Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Emmery
Christian Names: John Carl
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Albury
Service #: Not Known
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: Engineers
Commencement of service: 27 Apr 1991
Completion of service: Still Serving
Case Notes:




John EMMERY is an enigma.   He is somewhat of a mover and shaker in the world of Local Government in Albury, NSW as a leader in the Albury Ratepayers Association and one time candidate for election to Albury City Council.   He is a Train Guard, working for Transport NSW on the northern line when not back home in Albury dabbling his hand at one community project after another.

In his spare time, John EMMERY has found the time to serve as a member of the Army Reserve and he portrays himself as the real deal, a genuine been there, done that sort of bloke you would like to work with.

The trouble is, like so many wannabes, John Carl EMMERY has neither been there, or done anything that would entitle him to wear the medals he so loves to wear when not parading with his Reserve Unit.

Now, John EMMERY is a Reservist and has been one since 1991, about 24 years or so.   Nothing to be sneezed at, and he should be proud that he has served the Nation for such a long period.   For his service, he has been awarded:

Reserve Force Medal (RFM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

You see, throughout the 24 odd years of his service, John EMMERY has never deployed overseas, but why should that stop John EMMERY adding to his rack a few extra medals to go with the tall stories he has obviously told his current employers at Transport NSW.


The above photograph was taken of John EMMERY just after he received a significant customer service award from Transport NSW.   Here, John EMMERY can be seen wearing his entitled awards, but with a couple of interesting additions.   A source, who has significant knowledge in service medals, and who was present at the ceremony where the photograph was taken has been able to confirm the ‘extra’ medals being worn by EMMERY:

The first medal is:

International Force – East Timor Medal.   This medal was awarded to personnel deployed to East Timor as part of the The International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) which was a multinational non-United Nationspeacekeepingtaskforce, organised and led by Australiain accordance with United Nations resolutions to address the humanitarian and security crisis which took place in East Timorfrom 1999–2000 until the arrival of UN peacekeepers.


The fourth medal being worn is:

The United Nations Advanced Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC) now, to be honest it took us sometime to identify this medal, simply because it only existed from October 1991 to March 1992 and was awarded for 90 days UN service with UNAMIC supervising the ceasefire and demining operations.   It was replaced with the more commonly known UNTAC medal which was a United Nations peacekeepingoperation in Cambodiain 1992–93.

Suffice to say, John EMMERY has absolutely no entitlement or right to wear either of these medals which are awarded for operation overseas service.

Now, if John Emmery was just a simple wannabe wearing medals he no right to, that would be bad enough, but as we have shown, he is a serving Australian soldier with 24 odd years of service in the Reserves and holds the rank of Corporal.

Perhaps by now, the reader will have identified that not only is John EMMERY wearing the medals incorrectly, he is missing one important (and essential) medal to make his lie somewhat believable.   He is not wearing the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) and the fact is that the medals for East Timor and Cambodia were only ever awarded with the AASM.   Wouldn’t you think a Corporal with 20 odd years’ experience would know that small fact?

Now, in accepting his award from Transport NSW, John EMMERY couldn’t help himself and had to make a speech, and we know he likes doing this.  With his chest emblazoned with fake medals away he went.   His story was recorded in the employee’s newsletter and definitely makes for a great read:


For us here at ANZMI, the comment which causes much concern is: 

…John’s passion stems from 38 years in the Army Reserve where he earned several medals from helping his team mates, bringing them home to safety.   The medals reflect his service to our country….’

What makes people say things like this and do people like John Emmery really expect us to swallow up this sort of garbage?

He has earned two medals and neither of these were awarded for bringing anyone, anywhere, in this fools case, they were awarded for turning up to his Reserve Unit to meet his obligation.  

Perhaps John EMMERY was the designated driver when out on the turps with his mates, perhaps that’s how he brings them home to safety?   One thing he is not is a decorated hero, he is simply a wannabe and a medal cheat.  

By wearing the INTERFET and Cambodia Medals, John EMMERY is committing offences against the Defence Act, namely:

Defence Act 1903

Defence Act 1903, where he is in breach of Part VII Sections 80A and 80B, which state there is a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine and six months imprisonment or both for:

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
80B. Improper use of service decorations

John Carl EMMERY is a classic example of the person these offences were designed to accommodate and we at ANZMI sincerely hope that Police will take an interest in a public figure who should know better but is flaunting the law simply to feather his own sense of importance. 

We hope that the Commanding Officer of 22 ER sees this report and also takes appropriate action against John EMMERY for being a wannabe and a medals cheat.   While at it, perhaps Transport NSW might want to reconsider the award that he was presented when they realise he is a fraud.

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