Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Williams
Christian Names: David Allen Gordon
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Merrylands
Service #: R64538
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Engineering
Commencement of service: 02/07/1965
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

There are numerous former Australian military service personnel, who appear on the ANZMI website, and who have had honourable operational careers in the Army, Navy or Air Force.

Some of these individuals have been honoured with distinguished awards that many of their colleagues have not.

For some reason, they have gone the extra yard, and not being content with wearing the genuinely awarded medals, they see the need to purchase a worthless tin junk medal. They then pay additional money to a medal dealer to have the medal court mounted and added to their rack. It just does not make sense.


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David Allen Williams initially enlisted for 9 years in the Royal Australian Navy on the 2 July, 1965. Following his initial training at HMAS Cerberus in Melbourne, Victoria, he was posted to HMAS Vampire on the 4 February, 1966. He served on HMAS Vampire until the 10 August, 1966. During this time, HMAS Vampire deployed to Vietnam, to escort HMAS Sydney, a former Aircraft carrier that had been converted to accommodate troops travelling to and from Vietnam, as well as supplies.

This was HMAS Sydney's third deployment to Vietnam and HMAS Vampire met HMAS Sydney whilst en route and escorted the ship into Vung Tau harbour. Both ships anchored at 7.40am on the 4 May, 1966. HMAS Vampire remained at anchor until 6am on the 6 May, 1966, when it then left and sailed to Hong Kong. The crew of HMAS Vampire was accredited with 13 days operational service for the two days in Vung Tau Harbour. The crew remained on the ship for those two days



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In the photographs above, Williams is wearing the following medals for his RAN service.
1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945 - 1975
2. Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal.
3. Australian Service Medal clasp FESR. 1945 - 1975.
4. Australian Service Medal clasp special ops.
5. Defence Force Service Medal.
6. National Medal.
7. Australian Defence Medal.
8. Unofficial Australian Logistics Support Forces Medal. (tin)
9. Pingat Jasa Malaya Medal.

The worthless tin medal is the second last from the right. This medal can be purchased on e bay or at a commemorative medal dealer shop for about 30 Australian dollars. To have all his medals court mounted with the tin one included would be a further cost of about 200 Australian dollars.

Prior to 1993, no medals for short Vietnam deployments were issued by the Australian Government. This meant that Australian Naval personnel who visited Vietnam, i.e. Crew members of HMAS Sydney and her escorts, that anchored from 8 hours to one or two days in Vung Tau harbour received no recognition .

Australian Naval Associations then designed and sold an unofficial commemorative medal. They called it the “Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal”. It was not recognised by any other official body. (Australian Government, R &S.L, etc). It was to be worn on the right hand side.

AUSTRALIAN LOGISTIC SUPPORT FORCES MEDAL.

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With continued representations to the Australian Federal Government by Naval Associations, the Defence Department relented. As a result, the Australian Government then issued an official Australian award to those who were eligible.

VIETNAM LOGISTIC AND SUPPORT MEDAL 

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In 1993, the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal was established to recognise those who had served in Vietnam during the time of the Vietnam War for relatively short periods of time in support of Australian operations and who had not received any recognition for that service.

David Williams and thousands of his Royal Australian Navy colleagues then became eligible for that award.

However, not satisfied with being rightly awarded the Vietnam Logistic and Support medal and the Australian Active Service Medal for his 46 hours in Vung Tau harbour, David Williams has seen the need to place the unofficial Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal on his rack as well.

If worn, these tin and other commemorative medals should be placed on the right side, and not added to or mixed with officially awarded medals. By wearing them on the left side they demean the value of awarded military medals and show disrespect for their Naval colleagues, who did not purchase it and who do not wear it.

We know that this matter has been brought to his notice, on several occasions, but that advice has been ignored.

Recently, ANZMI sent a confidential and personal communication to the President of the Merrylands R&SL , Mr Robin Grimley, informing him that Williams is still wearing the medal after he had been advised by others to remove it.

This communication was sent in good faith offering respectful advice as to a satisfactory resolution of this matter for all concerned.

