitled to? In the case of Ben Collison, the answer is yes. He has claimed to be suffering from PTSD a condition which many genuine veterans suffer in silence. This conditions impacts on their wellbeing, family life and indeed their lives. It is not a condition to be treated with the contempt that Collison has displayed to genuine incapacitated veterans.He had the audacity to use his so called PTSD as a means to justify his actions to the Court.“The court heard he had joined the Army Reserve in 2005 before joining the air force in August 2007 where he served as a cook. He suffered a knee injury and was eventually discharged in October 2011 for physical and mental health reasons but never served overseas”

Note that Court Records indicate he was discharged for physical and mental health reasons, but it is important not to confuse ‘mental health reasons’ with PTSD. There are many forms of mental illness and to simply play the PTSD card is disgraceful, offensive and a plain and simple lie to the Court.How can we at ANZMI form the view that Collison was lying to the Court? Well with his own words he has hung himself. The following comment was found on his Facebook page, posted well after the Court case had been completed and he was relishing in the mediocre sentence he was awarded:
 
 
Now, if that comment wasn’t enough to demonstrate what sort of low life flea we are really dealing with here, we will let him again, in his own words show how contrite he is at wearing medals he is not entitled to and impersonating a genuine veteran:
 
 
 
 
Finally, his Facebook comment about his conviction and the circumstances surrounding his arrest:
 
 
 
 
And this final comment which just about sums this scumbag up. Please note his comment about PTSD:
 
 
 
Ben Collison’s mediocre effort at making light of his situation on his Facebook page simply reinforces the fact that mental illness, but not PTSD may well be an issue for him. Despite that, his contemptible behaviour before and after his arrest and conviction tell us a lot about this individual.It is in the best interests of Ex-Service Organisations to keep a close eye out for Ben Collison, he has shown no remorse for his actions and will no doubt re-offend. He is a contemptible nobody who has disgraced himself and simply belittled his genuine service. He has won for himself a permanent place on our website.For those who sometimes wonder why ANZMI does what it does, we suggest you look closely at this case and for those who would disparage our work exposing wannabes such as Ben Collison, ask yourself if you could turn a blind eye to his actions, particularly if you claim to support genuine Veterans and the genuine suffers of PTSD? 
Surname: Collimore
Christian Names: Arthur
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Coogee
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Branch: N/A
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

 

 

On The ANZMI Website we have the following:

1. Current serving Defence Force members, who have embellished their service and added non  awarded medals to their rack.


2. Former serving Defence Force members, who have embellished their service and added non awarded medals to their rack.

3. Members of the community, who have had no military service whatsoever, who love to attend Anzac Days and other commemorative occasions, sporting military medals, ribbons and badges that they have not earned or been awarded.

Arthur Collimore from Arden Street, Coogee, is a member of the third group.

The below photograph was taken on Anzac Day, 2016 in Coogee, NSW.

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In the above photograph, Collimore is wearing the -;

1. Australian Active Service Medal, 1945 -1975.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He is also wearing the ribbons applicable for those awards. Above the ribbons and medals, he wears a crossed rifles badge, which is a World War 2 Marksman accoutrement. He also wears a beret with an Australian Army Infantry Corps hat badge. He is not entitled to wear any of them.

The below photograph shows a "hatless" Collimore saluting the Australian Flag at the 2016 Anzac Day ceremony at the Coogee Legion Club, Sydney following his laying of a wreath.

His salute is not the official Australian Army salute but something similar to a Royal Australian Navy salute.

As he is not wearing military uniform, he should not be saluting at all. He should stand back at attention and bow his head, and place his right hand over his medals, as has been the long held tradition.

He has no idea.

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Our last photograph is the Anzac Day wreath with a self explanatory card. Collimore had convinced the Coogee Legion Club Sub Branch executive that he was a Korea and Vietnam War Veteran. Consequently, the commemoration card, which was composed from information that Collimore had given the executive staff, denotes that he is a Korea and Vietnam veteran. (Served both theatres)

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Arthur Collimore is an imposter. He is a proven liar and a medal cheat. There is no record of any defence service for Arthur Collimore. His name also does not appear on the Nominal Roll of Korean Veterans, or the Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans.

He has been acting out his charade for many years at official commemorative ceremonies, and until recently, no one has ever questioned his decision or right to wear Korean War or Vietnam War campaign medals.

We know that Collimore does not march with Returned Korean or Vietnam Associations, but prefers to march with Second World War Associations, where his claims to Korean and Vietnam active service will not be questioned.

He attends the Coogee Legion Club in Sydney, where he continues his lies regarding his false military history. He has even claimed to colleagues at another club he frequents, that he was dishonourably discharged from the Australian Army due to him becoming a heroin addict in Vietnam.

On the Sunday prior to Anzac Day, 2016, following the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Club, Collimore was invited to join their struggling Sub Branch. He was informed that he was required to provide evidence of his service in the Australian Military Forces. Of course, none has been forthcoming, and none will be.

Collimore has committed offences against the Defence Act 1903 for many years, by wearing purchased replica campaign medals and claiming to be a Korea and Vietnam War veteran.

He is neither. He is a blatant fraud, who will grace the ANZMI website for many years to come.

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