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Surname: HOFFRICHTER
Christian Names: Wayne Sherwood
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Ceduna
Service #: 471858
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

UPDATE: HOFFRICHTER AUGUST 21

Wayne Hoffrichter strongly proclaims his innocence for wearing the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM).

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He said the following:

"I have been wearing the Vietnam Medal because I received it in the mail years ago and thought it ok
There are plenty of others wearing it just like I have
Regards Wayne."

He is vigorously supported in the form of a Statutory Declaration and a signed statement from:

Professor Dr Glen D. Edwards.
Dip App Sci, BA, Dip App Psy, MA Sp Edu, Ph.D. (Medicine).
Professor, Stress and Trauma Studies
Proud Vietnam Veteran.

Hoffrichter and Edwards are both appealing our decision to include Hoffichter on this website.

As stated above, Edwards served in Vietnam ("Proud Vietnam Veteran"). He was a Medical Corporal at 1st Australian Field Hospital, Vung Tau, from 9 April 1970 until 17 December 1970. After discharge from the Army, he worked for fifteen years as Adelaide Director of Vietnam Veterans Counseling Service. With those credentials it is reasonable to assume, he would be aware of the criteria for wearing the RVCM

Edwards has appealed our decision to include Hoffrichter on this website, based on the following information, inter alia, extracted from a Statutory Declaration from Edwards

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In addition, Edwards provided a signed statement which says inter alia.

"A young soldier attending my presentation approached me and remarked, “give me his details and I will get him his medal as I have a relative in Army Records and I know what to do”. Sometime later, a letter and Medal arrived at the office of the Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service, addressed to the Director of the Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service. The letter had a Defence Department letter heading and included a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. The letter stated in part ‘Mr. Hoffrichter could be awarded his medal’. The letter and Medal were on my instructions to my staff, forwarded by post to Mr. Hoffrichter. I had no reason at the time to check the authenticity of the letter or Mr Hoffrichter’s entitlement to the Vietnam Campaign Medal before having it posted to him".

Edwards then says.

"In retrospect, I am now concerned that I may well have been made a “fool” of by a soldier who conceivably had a little too much to drink during the evening. It now appears a practical but serious joke was played on both Mr. Hoffrichter and myself, which is of course is most embarrassing and concerning to Mr. Hoffrichter and me."

Finally Edwards proclaims his and Hoffrichter's ignorance as the reason for Hoffrichter wearing the medal.

"Note: Following correspondence by ANZMI Group, forwarded to the Ceduna RSL President, I sought clarification from Mr. Hoffrichter on 5th August 2021 as to why he believed he was entitled to wear the medal he received in the post. Mr. Hoffrichter explained that he went with and returned from Vietnam to the same home town as another veteran who wears the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
On the 8th August 2021, I contacted the veteran, and was informed by him that he was wounded in the chest by a piece of shrapnel and evacuated from the field by helicopter for treatment. After establishing this to be true, I spoke to both veterans again on 11th August 2021, during which time both informed me that they were not aware that the Vietnam Campaign Medal is an entitlement for a veteran wounded during Vietnam service. Both believed service in Vietnam was the reason they received their Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Dr G. Edwards".

The truth of whether Edward's story, of how he procured and forwarded the medal to Hoffrichter, is known only by Edwards, and maybe by Hoffrichter. Veterans can make up their own minds, about why and how Hoffrichter was wearing the medal.

In closing, we assert that all who went to Vietnam, (including the second soldier from Ceduna who we have identified) were well aware of the criteria for wearing the RVCM. Hoffrichter, Edwards and the "second soldier" are Vietnam Veteran.

We will not be removing Hoffrichter from this website

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ORIGINAL REPORT

 

Wayne Hoffrichter states that he received the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) in the post, and has worn it ever since, and will continue to wear it. It is the last medal on his rack.

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The problem is that Hoffrichter did not serve the required 181 days in Vietnam, to have earned the medal. He served for 97 days with the 3rd Infantry Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR). See below.

