Live: 04 Nov 2013
Updated: 19 Nov 2013
Ronald Samuel Workman OAM, of Palm Beach, Queensland for the past 20 years, has been Chairman of the Board of the Currumbin Returned Services League (RSL) and the President of the Memorial Club.
A216946 Ronald Samuel Workman, served one tour in Vietnam with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a Loadmaster with RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam, which was later renamed 35 Squadron. It was also known as Wallaby Airlines for just less than seven months. The aircraft was a twin engine Caribou, which was used to transport troops and supplies all over South Vietnam during the war by both RAAF and United States Squadrons
You would expect a man holding such high positions would set an example to the members by adhering to the correct protocol of wearing medals, which seems to be lacking in a lot of Sub-Branches of the RSL in Queensland.
The medals Ronald Workman is wearing from left to right are-;
Medal of the Order of Australia. (entitled)
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75. (entitled)
General Service Medal 1962. (entitled)
Vietnam Medal. (entitled)
Australian Service Medal 19445-75. (entitled)
Centenary Medal. (entitled)
National Medal. (entitled)
Australian Defence Medal. (entitled)
United States of America Air Medal. (entitled since 2008)
Republic of South Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Silver Star (not approved)
Republic of South Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross (not approved)
Vietnam Campaign Medal (Republic of South Vietnam medal entitled)
A number of Australian servicemen were offered awards by the Government of the Republic of South Vietnam during the war, but only a small number were approved by the then serving Australian Government, following recommendation by the Australian Defence Department. That is not to say that they could not keep them as a memento, but they could not be worn on the left breast with official medals approved and awarded by the Australian Government.
In that situation, they should be worn on the right breast.
Ronald Workman does not appear on a list of names from all three armed services that served in Vietnam as having been awarded any foreign medals.
The list contains all the awards which include Imperial (British), United States of America, Republic of South Vietnam and Cambodia, and was compiled from researching all records of the three services and overseas involvement.
He was only awarded the United States Air Medal after years of negotiation between RAAF Associations and American Associations to seek approval from the United States to award the medal to 35 Squadron. The same representations cannot be applied to the South Vietnam Gallantry awards, as that Government ceased to exist after the fall of the Republic of South Vietnam, when the North overran the country in 1975.
Below is a speech made recently in regard to matters involving the Queensland RSL.
In the speech he made and interesting statement;
“I’ve shot people and I’ve killed people and I know how to stand my ground.”
We know that the squadron flew missions all over South Vietnam carrying troops and supplies. This included missions to remote bases where the aircrafts were shot at. The job of a loadmaster is to unload or load the aircraft as quickly as possible in high risk areas so that the aircraft could lift off the ground hastily and reduce threats of incoming fire from the enemy. The forces on the ground are responsible for protecting the aircraft and its crew.
As already stated, Queensland Sub-Branches seem to be the worst for members wearing medals that they are not entitled to.
Two members of the Southport RSL, who also appear on our site, Mark Tull and Sydney Keith Boese, have been voted into executive positions of Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
Maybe the Queensland RSL should look at other Sub-Branches in regards to members wearing unofficial or not approved medals.
Ronald Workman, you have earned the right to appear on our site for the lack of leadership and integrity for a man in your position.
Updated: 19 Nov 2013
We have received a number of enquiries regarding Ronald Workman being a qualified Loadmaster whilst in Vietnam and the wearing of the General Service Medal 1962 (GSM).
Firstly, Roanld Workman was a qualified Loadmaster whilst in Vietnam, but at the time they did not have a Muster for Loadmaster which is why he is shown as an Engine Fitter.
The GSM 1962 has two clasps on it which cannot be read, he also has two clasps on his Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 which indicates he should only have one clasp on his GSM if he served in the Malaya Peninsula or Borneo.
Only the members of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam are entitled to the clasp VIETNAM as any RAAF personnel awarded the GSM 1962 Clasp Vietnam were withdrawn and replaced with the Vietnam Medal by Royal Warrant dated 8 June 1968.
If Ronald Workman is wearing the clasp Vietnam with his GSM 1962, he should remove it.
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Ronald Samuel WORKMAN update. 19 Dec 16
Rambo Ron Workman is at it again with his heroic stories of Vietnam service as a Caribou Loadmaster in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Following our exposure in 2013, where he was exposed as a medals cheat and a liar, for purchasing and wearing the Republic of South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the Republic of South Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross, Workman has now participated in a Currumbin RSL video interview, making outlandish claims of his Vietnam service. His Vietnam service is recorded on the Vietnam Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial, from the 17 February, 1965 to the 15 October, 1965. (8 months or 241 days.)
The video was part of a series in which Currumbin RSL Sub Branch members are interviewed and tell their war related stories to members of their RSL or anyone else who is interested in watching.
In his latest dribble, Workman makes the following claims to his adoring followers, who must now be concerned about his mental health or ability to retain his executive position of President of the Currumbin RSL Sub Branch.