Grimley's response is below -;

I have come to the conclusion that you are a cyber bully and that is why you do not want to duscuss (sic) by ohone (sic) or in person.
I am sure that the wearing of medals to which a person is nor (sic) entitked (sic) is a Federal offrnce(sic) .Should you have evidenced (sic) of such offences you a nd (sic) ANZMI are also at fault for not reporting it to Federal Police.Sub branches are not empowered nor authorized to investigate nor acion (sic) claims of impropriety
Sinceeely (sic)
Mr. RobinGrimsley (sic)


ANZMI then sent Grimley a communication with photographs clearly depicting Williams wearing the tin medal. His response -;

"I am informed by real people of real organisations that Mr Williams has not worn such a medal , which appears to have been issued by a Viet.Vets organisation not Naval Association"

Grimley has obviously concluded that ANZMI manufactured the above photograph, and somehow placed the tin medal in the photograph on William's medal rack..

With that mindset, you wonder how people like Grimley can become a President of an RSL Sub Branch.

Grimley is wrong in his original response. Sub Branch Executives are certainly empowered to tell one of their senior Committee representatives and Life Member, that he should not be wearing an unawarded purchased tin medal. Grimley has been condoning this behaviour for years. If Grimley, as President of an RSL Sub Branch has no respect for Governor General's and RSL medal wearing protocols, he should resign his position immediately.

RSL Medal Protocols
Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn. However if they are worn as the occasion
demands, they may be worn on the right breast.
This advice is based on official protocol and practice'.
Fraudulent Wearing of Medals
Fraudulent wearing of medals attracts penalties under Federal regulations and also attracts
subsequent penalties under the RSL Constitution.

Grimley has also threatened ANZMI with legal action if we publish this matter. We hope that his Sub Branch do not have to pay the legal fees.

ANZMI tried to reason with Grimley, but his aggressive response has led to this exposure. His management of this entire situation has been diabolical.

David Williams is a genuine returned serviceman with a distinguished career, both above and below the waves. It amazes us at ANZMI, that a former serviceman with that impressive background, would want to wear a purchased tin medal just to “add one more” to his rack. He has been advised to remove it. He has declined..

He is a Life Member of the Merrylands (Sydney) Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch. He should know better. It is time to remove it. The fact that he is a Life Member of the RSL does not exempt him from traditional medals wearing protocols, that have been in existence for about 100 years.

Grimley, and the committee of the Merrylands RSL Sub Branch should ensure that all members of that organisation comply with Governor General’s and RSL protocols in regards to the wearing of medals.

If you had to buy it, you did not earn it.

 

Surname: Camper
Christian Names: Kevin Patrick
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Mollymook Beach
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Branch: Nil
Case Notes:

 

Kevin Patrick Camper has been walking the walk and talking the talk about his former Royal Australian Navy Reserve (RANR) service for the past thirty years. He currently resides in Mollymook Beach on the south coast of NSW and is a member of the Milton Rural Fire Service.

Over the years, Camper has made claims to colleagues that in the 1970s, he attended HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay, for Officer Training RANR. He states that In just six weeks, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the RANR, allotted to the RAN Marine Engineering Branch as a Mechanical Draftsman, progressing to Commander and Captain, before discharging in the 1990s. He has claimed service as a RANR Commissioned Officer on HMAS Advance, a Royal Australian Navy Attack Class patrol boat, assigned for training to the RANR, Sydney Port Division, in February, 1982. He also claims service on Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) vessels during his service as well as sea time on HMAS Perth.

 


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In the above photographs, Camper is wearing a black beret with two hat badges. We are unaware of the significance of the black beret, other than it being a showpiece to attract attention.

Hat badges -;

1. Royal Australian Naval Reserve badge. Not entitled.
2. Naval Association of Australia (NAA) members badge.

 

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In the above photograph, Camper wears another NAA members badge on his left side lapel. Under his name tag, he wears a Royal Australian Navy "Lieutenants collar badge." He is not entitled to wear this badge.

