Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Jackson
Christian Names: Anthony George
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Margaret River
Service #: Nil
Service: International Police Commission (IPC)
Branch: Global Command Headquarters, Perth WA
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

 

 

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only
because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
Anon.


Allow us to present the Supreme Commander of the International Police Commission (IPC), General (Four Star) Anthony Jackson, KGK, OAM. If you are prepared to believe their website, our General Jackson commands an international band of crime fighters formed to serve and assist the peoples of the world in the maintenance of peace and achieve prosperity. The IPC aims to play a vital role in preventing and ending crimes against humanity such as drug trafficking, terrorism, murders, and unnecessary killings, abuse of women and children and violation of human rights.

It might also interest you, the reader to know that General Jackson, apart from being the Supreme Commander of the IPC, he is also their official Ambassador to Australia and for good measure, the Territorial Commander. Phew, how lucky are we?

If at this stage, you still don’t believe us, please visit their website at ipc-ghq.com/.

So, who is Anthony Gordon Jackson, OAM when he is not commanding an international band of crime fighters? He does exist and has an entitlement to wear both the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and the Australian Sports Medal. He was awarded these awards for his service to martial arts and not International crime fighting! Apart from the OAM and Sports Medal, he can also be seen wearing, on his left side, a medal that appears to be the General Service Medal 1962 (GSM62) and lastly, the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).

The latter two medals suggest Jackson has had military service, possibly with UK Forces and also service in the Australian Defence Force. We will worry about the medals on the right side a little bit later. The reader will also note Jackson is wearing a ‘star’ device below his rack as well as a red sash and neck device. This ‘honour’ is apparently the KGK which is obviously some sort of knighthood that many wannabes seem to be able to find and self-award.

Apart from the ‘dodgy’ knighthood, it can be argued that Jackson is wearing his entitled honours and awards correctly. It may be the case in the above photograph but things change significantly when he puts his uniform on.


Here we have a photograph of the Supreme Commander and we guess, members of his global command team. Jackson can be seen wearing at least three rows of ribbons on the left chest, most of which are nothing but ‘tin rubbish’.

The photograph does tell us how little Jackson values the OAM, as it can be seen above the tin on the second row, he has not even bothered to give that prestigious Australian award the dignity it deserves.

In case you are wondering what rank his companions hold, here is their ‘rank structure’ and organisational chart.

Don’t be too alarmed just yet, they even have an ‘official’ ID card and a badge to go with it. The astute reader may note that they employ a good deal of ‘photo shopping’ when creating the ID card (see the first picture in this report).


They even have a ‘tropical’ uniform for those jobs when all black just won’t do.

We have searched long and hard to try and identify what the KGK ‘honour’ is and how it is awarded and by whom. Suffice to say that the total lack of information about the award speaks much about its value than anything else we can add.

Turning now to the medals being worn on the right side, we can count at least eleven medals, crosses and stars, none of which can be identified as an approved State, philanthropic or approved association medal.

Many followers of ANZMI would be aware that we strongly oppose the mixing of State Awards with National Awards worn on the right breast, contrary to clear directions from the Office of the Governor General. This stance is not intended to belittle State Awards, but simply to ensure compliance with current Honours and Awards policy in Australia.

So, with that said we at ANZMI will also expose those who do belittle often hard earned State awards by wearing ‘tin rubbish’ on the left breast simply to make oneself appear to be something one is not. As with the KGK, none of the medals worn on the left side can be identified as genuine State awards, the sheer number of them alone ridicules the State Awards System.

Just who are the International Police Commission (IPC)?

The IPC claim, on one of their websites to be:

‘…a member of the United Nations – Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC), it is a duly registered international non-profit, non-secretarial,(we think they mean Sectarian) peacekeeping and social development paramilitary organization based in the State of California, United States of America with extension commands in member nations of the UN…’

It may surprise many to learn that there is in fact a UN - Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC) and they can be found on the web at:

www.un.org/en/ecosoc/about/subsidiary.shtml

Not surprisingly though, there is no mention of the IPC, despite their exuberance in using the UN symbol on websites and uniforms. Further searches of UN Websites have revealed vague references to IPC as a NGO (Non-Government Organisation) but there is no reference to the IPC playing any sort of peacekeeping or policing role anywhere in the world.

