Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Weinhofen
Christian Names: Rodney Edward
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: South Lake, Perth
Service #: R95838
Service: Royal Australian avy
Branch: Supply and Secretariat (Cook)
Case Notes:


At ANZMI we do not hunt for those who are valour thiefs. All are reported to us by concerned veterans, ex servicemen and women, and the general public. We receive the complaint, investigate the allegations, and if proven, publish the results of our investigation. Readers can judge the behaviour of the person exposed based on the evidence published.

We have received reports that we "pick on" RAN people, we do not, we only process those who are reported to us.

Here is ex Navy veteran, Rodney Edward Weinhofen of Perth WA.



Edwards wears five medals they are:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Logistic and Support Force Medal - Self purchased "Tin" Medal
HMAS Sydney Medal - Self purchased "Tin" Medal

Apart from the Australian Defence Medal, the other four medals are for service in Vietnam. In fact, he had two visits to Vietnam and spent a total of eleven hours anchored in Vung Tau harbour for the two visits. He was a Cook aboard HMAS Sydney during the two visits.

Here are excerpts from ships reports detailing his visit:

From 0600hrs until 1200 hours on the 28 November 1969



From 0638 hrs until 1120 hours on 26 Feb 1670




For eleven hours in safe anchorage in Vung Tau Harbour, Weinhofen wears four medals, two were issued to him and two are self purchased non authorised "Tin".

There is other evidence to judge Weinhofen as an exaggerator. Here is what he posted on social media.



All ranks who participated in the Vietnam war, whether they were in combat, or in support roles, such as Weinhofen, must be proud of their service. Those in combat did the hard yards, and those in support , made sure that combat elements could effectively fight.

Being a Cook on an Australian warship, in a non combat support role, does not give Weinhofen the right to wear extra medals and make claims to have "fought in a war".

Those who exaggerate or lie about their service, or wear medals they did not earn, will eventually be welcomed aboard
the good ship ANZMI, which travels to every corner of the world to exhibit those who are on board.

Surname: Thompson
Christian Names: John
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Goonengerry
Service: Army
Case Notes:


John Thompson is a resident of Goonengerry, a Rotarian, a valour thief and a liar.



In a local Museum Newsletter he is quoted as:


See here for full report:


In addition to what is reported by the above Museum Newsletter, he has told many people in his area of his Vietnam exploits.

A researcher spoke directly to John Thompson, who said to him, that as a National Serviceman, he served in Vietnam in 1972. Not with an Australian unit, but with the United States of America, 101st Airborne Division. He was asked if Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) were taking care of him, in relation to his injuries described in the Museum Newsletter. He said that he will have nothing to do with DVA or the Australian Government.

Here is a photograph that was included in the Museum Newsletter to support his claims of military service.


The photograph indicates that he served in an Australian Army Reserve unit, that was never deployed to Vietnam. He is wearing a badge, that although blurred, can be identified as that of the Royal NSW Lancers, which was an Army Reserve unit at the time the photograph was taken.



Thompson is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) nominal roll, , nor is he listed on the Vietnam "Casualty List"

Thompson has put insufficient effort into his subterfuge. Most Vietnam veterans, and any Vietnam war historian, can see that he is a liar and never served in the Vietnam war.

No Australian soldiers were posted to the USA 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam in 1972.

He says he was badly injured, and lost part of his eyesight when Napalm exploded in front of him, and that he is sterile as a result of the defoliant, "Agent Orange" sprayed in Vietnam. If the above were so, he would be under the care of DVA, and would have certainly been listed as Wounded in Action (WIA) on the Casualty list. It is an opinion, that if Napalm ever exploded close enough to injure the eyes, there would be more than eyebrows singed.

He is not listed on the DVA Vietnam Nominal Roll, because he was never there.

