Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: GIBSON
Christian Names: David
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Singleton
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
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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: DEVENISH-MEARES
Christian Names: Roderick Bernard
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Bribie Island
Service #: R107454
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Marine Engineering
Commencement of service: 1969
Case Notes:

 

Rod Devenish-Meares resides in Bribie Island, Queensland. He was born in October 1950. He is currently the President of the Vietnam Veteran’s Association Australia, (VVAA), Bribie Island and he has held that position since 2019.

Devenish-Meares is a Medal cheat, who has embellished his authorized medal rack by attaching two tin purchased medals to make himself look more important than what he actually is.

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In the above photographs, Devenish-Meares is wearing the following Medals.
1. Australian Active Service Medal, clasp Vietnam. AASM Entitled.
2. The Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal. VLSM. Entitled.
3. Australian Service Medal.ASM. Clasp FESR. Entitled.
4. Defence Force Medal. DFM. Entitled.
5. Australian Defence Medal. ADM. Entitled
6. HMAS Sydney Commemorative Medal. Tin purchased medal. $60.00
7. Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal. Tin purchased medal. $60.00
8. On his lapel he wears the Returned from Active Service Badge for Vietnam. (RASB) Entitled.

Devenish-Meares was a crew member on two voyages to Vung Tau, South Vietnam, on the HMAS Sydney. They were -;
1. HMAS Sydney 21 Oct 1970 to 12 Nov 1970 - 22 Days.
2. HMAS Sydney15 Feb 1971 to 04 Mar 1971 – 17 Days.

These days were counted from the time Sydney left the last Australian port until it returned some time later. In this particular case 22 days for his first voyage and 17 days for his second voyage.

The Sydney was a converted RAN Aircraft Carrier that transported Infantry Battalions, stores and equipment to Vung Tau Harbour, South Vietnam.

Devenish-Meares' first voyage entered the relatively peaceful harbour of Vung Tau on the 31 October, 1970. It weighed anchor and departed later that day for security reasons. It returned to Vung Tau Harbour the following day and embarked 8 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR). The ship again weighed anchor later that day and departed. All up about 16 hours.

Devenish-Meares' second voyage arrived in Vung Tau Harbour about 7am on 25 February, 1971, disembarked 3 RAR and weighed anchor 8 hours later at 3pm and departed.

For those accumulative 24 hours anchored in Vung Tau, experiencing the safety of the Sydney, Devenish-Meares wears four medals and the RASB.

They are -; AASM clasp Vietnam - VLSM – and the two tins. More medals than any Australian Soldier, RAAF or RAN personnel with 12 months service in country would be entitled to wear.

Devenish-Meares should have more sense. He is the President of the Vietnam Veterans Association Australia at Bribie Island. An important job. He knows the rules. He knows that he purchased the medals and had them court mounted on his rack at some considerable expense. So do the people in Bribie Island who reported him to ANZMI.

His two voyages to South Vietnam were uneventful. His 24 hours in Vung Tau Harbour were uneventful.

His hat is emblazoned with the words, "VIETNAM VETERAN - LEAVE ME ALONE" You can make up your own mind about that one. We just hope his uneventful stays in Vung Tau Harbour, Vietnam, have not caused him severe PTSD or Depression.

Devenish-Meares has no credibility. He is a medal cheat and a glory hunter. If you have to buy the medals, you did not earn them. Simple as that.

Our advice to Devenish-Meares is remove the tin, resign your Presidency of the VVAA now, and let someone with credibility take the position. You set a bad example for your members and those Australians and New Zealanders, who have earned their Vietnam medals the hard way.

Welcome aboard ANZMI.

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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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: STOBBS
Christian Names: Aaron Craig
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Newcastle
Case Notes:

 

Aaron STOBBS from Newcastle, NSW is the definitive Wannabe, he first came to the notice of genuine Veterans when he joined a online mental health course. As is the ‘norm’ for such people, he claimed to be a traumatised member of the SAS who is in the process of discharging from the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

In order to demonstrate his ‘ADF credentials’, STOBBS posted a number of images of himself on a social media platform, wearing a selection of uniforms.

It is clear from the image below, that STOBBS is a bit confused about which arm of the ADF the Special Air Service belongs. Here we see our hero posing for a ‘selfie’ wearing part Army, part RAAF uniform. The hat badge of the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) affixed to the belt is a nice touch we think. There is no point going into too much detail about the Honours and Awards being worn, but yes we did notice that he has two Australian Defence Medals (ADM), and two Australian Service Medals (ASM).

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STOBBS has access to quiet a collection of uniforms. Here, he is a RAAF Warrant Officer or perhaps a Flight Sergeant. Perhaps he was wearing his aviator sunglasses when he was deciding what rank he would be on the day the photo was taken.

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He even has the ability to be a Corporal in the SAS.

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To be fair to Mr STOBBS, not all photographs of him inappropriately wearing uniforms of the ADF were taken in his bedroom. On one occasion he ventured out side for that ‘tactical look’. Unfortunately, he still managed to get it wrong. Note the embellishments being worn on his Disruptive Camouflage Pattern Uniform (DCPU).

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The truth is Aaron STOBBS is a military wannabe. A fraud and a fake who would like people to believe he is a damaged Veteran and there can be no lower act than doing that. Genuine Veterans took less than 30 seconds to spot this fraud.

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In real life, Aaron STOBBS is a civilian Chef, working at a prestigious location in the Hunter Valley. In this field he has excelled, however by purporting to be a Veteran, and wearing uniforms bearing hard won honours and awards is an insult to the Veterans Community and he should hang his head in shame.

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