Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Watson
Christian Names: Dean
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Port Elliot
Service #: Unknown
Service: Royal Australian Naval Reserve
Branch: Seaman
Commencement of service: 1966
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

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Dean Watson is the President of the Port Elliot RSL Sub-Branch in South Australia.

The above photograph was taken on ANZAC Day 2016, just one of many taken over the years, where Watson has been wearing the following:

1.       Australian Service Medal 1945-75.

2.       Reserve Force Decoration.

3.       National Medal

4.       Australian Defence Medal.

5.       FESR Commemorative Medal (unofficial ‘junk’ medal).

Watson served for many years as an officer in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve (RANR) and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Watson did, however, serve a short period of continuous service in 1966, when he was part of the officer complement on the survey vessel HMAS Diamantina.

It is this period of sea service that underpins this particular case and clearly evidences that, apart from Watson wearing an unofficial medal, he also has no entitlement to be wearing the ASM 1945-75.

Watson was contacted regarding his entitlement to the ASM 1945-75, and provided the following response:

“I was a Reservist on full time service during 1966 on HMAS Diamantina. Subsequently, I found out that it had been attached to FESR while carrying out oceanographic work Up Top in the second half of the year.

I assume everyone in the ship in that period would have qualified for the ASM 45-75 if they had not already or later qualified in other ships”.

All of HMA Ships supply a monthly report to Naval Headquarters, listing significant events in the day-to-day operation of each vessel. These are known as a Report of Proceedings (ROPs) and are available for the public to access on the Australian War Memorial website. These reports go on to make a lasting history of our Australian Navy and its’ involvement in all conflicts up to, and including, Vietnam.

The ROPs for Diamantina, for the period August to November 1966, were examined and relevant entries, regarding ships’ location, are as follows:

August

2                  Set sail for Christmas Island

3 to 10          Surveys conducted off Christmas Island

10                Crossed Australian Station limit CHOPPED to COMFEF

12 to 24        Singapore, Scientific Operation MONSEA

25 to 29        Singapore

29                Sail to commence OP MONSEA in South China Sea

September

1 to 11          Trials between Hong Kong and Singapore

12 to 13        Subic Bay

14                Gulf of Lingayen

22 to 30        Hong Kong

October

1 to 6            Hong Kong

7 to 17          South China Sea surveys

18 to 22        Singapore

23 to 31        OP MONSEA

November

1 to 5            OP MONSEA

7 to 8            Singapore and slip at 1600h

8                  Sail for Fremantle

15 to 30        Alongside Fremantle for refit

Nowhere in the ROPs is Diamantina recorded as being assigned to FESR as part of the Australian Far East Fleet. The entry on 10 August 1966, “CHOPPED to COMFEF” however, could give rise to the mistaken belief of the crew that the ship was performing duties as part of the FESR. COMFEF refers to ‘Commander, Far East Fleet’.

Confirmation has been received from the Navy Historical Unit in Canberra, confirming Diamantina was never attached to FESR. In relation to the reference ‘CHOPPED to COMFEF’, this indicates signal handling procedures in that all signal traffic for Diamantina came under the distribution list of COMFEF for as long as the vessel was in that area.

Watson was again contacted, this time with the new information, and the following response was received:

“When I became aware of the FESR award, I applied to Defence Honours and Awards stating my period in the ship and much later received the medal. Consequently, I am unaware of the exact period the ship was attached to FESR. There would have been a CHOP signal after the ship sailed from Singapore for Fremantle in late October/early November, but I am unaware of it”.

The involvement of the ADF, be it Navy, Army or Airforce, during the ‘Indonesian Confrontation’ has been a very contentious issue, specifically in the determination of type of service rendered – ‘warlike’, ‘non-warlike’ or ‘peacetime service’ and the appropriate entitlements for each type of service.

In 1999, a review examined possible anomalies in service entitlements, affecting members of the ADF who served in South-East Asia during the period 1955-75. The review was chaired by Major General R.F. Mohr, the final report, at 176 pages, became known as ‘The Mohr Report’.

The following extract from this report concerns Diamantina:

During the review there had been a number of enquiries regarding the involvement of Diamantina in the Indonesian Confrontation and the FESR in general.

