Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: ROWE
Christian Names: Terrence Geoffrey
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Wingham
Service #: R65258
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Medical (Dental Assistant
Commencement of service: 1966
Completion of service: 1986
Case Notes:


Terrence Geoffrey Rowe attends art classes at the NSW country town of Wingham to get solace and alleviate the crippling Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting from his "spending 1971 on HMAS Sydney taking troops to Vietnam"

Terry Rowe's Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Vietnam Nominal Roll, shows that he served on active service in Vietnam for 126 days. THAT IS WRONG! In fact he spent less than 6 days anchored in Vung Tau Harbour aboard HMAS Sydney. During the whole of the Vietnam war, no Australian Defence personnel were ever wounded in action whilst on board HMAS Sydney during delivery deployments.




The reason for the counting error, is that the RAN counted the days from departure of the last Australian port, until the day arriving back at first Australian or allied port. Whereas, a soldier being transported on board HMAS Sydney, had days in Vietnam counted from the time he set foot on land in Vietnam, until the day he stepped off land.

The RAN also made a significant blunder, in awarding the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) to thousands of RAN personnel who did not earn it. See here:

Rowe is being reported for his nefarious claim of being injured on active service, and taking his claim through the DVA system, to the Australian Appeals Tribunal (AAT), thus slowing down processing , for those in genuine need, with genuine injuries and illnesses.

The crux of his claim, is that whilst anchored in Vung Tau harbour, he sniffed or ingested Agent Orange, which after a chain of events, caused him to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). His Agent Orange problem was exacerbated, because, whilst on active service, during the few days he was anchored in Vung Tau harbour, he was subjected to poison from teeth amalgams that he had to mix,

He blames a family medical problem for his PTSD, and blames the family medical problem on Agent Orange, therefore Agent Orange caused his PTSD,

We understand that he would have been under stress, relating to family medical problems, that happened in Australia, well after his series of a few days of active service.

Here is what the journalist quoted Rowe as having said. Note incorrect spelling of his name as Roe instead of Rowe,



There has been a huge international debate about the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam, Agent Orange was a 50/50 mixture of two herbicides: 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T, used to aerial spray forests in Vietnam to reduce foliage cover for the North Vietnamese.

It is ridiculous to espouse that there was Agent Orange pollution, at sea in Vung Tau harbour, in 1971 that could be accidentally ingested by a Dental Assistant, on the deck, or in the dental surgery of HMAS Sydney.

For Rowe to try and link Agent Orange, and dental amalgam as active service injuries is preposterous,

It costs time and money for the DVA claims system to function. Nefarious claims end up at the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). AAT is manned by eminent legal and medical people, to adjudicate on claims. The AAT is a very fair system based on court like proceedings. Quite often, the Tribunal finds for the appellant. Bogus claims like Rowe's, are, by law, required to be fully investigated, and rejected without prejudice, except, that Australian and New Zealand veterans, are happy to be prejudiced and report Rowe's behaviour.

Here are the the findings of the AAT regarding Rowe's claim. Note that Rowe's claim was conclusively rejected.

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In the late 1990s and early 2000s there was a never ending array of crooked claims that were sent to AAT for decision. In particular a person who appears on this web site, was responsible for many of them: See Roque "China" Hammall here :

From 1991 "China" Hammal ran a veteran disability support organization in Perth WA, named "Australian Navy in Vietnam Support Veteran's Association. (ANVSVA). Veterans would provide ANVSVA with their name and what ship they served on in Vietnam. The ANVSVA would study events that occurred on that ship and then splice the veteran into a Ship Stressor, and then get a percentage of whatever lump sum the successful applicant received.

Another interesting crooked applicant was Major Joseph Brain of the Gold Coast, Queensland who convinced the system that he had served in Vietnam, but in fact was never there: See here:

Following the exposure of Hammell, Brain and many others, DVA through necessity, slowed down their processing, whilst stopping most of the crooks, it made submitting claims by genuine veterans much harder.

Terrence Geoffrey Rowe is receiving solace for his "Agent Orange caused PTSD", but he will get no solace from DVA or from Australia and New Zealand veterans. He will however get attention, and a little infamy aboard the good ship ANZMI, which is free of agents of any colour, and does not use amalgam in their tooth booth.

Surname: PEARCE
Christian Names: Neville Walter aka Monty
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Mudgeeraba - Robina
Service: Army Reserve
Commencement of service: 1979
Case Notes:


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It is all about perception. At first sight, a civilian or a child would perceive Neville Walter Pearce as a battle-hardened veteran of many wars – someone who has ‘kept Australia safe’. In the photo above, taken on Anzac Day 2021, Pearce is wearing twenty-three medals and twenty badges – one medal and five badges on his left breast, and twenty-two medals and fifteen badges on his right side, some on his breast, and some below his waist. And then, to seal the show of "bling", he wears a fancy army-motif belt.

