Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: GIBSON
Christian Names: David
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Singleton
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

David Gibson served with the Australian Army Infantry Corps during the time when there were very few overseas deployments, so he has spiced up his service history to show a bit of action with Special Air Service (SASR).

Unfortunately we have no photograph of Gibson, and if anyone can help, it will be appreciated by Australian and New Zealand veterans.

Having retired from the Australian Army after twenty seven years service, Gibson is now a radio enthusiast, and made the mistake of grossly exaggerating his Army service to members of an on line radio social group. Here are some excerpts of what he has said.

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David Gibson had no need to exaggerate his service, as he provided twenty seven years of his life to Army service in Australia. His few minutes of false fame extolled to people who trusted him, has caused Gibson considerable damage, and embarrassment.

Gibson will serve with ANZMI as our radio operator.

Surname: HENDERSON
Christian Names: Matthew David (Hendo)
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service: NONE
Case Notes:

 

Matthew David Henderson now resides in Perth WA, before that, he lived in Brisbane Queensland. He is the epitome of a lying valour thief. According to "his" stated military history he served as a Combat Engineer with lots of front line action. In reality he has never served with the Australian Defence Force.

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The unentitled badge and medals he wears are:

Australian Army Combat Badge (ACB)
Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Clasps ICAT and East Timor
Afghanistan Medal (AM)
Iraq Medal (IM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
NATO Medal. Clasps possibly ISAF or Iraq

Henderson has put a lot of effort into convincing people that he is a battle hardened veteran of:

Iraq
Afghanistan
East Timor
Solomon Islands

Henderson is not wearing an Australian Service Medal (ASM), which he should be wearing for service in the Solomon Islands. As he has never served, no record of "his service" exists, and like his ACB, he has made a mess of "his medals".

Here is an example of an ASM which he has omitted to include in his fake rack of medals.

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To further assert his derring do false military service, he has had many photographs taken with high profile citizens, whilst wearing false medals and an upside down ACB badge. False veterans like Henderson always make mistakes, and here is an example.

Notice in the main photograph, Henderson is wearing an Army Combat Badge (ACB) which is issued, to non Royal Australian Infantry soldiers, who have been involved in front line combat duties. Below to the left, is an official photograph of an ACB. To the right, is the ACB as worn by Henderson.

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A careful look will disclose that Henderson is wearing the badge upside down. It is hard to imagine, a genuine retired Combat Engineer making such a stupid mistake.

Liars and wannabes, should not seek publicity, as media reports and photographs, are sure to expose their lies and deception. Media reports are read by veterans all over Australia, and, as is the case with Henderson, his stupid mistakes are easy to discern..

In 2018 Henderson was involved in a civil, real life and death situation, when he was rescued from certain demise during a diving incident. When commenting to The Western Australian Newspaper, he had to add spice to the story by saying.

“I’ve served in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor. “I’ve had a lot of near death situations, but nothing came close to being as scary as this".

See the report here: thewest.com.au/news/wa/quick-thinking-pe...-drama-ng-b88849643z

Henderson has also spread the word of his service through social media, here are some examples.

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It is truly pathetic to read Henderson's lament, about the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Australian Government. He also has the temerity to offer genuine veterans advice.

Henderson was contacted on a confirmed mobile phone number, and as soon as a veteran researcher was mentioned, he vehemently denied that the person answering the phone was Matthew Henderson, and within two hours all his social media writings and photographs disappeared from social media publication.

We hold a Statutory Declaration detailing what he has said about his "Army service".

"He served in the Army from 1998 to 2010 and was deployed to iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
Whilst in Afghanistan it was his job to dig up Land Mines and he got stabbed in the shoulder, because he would not follow orders, and shoot a women. As a result he was stood down for promotion for two years"

Matthew Henderson is a valour thief of the highest order, who has never served in any Defence Force, and knows nothing of the phenomenal bond between those who have served. He will however, now understand the fury of the ex service community, against those who steal their hard earned reputation and dignity.