They claim to be a paramilitary organisation, but this is all we could find on their Facebook page:

It is not the role of ANZMI to look into organisations such as the IPC, but we would encourage followers of ANZMI to undertake their own research, as we trust, the Federal and State Police bodies have.

The organisation has been registered in Victoria as an incorporated body. We guess to allow them to fundraise? We leave it to the individual reader to decide if you would part with your money to support groups such as this.

Yes, this could simply be a case of grown men dressing in fancy uniforms and playing policeman but who knows.

Here is a copy of their membership form. Be careful though, by signing the form you are joining the IPC willingly and voluntarily without any reservation! We have shown that uniform plays an important part in Australia’s supreme command of the IPC, this can be clearly seen by the fact your uniform size appears on the application form before educational and employment background. What more is there to be said?

What we do know is that their Supreme Commander in Australia, Anthony George Jackson is another wannabe medal cheat who, despite having been awarded one of Australia’s highest awards chooses to belittle that award by mixing it with tin rubbish and a make believe knighthood of dubious description. Welcome to our website MR Jackson.

 

JACKSON UP-DATE – 22 NOV 15

Since our initial exposure of ‘Wacko Jacko’, the ‘El Supremo’ of the International Police Commission, crime fighter and medals cheat, information has streamed in concerning this fraudster.   This information has raised serious concerns regarding the circumstances and information which was used to assess his nomination for the Medal of the Order of Australia, and most likely the Australian Sports Medal.

We have also learned that he has claimed false military service, and probably committed copyright offences in an autobiography he penned.

Firstly, his false claims about his military service.

After considerable research, it has been revealed that JACKSON served for a time in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a Carpenter.   During his time in the RAAF he was posted to RAAF Base Butterworth in Malaysia.   Now, there is nothing untoward about that, fairly simple and mundane.

But wait, JACKSON is able to turn a routine posting into something much more; and how do we know?   Well, JACKSON is the author of a book about his life of daring do.

In this book, JACKSON makes a series of outlandish claims about his military service and has committed at least one copyright offence against the Australian War Memorial in the process.

 

 

The first part of his story regarding his flight to Butterworth in a Canberra Bomber with a group of British Airman he met is simply ridiculous.   Anyone familiar with Defence Force Movements would know that the RAAF would not fly a Carpenter to Butterworth in a Canberra Bomber.   Anyone familiar with the Canberra Bomber would also know that it has no room for passengers.   The Canberra was one of the first jet bombers in RAAF Service, with a crew of two and just enough room to squeeze one other, very uncomfortably into the cockpit space if really necessary.   NO Jacko, this flight of fancy definitely did not happen!

 

JACKSON is more than a wannabe and medal cheat, he is a ‘Valour Thief’.   The reader will note from the extract of his book (above), he is claiming to be one of the persons photographed on operations in Malaya.   This is a total fabrication, a complete despicable lie.   The photograph can be viewed on the Australian War Memorial’s Website by following the link:

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/ELL/58/0283/MC/

You can see clearly that it is the same photograph as that being used by JACKSON in his book.   The true description of the photograph is:

JACKSON was a Carpenter in the RAAF, and did not see any combat service in Malaya or any other area of conflict.   JACKSON is nothing but a fraud and by his own hand, a Valour Thief.

The reader will note that JACKSON attempts to get around the copyright issue of the photograph by suggesting that:

‘My daughter and son-in-law found this photo in the Canberra war museum.   After thoroughly checking with the museum, they were allowed to take a photo so they can present to me as memories’

We are not sure who proof read his autobiography, but they clearly missed that sentence.   None the less, the statement is false, there is no evidence to support the fact that he used the image with permission, if any part of the statement were true, then the image was intended as a private memento, not for use in a book which was written to increase the bank account of JACKSON.  

