Date of Entry: .
Surname: WYNEN
Christian Names: Johannes Bernard
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Cessnock
Service #: 2147498
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery
Commencement of service: 1969
Completion of service: 1992 & ARes 2002
Case Notes:


There are some people in life who just cannot help themselves when it comes to acquiring and wearing Military medals, ribbons, badges, and other accoutrements. If you did not earn them, no problems. Just go out and buy them and have them court mounted on your rack.

If you were standing next to former Australian Army Lieutenant Colonel Johannes Bernard Wynen on Anzac Day, you would possibly feel a little inadequate or overwhelmed in comparison to the medal rack that he wears.

Several Veterans have observed Wynen over the years as his medal rack continues to grow. Consequently, he was reported to ANZMI as a possible medal cheat, valour thief and fraud.


In the above photograph, Wynen's medal rack reveals -;
1. The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975. (AASM) Vietnam Clasp.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Australian Service Medal post 1975 (ASM) Kashmir Clasp.
4. Queen Elizabeth 11 Silver Jubilee Medal.
5. Defence Force Service Medal. (DFSM)
6. National Medal no clasps.
7. Australian Defence Medal.
8. Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM)
9. US Army Commendation Medal for valour.
10.Unknown medal.
12. United Nations Military Observers Group India-Pakistan Medal. (UN-MOGIP)
He wears an unidentifiable badge above his medal rack. (Possibly the Infantry Combat Badge. ICB)

Johannes Bernard Wynen, or Hans as he likes to be known, was born on the 16 July 1949.

During 1969, at 20 years of age he enlisted in the Australian Army. He attended Officer Cadet School OCS - Portsea, Victoria, and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1970. He was then posted to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery.

On the 24 December 1970, he was posted to 107 Field Battery, 4 Field Regiment (Artillery) in South Vietnam, as a 2nd Lieutenant. On the 11 March 1971, he was posted to 12 Field Regiment, South Vietnam and completed his tour of duty in that country on the 14 December,1971. His role was a Gun Section Commander.



Wynen remained in the Australian Army until he discharged in 1992. He had attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at that time.

He then served in the Australian Army Reserves (ARes) until 2002 and inactive Emergency ARes until about 2014.

About 2009 Wynen joined the NSW Corrective Services. He is currently an Acting Senior Corrective Services Officer at Cessnock Correctional Centre.

Below is a photograph of Wynen taken at Shortland Correctional Centre, Cessnock on rhe 26 November, 2020. His Medal rack has increased in comparison to the earlier photograph.

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The following medal ribands are being worn by Wynen.

1. Conspicuous Service Cross. (CSC.) Not entitled.
2. Australian Active Service Medal. (AASM) 1945-1975.
3. Vietnam Medal with Mention in Dispatches (MiD) Oakleaf. Not entitled to MiD oakleaf.
4. Australian Active Service medal. (AASM) post 1975. Not entitled.
5. Iraq medal. Not entitled.
6. Australian Service Medal. (ASM.) Post 1975.
7. Queen Elizabeth 11 Silver Jubilee Medal. Not entitled.
8. Defence Force Service Medal. (DFSM) with 4 dots. (Clasps) denoting 35 years’ service.
9. National Medal 2 dots, (clasps), denoting 35 years’ service. Not listed Its an Honour.
10. Australian Defence Medal.
11. U.S. Army Commendation medal, with V device for valour. Not entitled.
12. Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm. Not entitled.
13. Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM).
14. United Nations Military Observer Group in India-Pakistan. (UN-MOGIP)
15. Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal. Not entitled.
16. Above his medal rack he wears the Australian Army Infantry Combat Badge. (ICB) Not entitled.
17. On his right breast he wears two commendations. One appears to be the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm again. Not entitled.
18. The second one is possibly a US Army Meritorious Unit Citation. Not entitled.

The Conspicuous Service Cross. Sample


The Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) is a decoration (medal) of the Australian honours system. It is awarded to members of the Australian Defence Force "for outstanding devotion to duty or outstanding achievement in the application of exceptional skills, judgment or dedication, in non-warlike situations". In November 2019, 1129, people were listed as recipients. All ranks are eligible for the award.

Had Wynen been awarded this decoration, his name would appear at Australian Honours and Awards, Its an Honour site. He would be entitled to use the post nominals CSC following his name. Wynen’s name does not appear at Its an Honour. He has purchased this award and presented it to himself.

Vietnam Medal with MiD Oakleaf. Sample


Wynen is entitled to wear the Vietnam Medal. However, he is not entitled to claim that he was awarded the Mentioned in Dispatches oakleaf that he has had placed on the ribbon. He was never awarded this decoration and his name does not appear in the Honours Section of the DVA Vietnam Nominal Roll. See below.

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Mentioned in Dispatches.

To be mentioned in dispatches describes a member of the armed forces whose name appears in an official report written by a superior officer and sent to the high command, in which their gallant or meritorious action in the face of the enemy is described. Wynen has no entitlement to an MiD. He was never Mentioned in Dispatches in Vietnam.

Australian Active Service Medal post 1975. Sample


Wynen claims the “post 1975 Australian Active Service Medal”, possibly for Iraq, which is the next medal ribbon on his rack. Only a handful of Australian soldiers were on the ground in the First Iraq war 1991-1992. Wynen was not one of them. He discharged in 1992, so any further Iraq service after that date would not be possible.

Iraq Medal. Sample



The Iraq Medal was issued for qualifying Australian ADF personnel who served in that theatre from the 19 March, 2003 to the 25 November, 2013. Wynen discharged from the Australian Army in 1992. He discharged from the Australian ARes in 2002. He is not entitled to this medal.