To appease his desire for fame we have issued a "Scurrilous Valour Thief Medal (SVTM)" to him, and we hope he wears it with the same alacrity he wore the false medals and the upside down badge.

Surname: DAVIS
Christian Names: James Robert Stephen
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Armidale
Service #: 8217192
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 1988
Case Notes:

 

James Davis is a colourful ex serviceman, who boasts of operating a sex cult, (actually it is a Brothel) in the New South Wales country town of Armidale. . He served as an Infantry Private and Lance Corporal in the Australian Regular Army and the Army Reserve. He has exaggerated his Army service on social media.

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James served in the war in Iraq, during operation Catalyst, and for that service he has the status of a returned veteran, with the appropriate medals. However, he has added some fallacious (no pun intended) war jaunts of Bosnia, Timor and Afghanistan, to falsely enhance his service history.

He has provided "proof" of his Bosnia service on social media. He asserts to have served in the war in Bosnia aged nineteen years. He posted under the name of: 

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He claims "The balkans will always be my other home. It gave me my firs war, my first wife, and twin daughters."

Very few Australian Defence personnel were involved, in the Bosnia war. James Davis was not there, as a nineteen year old Private soldier, (as he claims). The Bosnia war occurred in 1992 to 1995, and having been born in 1981 Davis would have been twelve to fourteen years old during the war.

Whilst his Brothel career is spellbinding, his military career could not be described as "stella". During his Army service between 1998 and 2010 , his only overseas deployment was to Iraq. In addition he was subjected to a court martial, whilst serving with Delta Company 4/3 Royal New South Wales Regiment, holding the rank of LCPL. He was found guilty of assault, and then lost an appeal.

We welcome James Davis aka as "Big dick Jimmy" aboard.

Surname: GARLAND
Christian Names: Ian Michael
Country: Australia & USA
State or Province: Texas
City or Town: Midland
Service: Australian Army (Citizens Military Force)
Commencement of service: 1979
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

Ian Michael Garland, born 1960 in Melbourne Australia, is a classic wannabee who represents everything that genuine veterans detest about military imposters.

This bloke is a clown first class, and an obnoxious idiot. He is also a conman.

His claims of military service in Australia, the U.S.A and Asia are farcical and ludicrous.

He is a total embarrassment to the Australian Army uniform he wears as he parades around his now home State of Texas, obviously receiving accolades from the public, discounted meals and preferential treatrment at US Airports, due to his pretend military service.

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The above recent photograph is our super fit Australian and now U.S. Military hero. He wears the Australian Army cams (Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform. DPCU) which have been phased out for regular Army personnel. On his uniform right side he wears -;

The fifth pattern Australian Army Rising Sun cloth badge – Not entitled.
a coloured Australian flag – (Should not be worn on camouflaged uniform)
a metal parachute wings badge above his name Garland. Not entitled.

On his left side he wears -;

a metal Australian Army Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) Not entitled.
a cloth Australian Army Parachute wings patch. Not entitled.
On the slouch hat he wears a Royal Victoria Regiment metal hat badge.

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In the above selfie photograph, our Aussie Warrior has now been captured wearing the following -;
United States Army cams with -;

An Australian Army Rising Sun patch -;
What appears to be a U.S. Flag.
He wears the Australian parachute wings above his name Garland.

On his other breast, he wears the Australian Army Infantry Combat Badge above a Royal Lao Insignia.

His sleeve depicts an unknown A NKA cloth badge above an Airborne cloth parachute patch. (Country unknown)

The below photograph from Garland’s Face Book page confirms what he has told others that he holds the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, United States Army.

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The true story of former Private Ian Michael Garland, part time soldier with the part time Citizens Military Forces (CMF) is far different from his current claims.

ANZMI has no hesitation in exposing this imposter for what he is. A great deal of research has been conducted that refutes nearly every claim he has made.