Submissions argued that Diamantina served in the South-East Asian region, including in areas of conflict, and that its crew’s service should therefore be recognised as qualifying service. Submissions added that the fact that personnel serving with the ship were not allotted for service as part of a conflict should not disqualify them from having their service recognised as qualifying service.

The review thoroughly investigated the service of Diamantina and determined that the ship, although it entered the operational area, did not have a mission to pursue military objectives in connection with Confrontation. There was no evidence to suggest that Diamantina had active rules of engagement allowing the use of lethal force or that the level of threat was such that there was an expectation of casualties. Given the similar circumstances of HMAS Moresby, it was concluded that these two ships did not render warlike service in connection with confrontation. Moreover, as the roles of Diamantina and Moresby were to conduct scientific research and surveying respectively, it was concluded that the classification of ‘non-warlike’ service under the VEA would not be appropriate.

In summary: HMAS Diamantina was not involved in the Confrontation, nor was it ever allotted for duty with the FESR, therefore the crew would not be entitled to the award of the AASM 1945-75 (with clasp MALAYA) or the ASM 1945-75 (with clasp FESR).

In 2003, this was further confirmed in the Review of Veterans Entitlements – Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

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 Once again, Watson was contacted, with the suggestion, he may have been awarded the ASM 1945-75 in error. Watson was also asked if an official letter was received and were his service details engraved on the edge of the medal.

Watson replied:

“I received the ASM with FESR clasp accompanied by SOM, DNPS(M) letter through MHQ advising the Governor General had approved the award”.

Watson did not respond to the question why a man of his experience would be wearing a commemorative medal alongside official medals. One would assume that an ex-serviceman, RSL Sub-Branch President and former Secretary of the Naval Association of Australia, would be well aware of medal protocol.

Dean Watson, the evidence is overwhelming – you do not have an entitlement to the ASM 1945-75, for your service in 1966 onboard Diamantina and have now earnt the award of appearing on the ANZMI site.

Surname: Wapper
Christian Names: Adrian
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Alford
Service #: Not Known
Service: RAN
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: Uknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Adrian Wapper of Alford, South Australia had a dream that he had been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 1989 whilst serving in the Royal Australian Navy.  He dreamed that he had been on Muster at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria, when the medal was pinned to his chest. 

Here is Wapper on ANZAC Day 2015 sporting his OAM.

As well as the OAM Medal Wapper is wearing a Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM) and an Australian Defence Medal (ADM). Both these medals are awarded for time in the Defence Force.

The OAM is this medal:

The OAM is the  pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens.  It is a prestigious medal presented by the Governor General.

Those awarded the OAM are well feted and the awards widely publicised.  We could find no information about Wapper's award and contacted him seeking information. Here is his response.

"Hi. xxx.

In answer your Email, I too have been doing an investigation and contacted the Defence Archives and Records and talked to Cathy. She has organised for me to obtain my record of service and Certificate of service. She also put me onto Honours and Awards and I talked to Winston. He too was very helpful. I in formed them of what was happening and the problems I have. They informed me to not worry and yes you are correct , according to the records I do not have a OAM . So I Have destroyed the medal as per their instructions and are awaiting their input into the matter. I Did , a few years ago have Alcohol and mental problems which contributed to this . To this day I still can see the presentation of the medal and still thought it was real. I thank you for the jolt to bring it back to reality and to help me cope with these problems I had and still have. Those today I spoke to understand and I hope you do. I realise I have let a lot of people down, including you. I would however like to keep in contact with you if it is at all possible?"

Cheers and thanks!"

Wapper our understanding of the situation is very different from your expectations. We direct the following question to you.

"Can you also see in your dreams where you purchased the OAM award, had it Court Mounted by a Medal Dealer in South Australia and how much you paid for it.  Surely that dream  would have alerted you that something was amiss?"

We believe you are a fraud, a liar and a wannabe who wore the medal to raise your standing in your community.  We have reported the matter to South Australia Police and look forward to action from them.

Having enjoyed the kudos of being a feted and false OAM recipient we hope you enjoy your new found fame on this web site.

 

Surname: Walsh
Christian Names: Leo William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Service #: R49576 & 214436
Service: RAN & ARMY
Branch: RAN, RAInf, 1 SAS SQN
Commencement of service: 1953
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Every now and then, a case comes to our notice concerning an ex-serviceman who embellishes his medal entitlement, which just leaves us scratching our head and asking, why?

