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Surname: Bermingham
Christian Names: Colin Raymond
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Benalla
Service #: 3171402
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

Colin Bermingham is a medal collector. Nothing wrong with that, unless you have them all court mounted and wear them on your left breast claiming that they were all officially awarded to you.

Colin Raymond Bermingham was born 30 December, 1943. He is a medal cheat. He has also embellished his military service to deceive his veteran colleagues in the Benalla RSL Sub Branch.




The above photograph depicts Bermingham wearing the following medals -;

1. Australian Active Service Medal clasp Vietnam (AASM) entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. Entitled.
3. National Medal. Doubtful. Not Listed - Its an Honour. .
4. Unknown medal.
5. Reserve Force Long Service Medal. Not entitled.
6. Australian Defence Medal. ADM. Entitled.
7. Anniversary of National Service Medal. NSM. Entitled.
8. Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal. RVCM. Entitled.
9. Commemorative Vietnam Medal. (Tin unofficial medal)
10. Unknown medal (Tin unofficial medal)




The above photograph depicts Bermingham wearing the following ribands -;

1. AASM. Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal Entitled.
3. National Medal. Doubtful. Not listed – Its an Honour.
4. Reserve Force Decoration Medal. Not entitled.
5. Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
6. Anniversary of National Service Medal. Entitled.
7. RVCM Entitled.
8. Commemorative Vietnam Veterans Medal. Sold by VVAA Tasmania.(Tin unofficial medal/riband).
9. Unknown (Tin unofficial medal/riband.)
10. Unknown (Tin unofficial medal/riband)

Bermingham raised concerns in his home town of Benalla in Victoria. He has been observed wearing his large 10 medals rack at local remembrance days, Anzac Days and veterans functions.

His medal rack, photo1, is inconsistent with his medal/riband rack shown in photo 2.

He has told colleagues that he is also entitled to wear an Australian Service Medal, (ASM), a Reserve Force Decoration medal, a Reserve Forces Service medal, a Citizens Military Forces (CMF) Efficiency Medal and a Cadet Forces Medal.

He claims that following his National Service commitment expiring on the 1 February, 1969, he enlisted in the Australian Regular Army and was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant. He stated that he missed out on becoming a Warrant Officer, which he regrets. He then claimed that some years later he was promoted to, and subsequently discharged at the rank of Major in charge of the “Range at Puckapunyal.” These statements are false.

Research conducted into the military service of Bermingham does not support his claims of medal entitlements and Commissioned ranks..

There is no record of Bermingham being awarded the following medals -;

1. National Medal. (15 years continuous eligible service )
2. Reserve Forces Decoration Medal (15 years qualifying service for Officers)
3. Reserve Force Medal (15 years qualifying service for other ranks)
4. CMF Efficiency Medal. (12 years qualifying service)
5. Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal (15 years qualifying service.)

On different occasions he also wears unofficial tin medals and ribands to bolster his rack.

FACTS -;


Records indicate that in 1985, Bermingham was previously investigated for wearing unawarded medals, including the Queens Jubilee Medal. He was referred to the Australian Federal Police. The outcome of that investigation is not known.

Records further indicate that Bermingham joined the Citizens Military Forces.(CMF) on the 18 January, 1961. From 1961, he accumulated about 4 years discontinuous CMF service and entered National Service Army training on the 1 February, 1967.

He served as an Infantry Lance Corporal in the Republic of South Vietnam from October, 1967 to October 1968.

Following completion of his 2 year National Service commitment, he was discharged from the Army on the 31 January, 1969 - he later re-joined the CMF in October, 1969. He then had a further 4 years discontinuous service in the CMF, accumulating about 8 years and 2 months service overall. As such, he is not entitled to wear any of the above long service medals or ribands..

At discharge from the CMF on the 24 October, 1973 his rank is listed as Staff Sergeant. He was never a Lieutenant or a Major.

In January, 2016, Bermingham made application for membership with the National Servicemen’s Association. He stated that he held the rank of Lieutenant and also Corporal in his Army service. On his application he stated that he had been awarded the Australian Service Medal (ASM), the AASM, Vietnam Medal, Australian Defence Medal, NSM and RVCM.

NATIONAL SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.