The National Service ballot box draw for people born between 1 Jul 1949 and 31 Dec 1949, did not include the date of his birth on 10 Oct 1949. Here are the official ballot results. See here for full details:

Birthdates drawn in the tenth National Service ballot: 22 September 1969
Men included in the ballot who were born in the period 1 July 1949 to 31 December 1949.
July 3, 8, 11, 15, 20, 25
August 9, 13, 25,9
September 18, 19, 21, 28
October3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 15, 25
November 17, 22, 29
December 2, 5, 7, 15, 17, 25

Thompson was born on 10 Oct 1949. States he was conscripted into National Service for two years at the age of twenty years in 1969. If that were so he would have completed his National service at the latest by December 1971, however he claims to have served as a National Serviceman in Vietnam in 1972.

We hope that the good citizens of Goonengerry, Mullumbimby and surrounds are able to question Thompson about his service and urge him to provide definitive evidence of his Vietnam Service.

Be aware, that despite what he claims, John Thompson of Goonengerry in the Mullumbimby area of New South Wales did not serve in Vietnam as a Australian Soldier. His claims to have done, make him a liar and valour thief.

We are pleased to have a Rotarian on board the good ship ANZMI.

Surname: Dennis
Christian Names: Ryan
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Medical
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Still Serving
Case Notes:


Ryan Dennis is currently a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. (RAN) According to his long service badges, he has at least twelve years service with the RAN. He is also a member of St John Ambulance Australia in Sydney, NSW..

Ryan Dennis, for some time now has been a medal cheat. The below photograph was posted on his Facebook Page in 2016, however, the photograph was taken much earlier, when he was a more junior Leading Seaman.



He is wearing the following medals.

1. The Officer of the Order of St John Medal. . (Civilian award)
2. Australian Active Service Medal with unknown clasp. AASM. Not entitled.
3. Australian Service Medal with unknown clasp ASM
4. Australian Defence Medal. ADM
5. The Service Medal of the Order of St John. (Civilian award.)

The Australian Active Service Medal recognises the service of members of the Defence Force and certain other persons in specified warlike operations since 14 February 1975.



Dennis has never been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal.




In the above more recent photographs, Chief Petty Officer Ryan Dennis wears the identical awards. In the last photograph he also wears the Defence Long Service Medal. (15 years service) Therefore, he has been wearing the un-awarded AASM for well over four years. As of March, 2021, these photographs still appear on his Facebook page.

Dennis came to the notice of ANZMI from concerned colleagues, who for the past number of years, queried his AASM medal entitlement. He responded to his colleagues, that he was entitled to the AASM for his service on HMAS Darwin when it left Australia for the Middle East on Operation Catalyst in December 2004. Operation Catalyst was at that time a Warlike area proclaimed by the Australian Government.


On 28 December Darwin departed HMAS Stirling, Perth, Western Australia bound for the Middle East.

After fuelling at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, Darwin entered the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) on 9 January 2005., where eligibility for the Australian Active Service Medal commenced. Ryan Dennis was not then on the ship.

Following information received, a Researcher then contacted Ryan Dennis and invited him to respond to allegations, that he was not entitled to wear the AASM, as it had not been officially awarded to him.

He replied -; 
The AASM was incorrectly recorded in PmKeys, for Operation Catalyst, whilst providing Op relief, on review minimal service in area was not conducted. Of which I did not realise either. This was discovered when a query was raised as to why it was recorded but no medal was issued. The subsequent changes to my medal rack have been conducted, occurring late last year; (2020) and PmKeys has also been corrected.

Further -

The medal was not awarded by Defence Honours and Awards, which is how the PmKeys error was discovered. It however was present on my PmKeys and correlated with correct year that I was onboard. It appeared to be a clerical error from perhaps the ships staff however due to the age and information being ported into PmKeys and my discharge (now rejoined). It was incorrectly believed that I had been awarded the medal and therefore entitled to wear it, a replica was purchased by myself, until the original caught up with me. (Bolded comments inserted by ANZMI)

Further –

I was a member of HMAS Darwin as an Op Relief in December 2004, I departed in late December, as it turns out prior to Inchop onto OP Catalyst.

Further -

I left the ship in Diego Garcia, it may have been early January by that stage, but I thought it was December.