This is the case of Leo William Walsh, OAM an ex-serviceman who served in the Royal Australian Navy, discharged and enlisted into the Australian Army and served with distinction in the Special Air Service Regiment seeing active service in Borneo, the Malaysian Emergency, and two tours of Vietnam with SASR and 6 RAR. He is now the Curator of the Queensland Military Memorial Museum. For his service to the community through the museum, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). During his service in the Navy, he was awarded a Naval Board Commendation for Brave Conduct.

Leo Walsh was one of a select group of SAS to have seen action in Borneo and the Malaysian Emergency.

And in Vietnam during two tours.

WHY then would such a distinguished ex-serviceman embellish is service by wearing medals he has no entitlement to? Leo Walsh wears an impressive array of medals on his rack.

The medals he wears are:

OAM (General Division) - Entitled
Australian Active Service Medal 45-75 - Entitled
Korea Medal - Not Entitled
United Nations Service Medal for Korea - Not Entitled
Naval General Service Medal (1915 - 62) - Entitled
General Service Medal 1962 - Entitled
Vietnam Medal - Entitled
Defence Force Long Service Medal - Entitled
Reserve Force Medal - Entitled
National Medal - Entitled
Australian Defence Medal - Entitled
US Bronze Star - Not Entitled
Vietnam Campaign Medal - Entitled
Pingat Jasda Malaysia - Entitled

He is entitled to clasps to the medals listed above; AASM45-75 (Malaysia, Vietnam), ASM45-75 (FESR, Korea, PNG, Thailand)

Walsh served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1953 until 1959 when as his records show, he was discharged SNLR ‘Services No Longer Required’.

The Korean War broke out in 1950, and a ceasefire agreed to in 1953 effectively ‘ending’ the war. His record of service shows that he served on HMAS Tobruk from 1st September 1955 until 3rd January 1957. During this period, HMAS Tobruk deployed to Korean waters, Walsh along with all other members of the crew became entitled to The Australian Service Medal 1945 – 1975 with Clasp ‘Korea’

It can be clearly seen in the photographs of his medals, Walsh is wearing the Korea Medal and the United Nations Service Medal for Korea.

Personnel who served in Korea during the time of the Korean War are eligible to receive up to three medals; the Korea Medal, the UN Medal for Korea and the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75.

The medal was instituted in July 1951 and awarded for service in Korea between 1 July 1950 and 27 July 1953.

The United Nations Service Medal (Korea) is awarded to those members who were posted for any period with the United Nations (UN) forces in Korea between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954.

The medal is also awarded to personnel who served in adjacent areas like Japan and Okinawa operating under UN command or sent to support UN operations in Korea in the relevant period from 1950 to 1954.

Clearly, Walsh did not serve in Korea and has no entitlement to wear either medal. The only entitlement he has is to the ASM 1945-75 with Clasp Korea.

ANZMI contacted Walsh and gave him numerous opportunities to explain why he wears the two Korea Medals and why his name does not appear on the nominal roll of eligible veterans. His reply, below, leaves a lot to be desired.

Yet again, we are expected to believe that all supporting records have been expunged or ‘lost’. If we accept that he enlisted underage as he claims and went to Korea almost immediately after his recruit and trade training, surely it is not unreasonable that someone who he went to recruit school and trade training would remember him and be able to vouch for his story. If indeed he went to Korea you would think he could advise the job he had there, but no, every request made to him to provide this basic information has met with blank replies, health claims and threats of legal action. The whole scenario of being underage and sent to Korea is just a little hard to believe we think.

The question must be asked as to how the Department of Defence Honours and Awards were able to find records to send him the war medals, yet apparently there are no records of his ‘underage service’. Walsh would have us believe that the Navy expunged his ‘underage service record’ to avoid embarrassment to the Navy. If such a mistake was made it would be in the public interest to know how the Navy could make such a monumental error occur without records being kept. In reality, how could such a ‘secret’ be kept for so long by Walsh and those who knew him, trained with him and served with him? If you believe Leo Walsh, you must also believe that man did not walk on the Moon. The answer is of course an easy one. Leo Walsh has no entitlement to wear those medals.


The third medal in question is the US Bronze Star worn by Walsh.