Here is clear evidence of a breach of copyright.   JACKSON cannot even get the correct name of the Australian War Memorial, from whom he ‘borrowed’ the image, instead calling it the Canberra war museum.

By claiming to be one of the individuals in the photograph, JACKSON has also clearly committed an offence under the Defence Act, 1903 in that:

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, sailoror airman; and

(b) the representation is false.

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

Turning now to the circumstances surrounding the award of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and the Australian Sports Medal.

JACKSON was awarded the OAM (Civil Division) and the Australian Sports Medal for his alleged achievements in the sport of karate.   Achievements, which we have learned that are based on questionable qualifications, dodgy certificates and actions which mark JACKSON as a person not fit to wear the awards bestowed on him.

Clearly, JACKSON is a person who likes to ‘big note’ himself, this can be seen on the front cover of his book where he addresses himself as:

  Hanshi Anthony Jackson – OAM, ASM

First things first.   The use of ASM (in reference to the Australian Sports Medal) is just wrong.   The sports medal has no post nominals, unlike the Medal of the Order of Australia which has the post nominals of OAM.   Many wannabes misuse post nominals as JACKSON has done, simply to make the person appear that little bit more important than everyone else.

In the world of Martial Arts, the tern Hanshi refers to a senior expert considered to be a "teacher of teachers".   This title is used by many different arts for the top few instructors of that style, and is sometimes translated "Grand Master".

In reality, JACKSON is considered to be a questionable character in the karate world and has a history of issuing false qualification certificates and falsifying records of the sports Japanese links.   Here is an example of what we mean:

We were supplied with the above certificate from a source within the karate world to show the lengths JACKSON will go to enhance his perceived significance in the sport.   JACKSON has signed the certificate as the examiner but had no authority to do so.   Note the issue date on the certificate – 1984.    That date is significant in relation to the award of the OAM and the Australian Sports Medal.

Note the signature of Shigeki Izuni, now here it is again in a letter to JACKSON reprimanding him for issuing false certificates in 1989, (bearing in mind, he was awarded the OAM for his ‘excellence’ in the sport only twelve months earlier):  

And again in 1991, it is clear his admonishment failed, but what is important is the fact that any authority he held was revoked.   Again, note the signature of Shigeki Izuni, a signature which has been verified and compare that to the signature that appears on the fake certificate and make up your own mind.

 

There is a clear history of JACKSON falsifying records in the sport going back to at least 1984 and given his involvement in the sport prior to this incident, serious doubt must be raised about the supporting evidence used to nominate him for the award of both the OAM and the Australian Sports Medal.   Given that he was awarded the OAM in 1988 and the sports medal in 2000 there is little doubt that the evidence used was false.   It is most likely to us he has coopted one of his close friends to nominate him the awards.

This is not the first time that a person on our website has been caught out falsifying their history to have an OAM awarded.   Here is a very good example of such a fraud:

Hammal, Roque Charles

In our initial exposure of JACKSON, he seemed to us to be a just a bit of a clown, wearing uniforms and awarding himself medals.   That is still the case, but since that first report we have learned much more about Anthony JACKSON and we are in no doubt that he is a wannabe, a medal cheat and worst of all a valor thief.   He has claimed service he has no entitlement to claim and even attempted to attribute to himself a photograph of true heroes, committing a copyright offence in the process.

JACKSON is a fraud, he has a lengthy history of questionable behavior in the sport of karate where he is viewed as a crook.   The circumstances surrounding the award of the OAM and Australian Sports Medal must be questioned in light of the evidence provided and action taken to remove these honours from him.

Let us all hope that the Australian War Memorial and the Secretariat to the Australian Honours System take notice of this exposure and take appropriate action against JACKSON.

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surname: Bain
Christian Names: David Malcolm
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Sadliers Crossing
Case Notes:

David Malcolm Bain

While we had sufficient information to publish the Wing Commander David Bain story before Grahame Keaton's, it was decided that we should wait until the RAAF and ADF had finished their investigations into his behaviour, howeverlast Sunday, 19 March 06, the Bain story appeared in the Queensland Sunday Mail, seemingly provided by an enthusiastic wannabe hunter who was not, and is not, connected to ANZMI.