Pearce represented his Returned and Services League (RSL) – Mudgeeraba-Robina RSL Sub-branch – as Master of Ceremonies (MC) at the Mudgeeraba Sunset Ceremony 2021, and gave an official speech. At the beginning of his speech he said:

"I am proudly of a fifth generation defence force".

Besides looking ridiculous, the fact is, Pearce is not “proudly fifth generation defence force”. In a direct line of ascent, neither his father nor either grandfather served, one great-grandfather did, both in the Boer War and WW1, and no great- great-grandfather served. The other men whose “bling” he reports wearing are not direct ancestors, so his claim of familial hierarchy where defence force service is concerned is simply untrue!

Here is what National Returned and Service League, have to say about wearing of relatives’ medals.

Fraudulent Wearing of Medals
"No person, with the exception of a direct descendant of a deceased service man or woman, may wear medals which have not been awarded to him or her personally. This also applies to the wearing of miniature medals and medal ribbons. Fraudulent
wearing of medals attracts penalties under Federal regulations and also attracts subsequent penalties under the RSL Constitution"

We accept that the matter is up for interpretation; however, Pearce is a direct descendant of only one of the men he claims he wears medals for.

It is not just because of all the medals he claims and wears that Pearce appears on this website. It is because he has stated to various people that he is a returned serviceman, a war veteran, and because he is wearing four Returned from Active Service Badges (RASB) in the photo supplied. Two WW1 RASBs can be clearly seen on his right-hand side, at breast height, and two WW2 RASBs can be seen at waist height. We hold Statutory Declarations detailing him as stating he is a returned serviceman/war veteran.

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Here is an extract from the Qld RSL Constitution in relation to wearing of the RASB

Returned From Active Service Badge 14.6
"The Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB) is issued to Australian Defence Force personnel who have rendered warlike service. The badge enables individuals to display their involvement in warlike service when wearing civilian attire. It is worn when the wearing of service awards is not appropriate or possible. Conversely, it should not be worn when wearing service awards.
14.7 The RASB is only worn by the person to whom it has been issued, Family members and others, who may wear a deceased person's awards on appropriate occasions, do not wear the RASB"

Because the majority of replica medals Pearce wears, is from a step-family, whether or not he can wear their medals, is unfortunately, a matter that can be interpreted one way or the other. If he only wore one set on his right breast there would be no issue; however, he wears twenty-two medals, which he has stated are mostly replicas, obviously to attract attention. So we are now happy to confer that attention on him.

Pearce is a committee member of the Robina/Mugereeba RSL, and his fellow committee members have bestowed approval, in writing, for Pearce to wear the medals and all the badges, including the RASBs. Note the email below initiated by the Robina- Mugereeba RSL has been distributed to numerous RSL addressees

The Qld RSL District Western President, subsequently said, "the RSL would not be investigating this man".

The Mudgeereba-Robina RSL Secretary created and emailed back to an interested person, and the Qld state RSL the reasons, why they would not investigate the claims and excessive wearing of medals by Pearce. This email contained within it a statement
by Neville Pearce, explaining his supposed five generations of "direct descendants”, and the connection to him of these men, whose mostly replica medals he wears.

Sent: Friday, 21 May 2021 2:38 PM
To: xxxxxxxxxx,; Monty Pearce <>; xxxxxxxxx>;<>
Cc: <>;;

Subject: RE: Neville Walter Pearce - alias Monty Pearce
Importance: High

Upon receiving your first email to our Sub-Branch, we investigated your claims and discovered the following:
(Para deleted) He (Pearce) served as a member of the Reserves for over 8 years. He informs us that the medals worn on the right are a part of his family military history, he has produced evidence that they are in fact from his family, therefore, we will not be proceeding any further with this claim.

"My father remarried Clarice Esther Williams the daughter of Clarence Stanley Williams. She was our Step-mother for approx. 45 years and we called her Mum!. We adopted her family as you would and they became ours. Mum was very proud of her family history and in particular the military history. She requested on her death bed that we maintain the military history and honour her family, which I am very proud to do. I also relay this to people when they ask about the medals etc, I am quite clear about the family. Below is a brief history from both sides of my family as one has in a married family.

Alfred Richard Wooley Great Grandfather Boer War and WW1 ARMY
Clarence Stanley Williams Grandfather WW1 ARMY And awarded The Star of Romania Chevalier
George Henry Williams – Great Uncle – WW1ARMY KIA
George Henry Williams – Uncle (Clarice’s brother) WW2 Navy
Alfred Augustus Wooley WW2 RAAF No8 SQN
Raymond James Henderson PNG during the transition to the PNG government Yeronga Field Hospital – RAAMC
And Me makes 5….
Also a Step Grandfather - Jim Henderson WW2 but have no service records or history so I don’t wear any medals to represent him.
Yes a lot of the medals are replicas based on their service records. The originals were lost and I wasn’t interested in trying to go the process of obtaining replacements"

The statement that he was out of his depth as MC, is unfair as you don’t know the lead up to his being in that position.