Recruit Garland enlisted in the part time CMF in 1979 in the Royal Victoria Regiment. His tenure was unremarkable and he only served for a short time before he discharged. He did not serve overseas on war like service and he is not entitled to wear the Australian Infantry Combat Badge. (ICB)

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Also, he did not spend enough time in the CMF to be even awarded the Australian Defence Medal. (ADM) In fact, he has never been awarded any Australian Defence Force Medals for his part time limited service.

Inquiries have been made in regards to his claims of completing the Basic Parachute Course (BPC) in the Australian Army. He has never completed this course and when asked by a genuine veteran what BPC he completed, Garland had no idea what he was talking about. He may have visited the 2nd Commando Unit in Victoria, but he never qualified as a member of this Unit, nor did he ever qualify for the parachute wings. The below photograph is an extract from his Facebook Page.

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Garland currently resides in Midland, Texas, USA. From inquiries made he has told all who will listen, that he is an Australian Veteran who saw military service in Vietnam and Cambodia, however, being top secret, the service had to be sanctioned by the Australian Government, as he went undercover as a Russian. He has made these claims to others on his Facebook page. His claims are rubbish. He states that his Commanding Officer gave him the ICB for his service in Asia.

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Garland is a convicted criminal and was sentenced to five years imprisonment for selling guns illegally in the USA in 2012. He was released after three years. Below is his mugshot and a link to his nefarious behaviour.

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www.ice.gov/news/releases/new-mexico-fir...-weapons-trafficking 

 

Garland currently hands out Australian Army Parachute wings to others for civilian parachute jumps. We are not sure how much money he earns by pretending to be a Parachute Instructor, a Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army, or whatever else he wants to call himself.

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What we do know is that Garland spent an insignificant time in the CMF as a Private soldier. He is not a qualified Australian Army Parachute Instructor and has no right or qualifications to be handing out Australian Army Basic Parachute Course wings to anybody.

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We know that he has no entitlement to wear the Australian Infantry Combat Badge. He had no War Like Service. He hardly had any service.

We know that he is not a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army but a convicted criminal who served at least three years jail for the illegal sale of 200 guns in 2012.

Parachutist insignia are not worn on DPCU, AMCU, sweater khaki lightweight, Garrison jacket, Coat khaki fleece/Combat jacket interim cold weather, raincoat or any order of Protective Dress (Ref: Army Dress Manual). Also, Parachute badges on DPCU background are not official Australian Army issue.

Garland was contacted by a Researcher and offered an opportunity to produce evidence to support his false military service claims.

Below is his response -;
(It has not been edited and all the spelling and grammar errors remain as received. Warning. - Offensive language is used.)

Sorry for the late response, I finally was able to pick myself up from the floor after laughing so much at your e mails
Who the fuck do you think you are, God I hope I meet you and these other fools.

Your first e mail states that I have been going around saying I am a vietnam vet and 2 command, but you don't mention any names, times, Gotta say you people are so full of shit, I have never said that, you make these claims and expect me to respond?

Then now, you say I was a priavte at 2 commando company in Williams town? so you either know or not, which is it?

Obviousley you clowns don't know what the word attached means, look it up in a book called (Dictionary)

One clown states that I am a chief warrant officer????.

When I was enliseted there was no such rank as far as I remember in the Australian Army, , I am a chief Warrant Officer in the Army here,Get your facts staraight.

When I was enlised, the stand over imtimidation garbage never worked and sure don't work now and you threat for me to respond or you are going to put my photo or something on some bullshit site for the world to see LOL, makes me laugh so much, You clowns must have so much time on your hands, its amazing, wish I had this much time on my hands.

One clown writes all the things wrong with my uniform, How hard do you think it is to get my size? I know I have the older uniform you idiots, When I was enlisted, the first camo trials were four pocket blouse, like the old green US Vietnam blouse, in the last 40 years you think the uniform has changed, maybe???