That news article is belowwith a better view of his 17 medals and three citations from the Distinguished Service Medal down to the Kuwait Liberation Medal shown enlarged, below the news article


medals

citations

The medals and citations he wore are all United States awards and are:

Distinguished Service Medal,
   Legion of Merit,
   Soldiers Medal,
   Bronze Star,
   Meritorious Service Medal,
   Air Medal,
  Army Commendation Medal,
  Air Force Commendation Medal
  Army Achievement Medal,
  Good Conduct Medal,
National Defence Service Medal
   Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,
  Southwest Asia Service Medal,
   Armed Forces Reserves Medal,
  UN Medal
   Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi),
   Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)  or Multi Force and Observers medal.
  
CITATIONS
   Army Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious
   Unit
   Citation, and the Army Meritorious Unit Citation.

 RAAF Pilot brevet. (Wings)

Now that the cat's out of the bag, we feel we can add to what was shown in the article.

David Bain came to our attention in late January 2006 when we were asked to check on his US Military service. Our friends in the US, Chuck and Mary Schantag of POW Network, did the necessary searches and came up with a nil result.

It was reported that Bain claimed to have been an Australian fighter pilot who was later seconded to the US and flew all sorts of missions there during the past decade or so.

A report of him claiming to have been a 16 year US Army helicopter pilot was also received, with stories of him flying Apaches.

 

24 October 2005. In a press interview, as advertising for selling air-conditioners from his shop, he was referred to as a former RAAF helicopter pilot, it was further stated that he was already trained and entered the RAAF as a pilot in 1972.

In this interview he was also quoted as saying that he won a flying scholarship in 1971 and entered the RAAF but he contradicts this in a later interview where he said it was 1970. 

In either case it seems he was born 4 November 1954 and a RAAF pilot at age 15 or 16, very good.

 


The article above is from Strike Publications, Defence News (SE Queensland) Issue 36, dated 24 Oct 2006, page 8, a journal of the RAAF Amberley Base.

 

Squadron Leader Bain was appointed Office Commanding 2 Wing AAFC and promoted to Wing Commander on 1 January 06 and promptly sacked two of his senior officers. After Bain "resigned for health reasons" Canberra reinstated them.

On 1 February 06, Bain was tossed out of his posting as OC and RAAF Security Police began investigating how he came by his RAAF pilot brevetbadge and all the US Army medals.  The RAAF have indicated that they are proceeding with an investigation on his medals.  Will this finally see one of these bogus people being charged with medals offences?  We think not.  To investigate his medals they should also look at his "service" of providing medal mounting for Servicepersons.  No doubt this will lead to his access and obtaining the medals he illegal wore fraudulently.

At no time was he a RAAF pilot.  We know the RAAF are reading this page.  Will they (eventually) contact us and advise the outcome of their investigations into his bogus medals and the charges they have preferred against him, again we think not. 

The RAAF is as confused as all the people involved with medals in the Australian Government and until such time as the government can locate an expert on medals to fix all the problems and introduce into law
proper usage and severe fines that they will enforcefor fraudulent medal wearers, then the problems like Bain will continue to surface and we will continue to expose them.

A Defence Force Policy statement was issued on 18 February 2004 and this is what both BAIN and KEATON would have signed off on as having read and understood. In the main it's basic leadership common sense so we only present point 12 and one of the commanding officer's responsibilities.

 

AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE CADETS (ADFC)
OUR BEHAVIOUR POLICY– a guide for staff and other adults working with Cadets
CADET STAFF CODE OF ETHICAL BEHAVIOUR


Cadet staff are responsible for:

12.   presenting themselves as a role model to Cadets by demonstrating these standards and values in their own behaviour in a manner that enhances the reputation of the Cadets


Further...

WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES

As a commanding officer of the unit, your responsibilities are to:

       take action and respond fairly, promptly, seriously and with sensitivity to complaints of unacceptable behaviour.

