Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'O'

Surname: O'Connor aka Osmon
Christian Names: Michael Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Somerton Park
Service #: Not Available
Service: RAN
Branch: Steward
Commencement of service: 11 APR 94
Completion of service: 02 OCT 97
Case Notes:




What is it with RAN wannabes and submarines? In the case of Army honour thieves, they are invariably ‘special forces’, ‘SAS’ or ‘snipers. And here at ANZMI we occasionally get someone swearing on sky-high pillars of bibles that he/she was an air force ‘top gun’. But recently we have seen a growing trend for maritime pretenders to suggest that they were part of the ‘silent service’. And in cases such as Mick O’Connor/Osmon they often sport the much-prized Submariners’ Qualification Badge (SQB), better known as the dolphins insignia on their jackets and coats. To say that genuine serving and former submariners are a bit peeved at this impertinence, is putting it mildly. We also suspect that they would hold him in far lesser regard than the much reviled ‘skimmers’!

From what we know about O’Connor/Osmon’s RAN service he never went anywhere near a submarine, let alone satisfied the requirements to wear the dolphins! We have been provided with information which confirms our suspicions that neither the name O’Connor or M.R. Osmon is recorded on the Service Roll of serving and former submariners. No surprises there. 

Please note the Submariner Service Roll mentioned above contains an O'Connor, who is a current serving member who is not related to nor has any connection with M.R.Osman (O'Connor) who is the subject of this article.

O’Connor/Osmon served in the RAN from April 1994 until his discharge, at his own request, in October 1997. His service itself is unremarkable much of it being as a wardroom steward on shore bases.

But to add insult to injury, ‘Wardroom Mick’ has decided that he really wants to impress those who might be mesmerised by the gold dolphins by adding a few medals as well. In his proud photo we can see that he is sporting The Australian Active Service Medal (AASM), the Iraq Medal, Australian Service Medal (ASM) with an unidentifiable clasp and the Australian Defence Medal (ADM). (Drum roll please Maestro!) Needless to say ‘Silent Service Michael’ is not entitled to any of these medals!

If his AASM was genuine he would have the International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT) clasp attached but there is in fact no clasp on the medal at all. And we bang yet another nail into O’Connor/Osmon’s rapidly closing coffin with information that recognition for service qualifying for the Iraq Medal commenced in 2003 with Operation Catalyst. This was almost 6 years after the Navy and Mick parted company.

We suppose that we might be just a little pedantic when we examine the ASM Mick so proudly displays. The clasp might well be for Special Operations signifying a specific submarine patrol. Two Oberon class subs, HMAS Orion and HMAS Otama undertook those patrols but again, there is no information that O’Connor/Osmon ever served on either.

The RAN’s submarine service has a long and valiant history which goes back to the early days of the First World War. Those who serve aboard submarines are a special breed and take pride in their uniqueness. O’Connor/Osmon is not fit to shine the dress shoes of these undersea warriors.

So Michael Robert O’Connor/Osmon, we suggest you remove all of that unearned regalia from your coat, get rid of it and prepare to join the host of other valour thieves on the ANZMI site. Dive, dive, dive!

Surname: O'Halloran
Christian Names: Neil Thomas
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Toowoomba
Service: Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
Branch: Motor Transport Driver
Case Notes:


According to ex RAAF Corporal Neil Thomas O'Halloran, soon after he joined the Defence Force, at the time of the Vietnam war, he was specially selected to be seconded to the Army for secret operations in Cambodia.


He is not listed on the Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans and cannot produce evidence of his secondment and advises that it was all very secret.

For his Defence service, O'Halloran wears all the medals of a Vietnam Veteran. They are:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Not entitled
Vietnam Medal (VM) Not entitled
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM)
Defence Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Not entitled

Of the five medals he wears, he is entitled to only two, and they represent service in Australia. He was never deployed overseas during his service.

In recent years O'Halloran created a high profile for himself and became President of the RAAF Association in Toowoomba. To further raise his profile he applied to join the Toowoomba Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association Australia (VVAA). His application was rejected because he could not produce evidence of his "secret" Vietnam service.

O'Halloran is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs, Vietnam Nominal Roll and his actual service is well known in Toowoomba by various ex service organizations.

