Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Forsdike
Christian Names: Andrew James
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Warragamba
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Artillery
Commencement of service: June 1966
Completion of service: 1972
Case Notes:

 

Andrew James Forsdike was born on the 20 April, 1949. He enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in June, 1966, and for ten months from May 1968 to March, 1969, he served in the former Republic of South Vietnam. His records indicate that he was a Temporary Bombadier, Royal Regiment of Australia Artillery. – 12 Field Regiment.

Forsdike wears an Order of Australia Medal and a Commendation for Bravery, (recognition for his actions at a road accident in NSW) both of these, he has earned and we congratulate him. He should be satisfied with his lot. It is a pity when a person who has been "through the mill" and has a rack of medals to be proud of, becomes recalcitrant and insists on adding awards that have not been properly bestowed on him.

 


Andrew Forsdike



Here is a list of all the medals and badges that he wears:

Order of Australia Medal
Commendation for Bravery
Australian Active Service Medal
Vietnam Medal
Australian Defence Medal
Centenary Medal
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm (RVGC) - NOT ENTITLED
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Infantry Combat Badge - NOT ENTITLED

 


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Notice he wears the RVGC with Palm which is the second from the right of his rack of medals and the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) above his medals



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When asked about the RVCG and the ICB, Forsdike responded as follows inter alia -;


Goodday xxxxx


firstly let me say that there are a lot of very jealous Vietnam Veterans out there. Especially with me having the OAM the Commendation for Brave Conduct the Centenary of Federation Medal the ICB and ACB and the Gilmore Medal you can check these on its an Honour web site.
The ICB, I have had numerous people asking why I was wearing the ICB, especially in my unit, as I was the only one awarded it for my actions at Coral, I also have the ACB, thats (sic) why I currently have a request in the Central Army records asking for a copy of the recommendation my Co put in to Army HQ in Saigon on the 13th may 1968 asking that I be awarded the ICB, the incedent (sic) no (sic) is 7819615 this was awarded to me in 1971 just before I left the Army, and its (sic) on my discharge Certificate.
I did apply to the Australian Gov asking about the Cross of Gallantry , I worked for the NSW Police for the last 15 years, and because I wore a uniform I asked my friends in the Commonwealth Police was it illegal to wear this ribbon on my uniform , they said that there is no law saying it is illegal to wear a foreign award . on your uniform, and they also stated that the RSL cannot tell you what or wear (Sic) you can wear an award, it can only give guide lines. I also wrote to the minister for defence years ago when I said that all Australian troops who came under the command of the US MACV were entitled to it, he gave me a whole lot of crap, so I wrote to the US government who said that our Minister was playing with words. By her saying that Australian troops were never under the operational Command of the US Government, this we have proved to be wrong. I am not popular with 102 bty as I made a mistake by saying there (sic) officers did not do there (sic) job at Coral, when in actual fact I repeated some thing that was said to me, when I should not have, as there (sic) officers were all very brave men, and did there (sic) jobs well.

Andy


Make your own judgement about Forsdike's mention on "lots of jealous Vietnam veterans". His OAM, Commendation for Bravery and the Centenary Medal are all officially listed, however we have no idea what the "Gilmore Medal" may be.

If, as he states, the ICB is listed on his Discharge Certificate and it was issued to him in 1971, then it is either a false claim or a mistake, that can, and should be rectified. Forsdike claims a recommendation for the ICB was forwarded to Army HQs Saigon by his unit on 13th May 1968. The ICB did not exist in 1968. It was early 1970 when the then Director of Infantry, Colonel David Thompson and the Chief of General Staff Sir Thomas Daly discussed and instigated the badge.

Here is what was written by Colonel David Thompson about the instigation of the ICB:

"In early 1970 I was sent for by the CGS. During our discussion I suggested that it was time for the Infantry Corps to have an Infantry Combat Badge to be worn by Infantrymen who had served overseas in operations.

The CGS agreed with enthusiasm and told me to design a suitable badge for Australia".

It is inconceivable that his Artillery unit took action to award him a non existent ICB on the same day as his actions at Fire Support Base Coral on 13th May 1968.

Here is part of the official instructions regarding the ICB:

1. Who is entitled to wear the ICB?

Members of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps who, in an infantry posting as part of an Infantry Battalion were deployed for, at least, 90 days to an operational area and subsequently awarded the Infantry Combat Badge.

If, as Forsdike claims he, or ill advised superior officers and public servants, finagled an approval to wear the ICB, it was wrongly awarded and must be rescinded. Alternatively, Forsdike could simply not wear it.