The QE11 Silver Jubilee Medal. Sample



The Queen Elizabeth 11 Silver Jubilee Medal was proclaimed in 1977. It was issued to several high ranking ADF personnel. Wynen was a junior Commissioned Officer in 1977. His name does not appear on Governor Generals “Its an Honour”, or the official list of recipients for this award.

The National Medal with two clasps. Sample 

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This medal and clasps, if awarded, would signify that Wynen has had 35 years’ service in the Commonwealth and/or State public sector. The Australian Defence Force discontinued this award to personnel on the 20 April 1982. It was replaced by the DFSM. Defence Service before 1982 and his NSW Correctional Service since 2009, would qualify him for the National Medal and one clasp.
Wynen is not listed on Its an Honour for the National medal with two clasps.

U.S. Army Commendation Medal with V device for valour. Sample



The medal maybe conferred upon Defence Force personnel from other nations and worn with the specific approval of the Australian Department of Defence, however, there is no evidence that Wynen was ever awarded this decoration.

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. Sample


This award was bestowed upon several Australian Defence Force personnel during the Vietnam War. Other versions were awarded to allied Units. Again, there is no evidence that Wynen was ever awarded this decoration. The Artillery Units he served with in Vietnam were also not awarded this medal.

The Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation is a singular device. Individuals are not eligible to wear the Citation device until they have been formally approved to do so through the application process.

Approval to wear the Citation does not give a person the authority to wear the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. This is an individual decoration that was awarded to a number of Australians by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam in recognition of their individual acts of gallantry.

Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal. Sample


The Saudi Arabian version of the Liberation of Kuwait Medal is awarded to members of the Coalition Forces who participated in Operation Desert Storm and the liberation of Kuwait between the dates of January 17, 1991 and February 28, 1991. It is considered rarer than the Kuwaiti version of the medal,

There is no evidence that Wynen served in the prescribed Warlike area at any time that would qualify him for this Medal. The medal was issued to Australian Defence Force personnel for their participation in that conflict.

Infantry Combat Badge. ICB. Sample


Some Artillery Forward Observers attached to an Infantry Battalion were erroneously approved for the issue of this accoutrement. Wynen was a Gun Section Commander in Vietnam and never a Forward Observer attached to any Battalion.. He was never given approval to wear the ICB. This has been confirmed by his Artillery Regiment colleagues who served with Wynen in Vietnam.

There is no evidence of Wynen being awarded the two citations he wears on the right breast.

Over the years, Wynen has added the following medals and clasps to his rack.

- Conspicuous Service Cross.
- Mention in Dispatches MiD oakleaf for bravery to his Vietnam Medal.
- AASM post 1975.
- Iraq Medal.
-Three Clasps to his DFSM.
-Two clasps to his National Medal.
-The V design for "Valour" to the U.S. Army Commendation Medal.
- The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm Medal.
- Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal.

Wynen has also claimed to others that he was sent to the United Kingdom, Royal Military College of Science, where he completed a Master of Science Degree. (MSc)

He has stated that he has “a very broad knowledge and experience in the nuances of Protocols and Procedures”.

He claims in writing, that his broad knowledge of Protocols and Procedures was developed over the years from "dining" with Royalty, Prime Ministers and Governors.

However, wearing un-awarded Australian and Foreign Medals, Ribands, Citations, Badges and Accoutrements is contrary to his claimed high standards of Protocols and Procedures. It is unfortunate that the Royal family members, Prime Ministers and Governors, who he "dines" with, did not explain to him that wearing purchased military medals and ribands on ebay or at a Medal Dealer is a big "No No" in Australia.

The United Kingdom Royal Military College of Science was contacted and it appears that Wynen’s claim to a Master of Science is also false.

Former Army colleagues of Wynen were contacted and stated that Wynen had an unremarkable tour of duty to South Vietnam as a Gun Section Commander, 2nd Lieutenant in 1970-1971. They were surprised when shown a photograph of Wynen's current medal rack. In particular, medals denoting bravery, gallantry and valour.

Wynen has attended Unit reunions over the years but has never divulged to his colleagues that he was awarded the medals in question.

The true medal entitlement of Wynen as confirmed by his former colleagues is -;

The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975. Clasp Vietnam.
The Vietnam Medal.
The Australian Service Medal post 1975. Kashmir clasp. (For UN-MOGIP deployment)
The Defence Force Service Medal with appropriate clasps.
Possibly the National Medal. (Although not listed on Its an Honour.)
The Australian Defence Medal.
The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (For serving 181 days in country.)
The United Nations Military Observer Group in India-Pakistan medal. (UN-MOGIP)

The Returned from Active Service Badge.

We can only conclude that Johannes Bernard Wynen is a Medal Cheat and Honour thief. His claims of valour and brave conduct are extraordinary.

For many years, Wynen puts himself out there in the public arena as a War Hero. Clearly he is not. He has no doubt gained a great deal of kudos and respect from work colleagues and the general public for his deception. Possibly even promotion over others.

He needs to apologise publicly to the community and his NSW Corrective Services work colleagues for his deceit.

Wynen has committed offences under the Defence Act 1903 Section 80B.


Improper use of service decorations
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person wears a service decoration; and
(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.
Penalty: $3000.00, imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

His employers, NSW Corrective Services, should report his illegal behaviour to the local Cessnock Police for further investigation and charges under the Defence Act 1903. He should also face disciplinary action within his own Government Department.

Returned Veterans, in particular, Vietnam Veterans, will not stand by and see valour stolen by those who have not earned it.

As a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Australian Army, he sets a bad example. He lacks credibility.

An update on Mr. Johannes Bernard Wynen will be provided as events unfold.





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