On his left breast pocket, he wears the below displayed RAN Commissioned Officer’s metal badge. He has no entitlement to wear this accoutrement.



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He does not wear the Australian Defence Medal. (ADM) on his left breast, which would signify at least four years in the Australian Defence Force, including the RANR. If he was a genuine RANR Commissioned Officer, he would be wearing this medal.



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On the right hand side of his jacket, he correctly wears World War 2 ribbons that were possibly awarded to a relative.

His badges, beret, and relative’s ribbons, would indicate to general members of the Anzac Day viewing public, that he was a genuine former member of the Australian Defence Force. Sadly, he is not.

Members of the local veteran community have concerns regarding the Defence Force claims of Camper.

National Archives of Australia indicated that there is no record of a Kevin Patrick Camper ever serving in the Royal Australian Navy as a full time member, a Naval National Serviceman or the Royal Australian Navy Reserves.

ANZMI ascertained that Camper was a member of Training Ship (TS) Sirius, Australian Sea Cadet Corps in the 1970s. In 1973 it became the Australian Naval Cadets. Camper was the Executive Officer, Lieutenant, of Sirius in the 1980s. His Cadet Officer rank has no standing in the Australian Defence Force or in Veterans Associations recognition, and protocols dictate that he should not be claiming that it does.

TS Sirius was a Cadet Unit at Oatley in Sydney before moving premises to Arncliffe, and then to Rockdale. It caters for young boys and girls in their early teens, who may desire a Naval career when they are older.

ANZMI contacted the current Administrator of the TS Sirius Facebook site, to ascertain a contact number for Kevin Patrick Camper, to invite Camper to respond to the allegations. The Administrator failed to assist and abused ANZMI for trying to contact one of their former members and threatened police action. Those threats do not concern ANZMI as we take care in only revealing the truth. We take his ridiculous response as a closure of ranks and a cover up.

Camper was eligible to join the Naval Association of Australia due to his apparent Sea Cadet service at T.S Sirius..

He has embellished his modest Sea Cadet service and promoted himself to a former Captain in the Royal Australian Navy Reserves.

For that promotion, he has earned the right to appear on this site.

Surname: Booth
Christian Names: Ian/Iain Mongomory
Country: Philippines
State or Province: Angeles City
City or Town: Angeles city
Service #: 02407
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Seaman
Commencement of service: 06 Mar 67
Completion of service: Jun 71
Case Notes:

Iain Booth was born on the 25 April, 1949. In 1967, he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as a Cadet Midshipman. In the following years he progressed to Sub Lieutenant. He is a Medals Cheat and a false pretender. Booth wears seven medals. He is entitled to wear four.

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In the above 2017 Remembrance Day photograph, taken at Angeles City, near Manilla, Phillipines, Booth is wearing the following medals.

1. The Australian Active Serve Medal - (AASM) Entitled.2. Vietnam Medal. (VM) Not entitled
3. Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal. – (VLSM) Entitled.
4. Australian Service Medal. (ASM) Entitled
5. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM)Entitled.
6. U.S Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, with a "Combat V clasp. Not entitled.
7. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM) Not entitled.

Concerns were raised by individuals in Australia and the Phillippines, regarding Australian military medals worn by Booth. He also falsely claimed service on HMAS Hobart, a Royal Australian Navy Destroyer, in June, 1968. ANZMI are in possession of signed statements of fact in regards to lies told by Booth regarding Hobart service, at the time he claims. .

It appears that the medals he wears are not consistent with his actual RAN service. In particular, the VM and the VLSM cannot be worn together. You are issued with one or the other. He has been warned in writing several times by RSL Sub Branch Executives about not conforming with medals protocols and wearing medals he is not entitled to. Booth also made other comments to others about his alleged RAN service that are false.

ANZMI then researched the public records, regarding the Royal Australian Navy career of Ian Booth, as he was known then, and arrived at the same conclusion. He has since changed his first name to "Iain."