 

Apparently not worth the paper it was written on where 2 Wing AAFC Qld was concerned.

19 May 07

Bain has used deception for his own personal gratification.  The article below says: Bain pleaded guilty to fraud, obtaining financial advantage by deception, falsely representing to be a returned soldier, wearing service decorations not conferred and using or wearing a Defence emblem (Pilot brevet).  This is an admission by his lawyer.  The lawyer also states "he has never been in trouble before"....most murderers are in the same boat and have to start somewhere.  He claims Bain  now worked assisting in air conditioner installation and "having a conviction would impact his economic situation."   So what we say.  He made the choice to impersonate a decorated service member and should now pay the penalty for his deception.  He abused his position of authority within the Defence Cadet structure especially at a time where cadets are thinking of a career within a Defence force that is having troubles with recruiting.   How do these youngsters feel about his deception? 


The magistrate has ordered a pre sentence report on this fool and adjourned the case to July 12.   This can mean a couple of things.   The do gooders now have the chance to plead a case of "he didn't really mean any harm" and because of the delay it is also possibly hoped the media will forget about the case so a lenient sentence can be dished out "so that his economic situation as an air conditioner installer is not harmed".  This is rubbish people.  He did the crime now do the time in accordance with the Defence Act 1903 section 80.  That is a maximum penalty of $3300 and or possible jail time and a recorded conviction.   As stated by the DVA Minister, the Hon Bruce Billson, MP in his press release here  which in part states;

"Under the Defence Act 1903 the penalties for the improper use of Service decorations and for impersonating Service personnel include a fine of up to $3300, six months imprisonment, or both.
Recently two people have been found guilty of offences under Sections 80 A and 80 B of the Defence Act for falsely claiming entitlements to medals. Further cases, resulting from the wearing of medals for which no entitlement exists, are currently subject to legal proceedings."


To those preparing the pre sentence report we say read the above.  Veterans and their service IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.  To ensure these people are stopped from their improper use of the uniform, service decorations and service, the maximum penalty should be used as a deterrent.  It is time that the law enforcers, judges, magistrates, federal police and the like, prosecuted these people to the fullest extent of the law and protect the Service, Honour and medals of the Australian Veterans.   Show your mettle here.  We look forward to the end result on 12 July. 

 

29 Sep 2007

Bain's adventure into the world of make believe and fraud has ended.  He was found guilty of numerous offences in the Ipswich, Queensland Magistrates Court and fined. The Magistrate described Bain's behaviour as bizarre. Below is a report of the legal proceedings

 

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 private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Kearney
Christian Names: Benjamin Ian
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Narrabeen
Service #: 8491600
Service: Army
Branch: RAsigs
Commencement of service: 11 May 04
Completion of service: 12 Mar 08
Case Notes:

 

 

 

KEARNEY1 2

Like the majority of his peers, Ben Kearney is into social media as a way of staying in touch with family and friends, as well as catching up with people from his past. But as we have seen in media reports in recent years, sometimes people tend to tell a few 'porkies' about themselves, their achievements and what they have been up to. From what we have been told and seen, Benjamin Ian Kearney falls into this category.


Ben's Facebook page would probably impress his friends as he recounts tasty little tit-bits about his military service with the Australian Army. It's all there - in the infantry, unarmed combat training and of course the standard one for military frauds, the para jump course.

But as the old saying goes 'a picture is worth a thousand words', so we draw your attention to the above photograph of Ben Kearney which appears on his fiancé's Facebook page. Smiling Ben has what we at ANZMI call the full Monty for today's medal cheat. Left of photo to right:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with 2 clasps possibly Afghanistan & Iraq, (NOT ENTITLED)

Afghanistan Campaign Medal, (NOT ENTITLED)

Iraq Campaign Medal, (NOT ENTITLED)

Australian Service Medal (ASM) clasp n/k, (NOT ENTITLED)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM), (ENTITLED)

NATO Service Medal Afghanistan (NOT ENTITLED)

Timor Leste Solidarity Medal. (NOT ENTITLED)

And the icing on this very impressive cake is the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) sitting above the medals. (NOT ENTITLED)

Unfortunately for Ben Kearney the only award he is entitled to wear on his left breast is the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).