I do wear my awards the way I wear them on my US Uniform and no one will tell me other wise, I will wear them the way I want and that fat slob (Name removed by ANZMI) and Pretty boy Fagot (Name removed by ANZMI) with is pretty little Beret and pretty Homo pins and Boy pictures on his face book can go fuck themselves, Don't hide like cowards behind the PC drinking your Fosters and smoking your preciouse ciggarette, go beat up the wife, or in your cases the Homo boy friend.

Be a man, jump on a plane and come over and lets have a face to face cowards, Walmart Parking lot, Midland Drive,Midland,Texas,79705 any time! We carry here, something you clowns are not allowed to do and we can use deadly force when threatened and attack, some come on you yellow belly cowards hiding behind your computor, I'm waiting.
Why do I have to explain, when,How, Were, I received my awards, you fools have already made up your minds, though, if you want my documentation, service number, sure, $15,000.

My First award was near 40 years ago, LOL 40 years and now its an issue, what I did in Vietnam and Cambodia was sanctioned, and none of your business.

So go ahead post what you want, I just returned from FT Bragg,NC, had a blast and awarded 11 Australian Army Wings and now Going to FT Benning GA, in January, Major (name removed by ANZMI) CO Airborne ops near wet his pants when he read your e mail, I neaver heard someone laugh so much.

Oh, I have done 35 military T-10 jumps in Australia, and several Hundred square jumps, and awared 3rd place in the Australian Army, even a photo in the Australian Army News paper, good luck finding the name LOL. Why do you think I am here in the USA? getting close, warmmer?? Hot? Nope just cold.

My Firends here all called me laughing at the Stupid Australians, who e mailed them about me, we all had a good laugh, Guess that backfired huh!

You have no Authroity over me, even if your some bullshit government agaency, I could not care less, I will continue to wear my uniform when presenting the Royal Australian Army Jump wings and wearing my uniform through the Airports here. And you pityifull threat of putting my my picture on the WEB, knock yorself out and I will then start posting my certificates and we will see who looks stupid in the end, so please, post it today.

I have blocked all e mails from Australia, don't bother trying to contact me, but post this letter by all means and post when you cowards are coming over for a face to face.

Garland lived in Weeribee, Victoria, Australia in the 1980s. He had a business named U.S Garb n Gear. He was selling U.S Military uniforms and collectables, before he emigrated to the United States, where he became a U.S Citizen. Looking at his uniform, he is apparently still a collector of U.S. Military collectables.

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Garland is a False Pretender, a Military Fraud, a Convicted Criminal and an overall obnoxious wannabee.

Our Stolen Valour friends in the USA have been notified as well as the local authorities.

This clown will remain on the ANZMI site for some time to come, and no, we will not be going to Walmart Parking Lot, Midland, Texas.

Surname: Halstead
Christian Names: William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Mitcham
Case Notes:

 

William "Lieutenant Colonel" Halstead

CPMH was notified by the VVAA Melbourne that contact had been made by the Lions Club in Mitcham, Victoria, complaining about the antics of one of their number - a Bill HALSTEAD who regaled the members with tales of singular heroism as a Colonel with the famed Australian SAS in Viet Nam.

"Colonel" Bill had held the position of Treasurer in his tenure with the Lions, and took great pleasure in spruiking of his wartime exploits - of being captured by the Viet Cong and suspended from a tree in a bamboo cage, of being wounded no less than seven times, of having seven centimetres of his spine surgically removed due to bullet wounds, of being waist deep in snow on patrol in South Viet Nam, and lastly of being "desensitised" of his phobia by having the Army fly helicopters overhead in Collins Street. Melbourne, to stabilise his health.

The Melbourne Herald/Sun journalist Russell ROBINSON was contacted by our operative and he then interviewed and photographed "Colonel Bill" - it was at this interview that Bill threw himself on his sword and admitted that he was actually serving time in prison for rape when he was supposedly ducking bullets in Viet Nam - read the relevant news article here 

When confronted with the facts Bill had no option but to write to the Victorian CPMH co-ordinator explaining why he was impersonating a Veteran.   His reply in the form of an apology and several photos proves that he at least has a modicum of conscience.  Then again - when cornered what are his alternatives?

