Here we have yet another example of a former Australian serviceman with a very impressive medal rack, who seemingly can't resist making it look just a little bigger by the addition of a commemorative medal which has no official recognition.
Elwyn Spencer served his country well as a member of the Australian Army, with operational postings to both Malaya and South Vietnam. Later in life he joined the RSL where he held positions of Sub-branch president and welfare/pensions officer. Spencer is to be commended for this.
So why on earth would he ruin his good work by wearing the Vietnam Veteran's Medal which is not an official award and can be purchased on-line for $84?
But as if this isn't bad enough, Elwyn has also been photographed at official ceremonies wearing the United States of America Purple Heart Medal.
The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917, has been wounded or killed.
The criterion for the awarding of this US medal is quite specific when it comes to defining what a 'wound' is. It also states ' The Purple Heart is not awarded for non-combat injuries.' There are also a number of injuries and wounds which do not qualify for the awarding of the Purple Heart and one of these is injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident '... not related to or caused by enemy action.'
We have examined the Australian Vietnam Casualty list at http://www.thecasualtylist.com/ and find that Mr Spencer was indeed recorded as a casualty during the Vietnam War. However, this was the result of a motor vehicle accident between Nui Dat and Hoa Long on 3 March 1968. The accident is recorded as a 'NBCAS' (non-battle casualty)
In any event, even if Spencer had satisfied the requirements, for the award of the US Purple Heart, he is not permitted to wear it. The Purple Heart is not listed amongst those UnitedStates of America awards, that are approved, by the Australian Government.
For many years the ANZMI has implored the RSL, at local, State and National levels, to crack down on its members, including many who hold executive positions, who insist on wearing non-official tin junk. Unfortunately, most of our pleas have gone unheeded and this deplorable and dishonourable situation still persists. We feel confident in saying that former Campbelltown NSW RSL Sub-branch president, Elwyn Spencer, was well aware of medal protocols when he attended commemorative services wearing a valueless trinket and a foreign medal he had no right to wear. His behaviour has earned him a place on our website.
Dennis Seage was born about 1954. He enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on the 1 September, 1971 as a 17 year old. Following Initial Entry Training, he was posted to B Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. In January, 1973, Seage took his discharge from the Australian Regular Army at his own request. His entire 16 months service was carried out in Australia without overseas deployment.
Seage is a Medal Cheat and a wannabee.
On Anzac Day, 2015, Dennis Seage, Councillor for Kiama Municipal Council and Secretary of the Kiama Jamberoo Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch was photographed wearing a NSW Police Service Medal (ten years Police service) on his left side with the National Medal. (Fifteen years Police Service) The offending medal has the blue riband.
Not a hanging offence you might think, however, Governor General’s medal protocols stipulate that State Medals should be worn on the right side and not mixed with Australian Military or National awarded medals worn on the left.
The NSW Police Protocols Section also direct recipients of this award that it must be worn on the right side in accordance with the Police Commissioner’s Instructions.
On receipt of this photograph, ANZMI took the view that the breaching of protocol by Dennis Seage in this particular instance was at the lower end of the scale. As a consequence, he was forwarded a communication pointing out correct medal wearing procedures as defined by the Governor General’s Department and NSW Police Instructions.
On the 25 June, 2015 he replied “I take on board your advice to the correct procedures to wearing of medals.”
On the 26 June, 2015, he further responded, “I once again take on board your advice regarding the State Medal.”
He gave an assurance that the medal would not be worn again on the left side. That would have been the end of the matter as far as ANZMI was concerned.
On Anzac Day, 25 April, 2016, Seage was again brought to the notice of ANZMI following an inappropriate Anzac Day address at Kiama, where he is the Kiama Jamberoo RSL Sub Branch Secretary.
The crowd in attendance were there to commemorate and pay homage to our heroic men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in all wars and who died for our country.
Seage took this opportunity on this solemn occasion to politicise the most commemorative day in Australian history for his own selfish interests.
As a Kiama Councillor, he included in this address to the crowd, his anti merger views in respect to the Kiama Council with another Council. This went on for some time.
This is a local issue and point of contention for rate payers and has absolutely nothing to do with our proud Anzac heritage.
What a disgrace.
Seage should be immediately sacked by the Kiama Municipal Council and RSL NSW State Branch from his Secretarial role for his ignorance and his arrogance.