Once Kearney completed his recruit training, he was allocated to Royal Australian Corps of Signals. When he completed his Initial Employment Training, he was employed as a Combat Signaller. In July 2005 Kearney changed from being a Combat Signaller to an Operator Communications. He continued in this role until he discharged medically unfit in March 2008. There's no mention of him ever being trained in unarmed combat or completing a para course.

Now that Ben has had the dubious pleasure of gracing our pages in all his glory, we suspect that his and his fiancé's Facebook pages will come in for some quick editing. And maybe a steady stream of 'unlikes' will begin to appear as well.

Benjamin Ian Kearney, you are a disgrace to the uniform you once wore and to the memory of those who sacrificed their lives and their physical and mental health in the service of Australia. Remove the medals you have been dishonestly wearing along with the ICB and fade into the obscurity you deserve.

Surname: Collison
Christian Names: Ben Adam Rohan
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Umina Beach
Service #: Not Known
Service: RAAF
Branch: Catering
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

Ben Collison is a rarity in the world of the wannabe. The reason for this is that he is one of the few who have been prosecuted for the offences committed by wearing medals when not entitled to do so. Hooray we here at ANZMI say, finally law enforcement in NSW have taken a leaf from the book of their Victorian and South Australian colleagues and taken the appropriate action by putting this peacock in front of the Courts to answer for his actions. Unfortunately as will be seen in the following paragraphs, it appears Collison failed to learn from the experience and appears to us here at ANZMI to be snubbing his nose at the justice system and the veteran community. Now we at ANZMI cannot claim to have exposed Collison, and the good work of the NSW Police must be acknowledged. However, as we know
when you scratch a sore you find much more to the story.
 
 
Here is the peacock in full plumage. The fact is, the only medal he is entitled to wear is the Australian Defence Medal (ADM). That is it, nothing more. It will be noted that in this photograph he is also wearing the Returned form Active Service badge (RASB) and the Army Combat Badge (ACB) for which he has no entitlement either.Collison’s actual service was somewhat less distinguished than he would have us believe. He served for 12 months or so in the Army Reserves before joining the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a Cook. His service was average, nothing spectacular and after apparently suffering a knee injury, he was discharged in 2011.
 
 
Many in the ex-service community would be aware that Ben Collison was convicted for wearing medals he had not earned.
 
 




 
Not letting the truth stand in the way of a good story, Collison regaled himself with self-awarded medals and picked up a diagnosis of PTSD for good measure. He then ingratiated himself into the veteran community and even secured himself a job in the office of a local politician as some sort of advisor on veteran’s matters, attending functions and representing himself as a decorated returned veteran. Indeed, he even managed to be mentioned in a speech to the Queensland Parliament by his then boss, Michael Pucci, the Member for Logan. A full version of the speech is available on the web, but the relevant parts of that speech bellow:
 
 
 
 
 
In his Defence for his actions, Collison continues with the ruse of Defence Force related PTSD with the Court records noting:“He stated when he met the group he felt uncomfortable in telling the group his PSTD was not from overseas combat and did not correct people when asked,” the Facts read.

Is there anything worse than wearing medals you are not entitled to? In the case of Ben Collison, the answer is yes. He has claimed to be suffering from PTSD a condition which many genuine veterans suffer in silence. This conditions impacts on their wellbeing, family life and indeed their lives. It is not a condition to be treated with the contempt that Collison has displayed to genuine incapacitated veterans.He had the audacity to use his so called PTSD as a means to justify his actions to the Court.“The court heard he had joined the Army Reserve in 2005 before joining the air force in August 2007 where he served as a cook. He suffered a knee injury and was eventually discharged in October 2011 for physical and mental health reasons but never served overseas”