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Here is the criteria for the RVCM:


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Hoffrichter does not meet the criterion shown above. When he was contacted, he said he received the medal through the mail and would continue to wear it. If Hoffrichter received the medal in the post it would have been from a medals dealer from whom he had purchased the medal.

Many ex service men and ex service organizations have appealed the criteria for wearing the medal. Here is the official response to the Appeals, by the Federal Government.

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Unfortunately Hoffrichter chose to exacerbate his situation, by having a fake letter created, giving him approval to wear the medal which means he was well aware of his dishonesty.

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The problem with the letter is that it purports to have been initiated by a Colonel J Potter OAM, on the 24 July 1987. The letter is poorly written and does not comply Defence Instructions, regarding drafting official departmental correspondence, in relation to the layout, composition and signatory block. In essence it is easily identified as a fake letter.

Not only is he wearing the medal, but he has also participated in manufacturing a false document to support his false claim.

In essence he wears five medals, and he should wear only four, for his National Service. and his 97 days in Vietnam.

Surname: GOODY
Christian Names: Gary
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service: Nil
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

Garry Goodey is a show pony. He would have members of the public believe that he is a bemedaled Sub Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy. (RAN) He would also like you to nominate him for an Order of Australia Award.

Goodey is far from the real deal or what he would like people to believe.

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Goodey has been a member of the Training Ship or T.S. Norfolk, Wellington Point, Brisbane since 2012. The T.S Norfolk is an Australian Navy Cadet Unit. (ANC) The ANC was formerly known as the Sea Cadets Corps. It helps develop young boys and girls and gives them a basic foundation of military knowledge and discipline.

In the above recent photographs, a formal occasion, Goodey wears the following on the left side of his ANC uniform.

1. Duke of Edinburgh Long Service medal. Civilian award.
2. Duke of Edinburgh Distinguished Service Silver Medal. Civilian award.
3. Unknown blue and yellow ribbon. Civilian award
4. A RAN Sub Lieutenant lace sleeve rank. Not entitled.

The Duke of Edinburgh Long Service medal is a civilian award and must be worn on the right side.

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The Duke of Edinburgh Distinguished Service Silver Medal is also a civilian award and should not be worn on the left breast. These instructions have been made clear to all recipients of this award. See under.

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Goodey wears the following RAN laced sleeve rank. This rank insignia is for Royal Australian Navy Sub Lieutenants and not ANC part time members. He has purchased this rank insignia and had it sewn on his uniform.

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The below photo is what he should wear and is the rank of Sub Lieutenant ANC.

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In the below photograph, Goodey wears the RAN Medical Branch cloth badge with his name. He also wears the RAN Medical Branch motif on his left side. He has had both these badges manufactured for his own ego. When an RAN dpnu name badge is worn with a rate on it, this indicates that you are a Rated Sailor. To earn this rating, an RAN Sailor has to complete rigorous courses to qualify. He has no entitlement to wear these two badges indicating that he is a qualified RAN Medical Branch member.. He was never a member of the Royal Australian Navy or Royal Australian Naval Reserves.

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Goodey was also photographed recently at a Gay Parade in his part time Auxiliary Fire Fighter uniform. (QFES) He again wears the Duke of Edinburgh Distinguished Service silver Medal Riband award on the left side on this occasion.

Goodey posted a request on his Facebook page for people to nominate him for an Order of Australia Award. This was removed following criticism of him.

Although he has been admonished in the past for wearing non authorised medals on the left breast, he has ignored that advice through arrogance.

He was contacted by a Researcher and invited to respond to reports received from genuine veterans that he was wearing -;
1. Civilian medals on the left side,
2. Unauthorised RAN Sub Lieutenant rank insignia and
3. Unauthorised RAN Medical Branch motifs.

He responded by claiming that he was unaware of what side of his uniform to wear his civilian medals. That is hard to believe when you consider he has been a member of the Australian Navy Cadets for almost 10 years. If he is that naive and ambivalent, he should not hold his current position at TS Norfolk. He also blames a Tailor at Cairns for sewing on the incorrect Sub Lieutenant sleeve insignia. However, he has done nothing to correct this error, until he was contacted by an ANZMI Researcher.