On this 2016 Anzac Day, Seage was again photographed wearing the State awarded NSW Police Service Medal on his left side with the National Police Service Medal and the National Medal. In this photograph, Seage has added the National Police Service Medal.(white, red, blue and yellow)
He has had the three medals "court mounted" which indicates that he has no intention of wearing the State awarded Police Service Medal on the right hand side.
Seage did not serve long enough in the Australian Army to be awarded the Australian Defence Medal. The most basic medal awarded for military service.
Yet on his curriculum vitae for the Kiama Council, he states that -;
As a retired Detective Sergeant in the NSW Police Force I possess a good understanding of law and also have a military background that commenced when I left school.
His military background was 16 months. He decided to leave after that time. He had had enough.
So much for his military background.
Following his disgraceful Anzac Day address, which received overwhelming negative media responses, his Kiama supporters made comment in the local Illawarra Newspaper as follows -;
And, on the “Kiama Remembers” page, Bob Collett said: “He fought for the right to our free speech and sounds like he is still fighting for it.”
But Tim Allan called for calm, saying: “Without that bloke’s efforts there wouldn't be a dawn service, it was an error in judgment but he is passionate man, one who wants the best for his community.”
Likewise, Craig Keller said Kiama residents were “lucky we live in a democracy where people are entitled and enabled to have a choice”. “These rights and privileges are in part available to us because of the sacrifices our forebears have made,” he said.
What a joke.
We remind our readers that Seage had no operational service whatsoever and left the Army because he could not hack the military life. He signed up for six years and resigned after sixteen months. Not a great deal of time spent to fight for our right to free speech. Ho hum.
The Australian Army is a tough life for those not up to it.
His political supporters and followers should be aware of these facts and not be impressed by aggrandisement and the self interests of Seage. Particularly on Anzac Day of all days.
Seage is similar to another grandstanding Councillor who appears on this website.
Alexander Robert Fullarton, a popinjay from the Carnarvon Council, Western Australia, foolishly wore medals he had purchased, in an attempt to “big note” himself in front of his constituents on Anzac Day 2014 at Carnarvon.
See here, ANZMI.net Alexander Robert Fullarton.
Dennis Seage, it is time to call it a day on your less than illustrious Kiama Municipal Council and Kiama Jamberoo RSL Sub Branch positions. It is time to go.
Seage, like Alexander Robert Fullarton, you will remain on this site for evermore for your bellicose behaviour and immoral self interests.
Some people just do not get what Anzac Day is all about.
David Freeman is a Lieutenant Colonel retired from the Australian Army Legal Corps. He wears nine medals, seven are legitimate and two are illegal worthless junk.
The last two medals worn by Freeman are the offenders, they are medals from a bogus Order of St John and he does not have permission to wear them.
There are dozens of schisms of the Order of St John. Department of Honours and Awards recognises only the Order of St John that is headed by our Sovereign Queen Elizabeth 11. It is named:
The most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem
There are dozens of "copy cat" organisation, who for a range of reasons create a Chivalrous hierarchy and bestow titles, medals and honours on themselves. It really is just big kids playing dress up.
Freeman is a member of, and wears the medals of a bogus group named: Order of St John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller . Here is their logo:
Note their Grand Master HRH Prince Karl Vladimir Karadjordjevic of Yugoslavia CCSJ is a defunct Prince from a defunct Yugoslavia monarchy
Freeman's second last medal is a White Maltese Cross which is the Knight Order of St Johns with a red ribbon. The legitimate Knight Orders of St John always have black ribbons and with permission from the Governor General, Knight Orders from the British based organisation can be worn as a Necklet or bow, not added to Federal medals.
Freeman will be one or the other of the bogus "Knights" listed below. Note the instructions for wearing the White Maltese Cross with red ribbon.
The last medal that Freeman is wearing is a 50th Anniversary of the defunct Yugoslavia Royal households involvement of their bogus version of the Order of St John.
To exacerbate the situation Freeman is a member of the Board of the Currumbin RSL on the Gold Coast of Queensland. It is also noted that the President of that RSL is Ron Workman who also appears on our web site for wearing unauthorised medals. See here:
The Gold Coast region is a "hotbed" for frauds, liars and wannabes and part of the reason is that many of them have been RSL Sub Branch executives.