Note that Court Records indicate he was discharged for physical and mental health reasons, but it is important not to confuse ‘mental health reasons’ with PTSD. There are many forms of mental illness and to simply play the PTSD card is disgraceful, offensive and a plain and simple lie to the Court.How can we at ANZMI form the view that Collison was lying to the Court? Well with his own words he has hung himself. The following comment was found on his Facebook page, posted well after the Court case had been completed and he was relishing in the mediocre sentence he was awarded:
 
 
Now, if that comment wasn’t enough to demonstrate what sort of low life flea we are really dealing with here, we will let him again, in his own words show how contrite he is at wearing medals he is not entitled to and impersonating a genuine veteran:
 
 
 
 
Finally, his Facebook comment about his conviction and the circumstances surrounding his arrest:
 
 
 
 
And this final comment which just about sums this scumbag up. Please note his comment about PTSD:
 
 
 
Ben Collison’s mediocre effort at making light of his situation on his Facebook page simply reinforces the fact that mental illness, but not PTSD may well be an issue for him. Despite that, his contemptible behaviour before and after his arrest and conviction tell us a lot about this individual.It is in the best interests of Ex-Service Organisations to keep a close eye out for Ben Collison, he has shown no remorse for his actions and will no doubt re-offend. He is a contemptible nobody who has disgraced himself and simply belittled his genuine service. He has won for himself a permanent place on our website.For those who sometimes wonder why ANZMI does what it does, we suggest you look closely at this case and for those who would disparage our work exposing wannabes such as Ben Collison, ask yourself if you could turn a blind eye to his actions, particularly if you claim to support genuine Veterans and the genuine suffers of PTSD? 
Surname: Grundy
Christian Names: Trent Gregory
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Lavington
Service #: 844197
Service: Army
Branch: RAAC
Commencement of service: Jun 03
Completion of service: Feb 06
Case Notes:

 

 

So here we have Trent Gregory Grundy, the universal soldier extraordinaire. Nine overseas tours with the Australian Army to East Timor, Iraq, Solomon Islands and Afghanistan. Some, while he was a member of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, others with our old favourite - 'Special Forces'. And to add to his obvious multiple military skills, he also claims to have been an armourer!

During one of his tours of Afghanistan Grundy apparently killed a 3 year old local girl. This and his extensive operational experience has left him with PTSD. Of the 12 men in his 'unit', he is the only one left alive, the others having committed suicide. Trent seems to have loved his army service and was only discharged as he could no longer continue because of injuries he sustained in an IED explosion, presumably in Afghanistan. But as well as being a trained and experienced killer, Trent balances things out by claiming to have been sent to Phuket, Thailand, following the tsunami of 26 December 2004.

You would think that given Grundy's military credentials he would be weighed down with medals on his left breast. But alas, there are none! Trent tells anyone who will listen that this is because he was never on any deployment for the 30 days needed to satisfy eligibility for awards.

Quite a story and we are puzzled as to why TV and movie producers are not beating a path to Trent Grundy's door to sign him up for the next blockbuster movie or Logie winning mini-series. But that would be a difficult thing to accomplish as at the time this exposure was prepared, Trent Gregory Grundy was cooling his heels in a NSW correctional facility. Which seems to have been a big fall from grace for super-trooper Grundy, the man of the moment when it comes to the crunch.

So how did Trent find himself a guest of the NSW Government instead of walking the red carpet? Well, apparently back in January 2016, a very cider-fortified Grundy, decided to send 32 texts in 34 minutes (that's got to be some sort of record?) to his ex-partner and the new man in her life. And apparently instead of these messages wishing both people the compliments of the festive season, the language used was just a bit more picturesque and sinister. Grundy not only threatened the former partner and her new man but also this gent's daughter! Trent, that doesn't really sound like 'warrior' behaviour to us!

As you would assume, the police paid Trent a visit and he soon found himself standing before a magistrate on charges relating to the 32 menacing text messages he had sent. Oh, evidence was also given to the Albury Local Court that Grundy had been additionally charged with breaching Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO) against his former partner 4 times since 2012. Seems our friend just didn't get the message that it was over!