Following that contact, he removed all photographs of himself wearing the medals and rank insignia from his Facebook page.

He deceitfully portrays himself as a current Sub Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy. His Cadet rank is not recognised by the Australian Defence Force as an RAN rank.

Goodey shuns his nose at Australia Governor General’s medal wearing protocols that have been in existence for a hundred years.

With his arrogant attitude, he also disrespects all current and former servicemen and women who have served in the Australian Defence Force. Something he has not achieved.

Goodey should be given the boot from the Australian Navy Cadets. He sets a bad example for all the young boys and girls he has influence over.

The motto for the ANC is Integrity and Endeavour. He fails the test.

Surname: MACAULAY
Christian Names: Neil
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Forrestville
Case Notes:

 

A report was received detailing that Neil MacAulay aged 65 years had served as a Colonel on Black Operations.

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MacAulay was contacted by phone and asked if he had ever served with Australian Defence Force. His answer was no, "but he served for nine years, in the school of hard knocks, overseas, on "Black Operations", under a United Nations banner, rescuing stolen children from militant gangs in Asia". Because of the nature of his work there were no historical records kept.

He said "there was not trace of his service, because he had changed his name, and he was the only survivor of the 163 men he served with".

To do this work, "he went overseas without a passport and received no pay".

When It was suggested to MacAulay, that he was telling lies, he vigorously denied he was lying.

We don't know where he was for the missing nine years "overseas" without pay or a passport. Perhaps he was serving Her Majesty in a different type of government establishment, where no pay was given, and a passport to enter was not required.

The jury in this matter is the Australian and New Zealand veteran communities. Please think about MacAulay's service and decide whether or not he is a liar and honour thief.

Surname: Wimberley
Christian Names: Terry
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Nerang
Service #: Not Known
Service: USA Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Vietnam Era
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Terry Wimberley was born in Kentucky USA in 1946.  He is an ex United States (US) Army Veteran of the Vietnam era.  He now resides in Nerang, Queensland, Australia. 

 

Note that Wimberley is wearing among other medals and awards:

A United States Silver Star Medal, and a Bronze Star Medal.

 

 

He has developed a small profile in Australia as:

Secretary to Australian Bat Clinic:   Company Profile : Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre

Ritual Elder to Mankind Project Australia:  ManKind Project Australia - | ManKind Project Australia

According to Wikipedia, as a Ritual Elder of the Mankind Project he is required to "Support men in meaningful lives of integrity, accountability, responsibility and emotional intelligence".  When you read further you will see, that by his actions, he follows none of the Mankind Project principals

His claim to fame is that he was awarded  the very prestigious United States (US) Silver Star War Medal which is the third highest US military decoration, awarded to members of the US Armed Forces for "Gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States".  He also wears a US Bronze Star which is awarded for "Heroic or meritorious service or achievement"

There is no doubt that he served in Vietnam as a member of the US, 25th Infantry Regiment, 2/27th Infantry Battalion known as the "Wolfhounds".

Nowhere on Military Records, or lists in the United States, is Wimberley listed as having been awarded a Silver Star. We asked him about this, and  he supplied the following explanation and  photograph.

"Dear Mr. xxxxxxxxx

Further to your enquiry I have found the attached photo taken some time in

1968. The photo shows me receiving the award or awards from the Battalion

Commander, that you were interested in.

Interesting for me is that many of my fellow Wolfhounds and I cared less

about the awards---We just wanted to go home. Amazing for me that I found

this picture as I could only find about 40 photos in all. I have a vague

memory of a man in my platoon named Jake and I believe he took the photo.

Thank you for your interest and if you served----Thank you for your service."