Forsdike is oblivious to Defence, RSL and general protocols. He should however, be aware of the Defence Act 1903 Part VII section 80B Improper use of Service decorations. Many fraudsters and wannabes have been dealt with by courts relating to this legislation . An Australian Federal Police Officer named Kelly Wingkee Luk was dealt with by Federal Police for fudging medals entitlement -;

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Simply put, Forsdike is "Medal Hungry" and appears to have spent most of his life chasing medals.

'In March 2017 he had a family member take a case to the Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (AAT). He was seeking a Military Medal (MM) or Medal of Gallantry (MG) (these are prestigious war time bravery medals) for his participation at Fire Support Base Coral, east of Lai Khe, Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam in the early morning of 13th May 1968.

It is somewhat, audacious and vainglorious to instigate legal action to have oneself awarded a bravery medal and it is indicative of his narcissistic need to collect awards.

Forsdike claimed he did not get a bravery medal because of maladministration by his unit at the time, however the Tribunal found there was no maladministration, and although Forsdike did honourable service it was not of a standard to warrant an MM or MG. See 25 pages here:

2017_DHAAT_009_Ford on behalf of Forsdike – Decision Report

"The Tribunal finds that Bombardier Forsdike’s actions on 12/13 May 1968 at FSB Coral were undeniably brave but do not meet the threshold for a gallantry award. This finding does not in any way diminish the contribution Bombardier Forsdike made to his Regiment during his service in Vietnam.

On 15 February 2016, the Director General Personnel – Army (DGPers-A) provided a response to the Tribunal that, in the absence of maladministration or a failure in due process, the original decisions of the ‘decision-makers of the time’ be upheld and no further recognition be given to Lance Bombardier Forsdike. No review of the merits of the application was conducted"

Medals, awards and badges are presented by our Federal Government for defence service or for exemplary public service to our nation. If we were to follow Forsdike's ideas and actions, where medals are completely unregulated and no one can tell him what to wear, imagine what would happen if "medal hungry" wannabes throughout Australia were allowed free reign. The value and status of defence service and our medals system would be destroyed.

ANZMI strives to protect Australian and New Zealand protocols and heritage, We will report any person wearing defence medals or badges that they have not earned, or have been wrongly issued.

We asked Forsdike to remove the RVCG and the ICB from his left breast, he chose to not do so, and said

"I have no intension (sic) of supplying you with any of my documents. I have spoken to my son who was a public prosecutor for the NSW police and is (sic) now still works in a legal capacity. He has advised me not to respond to these alligations you have made and he said that if he sees or hears any more on this issue, and he finds out who is behind it he will then take the matter further.

Forsdike claims that he has been awarded the ICB and the Australian Combat Badge. (ACB)

You can be awarded one or the other. Not both. Below is the set criteria for the award of the ACB.

Army Standing Instruction (Personnel), Part 11, Chapter 3
CHAPTER 3
ARMY COMBAT BADGE
ELIGIBILITY

3.5. To be eligible to be issued the ACB, a member must have:

a. Either: (1) been force assigned to a combat team for a period of either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service, or
(2) been physically deployed in the same geographical location as a Combat Team and have a primary role to directly support that Combat Team for a period of either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service;
b. and:
(1) been serving on a warlike operations
(2) not have been previously issued the ICB or ACB

We have no alternative other than to give him space on this web site, where he can enjoy the award of being a medals cheat. Unfortunately we do not present recipients of this award with ANZMI tactile trinkets, however am sure that if we did, Forsdike would add it to his rack.

Surname: Hollibone
Christian Names: Glenn Stanley Leonard
Country: ustralia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Yarraville
Service #: 3144206
Service: Army Reserves
Branch: Cadets (1998 - 2011)
Commencement of service: 21/03/1079
Completion of service: 06/06/2011
Case Notes:

 

Here we have an example of a "dud" who is the Secretary of a "dud" Melbourne Sub Branch of the Returned and Services League (RSL).



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This "Highly decorated" bloke has been able to get away with his disgraceful behaviour under the full glare of the Yarraville and other Melbourne RSL Sub Branches for years. Hollibone joined the Yarraville RSL in 1982. Are there no genuine Veterans at the Yarraville RSL who could have, at any time pointed out that Hollibone is a "dud"?

Is the Yarraville RSL just a "pub" with no heart, where nobody gives a damn about honour, integrity, tradition and protocols. Unfortunately there are many RSLs like Yarraville, and a lot of people like Hollibone in RSL Sub Branches.

Here he is again in the front rank of a marching parade, strutting his stuff and leading genuine veterans, as if he had just returned from a battlefield with honours bestowed upon him. 