When Grundy appeared in the Albury Local Court on 11 January 2016, where the charges were briefly mentioned, his tales of military daring-do were provided to the court. We are not sure if the magistrate was impressed enough by this but bail was refused and he was eventually sentenced to prison in February 2016.

But I suppose when we look at Trent Grundy's exemplary service to his country's military we could all rightly think that this the poor bloke has been hard done by. Killing children, mates committing suicide, dealing with tsunami victims, blown up by an IED and finally crashing to the devastating PTSD. Give him a break!

By now, dear readers, you have probably guessed what comes next. Yes, the stories Grundy has told to many people, including a magistrate in a court of law, are just figments of his overly active imagination.

Trent Gregory Grundy, Australian Army ID number 8442197 joined up in June 2003. Following initial and corps training he found himself a member of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC), a vital component of the army but not a fighting arm and certainly not any kind of 'special force'. Trent seems to have languished in the RAAOC until February 2006, when the army decided he would no longer be retained as it was 'not in the service's interests'. In other words, Grundy was kicked out of the Australian Army. He was not even eligible to receive the Australian Defence Medal, awarded for satisfactorily completing the term of enlistment.

The stories in themselves, might seem ridiculous, humorous and frustrating but within the context they were used in court, there is an element of possible illegality. In recent years here at ANZMI we have seen a growing number of persons appearing before courts on criminal charges, offering up stories of exemplary military service, usually to be taken into consideration in sentencing or the granting of bail. While it is not our job to tell the courts, prosecutors and defence lawyers how to do their job, it seems to us that evidence of this kind needs to be examined and tested before being accepted.

 

Surname: Martin L.
Christian Names: Lewis
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Endeavour Hills
Service #: 3171677
Service: Army - CMF
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 30 May 1961
Completion of service: 11 Dec 1964
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Lewis Martin has broken the code and betrayed all ex servicemen who have gone before him.  He has deliberately and for his own vanity worn a rack of false medals including  the prestigious Imperial Military Medal (MM) which is awarded for "Bravery in the Field".

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Martin is wearing the following medals.

Military Medal

Australian Active Service Medal

General Service Medal 1962 (Borneo)

Vietnam Medal

Queens Silver Jubilee Medal

National Medal

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

He has no entitlement to any of them.

During 2015 Martin tried to launch himself into the Veteran fraternity with a request to join a Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) Facebook group.

Borneo and Vietnam may have been more than 45 years ago but for those involved, it is  as if it were yesterday, and if you were in the RAAMC and had been awarded an MM you would be well known.

After lots of head scratching  and checking, the RAAMC Facebook people correctly suspected that Martin could be a fraud and a wannabe and passed a request to us for investigation.

We discovered that Martin served in the Australian Citizens Military Forces (CMF) as a Private Soldier from 30 May 1961 to 11 Dec 1964.  His unit was 2nd Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment (2RVR) and he spent all of his time in Victoria, Australia.

Here is his Record of Service Card.

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We contacted Martin as follows:

"Our organisation is involved with research for Australian and New Zealand Defence Force Veterans.

It has been brought to our notice that you wear seven Defence Medals indicating being awarded the prestigious Military Medal (MM) for bravery, as well as (among others) Campaign medals for Borneo and Vietnam.

As we are unable to locate any reference to your military service involving overseas deployments we thought it best to ask you direct.  We have no notions one way or the other and would be very happy to receive your advice regarding this matter.

We will require an answer by email to the above address by the 20 December 2015.

 

Should you choose not to respond we will proceed without your input."

At least Martin showed good sense in confessing to his deception. We received the following email from him:

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Martin gave no reason for his fraud and deception.  We do know that at his place of employment at the time the photograph was taken,  he was thought to be a Returned Soldier.

Stealing the honour of genuine veterans is a loathsome act.

 In this age of communication technology together with the awareness of genuine veterans and the abilities of ANZMI, all who "try it on" will be detected and exposed on this website.

Once installed you will stay here well beyond your use by date. 

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