Bermingham , Colin Raymond

Service Army
Service Number 3171402
Registration Number 2006082-6FileNoMP1227BoxNo66
Rank Lieutenant. Corporal
Date of Birth 30 12 1945
Place of Birth Melbourne Vic
Date of Intake 1/2/1967
NS Training 2 RTB
Follow Up Training RAI Nui Dat Vietman
Basic Training Puckapunyal Vic
Next of Kin at time of Service Mr T Bermingham
Operational Service Vietnam
Medals ASM / AASM 45-75 / Vietnam Medal / ADM /ANSM / Vietnamese Campaign Medal
_ _ _ _

The Australian Defence Medal (ADM) was proclaimed on 20 March, 2006.

Therefore, all his claimed long service medals i.e. National Medal, Reserve Force Decoration Medal, Reserve Force Medal and the Cadet Force Medal would have been awarded to him before this date - if genuine !

However, he does not indicate any of these medals to the National Servicemen’s Association on his membership application, which was submitted in January, 2016. He mentions the Australian Service Medal on this application form, but he is not entitled to that medal either.

Bermingham was sent two emails and given an opportunity to clarify his medal entitlements and actual ADF service history. He declined to respond on both occasions.

Bermingham indicated on his Linked In profile that he was a “Retired Army Officer and Solicitor, Public Notary”. Following attempted contact with him by an ANZMI Researcher, these comments were removed from his Linked In profile.

On inspection of "Australian Legal Profession Register", the name of Colin Bermingham does not appear.

Bermingham wears 10 medals and ribands. He is entitled to wear 5. His actual entitlement is-

1. Australian Active Service Medal, clasp Vietnam.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Australian Defence Medal.
4. Anniversary of National Service Medal.
5. Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Bermingham is a genuine Vietnam Veteran. He should be proud of that fact, and proud of the genuine medals he has been awarded for his service.

He should get rid of all the tin and unearned medals and apologise to his Benalla RSL Sub Branch colleagues for his deceit over the years.

He should then be shown the door.

Welcome to ANZMI, Colin Raymond Bermingham

Surname: Bermingham
Christian Names: Lionel Gene
Country: Thailand
State or Province: Bangkok
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army
Case Notes:

Lionel Gene BERMINGHAM - Genuine SASR and 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Vietnam veteran and medal fraud.

 

BERMINGHAM carved a reputation throughout all his years as a regular volunteer soldier particularly in most forms of parachuting - testament to the inordinate number of jumps he made is the recorded hospitalisations due to injuries allied with this hazardous past time. 

 

 

Whilst this man put himself in danger many times he has now earned the chagrin of many of his contemporaries because of his wearing of the Vietnamese Campaign Medal - a foreign award made to all allies who served more than 181 days in South Vietnam. The only reason any veteran would receive this award who served less than the prescribed time would be because of being Killed In Action (KIA), Casualty Evacuated (CASEVAC) due to being Wounded in Action (WIA) or being taken Prisoner of War (POW).

 

Documentary evidence shows BERMINGHAM arrived in Vietnam on the 4th of June 1966 - and returned to Australia on 1st September 1966 following medical evacuation for what can be deduced as a skin problem - on 10 October 1966 his medical Physical Employment Standard (PES) was downgraded from Forward Everywhere (FE - Class 1) to CZNT (Communication Zone Non Tropical) - Unfit to serve in hot/humid environment

 

Numerous Vietnam veterans posted to Vietnam for a standard 12 month period were brought home early due to medical problems with skin ailments - the climate and hygiene conditions were not suited to their health.

 

BERMINGHAM was awarded the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) on 3 August 1971 and the Vietnam Medal on the 15th of September 1971 -  The Department of Veterans' Affairs nominal roll of Vietnam Veterans' shows clearly that BERMINGHAM spent a total of 88 days in South Vietnam - well under the qualifying 181 days to be awarded the Vietnamese Campaign Medal - as he was medically evacuated due to a skin problem he has absolutely no entitlement to be wearing the award - we can only assume that like many of his contemporaries who appear on this website that BERMINGHAM has purchased the medal to satisfy some urge to make himself look more of a man - and one must ask why would a veteran who has a proven record of sky diving life threatening situations step out of line and lower himself as a wannabe??