"Colonel"  Bill Halstead's feeble attempt at an apology to the Veterans he was impersonating has been rejected.  His lies about unbelievable service as stated above, again brings disrepute to the SAS when the shame should be his for raping a young woman and being jailed for it.  If he had the intestinal fortitude to admit to what he had done in the first instance, instead of fabricating Military service, it would most likely have been forgotten by now, but his lies have brought him undone.

So another rogue is added to our gallery - a self confessed rapist who for over 30 years has walked in the blood of our brothers.  Do NOT for one minute feel sorry for this man - a jury of 12 citizens ultimately sent him to jail for a monstrous crime - the age of the female raped is unknown.  There are many thousands of veterans alive and gone before us who have daughters and as any rape victim knows, you can never forget.

Bill HALSTEAD - welcome to CPMH. You are embedded in these pages. However should you feel the need to voluntarily  hand yourself in to the Federal Police to be charged under the Defence Act 1903 Section 80, for impersonating a Serviceperson, consideration may be given to your removal off these pages for the sake of your grandchildren........after we receive the results of your conviction.  You may download your admission of guilt from the area below, or use the carbon copy you made.  We will return the page you inadvertantly left on the letter you mailed us for this purpose.

As they say Colonel Bill....."Never run from a sniper.  You will only die tired."  Turn yourself in to the Federal Police and face the music and the result may see you removed off here.  Other than that you remain here forever for the world to see.

 

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

Surname: Hall
Christian Names: Thomas Eyre
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Hornsby
Service: CMF/Army Reserve
Branch: Infantry/Armour
Case Notes:

Updated 5 Sep 2013

Thomas Eyre HALL, born 07 October 1933 of Hornsby New South Wales, did a short visit of 15 days to Vietnam as a Citizen Military Force (CMF) officer. However, he wears both the Vietnam medals pretending to be a Vietnam Veteran that completed a full tour.

 

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You will notice in the photo that the medals have not been mounted by a professional as the ribbons are of varying lengths and look quite untidy.

In the photo above, which is not that clear and taken a while back, you will see that he appears to be wearing the following medals;

Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 clasp Vietnam (entitled)

Vietnam Medal (not entitled only entitled to the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal VLSM)

Reserve Forces Decoration with one clasp (entitled)

National Medal with clasp (entitled) medal and first clasp awarded 30 Aug 2000

QE2 1953 Coronation Medal (not entitled, he was only 19 years old in July 1953)

Efficiency Decoration with bar Australia and first clasp (entitled) medal awarded 1967 clasp 1973

National Service 1951-1972 Medal (not entitled as this is an unofficial tin medal purchased)

South Vietnam Campaign Medal (not entitled, did only 15 days not the 181 days required)

He also appears to be wearing the Infantry Combat Badge just above his medals which he is not entitled to.

During our investigation we received a photo of Hall’s updated medals. Appears he is still wearing the same jumper and jacket. You will notice the medals have been re-arranged and additional medals appear, one of which replaces the tin medal he is wearing in the original photo received.

 

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The 2nd photo was taken either 2007 or 2009.

In this photo he is still pretending to be a Vietnam Veteran who has completed a full tour. The medals are;

Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (the parachute lapel badge should not be worn on that medal)

Vietnam Logistic Support Medal (with the Vietnam Ribbon)

QE2 1953 Coronation Medal (not entitled)

Defence Force Service Medal (not entitled) new

Reserve Forces Decoration with two clasps (entitled)

National Medal with 1 clasp (entitled)

Australian Defence Force Medal (entitled) new (15 tears service Regular Army or 12 years and 3 years in the Reserves)

Efficiency Decoration with bar Australia and first clasp (entitled)

Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal (entitled, replaced the tin medal) new

South Vietnam Campaign Medal (not entitled minimum time 181 days in country)

HALL is only entitled to the Australian Active service Medal (AASM 1945-75) which was approved in 1997 for one reason only and that is when the VLSM was instituted in 1993. So prior to those medals being approved he was not entitled to any medals for Vietnam until 1993.

