Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Stacey
Christian Names: Geoff and Sue
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Adaminaby
Service: Army
Branch: Dental & Nursing Corps
Case Notes:


Here we have a pigeon pair of high achievers, however, medals protocol is not included in their knowledge gained whilst serving in the Army.

Obviously Sue knows how to celebrate ANZAC day with a nip of Rum and an ANZAC biscuit.

Both Geoff and Sue wear medals earned during their Defence service, however both have included a New South Wales Rural Fire Service medal with their Defence medals on their left breasts.

Here is the NSW Rural Fire Service Long Service Award:

Geoff and Sue are both ex senior Army Officers and should be aware, that such State medals are to be worn on their right breast, and should they have any doubt about that, they should phone their neighbour in the ACT, the Governor General.

Both will be kept busy serving in the ANZMI Battalion, by attending to Dental and Medical needs in the minor medals offenders platoon. Sue can also dispense the odd nip of rum whenever she deems it necessary.

Surname: Burns
Christian Names: Adrian "Radar"
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service #: 128113
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Case Notes:


Some Royal Australian Navy veterans have a penchant for wearing an extra medal or two. Here is Adrian "Radar" Burns, wearing an extra foreign medal for his Gulf war deployment aboard HMAS Sydney.

In total he wears the following

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal (SALKM)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (KLM) Foreign medal not approved ofr wear by the Governor General

For his deployment aboard HMAS Sydney, to the Gulf region during 1990 and 1991 he wears three medals. In addition he wears an ADM and the DFSM for general service in the RAN. The SALKM medal is a foreign medal that is approved for wear by the Governor General. The last medal on his rack, the KLM Medal has not been approved for wear by the Governor General of Australia. His correct rack is five medals. He should be very satisfied in that he received three medals for his Gulf region deployments.

Here is what the Department of Prime Minister and Honours and Awards, have to say about this medal:

"The medal is not approved for wear by members of the ADF. It is allowed to be retained as a memento by members who received it and worn on civilian clothing on special days such as ANZAC Day and other commemorative occasions. It is recommended the Kuwait Liberation Medal be worn on the right breast".

Unfortunately, RAN Associations, are actively encouraging their members to wear this inappropriate medal on their left breast.

It is cogent that Adrian Burns is a member of a Western Australian, HMAS Sydney Association, that actively encourages members to wear the medal on the left breast. Here is the "political battle strategy" he exposed to us in a recent email

"With the 80th Anniversary if have from the Defence Minister down (sic) backing me Veterans Affairs Minister is well aware, Chief of the Navy, Fleet Commander, WA Premier, WA Tourism Minister (both ex jacks) and many others with a full team in Geraldton and Perth assisting me to bring this together. Fremantle SLSC is involved along with the AFL - West Coast Eagles and Sydney Swans. Once all completed I'm hoping I've set in place a great legacy and helping many Veterans descendants and relatives yes I am blowing my trumpet a bit but mate your mob what trumpet can you blow???"

Simply put, the medal recommended to be worn on the right breast by Department of Prime Minister and Honours and Awards, is not approved to be worn on the left breast by the Governor General, and unless Burns's above luminaries can convince the Governor General to approve it, we will include those who wear it, on this website.

Perhaps those wanting to wear this bit of bling, like Burns, should get their Surf Life Saving and Football Clubs together with their Ministers for Tourism to lobby the Governor General to approve the wearing of the medal.

Welcome aboard Adrian "Radar" Burns.

Surname: Dale
Christian Names: Victor Churchill
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Coolgardi
Service #: 5411678
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:


Victor Churchill Dale wears a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) that he did not earn.




Dale wears three medals they are:


Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM)  -  Not Entitled


Here is the offending medal:


Dale 2


At ANZMI, we do not take into consideration excuses, or make value judgements. There are no grey areas, only black and white.  Should  any person flout laws and protocols regarding military service or the wearing of medals we will report them without fear or favour.  It is the readers responsibility to consider the extent of the offending.


Victor Dale did the hard yards as an Infantry Soldier in Vietnam with 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit (1ARU) from  7th June 1967 until 17 Jul 1967 and then with 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR) from  18 July 1967 until 6 November 1971.  A total of 153 days.




To be eligible to wear the RCVM he needed to complete 181 days in Vietnam or be evacuated home as a Battle Casualty.  He did not complete the 181 days criterion and he was not a Battle Casualty.  He was medically evacuated after he developed tropical ulcers and cysts. He departed Vietnam on 6 November 1967 and after spending 7 days in a Military Hospital in Butterworth Malaysia, he was moved  on to  Sydney Australia.