ANZMI then communicated with Mr Iain Booth and asked him for a summary of his Naval service and the medals that he wears. His response, inter alia, is below -;

I readily concede that there has been an error in my medal issue and that the VLSM cannot be issued with the Vietnam Medal, but the fact that my medals were all issued and named to me is not my error and I therefore feel that I am entitled to wear them. It would be less than prudent to knowingly wear medals that were supposedly not issued together (unless in error) as this would doubtlessly bring into question my entitlement.

Following that idiotic statement, we believe that Booth not only lives in another country, he lives on another planet.

We should all be glad that the Department of Defence did not send him a Victoria Cross in “error”. With Booth’s view on medals protocol, he would have had that medal court mounted and worn as well, claiming that he is entitled to wear it, as "it was not his error!"

The three medals that Booth and ANZMI know that he is not entitled to wear, are the Vietnam Medal (VM), the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM) and the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, with clasp.

1. The Vietnam Medal.


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Qualification requirement
Australia

Qualifying service for the Vietnam Medal includes:
• 28 days in ships or craft on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam.
• One or more days on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land.
• One operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese water by aircrew on the posted strength of a unit.
• Official visits either continuous or aggregate of 30 days.
• One day or more by members of accredited philanthropic organisations attached to Australian forces in an official capacity for full-time duty. between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973.


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2. The Republic of Vietnam Medal.

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The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was awarded to Australian military personnel for service in South Vietnam during the period 31 July 1962 to 28 March 1973. The requirements for the award are: at least 181 days service, either continuous or aggregated, unless killed on active service (KIA); or wounded in action (includes psychological injury)[9] and evacuated (medically evacuated other than being wounded does not meet requirement for medal); or captured and later released or escaped.

Booth blames the Department of Defence for “the error”. He knows that it is wrong, but he fraudulently had the medals court mounted, and wears them on official occasions illegally. If you believe his suspect story that the medals were sent to him "in error". why didn't he just return them.

ANZMI asked Booth if he did actually serve in Vietnam, what period he served, what ship or ships he was a crew member of, and what medals was he actually entitled to? He stated that he was unable to recall unless he looked through his records, that were in a garage somewhere in Australia. After two further requests, Booth did not give any specific details of his Vietnam service, other than to respond "that there are other ships I served on in the operational area."


The below Vietnam War Service Certificate issued, purportedly by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), indicates that Booth served in Vietnam Waters for 413 days. It lists the following ships that Booth allegedly served on in Vietnam during the qualifying period 1962 to 1973..
1. HMAS Sydney
2. HMAS Parramatta.
3. HMAS Yarra
4. HMAS Hobart
5. CINPAC. (Commander in Chief Pacific)


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The certificate is false. It is a forgery. Only one person could benefit from this forged document. The person who submitted it to the Angeles City RSL Sub Branch.

This certificate was with other documentation submitted to the Angeles City RSL Sub Branch, by Booth, when Booth applied to transfer his membership from Hornsby RSL Sub Branch, Sydney, in November, 2016.. We know that the information that appears on this certificate is false. His name does not appear on any of the published lists of crew members, for the three, 6 month deployments to Vietnam by Hobart.

We have signed statements from members of the Angeles City RSL Sub Branch and Hornsby RSL Sub Branch, detailing that Booth claims that he was on Hobart when it was damaged by 3 missiles from a U.S.A.F aircraft.

This incident occurred on the 17 June, 1968. Two crew members were killed and others injured. Extensive damage was sustained by Hobart and we can all be thankful that there was no greater loss of life to our young men.

Booth, according to his official Navy Record, was posted on Parramatta at that time, and was nowhere near Vietnam as he has claimed. Parramatta was in Singapore Harbour undergoing lengthy repairs, when Booth deceitfully claims he was part of Hobart's crew.


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Strangely, the only current Vietnam War Service Certificate for Booth on the DVA Website appears below. There is no mention of ships that Booth served on or dates served.

Vietnam War Service

Veteran Details
Name BOOTH, Ian Montgomery
Service Royal Australian Navy
Service Number O2407
Rank Sub-Lieutenant
Honours None for display


Something is amiss.