The photograph provides no evidence of him being awarded a Silver Star. We are reliably advised that because it is a small unit parade, he is most likely being awarded the USA Infantry Combat Badge

We contacted sources in the United States and received the following responses:

From his US Army UnitAssociation

"Wolfhound Historical Society

Hello Sir, in respond (sic)  to you; yes, there was a Terry Wimberley in 2/27th Wolfhounds of the 25th ID. He also served Vietnam the year 1967-1968. I could not find record  of Silver Star award.

Wolfhounds forever,

Dorsey Weeks,President"

 

On 2 May 1971 an article about Wimberley appeared in the newspaper, Progress Bulletin from Pomona California. 

Unfortunately the clipping is unreadable, however we had it read in the USA and in relation to his military service it says:

"Terry Wimberley was drafted into the Army in 1967 and spent a year in South Vietnam where he was a forward observer and was wounded twice."

Had he been awarded a Silver and a Bronze Star during his service, he would have been a minor celebrity and it would certainly have been mentioned in a public relations "blurb".

Here is another report from a reliable source:

"[i]Good Day Mr. xxxxxxxxx,

I am glad to assist, in any way I can, concerning Mr. Terry Wimberley. The fotos (sic) of Mr. Terry Wimberley are an excellent starting point.

As you mentioned already, I was unable to find a citation for a "US Silver Star" (Silver Star Medal) for a "Terry Wimberley". Nowhere did I find a reference to Mr. Terry Wimberley for a valor award.

If said individual was an "Infantryman" he would also be entitled to a Combat Infantryman Badge ( or CIB). Strange that if this is the same "Terry Wimberley that the article would not mention he is a decorated veteran (i.e. Silver Star/Bronze Star recipient).

The photo apears (sic)  legitimate. The photo does depict a medal(s) or award(s) ceremony taking place, probably in Vietnam. The uniforms and surroundings look legitimate. The olive drab uniforms with concealed botton  (sic) down flap pockets are consistent with 1968 Vietnam. The ceremony is small (apparantly) (sic) two rows and involves what appears to be only "Specialists" enlisted Soldiers. The individual presenting the medal(s) or award(s) is certainly an officer and in the 25th Infantry Division.

Taking all of the above into account, it is my personal opinion, this is provably (sic) a ceremony to present the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) to qualifying Infantrymen of the 25th Infantry Division serving in Vietnam.  I cannot infer anything else from this photo alone..

Mr. Terry Wimberley may be a legitimate "draftee" and "veteran" of the Vietnam War, but there is no information to substantiate his Silver Star or Bronze Star medals."

After gathering the above information we again contacted Wimberley and requested some definitive proof of his claimed valour awards, however he failed to respond.

Wimberley is a long way from Kentucky and we can assume that he thought that he could dupe Australian Veterans by adding a bit of extra colour to his Medal Rack in the form of prestigious USA Valour awards.

Wimberley is now a discredited fraud liar and wannabe.  He obviously swaggers around his "Mankind Project" Cult as a heroic Ritual Elder, when in fact he was, like most of us, an ordinary soldier who did their job without the need for false fame.

We suggest to Wimberley to not wear his false medals, and to not mix in the Australian Veteran Community, as genuine veterans loathe liars and frauds.

We have a very strong following in the USA and am sure thousands of US ex servicemen will also be disgusted by Wimberley's behaviour.

Wimberley sought false fame by wearing fake medals, however he has now found fame on this web site where he will stay for ever more.

Surname: SPURRIER
Christian Names: Terrence
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Cairns
Service #: Nil
Service: Merchant Navy
Case Notes:

 

Terrence Spurrier is the North Queensland (NQ) Commodore of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard.

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Before moving to Australia, Spurrier served with the United Kingdom (UK) Merchant Navy:

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As a UK citizen, he had no UK Defence service, and has had no Australian Defence service.

As shown in the above photograph Spurrier wears four medal ribbons and one badge on his left breast, which is no place for self purchased "Tin" UK commemorative medals.

The general public, and members from the NQ Coast Coast Guard would be puzzled by the ribbons and badge, and knowing he is from the UK, would assume that he has been presented with official UK medals and the badge.. That assumption is correct, except that the medals and badge have been purchased and presented, to himself by himself.