Victor Dale is a respected Bush Poet and although we condemn him for wearing a false medal we are happy to advertise his work here:


All serviceman who served in Vietnam know the rules regarding the RVCM however there are many offenders listed on this website.  Our work does not weary them.


Be aware that if you falsely wear the RVCM or any other false medal it is likely that you will be noticed and then exposed on this website as a medals cheat.


Surname: Payton
Christian Names: Kenneth Richard
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Goulburn
Service #: R65026
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Commencement of service: 12.02.1966
Case Notes:



Kenneth Richard Payton joins the long list of former HMAS Sydney Veterans who snub their noses at the rules and protocols established regarding the wearing of Official and Un-Official Medals.

The above image shows Payton wearing a rack of eight medals. These awards reflect his service in the Royal Australian Navy, and his service during the Vietnam War.

The medals Payton is entitled to wear are:

Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975 (AASM 45-75)
Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM)
Australian Service Medal 1945–1975 (ASM 45-75)
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM)
National Medal (NM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

The last two medals are un-official tin medals. One has been identified as the Vietnam Logistics Support Medal and the other ‘Sydney’ medal was issued for a time by the HMAS Sydney Association and was freely available for purchase on their website.

HMAS Sydney Medal Tin self-purchased medal. Not to be worn with official medals.

Logistic and Support Medal Tin self-purchased medal. Not to be worn with official medals

Of interest, the HMAS Sydney Association placed a warning on their website which clearly dispels any suggestion that Payton and the other medal cheats “did not know it could not be worn”

Like all of his shipmates who have decided to mount these ‘tin’ medals they forget that the Nation has already recognised their service with the award of the AASM 45-75 with clasp ‘Vietnam’ and the VLSM, while their service in southeast Asia has been acknowledged with the award of the ASM 45-75 with clasp ‘FESR’. There is absolutely no excuse for adding additional self-purchased medals other than as an act of self-indulgent, self-promotion within the local Goulburn ex-service community.

Surname: Larkham
Christian Names: Graham
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Penrith
Service: Army (National Service)
Branch: Royal Australian Armoured Corps
Case Notes:


Graham Larkham of Penrith has no need to enhance his military service and tell lies, however for reasons known only to him he does.

Notice that Larkam wears:

1 2 Cavalry Beret and Badge.

Left breast.
2. Australian Service Medal (ASM) - Not entitled
3. National Police Service Medal.
4. National Medal.
5 Australian Defence Medal.
6 Anniversary of National Service Medal.

Right breast.
7. NSW Police Medal.

Here is the offending medal:

Larkham genuinely served as a National Serviceman during the period of the Vietnam war. When asked about his service by a researcher, Larkham said, he had been deployed to Vietnam with 2 Cavalry Regiment, and had embarked for Vietnam, aboard HMAS Sydney. He continued to say that enroute, the ship docked at Shoalwater Bay Queensland, and 2 Cavalry Regiment were off loaded. For his unsuccessful deployment to Vietnam, he wears the ASM, and claims it was awarded by Department of Honours and Awards.

As Larkham refuses to provide any further information about his Vietnam "near miss" we are unable to discern which clasp is attached to the ASM.

We are advised by 2 Cav historians that the Vietnam story is well known but is a "barrack room myth" that did not happen.

As evidenced by his Police medals one would expect that Larkham would be a pillar of society, instead of a medals cheat, who tells lies. He has committed two criminal acts against the Defence Act 1903 Part VII Sectionss 80A and 80B for falsely claiming to be a returned Veteran and wearing a medal that has not been awarded.

Larkham also holds senior positions as Secretary for the Penrith NSW RSL and the Penrith National Servicemen's Association.

Larkham is not a fit an proper person to hold such positions of trust, and we urge both organizations to expel him with ignominy.

He will however been elected as secretary of cheats and wannabes at ANZMI Barracks where he is among many others of his ilk.

There are numerous former Australian National Servicemen who appear on the ANZMI website, who have falsely embellished their service. A few years ago, in New South Wales, a National Servicemen's Association Protocol Officer was appointed to rectify this growing problem. He has worked tirelessly to educate recalcitrant members of the Association to comply with Governor Generals medal wearing protocols. It appears that he still has much work to do.

Surname: Kelleher
Christian Names: David
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Narooma
Service #: R95293
Service: Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and RNZN
Commencement of service: 05 Jan 66
Completion of service: 1975 joined RNZN
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