ANZMI then received another communication from Booth, where he stated that he served on the following ships on operational service in Vietnam.
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Might I suggest that you check my service in the following ships -

HMAS Sydney 1967, 1968
HMAS Parramatta 1968
HMAS Yarra 1969
USS Brinkley Bass 1970
HMAS Sydney 1970 -1971


He does not mention Hobart on this occasion. He also knows that he has been caught out in regards to serving 181 days on Hobart, when it was stationed on the Gun Line, to qualify for the VM and the VCM. He has now substituted Hobart with the USS Brinkley Bass, a United States Navy Destroyer, that served on and off in Vietnam waters for short periods in 1970. According to our research, Booth was never attached to that ship for any period of time. There are no records of him serving on that ship.

He also claims Vietnam service on HMAS Yarra 1969. Yarra did not have qualifying operational service in Vietnam in 1969. It escorted the Aircraft Carrier HMAS Sydney to Vung Tau, Vietnam in the last week of February, 1970. (Ships Record of Proceedings)

We know that Booth did not spend 413 days in the qualifying area of Vietnam, as indicated on his false certificate. He is not entitled to wear the Vietnam medal or the Vietnam Campaign Medal. (181 days or more) His Certificate of Vietnam Service, allegedly issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs is a lie, and Booth knows it.

His National Archives Australia Naval records, indicate that he was posted to the Sydney when it travelled to Vung Tau Harbour, Vietnam, on the 27 December, 1967. The ship arrived at 0700 hours that date and left at 1450hrs. A total of about 8 hours. However, qualifying time is accredited from the time the ship left the last Australian Port of Fremantle until its return to Australia 14 days later. His records disclose that he was also a crew member of Sydney when it sailed to Vietnam in late January, 1968 and spent 7 hours in Vung Tau Harbour on the 3 February, 1968.

Also Booths Naval Record indicates that he was on Parramatta between March and July, 1968. On 9 April, 1968. Parramatta visited Vung Tau Harbour for 9 hours escorting Sydney.

It appears then, that Booth deployed on Sydney in December 1967 and February. 1968, to Vung Tau Harbour and then on Parramatta in April, 1968. That being the case, he is entitled to wear the AASM, and the VLSM for those three trips and accumulated 24 hours in the port of Vung Tau..

He is not entitled to wear the Vietnam medal or the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.


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The above medal that he wears between the ADM and the VCM is the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Booth has added the "Combat V" clasp to the medal that he wears. The medal is awarded for -;

The (U.S) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal may be awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps (including foreign military personnel), distinguishes himself/herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service. To merit this award, the acts or services must be accomplished or performed in a manner above that normally expected and sufficient to distinguish the individual above those performing similar services as set forth in the following -;

For Meritorious Achievement. Outstanding and worthy of special recognition,

For Meritorious Service. Outstanding and worthy of special recognition, but not to the degree required for the Bronze Star Medal or Air Medal when combat is involved or the Meritorious Service Medal or Air Medal when combat is not involved.

For Acts of Heroism. Worthy of special recognition, but not to the degree required for the Bronze Star Medal when combat is involved or the Navy and Marine Corps Medal when combat is not involved.

No records exist of Booth having been awarded the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Sadly, he has purchased this medal and awarded to himself..

ANZMI sent Booth an email inquiring about his claim to the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal with the Combat V clasp. His response was that he was never awarded a Commendation Medal.

From Booth February 2018 -

"I'm a little confused regarding your statement about my being awarded a Commendation Medal. I have never been awarded one. Perhaps you can enlighten me as to the origin of this"..

We certainly agree with Booth, that "he has never been awarded the medal and clasp" in question. Memory failure perhaps? We think not.

We also have statements from RSL members that Booth has claimed that he was a crew member of the RAN Submarine HMAS Onslow. We know that he underwent Submarine Training, but he was never posted as a crew member to Onslow or any other RAN Submarine. Again, no records exist regarding this claim.