On Remembrance Day on 11 November 2018, Toowoomba veterans became nonplussed, when after being unable to substantiate his claims of service in Vietnam O'Halloran wore Vietnam Medals.

O'Halloran also falsely claimed to have attained the rank of Warrant Officer during his time in the RAAF. In fact after many years service he attained the rank of a Corporal Motor Transport Driver (MTD), who was never deployed overseas.

O'Halloran's behaviour, is similar to Gunther Hentscher of Kingaroy Queensland an RAAF Corporal Dental Assistant, who increased his rank to Squadron Leader and wore fake Vietnam Medals, see here: anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/659-hentscher

Toowoomba Veterans and Veterans Australia wide are now more vigilant than ever before to identify those who falsely represent their Defence Service.

O'Halloran has ruined his reputation and is no longer the President of the Toowoomba RAAF Association. He is well suited for an executive position on our website. 

Surname: O'Regan
Christian Names: Rodney Stephen
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Hillville
Service #: 297697
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Engineers
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:



Rodney Stephen O'Regan OAM is not a dill, and yet he acts like one. In Vietnam he served with the much admired "Tunnel Rats" of 1 Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers and then completed many years service in the NSW Police Force where he retired as a Senior Sergeant with a Valour Award.

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The medals he is wearing are:

Member of Order of Australia Medal - Federal Medal
NSW Police Medal of Valour - State Medal
Australian Active Service Medal - Defence Medal
Vietnam Medal - Defence Medal
National Police Medal - Federal Medal
National Medal - Federal Medal
Australian Defence Medal - Defence Medal
Commemoration of National Service Medal - Defence Medal. Entitlement unknown
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Defence Medal
NSW Police Ten years Ethical Service Medal. - State Medal

O'Regan wears ten medals on his left breast his entitlement is eight or seven depending on the Commemoration of National Service medal. We don't know if he is entitled to wear this medal, however his Regimental Service number i.e. 297697 does not conform to the series used for National Service during the Vietnam era which all consisted on seven numbers with a "7" as the second number i.e. "2777777". Towards the end of this era as numbers ran out the second number became an "8".

O'Regan knowingly, incorrectly wears his State Police medals on his left breast mixed with his Federal and Defence Medals. This problem has been brought to his attention, but he appears to thumb his nose at medals protocol and is quoted as saying:

"I am no longer in the Police and have not been for at least 25 years..can use them as ear rings if I like.. I am a big boy with a mouth..not many if any would comment to my face."

Obviously any well meaning person who attempts to advise him to stop making a "dill" of himself would "Cop" a rebuke from O'Regan.

The last medal O'Regan is wearing is the NSW Police Ten year Ethical Service Medal. Serving members of the NSW Police Force, wear the medal correctly. Here is an example of a NSW Police Superintendent wearing the medal on his right breast.



O'Regan is an executive of a World War 1 Australian Light Horse Association and is often involved in Light Horse re-enactment on commemorative occasions. The photograph below shows O'Regan wearing his Light Horse re-enactment uniform complete with contemporary medals.

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The photograph was taken before he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) and the National Police Medal. Notice the first and second medals are the two State Police medals. Surely someone from the Light Horse association, or his other Veteran's associations could have pointed out O'Regan's blatant disregard for medals protocol and the incongruity of wearing mixed medals. Perhaps O'Regan has his Light Horse co-executives and everyone else bluffed, and they are not "game" to comment to him.

We work hard to protect the integrity of Veterans medals and will continue to do so. Those who flaunt the system, will be featured on this website.

O'Regan may have Veterans' and the public in his home town bluffed by his "Big boy mouth", but ANZMI is a vehicle where people can respond to bullies. We advise him he can continue with his medals debacle, and be known as a "Dill" or comply with the policies of the Australian Governor General and move his two state police medals to his right breast. In addition if he is not an ex National Serviceman he must remove the Commemoration of National Service Medal altogether.

Rodney O'Regan is a Veteran of Vietnam, an ex NSW Police Officer and a Light Horse re-enactor. In addition to his achievements he now occupies a space on this website along with hundreds of other medals cheats.

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