The Bronze Star Medal is the fourth-highest individual military award and the ninth-highest by order of precedence in the US Military. It may be awarded for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone. When awarded for acts of heroism, the medal is awarded with the "V" device.

The medal is sometimes referred to as the Bronze Star. Foreign soldiers, as well as officers from the other Federal uniformed services are also eligible to receive the decoration when serving with or alongside a service branch of the United States Armed Forces.

A record of awardees of the Bronze Star is kept and readily accessible on the internet and includes awards to Foreign Service personnel, including Australians. As expected, a search for Leo William Walsh reveal no award was made.

A common mistake made by medals cheats who award themselves US awards and Medals is that no records of such awards were kept. The common belief that US Generals distributed medals like confetti is a misnomer. Had the award been made to Walsh in Vietnam, a record would have been made, but again no such record can be found.

Leo William Walsh wears an impressive rack of medals, reflecting distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force but he has no entitlement to three of them and by wearing them, he is committing offences against the Defence Act 1903, where he is in breach of Part VII Sections 80A and 80B, which state there is a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine and six months imprisonment or both for:

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
80B. Improper use of service decorations

Under other circumstances, it could be argued that Walsh is wearing these medals while in ‘period’ Army Dress, costume if you will. However, as can be seen in the photograph below, he wears them on official commemorative occasions as well.

So the question is why? Why, Leo Walsh would you sully your distinguished service in the Armed Forces? Indeed as a member of an elite Regiment such as the SAS, with service in Borneo, Malaya and Vietnam - why do you feel the need to steal the valour due to genuine veterans who saw active service during the Korean War?

We at ANZMI also have information concerning the manner in which the US Bronze Star possibly came into your possession. If this information is correct you should hang your head in shame.

With such a distinguished record of service, it is difficult to label Leo Walsh as a medals cheat, but regrettably, that is what he is. Wearing the Korean Medals is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 and those ex-servicemen and women who served with distinction in Korea. His wearing the US Bronze Star when a genuine entitlement cannot be established belittles his genuine service. His actions cannot be condoned, even by such a distinguished ex-serviceman. Let us hope that the appropriate authorities take action against him. In any event, his actions have undoubtedly tarnished the respect which should be owed to him and he must live with that. Welcome to the ANZMI website Leo Walsh.

Surname: Truloff
Christian Names: Robert Lee
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sydney
Service #: 8241823
Service: Army
Branch: RAInf
Commencement of service: 07 Dec 99
Completion of service: 26 Oct 00
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Former Private Robert TRULOFF, like many before him has written a book which he has been trying flog on Facebook.   Let us hope the book is not the autobiography of his life in the Army because his story would not fill the back of a postage stamp.

TRULOFF claims to have served as an Infantry soldier from 1999 until 2005.   This is only partly correct, he enlisted in 1999 and was discharged from the Army in August 2000.   He passed his recruit training, but that was it.   He failed everything else.

Not wanting to let his lack of experience stand in the way of his commercial pursuits, TRULOFF has decided to wear a rack of medals to show he is the ‘real deal’.  

He is photographed here wearing a group of medals which just don’t make sense, simply because he has failed to wear the correct medals.   Basically, if you are going to cheat, at least try to get the basic right!

 

The medals being worn are:

Medal for Gallantry (Absolutely No entitlement)

Afghanistan Campaign Medal (No Entitlement)

INTERFET Medal (No Entitlement)

Timor Leste Solidarity Medal (No Entitlement)

He is also wearing the Army Readiness Badge which is not intended to be worn in civilian attire, and he has no entitlement to wear the badge anyway.

The astute reader will immediately recognise that TRULOFF is missing some essential medals in order to make his rack somewhat believable, namely; The Australian Active Service Medal (AASM – with clasp Afghanistan), The Australian Service Medal (ASM – with clasp Timor Leste) and of course the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).    Let us hope that his book has more research than he put into his fake medal rack.

Robert TRULOFF is a liar and a wannabe.   He has lied about his military service in order to promote a book he has written.

Robert TRULOFF is a medals cheat and has been caught out wearing medals he has no entitlement to wear.    Worse he has self-awarded the Medal for Gallantry, an award for which this piece of work has no right to claim.  He is not worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as the true and worthy recipients, who have won that award through their personal bravery under fire from the enemy. 