We would like it known that we consider this matter closed and do not wish to receive any further correspondence on this matter.


Mudgeeraba Robina RSL Sub-Branch Inc.

Pearce is a member of the management committee of the RSL and a mate of the other committee members.

Pearce is not, apart from one, a direct descendant of the people on whom the medals were conferred. In fact, he claims in the above email that “a lot of the medals are replicas” and he wears many of them to “honour” three men from his stepmother’s family, who are no relation to Pearce. The blood descendants of these three men, are horrified that he claims them as his family, as they already proudly wear the original medals earned by their ancestors. They refute Pearce was asked by his stepmother on her deathbed – as he wasn’t there – to “maintain the military history and honour (his stepmother’s) family, when they were already in possession of
any family-earned medals and badges before the time of her death, and they proudly wear them to commemorate their own soldier ancestors.

Pearce said: "The medals are replicas based on (the soldiers he claims as his family) service records. The originals were lost and I wasn’t interested in trying to go the process of obtaining replacements”.

The fact is, because he is not a direct descendant of any man he wears medals for, except one, he is not entitled to replacements. And the originals are not lost. They are worn by the blood family of the men who earned them.

Apart from looking stupid, there is a miniscule chance that in the interpretation he has not infringed RSL protocols; however, he certainly flies in the face of common-sense and looks like an MC without dignity.

Because of the nature of the rules for wearing relatives’ medals, we are not exposing Pearce as a fraud in relation to the medals; however, you will notice he wears a medal and five badges on his left breast, and fifteen badges, together with the twenty-one relatives’ medals on his right side.

Our main issue is that of the fifteen badges he wears on his right breast, four of them indicate that he is a returned veteran and has been involved in war operations. These are Returned from Active Service Badges (RASBs) – the fourth and fifth badges from
the bottom are from WW2 and the two badges next to the top row of medals, which are from WW1. These are most likely self purchased fakes as well.

Pearce has never been on warlike operations and has no right to wear these four badges.

There is no doubt that Pearce is a bigtime "blingster", with the need to be seen as a "fair dinkum Ozzie digger", when in fact, he looks more like a North Korea General on parade. Perhaps he should contact Kim Jong-un.

Even though there are not a lot of people around of Pearce's ilk, it is obvious that protocols relating to the wearing of relatives medals need to be made crystal clear by the RSL to avoid this type of ridiculous situation

Surname: NOLAN
Christian Names: Garry
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Blackheath
Service #: 227495.
Branch: Claims Special Air Service.
Case Notes:


Garry Nolan would have you believe that he is a qualified member of the Australian Army Special Air Service regiment. (SASR).


Nolan placed a photograph of himself on his Facebook page, claiming that he is engaged in SAS Counter Terrorism.



He has also claimed to others that he served in Rwanda in the Australian army and as a result he suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder.(PTSD).

Nolan came to the notice of ANZMI when former SASR veterans became suspicious and advised that a person by the name of Garry Nolan had never served with the Regiment.

Records indicate that Nolan joined the Katoomba RSL Sub-Branch in January 2005. He claimed that his service number was 227495 and that he served with 5/7 RAR Holsworthy. He claimed that he enlisted on the 21 November 1978 and Discharged on the 30 November 1984. (6 years). There was no supporting documentation received at Katoomba RSL Sub-Branch to support these claims however, his membership was apparently accepted.

He subsequently transferred his membership to Blackheath-Mt Victoria RSL Sub-Branch, where his membership was not questioned, as he had already been accepted by Katoomba RSL Sub-Branch as an eligible member of RSL NSW.

As a result of concerns raised, ANZMI conducted research into Nolan’s claims.

It has been established without doubt that he was never a member of the SASR. It was also established that his name does not appear on the Rwandan Roll of Australian Defence Force personnel who served in that area.

Nolan was contacted by a Researcher and asked to provide particulars of his alleged service in Rwanda and that of his SASR Counter Terrorism service.

He stated that he never served in SASR, and that the SASR Facebook page is a “technical glitch”. We are uncertain what he means when he stated that it was a “technical glitch”, but everything points to the fact that he is a liar and cannot give a reasonable explanation for his actions.

He also claimed to the researcher that he served in Rwanda on one occasion and Malaysia on two occasions. He claimed that he served in the Australian Army in 6 RAR and 5/7 RAR for 35 years and has severe PTSD.

