Heberle

Date of Entry: 07/11/2018
Surname: Heberle
Christian Names: Ian John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Geraldton
Service #: 5717190
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

UPDATE Ian HEBERLE MAY 2021

After being exposed as a medals cheat in 2018, here are details from the Geraldton Guardian newspaper, dated October 2020.

 

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On ANZAC Day 2020 he was again photographed wearing the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) and an Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) neither of which he has earned.

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 It is also reported in the Geraldton Guardian Newspaper that Herberle was returned to Australia from Vietnam after being wounded in action. That information is not true, and such a statement gives false credence to his wearing of the RVCM and the ICB. If he had been returned to Australia after having been wounded in action he would be entitled to wear the medal and also the ICB.

Ian Heberle is an ex President of the Geraldton Western Australia Returned and Services League (RSL) and is obviously a luminary of that institution.

Heberle may be a doyen, but he does not overrule the Australian Governor General, or, The Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat, Government House, or Directorate of Honours and Awards, Department of Defence.

To preserve the honour of our awards system, he, like all veterans must following traditions and protocols.

It is suggested that the Western Australia RSL Headquarters, take action against the Geraldton RSL and Ian Heberle, for flouting medals rules and protocols.

Herbele's mates, and all others, who wear the medal and badge, had to serve in Vietnam 181 days for the RVCM, and 90 days with an Infantry Battalion for the ICB. What Herbele is doing is falsely claiming to have been WIA in Vietnam.

 

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Ian Heberle wears five medals and six badges.   He did not earn one of the medals and one of the badges

 

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He wears:

 

Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) - Not entitled

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) - Not entitled

 

Heberle served in Vietnam for 87 days as a Private Infantry Soldier.   Entitlement to wear the RVCM requires service of 181 days.

 

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Those who were classified as Battle Casualties and returned to Australia before completing 181 days are also entitled to wear the medal. Heberle did some hard work in Vietnam but was never classified as a Battle Casualty.

 

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Above his medal ribbons he is wearing the prestigious ICB.

 

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Entitlement for this badge is:

 

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As he served in Vietnam for only 87 days he is not entitled to wear the ICB.

 

Heberle is from a family with military history as he wears on his right breast World War 2 medals that were earned by a direct relative.

 

Heberle, like many other Returned Veterans has chosen to purchase and wear a medal and a badge that he did not earn.

 

A nation wide audit of photographs from commemorative occasions is under way resulting in many exposures of Veterans wearing medals they did not earn.  

 

Heberle has been caught and placed on this website, where he will remain for a very long time.

 

 

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