Diego Garcia is a British administered island in the Indian Ocean and a United States Naval Base. It is not in the Middle East Area of Operations for Warlike Service. Dennis states that he left the ship at Diego Garcia. That was prior to the ship entering the Warlike area on the 9 January, 2005.

Unfortunately, there is no entitlement to the AASM for a crew member visiting an allied Naval Base in the Indian Ocean. You do not get an AASM, for nearly being in a prescribed warlike MEAO area. He would have known that, as would have every other Crew Member on the ship.

ANZMI has also been advised that the AASM entitlement was never recorded on his records. Either incorrectly, or correctly. Dennis has never provided any evidence to support his version that the medal was incorrectly recorded on his personal records.

Another problem for Ryan Dennis is that we know that he has been wearing the replica AASM on his RAN uniform for well over a four year period.

2016 was the year the first photo was posted on Facebook. The photo would have been taken many years before that when Dennis was a more junior sailor, a Leading Hand. That is supported by the fact that he is now a Chief Petty Officer.

He states that he purchased the replica medal and wore it “until the original caught up with me.”

If that statement was true, you would think that he would have made one phone call to Australian Honours and Awards in all that time, and said, “Where is my AASM, I have been waiting for many years”.

Alternatively, he could have applied for the medal through official channels as normal, instead of purchasing a replica and have it court mounted on his medal rack.

It is difficult to conclude, other than C.P.O. Ryan Dennis is a Medal Cheat and an Honour Thief, who has illegally worn the AASM for many years until his alleged entitlement was recently challenged by colleagues and ANZMI.

Our readers can make their own conclusions on the facts presented.

Dennis now joins a number of other current and former RAN colleagues who appear on this site.

Surname: Ellery
Christian Names: Craig
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Altona
Service: Army
Branch: Army 5/7 Infantry Battalion
Case Notes:


Craig Ellery is another St John Ambulance Officer who has embellished his medal rack. He currently carries out his duties as a St John Divisional Youth Manager, Altona. Melbourne Victoria. He is a Medal Cheat and Honour Thief.


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In the above photograph, Ellery wears the following medal ribands.

1. Australian Service Medal. (ASM)
2. Defence Long Service Medal. (DLSM)

Second row.
3. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM).
4. Voluntary Medical Service Medal. (VMSM) U.K Award. Not entitled.


5. International Year of the Volunteer Medal. (IYVM) Tin medal


ANZMI received information that Craig Ellery has embellished his rack and is not entitled to wear the last two medal ribands displayed on his rack. The VMSM and the IYVM.

1. The VMSM is shown below.

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The VMSM is a United Kingdom award proclaimed in 1932. It is awarded for 15 years continuous service as a volunteer for St Andrews First Aid or the British Red Cross. It is a Long Service Medal rewarding those volunteers who have served those Institutions for the required period. It is recognised in the Australian Honours and Awards system, and may be worn on the left side when awarded.

Recipients of this award are registered in the London Gazette.

Ellery is not registered in the London Gazette as a Recipient of this medal.

The last medal on his rack is the International Year of the Volunteer Medal. See below -;


International Year of Volunteers was designated for 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly. The initiative aimed at increased recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteering, to highlight the achievements of the millions of volunteers worldwide who devote their time to serving others, and to encourage more people globally to engage in volunteering.

This medal is not listed on the Australian Honours and Awards System. If worn, it is to be worn on the right breast and not mixed with or added to medals approved for wear by the Governor General on the left breast. It is a tin medal.

Ellery was contacted by a Researcher and invited to provide proof of his entitlements to the VMSM and the IYVM.

In a hostile response he stated -;

First Response

Mr. (name deleted) or whatever your name is.
I do not have to answer to you or anyone else concerning what honours and awards I possess. I know I have an entitlement to any medal I possess, so do what you will, you coward. If you care to meet me in a public forum I will be more than happy to present any documentation.
Have a good day!

Second Response

He then responded -;
You may take whatever you will from my email. The fact is I was awarded those medals from the appropriate delegates of those organisations, in Australia for my service to those organisations, in Australia. Do what you will as I don't care. This is my last message. Any messages from you or ANZMI (faceless cowards) will be deleted and blocked.