Current and former service personnel view nufti’s such as TRULOFF with disdain, but there is something simply offensive about wearing a medal such as the Medal for Gallantry when the best you achieved in your service life was a pass for initial training, and that’s it.

TRULOFF has committed and offence against Sections 80A and 80B of the Defence Act 1903, in that he:

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A

Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) The person represents himself or herself to be a returned  soldier, sailor or airman; and

(b) The representation is false.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80B

Improper use of  service decorations

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) The person wears a servive decoration; and

(b) The person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

Robert TRULOFF fits the bill for both offences and we can only hope that the proper authorities take note of his actions and pursue a prosecution against him.

He should not be allowed to prosper from his actions so let us also hope his book is treated with the same disdain he deserves.

Welcome to our website Robert TRULOFF.

 

Surname: Townley
Christian Names: Barry John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Swan Hill
Service #: R62600
Service: Navy
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

Barry John Townley is the President of the Swan Hill RSL Sub-Branch, a position, that in itself dictates the example to be set by that office bearer as one of the utmost integrity and honesty.

Townley has been very proactive in promoting the RSL within the local community, building up membership and increasing public awareness of the sacrifices of our veterans, through numerous public ceremonies, presentations at various schools and involvement with sporting clubs.

He has spoken passionately about re-instilling the ANZAC spirit in the community, quoted from a school students’ essay, - his role is, “Continuing to teach the importance of the tradition to the community, especially in schools, and involving different ages into the ceremony has enabled us to remember and honour the fighting spirit and soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom of our country”.

However, for all his good work, Barry Townley appears to have dishonoured his fellow ex-servicemen and women, by failing to follow the principles of honour, honesty and integrity, the foundation values of the ANZAC spirit.

 

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The above photographs were taken at various public commemorations and presentations during 2014 and 2015. Barry can be seen wearing an apparently impressive set of medals, namely:

1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (clasp VIETNAM)

2. General Service Medal 1962 (clasps BORNEO and MALAYA)

3. Vietnam Medal

4. Australian Service Medal 1945-75 (clasp FESR)

5. Australian Defence Medal

6. Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) Commemorative Medal (unofficial ‘tin’ medal)

7. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

8. Pingat Malaysia Medal (not entitled)

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The FESR Commemorative Medal is best described as ‘an abomination’, being nothing more than an insult to those who have genuinely earned Service medals awarded by their country. This medal can be purchased like a trinket from a market stall, and is just as worthless, not belonging beside official medals.

Townley had considerable sea service during the ‘Malaysian Crisis’ onboard HMAS Vendetta, as part of the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) and during the Vietnam war, seeing action on the ‘gun line’ onboard HMAS Hobart. For this service, Barry was awarded six medals, along with a number of clasps to those medals and should be proud of that recognition.

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The Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) is a special medal of service to eligible Australian Service personnel who served from Independence until the end of Confrontation in the security of Malaysia, with the Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve,

during the period 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966 inclusive.

Like all medals, there are set qualifying periods, and in the case of the PJM, there is a requirement to serve an aggregate of 90 days assigned to the operational area. Publicly available records from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) set out the dates of when ships and units were in the qualifying areas. This is also supported, in the case of HMA Ships, by the availability of the Ships Record of Proceedings (ROPs), being available online from the Australian War Memorial (AWM). Naval Personnel records, up until 1970, are available for public access on the National Archives of Australia (NAA).

Having consulted the records from DVA, AWM and NAA, it can be determined that whilst Townley was posted to the HMAS Vendetta, he was part of the crew for the following ‘qualifying’ deployments:

-       17 Aug 64 to 25 Sep 64 (39 days)

-       12 Oct 64 to 02 Nov 64 (21 days)

-       19 Nov 64 to 10 Dec 64 (21 days)

The above adds up to 81 days, meaning Townley was 9 days short of being eligible for the PJM.

He appears not to have been satisfied with six medals, happy to add another two to make it look much more impressive.

Barry Townley, President of the Swan Hill RSL Sub-Branch, welcome to the long list of fraudulent former and current RSL Executives, who appear on this site, and who have flaunted medal wearing protocols for their own gain and attention.

 

 

Surname: Tolcher
Christian Names: Anthony Desmond
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Springwood
Service #: Never Served
Service: Never Served
Branch: N/A
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

TOLCHER UPDATE 11 MAY 17

Please go to the bottom of this page to read the latest.........