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For his accumulated 24 hours in Vung Tau Harbour, Vietnam, Booth wears 5 medals. He is entitled to 2. The Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) and the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM) He is also entitled to the Australian Service Medal (ASM) with clasp (FESR) for Far East Strategic Reserve Duty and the Australian Defence Medal. (ADM)

By his own admission, Booth is a Medal Cheat and a False Pretender. His membership for the Angeles City RSL Sub Branch should be cancelled. He also owes them an explanation and an apology. He is a fraud.

Surname: O'Halloran
Christian Names: Neil Thomas
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Toowoomba
Service: Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
Branch: Motor Transport Driver
Case Notes:

 

According to ex RAAF Corporal Neil Thomas O'Halloran, soon after he joined the Defence Force, at the time of the Vietnam war, he was specially selected to be seconded to the Army for secret operations in Cambodia.

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He is not listed on the Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans and cannot produce evidence of his secondment and advises that it was all very secret.

For his Defence service, O'Halloran wears all the medals of a Vietnam Veteran. They are:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Not entitled
Vietnam Medal (VM) Not entitled
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM)
Defence Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Not entitled

Of the five medals he wears, he is entitled to only two, and they represent service in Australia. He was never deployed overseas during his service.

In recent years O'Halloran created a high profile for himself and became President of the RAAF Association in Toowoomba. To further raise his profile he applied to join the Toowoomba Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association Australia (VVAA). His application was rejected because he could not produce evidence of his "secret" Vietnam service.

O'Halloran is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs, Vietnam Nominal Roll and his actual service is well known in Toowoomba by various ex service organizations.

On Remembrance Day on 11 November 2018, Toowoomba veterans became nonplussed, when after being unable to substantiate his claims of service in Vietnam O'Halloran wore Vietnam Medals.

O'Halloran also falsely claimed to have attained the rank of Warrant Officer during his time in the RAAF. In fact after many years service he attained the rank of a Corporal Motor Transport Driver (MTD), who was never deployed overseas.

O'Halloran's behaviour, is similar to Gunther Hentscher of Kingaroy Queensland an RAAF Corporal Dental Assistant, who increased his rank to Squadron Leader and wore fake Vietnam Medals, see here: anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/659-hentscher

Toowoomba Veterans and Veterans Australia wide are now more vigilant than ever before to identify those who falsely represent their Defence Service.

O'Halloran has ruined his reputation and is no longer the President of the Toowoomba RAAF Association. He is well suited for an executive position on our website. 

Surname: Doyle
Christian Names: Murray Patrick
Country: Australia
State or Province: N/A
City or Town: N/A
Service: Merchant Marine
Case Notes:

 

Murray Doyle is an Australian Merchant Marine Captain who wears two medals:

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His medals are:

Australian Antarctic Medal (AAM)
Unknown Merchant Marine Medal

He was awarded the AAM by the Australian Government for outstanding service in support of Antarctic expeditions.

The second medal is a non official commemorative medal that must not be worn on the left breast with the official medal. If it is to be worn at all, it must be worn on the right breast.

The Australian Merchant Marine Association advise that they follow Australian Government and Returned and Services League protocols in relation to wearing medals.

Members of the Merchant Marine Association are aware of medals convention and like their Defence Force colleagues will not tolerate blatant disregard of traditions.

We welcome Murray Patrick Doyle aboard the good ship ANZMI. 

Surname: Nitschke
Christian Names: Robert Gabriel
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Flaxman's Valley
Service #: 4721240
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Engineers (RAE)
Case Notes:

 

Robert Gabriel Nitschke served in Vietnam with the 1st Field Regiment, RAE from July 1970 to July 1971. For his service he has been awarded five Defence medals. Unfortunately he has succumbed to vanity and has awarded himself a self purchased Front Line Medal, and now wears six.

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This is the offending medal:

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The medal has no credibility and has no place attached to genuine defence medals on the left breast.

We welcome Rob Nitschke to this website for the act of wearing a worthless piece of tin contrary to tradition and protocol.

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