You would think that it would be a simple task to produce some supporting documentation for medals that you wear on your left breast. Any genuine medal recipient who is invited by ANZMI to provide that documentation does so. The matter is then concluded, and we congratulate them for their service.

On this occasion however, Ellery has adopted an aggressive attitude and states that he was awarded the VMSM in Australia for work he has done for those UK bodies (St Andrews First Aid and British Red Cross) in Australia.

If that is the case, why did he not just provide the evidence. He should be proud of his achievements over the 15 years he has put in to acquire the British VMSM medal, whilst not leaving Australia.

Following Ellery's belligerent response, a Researcher then contacted St Andrews First Aid, Australian Headquarters about Ellery's claims. This is their response -;

It appears that Craig Ellery was a member of St. Andrew’s First Aid Australia for a short period of time during the mid-2000s and ceased to be a member in February 2007.

Further, I can state that there is no record of Craig Ellery ever been awarded the Voluntary Medical Service Medal (VMSM) through St. Andrew’s First Aid Australia. Currently we have six members of our organisation who have been awarded the VMSM and they are listed in the schedule of approved foreign awards by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Craig Ellery is not one of them.

The British Red Cross, United Kingdom, were also contacted and they have no record of Craig Ellery ever being awarded the VMSM.

Ellery is a medal cheat. He has also stolen the honour of those six St Andrews First Aid personnel who have been recognised and awarded the VMSM for their dedication and loyalty.

Ellery needs to remove both medals from his rack immediately. He sets a bad example for St John Ambulance, and the young persons he mentors as a St John Divisional Youth Manager, Altona, Melbourne, Victoria.

He joins a growing list of St John Ambulance personnel who now grace the ANZMI website for their lack of credibility.

It is now abundantly clear that St John Ambulance need to carry out an intensive audit, to ensure that all their staff comply with Australian Governor General Honours and Awards medal wearing protocols.

Surname: Brennan
Christian Names: Bernard Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: .
City or Town: .
Service #: A27412
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Meteorologist then Air Observer
Case Notes:


Age does not weary liars and valour thieves, they can be from seventeen to one hundred years old. Human beings like to be respectful to elders in their community, however this does not apply to people who grossly exaggerate their Defence service.

Bernard Charles Brennan was born on 1 Jul 1928 and served both as a rating and a commissioned officer in the RAN from 1946 to 1959. When interviewed about his Defence service he gave detailed information, much of which is not true.



A Producer from a film company named "100 Acts of kindness films", interviews and records stories from interesting people. One such interview was from Bernard Brennan who gave the film producer his "stories" about his RAN service.

Below is a summary of his genuine and fictitious RAN career.

"Bernie a Seaman in the RAN, in 1946, aged 17, was sent on the RAN destroyer, HMAS Warramunga, to clean up Hiroshima.
Then a few years later, he trained to be a aircraft pilot for Fleet Air Arm. He carried out bombing missions from aircraft carriers, in the Korean War. He claims to have been shot down, not once, but twice by the enemy. On the second time, he crash landed and was trapped underneath the cockpit. He was captured and tortured.

After being rescued, he was bound to secrecy by the Defence Force, for 50 years. This obligation has since expired, hence he can tell the "real stories" of his service".

Much of what Brennan has said are lies. His RAN records, do reflect thirteen years of RAN service, but do not reflect , his Korea war service as a combat pilot.

He is not listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Korea nominal roll.



His RAN records as an able seaman, in the late 1940s are in poor condition, for most other years they are readable .

Brennen claims to have been a pilot in the Korea war. The Korea war ran from Jun 1950 until Jul 1953. He also tells harrowing stories of flying Sea Furys and Fireflies in Korean, and then Sea Venoms after the war, resulting in being affected by PTSD.

As an Able Seaman in 1950, he was sent to RAAF Station Point Cook, Victoria, to learn to fly, but on 15 Aug 1950, he was deemed to have failed the training, and returned to the RAN, as an able seaman meteorologist.