 

Anthony Desmond Tolcher was born on the 20 June, 1956. He also uses the name Timothy Diamond. This is the pseudonym he uses as an author.

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Tolcher is a shameless military fraud, without moral principles or integrity, and is a blight on the veteran community. He has deliberately told numerous lies, about his false military past, to sell books that he has written, and to profit from the proceeds.

Although he claims that this trilogy of books are “fiction”, he has publically stated that the information regarding the main character is based “loosely on his own life experiences.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

To support his outrageous lies, he had the following plaque manufactured and mounted in his office. We are aware that when he ordered this item, he convinced the gentleman concerned, that he served in the Australian Special Air Service Regiment at the dates nominated.

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There are a number of anomalies present in this plaque.

1. The service number provided 0216811 is not an Australian Army number. It is actually Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) series, NSW Enlistment via circa 1955 – 1956. (Tolcher was born in 1956.)
2. He then claims “Service 1969 – 1970 Basic Training (6 weeks) – Continued at Swanbourne.W.A. ” (As Tolcher was born in 1956, he would have been 13 years old. )
3. All of the claimed Army service details displayed on the plaque are fabricated.
4. He also claims that he served with the “Australian Secret Intelligence Agency” from 1981 to 2000. You would think that after an alleged 19 years in the employment of one of our National Security organisations, he would get the name correct. It is either ASIS or ASIO.
5. His claimed medals and citation awards are rubbish. The dates he has nominated for his receipt of the awards are totally inconsistent with the dates that these medals were officially proclaimed and awarded by the Australian Government..
(i) Australian Defence Medal (ADM), Proclaimed. 30 March, 2006. - Not 1970.
(ii)Vietnam Medal (VM) Proclaimed 8 June, 1968. - Not 2005.
(iii) Australian Active Service Medal (AASM). Proclaimed 13 September 1988.. - Not 2005.
(iv) The Vietnam Star Campaign Medal should be the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Approval to award - May, 1966.

'In addition, the United States Purple Heart has never been accepted by the Australian Department of Defence as an award to Australian Defence Force personnel.'

According to Honours and &Awards, -
The Purple Heart is one of only two US military decorations that may not, by law, be awarded to non-US personnel (the
other is the Medal of Honor).
 
The U.S. Bronze Star has only been approved by the Department of Defence as an acceptable foreign award for issue to a handful of Australian Army personnel, who served in the former Republic of South Vietnam .

We are also aware that the two black and white photographs appearing at the top of the plaque are not photographs of Tony Tolcher, but other Australian Army service personnel who have identified themselves to us.

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In respect to Tolcher's medal rack above, he has not been awarded one of them.

They are -;

1.Australian Active Service Medal 1945 - 1975.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Australian Defence Medal.
4. Vietnam Campaign Medal. (Awarded for 181 days or more in Republic of South Vietnam)
5. United States Bronze Star. (Awarded for heroic achievement in a combat zone.)
6. United States Purple Heart. (Awarded to those wounded or killed in action)
7. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm. (Awarded for heroic conduct while in combat with the enemy.)

Tolcher gave an interview on Youtube detailing his false military claims to enhance the sale of his books. We will not name the books here, as we do not wish to provide this charlatan with any more free publicity.

In this video, he tells the interviewer that, inter alia, - “on returning home from the South Coast, my wife was asking me about my life". He states that he then started telling her what he had done and she said that “You should write a book.” Later when I got home, I put it all down on computer. “It was all there in my head.” He then points to his head and says, “It is all loosely based on my own life, it is here, (pointing to his head again), all I had to do was punch it out.” We have a copy of this video.

As a result of this interview, where he claims SASR service, a number of former members of the Special Air Service Regiment contacted Tolcher and questioned his credentials and claims of military service. Below is his reply -;

Email reply to a former SASR vet- Well Hi xxxxxx (name deleted),

To answer your email, your name means jack shit to me too, and as i am in regular contact with a couple of former regiment bosses that have since risen to prominence, as governor generals. Mike who is one of the two, has advised me to verify your bonafides, and he is going to be doing the same. So i will ask for your former rank and, sabre squadron number.

If, as you claim of being an ex regiment member, you would also know about sealed records, obviously you haven't read any of my published books, that take a swipe at the govt to get them unsealed, which would benefit me greatly with my claim against the dva. As ex SASR you should be aware of the fact that no one is told everything, never make a bold statement that you no nothing about!