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Don't get us wrong, as we at ANZMI are all members of the RSL and cherish what it stands for, however in recent years there have been financial scandals in NSW, Queensland and South Australia. ANZMI have uncovered many fakes and wannabes in all regions and echelons of the organisation. We believe that this is because of the lack of experience required to qualify for membership.

Even the National President of the RSL is not a returned veteran. In recent times the RSL officially declared that all those who have ever served in the Defence force are to be named as "Veterans. " So here we have Glenn Hollibone strutting his stuff as a bemedalled veteran, when in fact, he is little more than a civilian taking advantage of the malaise in the RSL.

Here are the six medals Hollibone is wearing. Perhaps he is entitled to one of them, and that one was earned the very easy way, with part time service in the Australian Army Reserve from which he was ejected on 1 August 1998 because he "Failed to render efficient service". During this service he attained the rank of Trooper which is the Armoured Corps equivalent of a Private soldier.


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The medals he wears are -;

QUEENS SILVER JUBILEE MEDAL - Fake self purchased

NATIONAL MEDAL - Authenticity unknown. He is not listed on the official "Its and Honour" list.

YEAR OF VOLUNTEER MEDAL - Fake self purchased tin medal

EMERGENCY SERVICE MEDAL - Fake self purchased tin medal

CMF RESERVE MEDAL - Fake self purchased tin medal

AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MEDAL Most likely his only genuine medal, which he somehow finagled from the system considering that he was discharged from his only relevant service because he "failed to render efficient service"

Hollibone also lists service as an Officer of Cadets with the rank of Captain. That does not make him an Commissioned Officer of the Australian Defence Force. At the Yarraville RSL functions he has worn the Captain rank on an Officer of Cadets uniform and taken the salute from real veterans (Returned from Active Service veterans) - What a sham!!!!!

Hollibone and his ilk are becoming the face of the RSL. They are also becoming the face of ANZMI. It is feared that the crooks will prevail however, we will continue to pursue these fools and to do so we need the full support of genuine ex service communities.

We welcome any information from concerned current or former military personnel, as well as members of the public, who see military imposters gaining undeserved recognition by their unacceptable behaviour.

Welcome Glenn Stanley Leonard Hollibone.

 

Surname: Harkins
Christian Names: Michael Walter
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Abbortsford, Sydney
Service #: None
Commencement of service: NoneInsert Harkins 1
Case Notes:

 

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Michael Walter Harkins has devoted his life to Public Service in the UK and in Australia. He has been rewarded for his service with two medals they are -;

1. For his good work in the United Kingdom Public Service, he was awarded to be a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).

2. For his good work in Australia, he has been awarded the Australian Public Service Medal.

Notice he wears a neck device and a third medal on the left of his rack, these two items are not official awards and represent a schismatic Order of St John of Jerusalem.

You almost need a PhD to figure out this mess but simply put, there is an Anglican Order of St John who is headed by the Her Majesty the Queen of England. This group is recognized by the Governor General of Australia and their medals can be worn together with Australian Federal medals and approved foreign medals on the left breast.

There are then numerous other groups named "The Order of St John". A main one is a Roman Catholic group, who is headed by Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto from Malta. They together with other schisms, are operating and endowing the Hoi Poloi with trinkets.

Harkins neckpiece and medal are an example of these trinkets from an unrecognized schism.

The neckpiece worn by Harkins is not approved by the Governor General of Australia. The medal is not approved for wear on the left breast. Both can be worn on private occasions within the confines of the particular schism.

Harkins wears his finery on public commemorative occasions, as can be seen in the above photograph, at a military commemoration on 26 Jan 2018.

Below, he wears the unofficial medal.


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Michael Harkins was recently employed as Protocols Officer in the office of the Premier of New South Wales. One would think that such a person would be "au fait" with official government policy regarding the wearing of medals.

Even though the two genuine medals Harkins wears are not of a military nature they are prestigious, and would have been earned by devotion and hard work. It is a pity that Harkins chose to sully his reputation by wearing trinkets.

Welcome to our web site Michael Walter Harkins

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: Perry
Christian Names: Malcolm
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: At his interview for the
Service: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Branch: QMG
Commencement of service: 1991
Completion of service: 1993
Case Notes:

 

A significant reason convincing imposters to falsely claim military service in the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces, is to gain employment positions and undeserved monetary benefits over other applicants..



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Malcolm Perry

 




Malcolm Perry is a typical example of an outright military fraud, who gained the position of General Manager at a highly respectable Youth Development Organisation, that develops young Australians in a positive manner, in order that they gain self confidence in every aspect of leadership, team and character building.