On 15 Oct 1952 he was commissioned as an Acting Sub Lieutenant and posted to the below locations. He clearly never served as an able seaman pilot in Korea.



After he was commissioned he served in the following locations:



In 1954 he was sent to the United Kingdom (UK) for service and training. After his return from the UK in 1955 he was posted to 808 Naval Air Squadron, as an observer in Havilland Sea Venom aircraft.

The purpose of this entry is to ensure that Brennans history is accurate and his posterity know the true story of his service.
In any case, he did very well by being promoted, from a Seaman to a Lieutenant, but, he did not serve in the Korea war in any capacity. He has ruined his history by making outrageously false claims of heroism.

Full details of Brennan's interviews can be found here:

He is welcomed aboard the good ship ANZMI, however, for his fabrications has been demoted back to ordinary seaman.

Surname: Burke
Christian Names: Cameron
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: .
Service: Claims ARMY
Branch: Claims SASR
Case Notes:



ANZMI has been exposing military imposters, frauds, charlatans, medal cheats and honour thieves for about 25 years. That is a long time.

Hundreds of unscrupulous Australian and New Zealand individuals appear on this site for their deceit. The deceit is mainly for unearned public recognition, insecurity and envy of the achievements of others. We also include the “Love Rat” in this category who obtain cash, lodgings and other benefits from vulnerable ladies, who are taken in by their lies.

In the extensive time period ANZMI has operated, we are well aware that genuine military personnel, who have experienced traumatic events whilst on active service, do not relate those experiences to the general public. In particular, on social media. They do not have to.

Hence, the unfortunate evolution of military imposters and wannabees from all walks of life reported to ANZMI.

We now introduce you to Cameron Burke. He is all of the above.

We have been reliably informed from a close source, that Cameron Burke spent 3 or 4 months in the Australian Army, but departed because he could not cope with military life. He was a drop out from Recruit Training. The close source also revealed that all his military service claims are lies.



ANZMI have been investigating Burke since 2019. Evidence about Burke was fairly flimsy then, as witnesses were reluctant to come forward and provide information that could be corroborated.

That has all changed.

A number of people have now provided statutory declarations and other material to ANZMI that prove beyond all doubt that Cameron Burke is a shameless con man.

Featured below are articles where he has claimed to vulnerable ladies and others that he is a highly trained, former Captain in the Australian Special Air Service Regiment, SASR, with active service in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.



Below are other comments he has made on social media about his extraordinary military service.



He even claims he sat on the Afghanistan War Crimes Commission Panel.





Below are some of the claims Burke has made to numerous people, who have reported him to ANZMI over the past 18 months. He is also continuing to make these false claims to the present day.

• He served in the SASR as a Captain.
• He was a Graduate of Duntroon Military College.
• He served in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
• Whilst in Afghanistan, he was wounded by an Improvised Explosive device IED and captured.
• As a wounded soldier he spent time in a Hospital in Germany.
• He was a sniper who killed 70 people. (Unusual for a Captain ANZMI comment)
• His entire team was captured.
• He killed multiple high level targets.
• He claimed he received 8-10 medals of honour.
• He is suffering severely from PTSD.
• The worst thing he had ever experienced was a mass killing of women and
children that he witnessed on a mission where Australia was "not supposed
to be there" and he was "ordered not to stop the massacre" and just watch
and report.
• He was captured after the bomb blast that rendered Luke a paraplegic and was tortured for 3 days.
• He used to parachute out of aircraft into the ocean and scuba dive into position for missions;
• He used to walk many kilometers to missions carrying heavy equipment,
which rendered his back injured and compacted his spine, so that he
became "shorter" after the military.
• His medals are with the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
• He was a Captain, Regular Army for 8 years to 2008 and then Reserves for five years.

His lies and deceit go on and on. It is not worth expanding on the dozens of more lies that he has told to his friends and others. It does not take the matter further.

In conclusion, Cameron Burke is an incorrigible liar who will grace the pages of ANZMI for many years to come. He is a disgrace. He should be spurned by the Veteran Community at every opportunity. Ladies Beware.

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