It is clear that Nolan is a false pretender and wannabee.

ANZMI has been unable to establish if Nolan served in the Australian Army at any time.

We know that he was never a member of the SASR and he was never posted to Rwanda as he has claimed.

RSL NSW need to conduct a full investigation into Nolan's claims.

Surname: BARNES
Christian Names: Troy Daniel
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Bradbury, Sydney
Service #: Nil
Service: Claims Army
Branch: Commando
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:


Troy Daniel Barnes, also known as Jason Daniels, was born on the 9 February 1990.

About 2011, Barnes joined the New South Wales Police Force. He subsequently attained the rank of Senior Constable. He was attached to the Professional Standards Command, Sydney.

Barnes is a Fraud and a Military Imposter.


ANZMI has been researching the reported lies espoused by Barnes for some time. However, due to his arrest and charging of 29 criminal matters, ANZMI could not publish any of the known facts, due to the matter being before the Court.

That Court matter has now been determined, and ANZMI is free to publish his lies and inexcusable deceitful behaviour.

From early in his Police career, Barnes has boasted to family members, friends and Professional Standards Command work colleagues the following -;
1. He was a Paratrooper and a Commando in the Australian Army.
2. He completed three tours of the Middle East.
3. He served in “The Iraq and Afghanistan wars”. He was part of the team that captured Osama Bin Laden.
4. He received a Medal of Honour in a private ceremony; however, it is not on the public record as it may jeopardize his safety.
5. Due to his exemplary Army service, he was selected for Diplomatic Missions.
6. He was a member of the New South Wales Police Task Force Raptor, and he was threatened by criminal elements.

Below are the Australian Medals Barnes has claimed to relatives and friends that have been awarded to him.


NSW Police Force members with prior Military Service became suspicious of Barnes’ claims. As did members of Barnes’ family and friends.

In September 2020, NSW Police were notified that Barnes was in possession of illegal military items. As a result, a search warrant was executed at his house and an Australian Military uniform and other items were seized.

Barnes was arrested and charged with 29 offences, including falsely representing himself to be a returned Soldier, Sailor or Airman under the provisions of the Defence Act 1903. Section 80A.


Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and
(b) the representation is false.
Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.
Barnes resigned from the NSW Police Force in late September, 2020, and his resignation was accepted.

On the 9 July 2021, Barnes appeared before the Parramatta (Sydney) Local Court and was convicted. See below -;
Courtesy ABC News.


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It is clear that Troy Barnes is an incorrigible liar and a false pretender of the highest order. Like many Military Imposters who appear on this site following public exposure, Barnes claims the usual Post Traumatic Stress Disorder excuse for his behaviour. That excuse probably saved him a custodial sentence on this occasion.

If any of our readers can provide a more suitable photograph of Barnes, it would be appreciated.

Barnes was a total embarrassment to the New South Wales Police Force, and that service needs to be congratulated for weeding out this charlatan.

Well done NSW Police on behalf of ANZMI, all Australian and New Zealand military veterans, and all our followers.

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.





Christian Names: James
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Wauchope
Service: Nil
Case Notes:


James Lonergan is either a "hard arse", Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Operative, or a liar and wannabe.



We choose the latter, because he doesn't look like a "hard arse" SASR Operative, and his stories of military adventure are absymal.

We hold statements, detailing what he has said about his Australian Defence Force adventures. For instance:

"He was a Captain in the Special Air Service Regiment and has been deployed on overseas missions". When deployed to Iraq he was located in Kuwait, and went on a mission to Iraq. He was intercepted, and chased back across the Iraq Kuwait, border by Iraq soldiers, to a pick up point to meet a USA Helicopter, however, he was late at the pickup point and was not picked up, so he returned to Kuwait by foot. Back at base he told off and swore at the American pickup Helicopter pilot, and for that, was demoted to Lieutenant in SASR".
Whilst serving in Australia:

"As an SASR officer he was at the Blackhawk disaster in Townsville in 1996, and was tasked with the recovery of those who were killed"

"He was part of an SASR contingent located at Singleton Army Training Camp. Two soldiers training at Singleton, had the weekend off, were bored, and decided to go and upset an SASR contingent. The soldiers walked into a mine field, one of the soldiers decided to leap onto a mine which was set off, and he was killed" When asked if this event made the news, and he said, "no the Range Masters' were quiet about the event".

Mr Longeran also claims that "he has been awarded two military crosses".

After many attempts, Lonergan was finally contacted by a researcher, and when asked, what Australian Defence service he has had, he said "none",

He has never served in the Australia Defence Force, and his only adventures, have been hosing down fires as a member of a Rural Fire Brigade. We suggest that he gets himself hosed down, and stops telling lies about military matters that he obviously knows nothing about.

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