The organisation has been acclaimed in various Government and Business circles for the development of these personal skills of Australia’s youth. The organisation pride themselves on the honesty and integrity of their staff, who have had successful military careers in the Australian Defence Force, and bring those qualities and skills to the program.

The program contains a military aspect with field craft, drill, physical training, uniform and kit maintenance and other barracks orientated self discipline being taught.. The current Director of this organisation has requested that we not disclose their name.

In 2017, Malcolm Perry, who was born on the 29 April, 1972, of Brisbane, Queensland, applied for the vacant position of General Manager of this organisation.

At his interview for the position, Perry stated that he was a former member of the Royal Australian Navy as a qualified Clearance Diver, however, he later stated that he “blew out his eardrums whilst diving” and was re-assigned to other duties. He was appointed to the General Manager position above other applicants, due to his claimed exceptional military service.

He was just what the organisation wanted. A former highly experienced special operations serviceman, who would be respected by all levels of the organisation, including the young attendees, for his accomplishments in the military.

Following his appointment to the Executive position, cracks started to appear in his responses to his service, following questions asked by other employees. It appeared that other long serving RAN Clearance Divers had never heard of him.

We have obtained signed statements from witnesses who state that he claims-;


"That he was deployed to Iraq on operational service to defuse sea mines, but does not wear his medals, as he feels he is not entitled to it.” He then falsely claimed that, he "left the Navy and joined the Australian Army Reserves.”

When further questioned about his Australian Defence Force service, and asked to provide written proof of his claims, he stated, “I have nothing to prove to you, the last time I was in Perth, I went and visited the team there”. Perry is no doubt alluding to the false pretence, that he visited the “Special Australian Air Service Army team”. (SASR), who are based at Swanbourne in Western Australia

All of his Defence Force claims have now been exposed as lies, and he has been subsequently dismissed from the position of General Manager of the Youth Development Organisation.

Perry was contacted by ANZMI, and given an opportunity to explain his version of events. He declined to respond.

He can now add this exposure to his false resume for future employment, and he will remain on this site for some time to come.

Surname: Lewis
Christian Names: Deakon James
Country: Australia
State or Province: n/a
City or Town: n/a
Service #: n/a
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: n/a
Commencement of service: 21/01/2002
Completion of service: Currently Serving
Case Notes:

 

Case notes:

This is Petty Officer Deakon LEWIS.  He is s current member of the Australian Defence Force and joins a growing list of serving members who wear medals they have not been awarded and have no entitlement to wear.

 

Deakon LEWIS

 

In recent times, ANZMI has had cause to expose the actions of several serving members who, for reasons only known to them have decided to make a fool of themselves by wearing medals and awards they have no entitlement to.  See our other serving cheats:  


Ritchie           http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/483-ritchie

Ferrie            https://anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/103-ferrie

Cokanauto     https://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/449-cokanauto

Slingsby        http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/388-slingsby

Bellingham    https://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/508-bellingham

Petty Officer LEWIS now joins this illustrious group because of a stupid decision he made to wear the Operational Service Medal (Border Protection).  

This decision is even more surprising when we learn that LEWIS is already a highly decorated sailor.   He is the recipient of the Conspicuous Service Medal and also has a genuine entitlement to the Operational Service Medal (Greater Middle East Operation), yet for reasons only known to him, he decided he needed more credibility.

 

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LEWIS has an entitlement to the following:                      

Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)

Australian Operational Service Medal – ME Ops (AOSMGMEOPS)

Defence Long Service Medal (DLSM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

We understand that his superiors became aware of this ‘indiscretion’ by LEWIS who allegedly claimed that it was ‘an error on his service record’.   We have certainly heard that one before.

The ‘I didn’t know’ defence might work for a junior sailor, but LEWIS is not a simple ‘Jack Tar’.   He is a Petty Officer, and a Recruit Instructor as indicated by the badge he wears in the photographs.  He also holds the CSM, so you would expect someone in his position to be able to understand that if ‘he didn’t do the time, he didn’t earn the gong’.

 

Deakon LEWIS

 

Apparently, the Navy didn’t believe LEWIS either and he was dealt with formally for his ‘indiscretion’.

Despite Navy finalising the matter, the fact that he is a decorated Senior Sailor, and a onetime recruit instructor who should have known better.   He wore the medal knowing he had no entitlement to it and did nothing to confirm his actual entitlement before ‘putting it up’.   He must have known the medal was a copy and not officially issued.  

This is not a case of administrative error, or confusion on behalf of the member.   It is a simple case of fraudulently wearing a medal which he had no entitlement to.

He continues to serve.

Welcome to our website Deakon LEWIS.

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