Henderson

Date of Entry: 27/02/2020
Surname: Henderson
Christian Names: David
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Gulgong
Service #: 218959
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: 1970
Case Notes:

 

HENDERSON UPDATE 27/2/2020.

Since the ANZMI publication of the David Henderson matter, dozens of emails have been received that condemn Henderson’s offensive behaviour.

Below is an email received from the former owners of Lone Pine Medals, Mudgee, who are most concerned that their good name and reputation has been dragged through the mud by Henderson for his own selfish benefit.

“In relation to your latest fraudulent wearing of medals case: David Henderson

I am one of the “un named ladies”, who apparently told him he was entitled to wear the medals. . I state categorically that this statement is false.

Some background for you. - My wife and I were Gulgong RSL Sub Branch affiliate members (as ex police officers), and owners of a medal mounting and framing business.

Mr Henderson already had the US Army Commendation medal in his possession and asked should he have it on his rack. We advised him that if he was entitled to the medal, that he could wear it as it was approved for wear.

He then asked us to mount it on his rack.

Later he asked if we could mount his Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. We had been advised by him earlier that he was filling out forms for this medal as he was entitled to it, and had been approved....thus the medal to be added to his rack.

As medal mounters, we can only do what a client requests. We are not required to prove their entitlement, and can only do what we are advised.

We were in possession of the book which you show a page from, and noting that his name wasn't in it, confronted him. He said it must be outdated.

He also stated to us at one time that being shot in the arse he should be entitled to the Purple Heart as well, and how can he get that.

We have always done everything we can to find out a clients eligibility. One example was a WWI set in which the soldier enlisted in 1916. thus only entitled to the BWM and Victory medal. We thoroughly researched the soldier through records, the AWM, and National Archives and confirmed his two medal entitlement. The client refused to believe his grandfather didn't get the trio, and we refused to supply him with same due to it being wrong.

We would never allow any person to wear medals not of their entitlement, as with David Henderson...we can only go on what he claimed as Vietnam entitlements are much harder to confirm.

Finally, we took our job very seriously, and had recommendations from many current serving members, and past members. We mounted sets for troops on deployment...for entire Ships companies....we prided ourselves on our work.

We may have moved to Canada, and sold the business to another party...but we do not like our work being dragged through the mud by a man who should know better.”


The above email is published with the expressed approval of the authors.

If the Secretary of the Gulgong RSL Sub Branch -;.
John Fielding RFD, JP
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd)
Secretary Gulgong RSL sub-Branch,

had taken his responsibilities seriously, and contacted the former Medal Shop owners, instead of defending the fraudulent behaviour of his President to ANZMI, he may have taken a different view. We will never know.

Henderson has been reported to the RSL NSW State Branch. An update will be published in the future regarding the action taken by that governing body.

The ANZMI site is riddled with military imposters, medal cheats and valour thieves, who hold or have held executive positions in Ex Service Organisations.

The message should be very clear to these false pretenders. You will appear on this site if you belong to one or more of the above three categories.

 

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David Henderson was born in the United Kingdom on the 3 September, 1945. He enlisted in the Australian Regular Army and was subsequently posted to the Republic of South Vietnam on the 6 August 1969. On the 19 November, 1969, he was posted to 8 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment ( 8RAR) where he served as a Private in that Infantry Battalion until the 20 April, 1970. He then returned to Australia.


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In the above photograph, Henderson is wearing the following medals.

1. Australian Active Service medal clasp Vietnam. (AASM) Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. Entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM) Entitled.
4. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Entitled.
5. United States Army Commendation Medal for heroism or meritorious achievement.. Not entitled.
6. Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. Not entitled.

Henderson is the President of the Gulgong Returned and Services League (R&SL) Sub Branch in mid-west New South Wales. A respectable position.