Oh, and yes i'm aware of the mentioned website, and other offences, get me your answers and i will be happy to talk to you, once you've been checked out, until then, cheers and up the regiment.


This pompous imposter is nothing but a low life arrogant individual who has stolen the valour of the Special Air Service Regiment for his own financial gain. He has absolutely no credibility whatsoever.

We tried to contact Tolcher by email on two occasions and invited him to explain his version of events. He failed to respond on both occasions..

We urge all our followers on this site to spread the word about Tolcher aka Diamond and not purchase any literary articles that he is associated with.

Tolcher needs to go public and apologise to all Vietnam veterans out there, without qualification. He should also apologise to all those people who have purchased his books, and who see him as some sort of “war hero.”

He should then donate all the profits of his sold books to Legacy.

Tolcher claims membership of the Springwood Queensland RSL Sub Branch. When asked by Sub Branch officials, he could not produce necessary proof of military service to that body, due to what he said was the “Official Secrets Act”. You know, "nudge nudge, wink wink." That is also a lie.

Anthony Desmond Tolcher, Military Imposter, from Springwood in Queensland, Australia will remain here for a long time to come.

 

TOLCHER UPDATE 11 May 17

Since our original exposure of military fraud Anthony Tolcher, aka Tony Diamond, there have been developments that have raised the interest of journalists and television media personalities throughout the country.

From the outset, we remind our readers that in our original exposure, we described Tolcher as a pompous imposter and a low life arrogant individual, who is a blight on the veteran community.

Following our publication, Tolcher was notified of the ANZMI exposure. He failed to express any remorse or contrition regarding his lies of Australian Army service as a decorated Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) soldier with Vietnam deployment. He failed to apologise for his deceit to his local Sub Branch or the Veteran Community. In fact he adopted a defiant attitude and maintained that his claims were factual and that his service records were "sealed."

Since then, his arrogance has manifested and he continues to snub his nose at the veteran community and treat our servicemen and servicewomen with the utmost disrespect and contempt.

On Anzac Day, 25 April, 2017, Tolcher, of Springwood, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, appeared at an official Anzac Day service in Watsonville, North Queensland, 1700 kilometres north of Brisbane. He was photographed wearing his fake purchased medals at this ceremony.

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In this photograph Tolcher is wearing the following unearned medals.

1. Australian Active Service medal 1945-1975 Clasp Vietnam.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Defence Force Medal.
4. Vietnam Campaign Medal.
5. United States Bronze Star Medal..
6. United States Purple Heart Medal.
7. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm..

He also wears a phony Unit Citation for Gallantry above the phony medal rack. On his right lapel he wears a purchased Special Air Service Regiment silver badge.

This photograph of Tolcher appeared on the Facebook site of the Western Progress Association Inc (Watsonville) the following day, 26 April, 2017.

It was captioned - “Decorated War Veterans (name deleted) and Tony Tolcher at the ANZAC Day Ceremony”

Following inquiries from journalists and other interested parties, the photograph suddenly disappeared from the Facebook site.

On Saturday the 29 April, 2017, the following Courier Mail Brisbane Newspaper article appeared.

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We are astounded at the arrogance of Tolcher. His insensitive so called “apology” as quoted by the journalist who wrote the above article is incredible. However, it is to be expected from this individual.

Tolcher is one of the worst imposters to ever appear on this site. He makes a lot of money out of his false claims of SASR military service.

He continues to sell his trilogy of books that he has written, which he states are based “loosely” on his life.

Every dollar he has received from the sale of these books, he has received immorally, by falsely pretending to be a decorated Vietnam War Hero and wearing purchased gallantry medals.

The veteran community should spurn this imposter at every opportunity, and treat him with the same contempt that he has displayed towards them.

We have notifed the Queensland State Police who hopefully will charge Tolcher for falsely representing himself at Watsonville, Queensland, on Anzac Day, 2017 with being a returned serviceman under the provisions of the Defence Act 1903, Section 80A., and Section 80B (6 months imprisonment or $3000 fine OR both)

Tolcher will have the honour of appearing on our Home Page shortly, with our other highly ranked Australian and New Zealand military imposters.

And there he shall remain for a long time to come.

 

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