One would think that a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Legal Corp would have the "nous" to work out medals entitlement and protocols.
We have many completed cases where we have received threats from legal firms about people we have correctly exposed. We live with the expectation of receiving such a threat from Lieutenant Colonel Freeman, however because we know that what we have said is true and correct Freeman will stay firmly lodged on our web site for a very long time,
UPDATE 4 MAY 2016
Ex Army Legal Officer Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) David Freeman has chosen to defend the indefensible.
Here is the full report from the Gold Coast Bulletin:
Here are excerpts, of what he said to the Gold Coast Bulletin Newspaper, on 21 April 2016, together with our responses:
We iterate, that the last two medals, worn by Freeman, are "Dress up Junk".
What a load of codswallop the Governor Generals Directive was not introduced in "March this year". It has been around for many years, and the current issue, was updated in Oct 2012. However, in the update there were no variations in policy from previous issues. See here:
The two medals are far from legitimate. They are "trash tin", presented by a defunct Yugoslavia monarch, Grand Master HRH Prince Karl Vladimir Karadjordjevic, of Yugoslavia CCSJ. The medals are not, and never will be, approved to be attached to an Australian medals rack. Freeman claims there were no clear protocols at the time. That is pure bovine excreta. As previously stated, the protocols have been in place for many years. The Gold Coast Bulletin trimmed the fake medals from their report.
Here, again, are the two medals attached to Freeman's rack:
We encourage Freeman's legal team to report the matter, to the Queensland Police, detailing that Freeman is wearing medals, that were not conferred upon him, by the Governor General. Perhaps he has committed an offence under the Defence Act, Part VII, section 80B. However, the charges won't stick, because the "tin", he is wearing, were conferred by a defunct Yugoslav Prince and could not, under any circumstances, be defined as "Service Medals". The only service they would have seen, is the pseudo services and ceremonies, conducted by "grown ups" playing Knights and Dames, to a deceased foreign Prince.
He claims that he was directed, to wear the medals, by his superiors. No superiors, from the Australian Defence Force, would give such a direction. In the context, of wearing the medals on the Military Uniform of a Lieutenant Colonel, one can assume the mentioned "Superior" is an appropriate member of the Australian Defence Force.
As shown above, he appears to believe that he was given permission, to wear the medal, by a superior, named Colonel George Kearney (Rtd)
Colonel George Kearney (Rtd), is the Queensland Prior of the Yugoslav Order of St John. Kearney, was also an eminent Defence Medical Officer. However, he is not (yet) the Governor General, and cannot confer "tin" medals on his acolytes and minions. Below is a photograph of Prior Chevalier George Kearney AM GCSJ RFD ED, Prior of Queensland.
Freeman introduces another medals fanangler, R&SL Currumbin, Sub-Branch President, Mr Ron Workman, to support his plea. Workman is a good ally for Freeman, also being a blatant medals cheat.
See here: www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/370-workman. We noticed, on ANZAC Day, this year, that Workman has removed the offending medals.
Despite Freeman's service, as a Legal officer he, apparently, knows three fifths of five eighths of very little, about traditions and protocols, or he chooses to 'enhance' his image, by ignoring those traditions and protocols. His arguments are shallow, inaccurate and without substance.
By reporting this matter to the public, in the Gold Coast Bulletin, Freeman has brought further discredit upon himself. Genuine Australian and New Zealand Veterans, will see him as a Retired Army Legal Officer, who was given his rank, because of his legal qualifications. He does not possess the honour and integrity, that is ingrained into the fibre of a career Officer, who has earned his rank through soldiering.
We would suggest that Freeman shut up and stop making a further fool of himself.
Maxwell Duffey, is an active member of the Cowra community and, as a nasho, a member of the National Servicemen’s Association, Western Slopes Branch.
Duffey, no doubt, has undertaken good work within the community, as was displayed in the Cowra Guardian, in an article titled: “NASHOS Lead Age Care Anzac Service”, on April 27, 2015. However, the photograph, attached to this article, raises a question for Maxwell Duffey to answer:
Why do you need to wear a tin medal on your medal rack?
As can be seen, in the photo, Duffey is wearing three medals:
1. Australian Defence Medal, to which he is entitled;
2. Anniversary of National Service Medal, to which he is entitled; and,
3. National Serviceman Medal, that is purchased tin, pure tin junk.
Why is there a need to wear tin, especially as it shows disrespect to genuine decorations? It also sets an unhealthy example, for other members of the National Servicemen’s Association, in the wearing of genuine decorations.