 This is the medal he is entitled to wear.

 

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 This is the Vietnam Medal.

 

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You will notice he is wearing the VLSM medal with the Vietnam Medal ribbon. The difference between the two medals besides the ribbon colour is where the medal and ribbon are joined. How many others out there are doing the same thing?

The following information is from the gazettes pertaining to the medals.

The AASM

(iv) the Medal may be awarded to a member of the Australian Defence

Force who rendered service as such a member for a period of 30

days, or for periods amounting in the aggregate to 30 days, for

official visits, inspections or other occurrences of a temporary

nature in connection with the military contribution in the

prescribed operation;

HALL did not complete 30 days service.

(vii) the Medal may be awarded to a person who, as a member of the

Defence Force, qualified for the Vietnam Logistic and Support

Medal in accordance with the conditions for that award set out in

Regulations and Letters Patent dated 24 February 1993; and

The Vietnam Medal

The conditions of award of the Medal shall be common to members of the

three Services and shall be:

(i) service of twenty-eight days, continuous or aggregated, in ships or craft

employed in operations on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam;

(ii) service of one day or more on the posted strength of a unit or formation

on land in Vietnam;

(iii) one operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese waters by aircrew on

the posted strength of a unit allocated for direct support of operations in

Vietnam; or

(iv) service of thirty days, continuous or aggregated, for official visits,

inspections or, other occurrences of a temporary nature on duty in

Vietnam, or in ships_ or craft engaged in operations off the Vietnamese

coast.

HALL did not complete 30 days service and he was not on the posted strength of a unit namely 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) but attached for a two week CMF visit to get eyes on experience on the layout of the Task Force base at Nui Dat and how operations were carried out and visiting units within the base. He would not have completed the required training to go out on operations with any units.

 

VlETNAM LOGISTIC AND SUPPORT MEDAL REGULATIONS

Conditions for the award of the Medal

4. (1) The Medal may be awarded for service of one day or more in the area of

operations of Vietnam during the relevant period:

(a) as a member of the crew of a ship or aircraft operating in support of the

Australian Armed Forces;

(b) while attached to a unit or organisation operating in support of the Australian

Armed Forces;

(c) while attached to, or serving with, a unit of the Australian Armed Forces or

allied forces as an observer

Hall is entitled to the VLSM as mentioned in 4. (1) and (b) or (c). Notice the word attached not posted.

 

The Queen Elizabeth II 1953 Coronation Medal.

As mentioned before HALL was only 19 years old so why would he be awarded that medal.

As it happens we managed to locate on a web site a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald dated Tuesday 2 June 1953 which states that 11,500 medals were awarded and lists the names of the persons awarded the medal. Thomas Eyre HALL is not one of them.

We managed to copy the names mentioned in the paper which you can see below or you can go to the website and view the list yourself. The medal he is wearing either belongs to someone else or he has purchased it.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/18371227

 

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Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal

This medal was not introduced till 2001 so HALL like others purchased an unofficial tin medal to show they did National Service duty until he eventually applied for the official medal.

Our first search for the service file for Thomas Hall was in three sections altogether over 8 inches in density. He served as a National Serviceman (NS) in the 1950’s with the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers with the service number 270362, where he reached the rank of Corporal. Hall transferred from national service to the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) when he was allocated a new service number 2234018 and reverted to the rank of Private on 05 January 1957. On 07 December 1957 he was appointed to the Commissioned Officer rank of Lieutenant. One of the CMF units he served in was 1 Commando Company.

His records show he was an officer in the Royal Australian Infantry (RAINF) and the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) during his time in service. As some documents were missing we are not aware if he spent time in the Australian Regular Army.