Henderson, though is a medal cheat, a valour thief and a big noter.
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He is not entitled to wear the US Army Commendation Medal. He has purchased and awarded this medal to himself.
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Criteria: The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States other than General Officers who, while serving in any capacity with the Army after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. Award may be made to a member of the Armed Forces of a friendly foreign nation who, after 1 June 1962, distinguishes himself by an act of heroism, extraordinary achievement, or meritorious service which has been of mutual benefit to a friendly nation and the United States.

Henderson is not entitled to wear the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. He has also purchased this medal and awarded it to himself.
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Degrees

The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross was awarded in four degrees, with a basic medal followed by higher degrees which were the equivalent of personal citations on an organizational level (also known as having been "Mentioned in dispatches").

The degrees of the Gallantry Cross are as follows:
Gallantry Cross with Palm: cited at the Armed Forces level
• Gallantry Cross with Gold Star: cited at the Corps level
• Gallantry Cross with Silver Star: cited at the Division level
• Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star: cited at the Regiment or Brigade level.

You will notice that Henderson claims that he was awarded the highest degree of this gallantry medal by the former Republic of Vietnam Government. (bolded).

Henderson served in 8RAR in Vietnam from November, 1969 until April, 1970 when he returned to Australia. During that time, the Battalion was engaged in heavy fighting with the enemy at the Long Hai Hills during Operation Hammersley. The Vietnam Government bestowed the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation for their actions in that battle, that occurred between the 10 February and the 9 March, 1970.

One 8RAR soldier was awarded the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm during their deployment. It was not Private David Henderson. In the below comprehensive official list, he does not get a mention in the Battalions honours for that tour of duty.

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Henderson is entitled to wear the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit citation, but not the individual Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal with Palm. There is a distinguished difference between the two. Citation depicted below -;




He has been warned by former colleagues of the 8RAR Association on several occasions, and also the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia, that he has no entitlement to the two offending medals in question, and that he should remove them from his rack. He has told some former 8 RAR colleagues, that he was awarded the medals when he was with 9 Battalion RAR, prior to his posting to 8 Battalion RAR in November, 1969. That statement is false. He was never awarded either medal at any time by any official source. He has defied the advice of former 8RAR colleagues to get the medals off, with total disrespect to all Australian soldiers, who have been officially awarded both medals.

Arrogance perhaps, vanity, or both!

Henderson has been the President of the Gulgong RSL Sub Branch for the past 26 years. He should lead by example and not wear medals that he has purchased and awarded to himself.

Henderson was contacted by a Researcher and given an opportunity to provide an explanation to wearing purchased medals. The Secretary, on his behalf, replied and stated in writing inter alia -;

“Please be advised that the wearing of these medals was done in good faith by Mr Henderson having previously been given false guidance by professional individuals.

He has subsequently realised that he is not entitled to the two medals you have mentioned and has removed them from his rack. He is embarrassed and upset that this has occurred.

He has proudly served as President of the Gulgong RSL sub-Branch for 26 consecutive years and was only led to believe he was entitled to wear those medals in recent years”.


When questioned by one former 8RAR member, Henderson stated that local medal experts told him he was entitled to the two medals. They were allegedly two Sub Branch ladies. Henderson then filled out the required forms, the ladies sent them away and presto, the two medals arrived in the mail and were court mounted with his genuine medals. The ladies, according to Henderson, cannot be contacted now, as they both moved to Canada.

Henderson would know as well as every other former Australian Army Vietnam veteran, that you do not receive a U.S Government heroism medal and a Vietnam Government Gallantry Medal by sending away for them. He purchased them at a Medal Dealers Shop or on ebay.

Henderson is a fraud and he knows it. He has been told to remove them on at least two occasions, he ignored that advice, and now that ANZMI is making inquiries, he produces the “false guidance” excuse.

As a false pretender, he should resign or be kicked out of the NSW RSL immediately. The NSW RSL has enough ongoing problems at the moment without medal cheats and valour thieves like Henderson holding the Executive position of Sub Branch President, within the organisation.

ANZMI has not been provided any evidence that Henderson has removed the offending medals.

There is no excuse Mr Henderson, get rid of the un-awarded medals and resign your post.

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