The wearing, of all decorations, should be in accordance with the Governor Generals medals protocols. Medal protocol is also detailed in: nashos.org.au.
If Maxwell Duffey feels the need to wear this piece of tin', then wear it on the right breast.
The correcting, of this indiscretion, should not be the end of this matter. What is happening, within the National Servicemen’s Association and, in particular, the Western Slopes Branch, for their members, and officials, not to bother to enforce medals protocols? The Association has a protocols officer, whose job it is to detect and prevent this type of behaviour. Numerous complaints have been received, over the years, regarding members adding non awarded, tin medals, to their rack. It was a problem back then and, obviously, still is. Something should be done about this situation, without delay.
Lewis Martin has broken the code and betrayed all ex servicemen who have gone before him. He has deliberately and for his own vanity worn a rack of false medals including the prestigious Imperial Military Medal (MM) which is awarded for "Bravery in the Field".
Martin is wearing the following medals.
Australian Active Service Medal
General Service Medal 1962 (Borneo)
Queens Silver Jubilee Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
He has no entitlement to any of them.
During 2015 Martin tried to launch himself into the Veteran fraternity with a request to join a Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) Facebook group.
Borneo and Vietnam may have been more than 45 years ago but for those involved, it is as if it were yesterday, and if you were in the RAAMC and had been awarded an MM you would be well known.
After lots of head scratching and checking, the RAAMC Facebook people correctly suspected that Martin could be a fraud and a wannabe and passed a request to us for investigation.
We discovered that Martin served in the Australian Citizens Military Forces (CMF) as a Private Soldier from 30 May 1961 to 11 Dec 1964. His unit was 2nd Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment (2RVR) and he spent all of his time in Victoria, Australia.
Here is his Record of Service Card.
We contacted Martin as follows:
"Our organisation is involved with research for Australian and New Zealand Defence Force Veterans.
It has been brought to our notice that you wear seven Defence Medals indicating being awarded the prestigious Military Medal (MM) for bravery, as well as (among others) Campaign medals for Borneo and Vietnam.
As we are unable to locate any reference to your military service involving overseas deployments we thought it best to ask you direct. We have no notions one way or the other and would be very happy to receive your advice regarding this matter.
We will require an answer by email to the above address by the 20 December 2015.
Should you choose not to respond we will proceed without your input."
At least Martin showed good sense in confessing to his deception. We received the following email from him:
Martin gave no reason for his fraud and deception. We do know that at his place of employment at the time the photograph was taken, he was thought to be a Returned Soldier.
Stealing the honour of genuine veterans is a loathsome act.
In this age of communication technology together with the awareness of genuine veterans and the abilities of ANZMI, all who "try it on" will be detected and exposed on this website.
Once installed you will stay here well beyond your use by date.
In 1951 the Australian Government introduced national service which saw all males who turned 18 after 1 November 1950 eligible for compulsory call-up for military service training for 176 days. If selected for the army, trainees served for 98 days full time and 78 days with the Citizens Military Forces (CMF). If serving with the RAN or RAAF, trainees had to do 176 days full time. Between 1951 and 1959 over 500,000 men registered, 52 intakes were organised and some 227,000 men were trained.
One of these young men was James Stewart, then living in Woodside, SA, who commenced his service in the Australian Army in April 1955. Following his discharge, James was required to be available for further CMF training as required. For his service Mr Stewart, like tens of thousands of his peers, was later awarded the Australian Defence Medal and the Anniversary of National Service Medal. Mr Stewart was entitled to wear these medals, no more, no less.
But apparently not satisfied with these, Jim has decided to add a third medal to his rack. But unlike the other 2, this gong is an unofficial 'commemorative' bauble which can be purchased on-line for the princely sum of $29!
We don't know why but here at ANZMI we constantly deal with complaints of ex-service personnel regaling themselves with self-purchased trinkets. And unfortunately many of these are men who served as national servicemen. To wear these adornments side by side with officially awarded medals not only smacks of egotism but also tends to detract from the prestige of national medals. We would recommend to Jim Stewart that the next time he attends an official commemorative occasions he does so minus his $29 piece of nonsense!