The majority of paperwork relates to two “Redress of Wrongs”, when he was adversely reported on by his superiors in 1966 and 1967 and again in 1973-74.

Ultimately he wrote two Ministerial letters to the Minister of Army and earned himself the title of vexatious litigant. He was adversely reported on for his dress and bearing, attitude, conduct unbecoming as a Major, treating his underlings with disdain and ignoring any commands given by superiors.

As mentioned above, Hall now a Major during the Vietnam War was able to do a short visit of 15 days on Full Time Duty (FTD) as per the regulations at the time and was attached “not posted on strength” to 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) from 04/02/1970 to 18/02/1970.

After carrying out his short visit, Hall wrote a submission that he shouldn’t have to pay tax for the period in South Vietnam (in reality a fortnightly CMF camp period). Again reams of paperwork resulted from this submission which included the Australian Tax office and the Minister for Army.

 

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Our second search for his service record revealed the rest of his service record which may have been filed under his National Service file.

 

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The service records are not complete as no discharge date is given, but going by an interview he gave to the Sydney Morning Herald on 27 August 1994, titled “The Heroes Who Disappeared” written by Philip Cornford, Hall stated he retired at 53 years of age which would mean he retired from what was then called the Army Reserves not the CMF around 1986.

They were the days of large newspapers and we failed to find the article on line, but State libraries do keep copies of newspapers on record so a section of the article was photographed as seen below.

 

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Now according to Hall he joined the Regular Army as a Captain in October 1963. The truth is he was still a CMF officer who went on Full Time Duty. He did not resign from the CMF and enlist in the Regular Army. The dates of his full time service were 4 Oct 1963 to 11 February 1966 as can be seen in his service record and he remained in the CMF till he retired

 

 

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Having read the article, it would appear Hall only went full time in the army to try and get access to files that were still classified in regard to Special Operations Australia, a top secret covert unit based on the British Special Operations Executive. These files would be classified till 30 years after the war.

He needed access to these files to uncover what happened on the Rimau mission, the second raid on Singapore Harbour which unfortunately failed and the men never heard from again.

 

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After Hall returned to the CMF, he continued to get access to the files and as Hall stated in the article he was told by a Brigadier, Commander of the Fifth Task Force, a CMF Unit, that he had better stop making a nuisance of himself. Hall ignored the warning and a year later was summoned to Victoria Barracks in Sydney and confronted by a General Officer Commanding Eastern Command, a Major General, a Brigadier and a full Colonel and ordered to top asking questions about Rimau or face a Court Martial. Hall as quoted in the article said, “Go for your bloody life, General.”

This may explain his bad report at the start of the case.

Hall also stated in the article that he went to Vietnam as a CMF Observer and was wounded twice in 24 hours forcing his early retirement at 53 years of age.

 

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When you look at his service record there is no mention of him being wounded or injured whilst on his CMF visit with 6 Battalion RAR. All that is recorded is he flew from Sydney to Saigon via Darwin and flew back to Sydney at the end of his visit.

Now he may have tripped over in a drunken stupor and bruised or scratched himself, but there are no records of him being wounded in Vietnam.

If you check the following site you will also find he is not listed there.

http://www.thecasualtylist.com/

Thomas Eyre HALL as an officer, you are a disgrace to the Officer Corps by pretending to be a Vietnam Veteran, lying about being wounded, wearing the Vietnam medals and wearing the Coronation Medal you are not entitled to, not to mention the tin medal.

You have shown that you are a man that shows no respect to the Vietnam Veterans that earned those medals, especially those that never made it back. You also show that you are a man of no integrity and most of all, no honour or honesty or respect for your superiors whilst a serving member of the Australian Defence Force.

It is no wonder the comments we received when your case first went up, makes it quite plain the men that served under you had no respect for you. A good leader always leads by example and you have shown yourself to be a very poor leader.

You can only be described as a very arrogant man who deserves to be on our website.

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