The video can be accessed at Australiaremembers.com.au - Veterans Stories - Ron Workman remembers. We encourage all our readers to view it.
Talking about himself and his mates, Tiddles Pinkerton, who “got” the Military Medal, (he was actually awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal) and Shorty Williams RAAF, who Workman said “got” shot in the arm. Workman claims to the interviewer, that he (himself) “got” the Cross of Gallantry.
The last sentence is true. Workman “got” the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry” He “got” it after paying approximately 50 Australian dollars at a Medals Shop or he “got” it in the mail after a purchase he made on EBay. This is also how he “got” the Republic of South Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross, and paid a similar amount. He would have then paid about 400 dollars to have his medals “court mounted”
His supporters should request the paperwork that always accompanies these medals when they are officially awarded. He has no paperwork.. ANZMI requested it 3 years ago and we are still waiting.
Workman claims that he was involved in 1200 or more missions in South Vietnam. Workman spent 241 days in Vietnam for his claimed 1200 or more “missions”. If you take in to account that Workman would not be expected to work 7 days per week, we could reasonably state that he would have had at least one day off per week. That equates to about 34 days off. Then he would have had about 5 or 6 days R& R or in country R&C, Total 40 days at the very minimum.
From those figures ANZMI estimate that Workman must have been involved in at least 6 “missions” per day, every day that he was on duty. Now that is a lot of missions. He further states that he also had to buy his own survival knife. Apparently they were not on issue! Hopefully it was a tax deductable item.
His video story does get better though, and becomes increasingly dramatic with his shooting of an unarmed Viet Cong prisoner on a RAAF Aircraft.
Workman relates a horrific story where - “he was giving a Vietnamese girl mouth to mouth resuscitation after she had the top of her scalp blown off by Viet Cong. He had the three Viet Cong prisoners on board his transport aircraft. One of the Viet Cong prisoners started laughing at Workman so Workman stated ‘I shot him, I did not kill him, but if you say it again you are dead.”
Now that could have been a perilous decision to the aircraft and crew safety to shoot the Viet Cong prisoner whist he was on Workman’s aircraft. What if he had missed?
We have contacted a few of Workman’s former colleagues who cannot remember this incident, let alone being told about it.
Confessing on a publically accessed video to shooting an unarmed Vietnamese prisoner may well be considered a war crimes atrocity. Workman should seriously consider this, the next time he visits Saigon or Hanoi on holidays.
Workman states in the video that he was so depressed regarding his service, that he later sought the assistance of a Psychologist in Burwood, Sydney. He later refers to him as a Psychiatrist. Workman states that he made four audio tapes of his Vietnam service and handed them to the Psychiatrist to listen to, whilst Workman went to the pub and had 6 beers. “When he returned to the office, the Psychiatrist walked out of his office, as white as my shirt,” and said to him, “Sorry I cannot help you.” Workman states that he then left the office and threw his tapes away. Now we at ANZMI think that this Psychiatrist should be struck off. It must have been heart wrenching for Workman to be dismissed so cheaply and then have to discard his tapes. It may well be that the Psychiatrist was so affected, that he had to make an appointment with his own Psychiatrist.
At this stage of the dramatic video, Workman’s Currumbin RSL Sub Branch followers must be rolling around the floor having a good old belly laugh.
We repeat, we have been waiting 3 years for President Workman to send us proof of his awards of the South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the South Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross. We will not hold our breath. Maybe he could just send us his receipts.
Workman is a disgrace to the RSL movement. He should be booted out immediately.
It is individuals like Workman, who hold senior executive positions within the RSL, and who wear purchased gallantry medals, that the younger 4th wave of veterans from Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan refuse to join the RSL movement. Who can blame them?
In our original exposure Workman claimed that -;
“I’ve shot people and I’ve killed people and I know how to stand my ground.”
He continues to tell preposterous stories of his toughness to gain some sort of recognition, including “shooting and killing people.” even in a RAAF aircraft!
Returned & Services League of Australia, Queensland State Branch President, Stewart Cameron CSC, should direct Currumbin RSL executives to remove this ridiculous video from their website, and “retire” Rambo Ron Workman, for the embarrassment he has caused their Club and the RSL in general.
RSL State Branches publicise “Mission Statements”, “Visions” and all sorts of other philosophies to their constituents.
One of the core “Vision” statements of the Queensland RSL State Branch is -;
1. Maintain a proper standard of dignity and honour among all past and present members of the Defence Forces of the nation and to set an example of public spirit and noble hearted endeavour
This “visionary statement” flies in the face of their lack of action in regards to Currumbin RSL Sub Branch President Ron Workman wearing un-awarded gallantry medals for years, and his claims of shooting unarmed Viet Cong in RAAF aircraft to big note himself.
ANZMI will follow this matter up and disclose to our readers, what action Queensland RSL State Branch take in respect to Workman and his ridiculous claims.