He wears:

UK Commemorative Maritime medal. Worn in both first and fourth place.
The Queen's Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal 2002.
The Commemoraive General Service Cross.
UK Commemorative Maritime medal. Also worn in first place.

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Armed Forces Veteran Badge.

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Eligibility to be presented the badge. You can apply for it, from UK Government, if you served with any of these UK Forces:

Army
Royal Navy
Royal Marines
Royal Air Force (RAF)

Spurrier served in none of those

Spurrier was contacted and asked about the medal ribbons and badge, and here are the reasons given by Spurrier.

"Dear Mr xxxxxx

In these days of scams and spam emails, I had decided to ignore your first email due to grammar issues, formality in which you addressed me and if your were truly an interested researcher you would have addressed the association, I am connect with by its full title and given it the due respect it deserves.

That being said your second email shows that you have done some research, but failed to recognise my Grandfathers WWII medals , but you did recognise the veterans badge I wear to honour my Father who served in the Korean war.

With regards to the ribbons I wore on Remembrance day, let me provide you with two possible reasons for you to decide:-

1. In my younger days I did work for the MOD and US DOD that was listed as National Security and as such I got no recognition for. So maybe as years have passed I have purchased the ribbons as a self gratification of the work I did for the Government.?
2. Together with other members of our association we purchase the ribbons so that the other 3 services wouldn’t look down on us as the poor cousin at Remembrance services?
I will leave it at that and do not expect a response as your email address is now blocked and been listed on our Governments cyber security organisation group.

Yours"

Note that Spurrier says. "Together with other members of the Association we purchase the ribbons so other 3 services wouldn't look down on us"

ANZMI has a copy of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Dress Manual, and apart from an error in allowing the Year of the Volunteer medal to be worn on the left breast, (that medal is not approved by the Australian Governor General) it complies with National Rules and protocols for the wearing of medals. There is no mention of allowing the wearing of self purchased UK Commemorative Medals on the left breast.

It is difficult to believe that the most senior Coast Guard Officer in Far North Queensland would make such a self pitying statement. It is also suggested that "the other members of the Association, who also purchased commemorative ribbons" get them off, before their very prestigious organisation becomes a laughing stock, and his medal cheating associates appear on the ANZMI site.

Spurrier lacks integrity and honour. His explanation is imbecilic. He has thumbed his nose at long standing Australia Governor General's Medal wearing protocols. He may get away with wearing worthless tin medals in the United Kingdom, but in Australia and New Zealand, he will be thought of by the Veteran Community as a fraud.

Spurrier should stand down from his current position or be sacked. He brings discredit upon himself and the Volunteer Coast Guard.

Have no doubt that the Australian Coast Guard is an organization that saves lives in difficult circumstances, and it would be a pity if Commodores like Spurrier bring it into disrepute.

Surname: CARROLL
Christian Names: Ronald John aka "Steve"
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Fern Bay
Service #: 35999
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Royal Australian Engineers
Case Notes:

 

Ronald John Carroll is better known by his nickname "Steve" he was a stalwart warrior who has erred by wearing a tin medal on his left breast, with his genuine medals, . He served in Australia, Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. For that service he wears eleven medals. He should wear only ten.

 

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He wears:
Australian Active Service Medals (AASM)
General Service Medal 1918 (GSM)
General Service Medal 1962 (GSM)
Vietnam Medal (VM)
Australian Service Medal 1945 - 1975 (ASM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM)
National Medal (NM)
Tin Vietnam Medal aka Launcestion Medal (UNAUTHORISED TIN)
Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal (PJM)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM)

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The fourth medal in the second row is the tin Vietnam Medal, also known as the Launcestion Medal it was launched by a Tasmanian Vietnam Veterans Association at a conference in Launceston in 1996.

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It is a shame that Carroll decided to attach the Launceston medal to his rack, and as we proceed without fear or favour, Carroll is declared a medals cheat.

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