 

ANZMI see his actions as indefensible and deem him a medal offender.  Gene BERMINGHAM - welcome to the www of medal cheats

 

 

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

Surname: Berry
Christian Names: Adam
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: Canterbury
City or Town: Christchurch
NZ -Which Island:
  • South Island
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

 

Adam Berry is a shooting enthusiast from the South Island of New Zealand. He is an avid deer hunter who has never served in the NZ Defence Force.

Adam Berry



Berry is "dressed up" as if he were a Trooper in the New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). Below is another photograph of him "dressed to kill" in Army gear, and carrying an Enfield, Self Loading Rifle (SLR). The rifle was used in the NZ Defence Force for thirty years until 2016 . It can now be purchased and used by civilians under NZ Legislation.

Adam Berry



The accoutrements look very cool, but he is not the picture of supreme physical fitness expected of a NZ SAS Trooper.

DPMs or Disruptive Pattern Material shirts are not issued with Corps patches and parachute insignias. It defeats the purpose of the camouflage pattern. It therefore stands to reason that Berry has purchased the entire uniform as well as the SAS and parachute insignias and sewn them on the shirt to further his facade.

We asked Berry about his military uniforms he said -;

Hello ….

No I was in the Cadets out of school have never been in the NZ Army.
,I once bought a shirt in the 1980s that had some SAS badges on a
camouflage shirt on the sleeve from an Army surplus store and I used to
wear that hunting .But have long since grown out of it and no longer have
it .
A photo of myself was taken and put on Facebook wearing that shirt ,but
one of my friends on Facebook said he was getting mail from some guys in
the NZ Army I believe.....Saying I was posing as a SAS service person
,which wasn't the case it was just a photo taken of me on a hunting trip.
Seems a bit strange to me if I wore a patch from the mongrel mob does that
make me a member of the mongrel mob …..Don't think so ? Pissed me of (sic) the
time as too many goody too (sic) shoes jumping to conclusions . Well hope that helps you out ,good luck with your research !

Adam


The photograph appeared in his Facebook page until 2017 when the "goody too (sic) shoes" soldiers requested he cease and desist emulating an SASR Trooper.

Berry also failed to mention his purchase of matching camouflage pants and hat in his response. That photograph was also posted on his Face Book page, and adds to his false image.

As far as wearing a "Mongrels Mob" Patch, if he did so, it is guaranteed that he would be very quickly "requested" by that organized assemblage to take it off.

www.vice.com/en_au/article/dp5vmw/portra...s-mighty-mongrel-mob 

Do not imitate SASR Troopers by wearing their uniform as you will be quickly noticed by alert veterans and former service people, who will not tolerate that behaviour.

Although it is in very bad taste to wear the SASR uniform in public, we are sure that the "goody too (sic) shoes" soldiers referred to by Berry will not mind viewing his false persona on this website.

Surname: Bettison
Christian Names: Luke Kevin
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: .
Service #: Nil
Service: No Military Service
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

Luke Kevin Bettison is a current member of the New South Wales Police Force and is stationed in Sydney. He has recently been promoted to Sergeant from his former rank of Leading Senior Constable.

Bettison performs duty at NSW Police funerals and at other NSW Police ceremonial occasions as a Protocol Officer when required.

bettison

bettison




The above photographs depict Bettison performing the duty of a Protocol Officer at a Police funeral in 2018.

He wears the following medals.

1. Afghanistan Medal. Not entitled. Purchased.
bettison3

 

2. Iraq Medal. Not entitled. Purchased.
bettison

 

3. Australian Defence Medal. Not entitled. Purchased.
Bettison

 

You will notice that Bettison is not wearing the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with two clasps. Iraq and ICAT (ICAT - International Coalition Against Terror) The AASM is a pre-requisite for the wearing of Australian Active Service campaign medals and ribands. If genuine, Bettison would be wearing the AASM as the first medal on his rack, followed by the three purchased medals he displays. An example of the AASM, with a clasp, appears below.

Bettison


Bettison has claimed that he served in the Royal Australian Navy for 10 years on HMAS Tobruk and was awarded medals for Iraq and Afghanistan deployments.

Inquiries with relative Military Associations concluded that Bettison has never served in the Australia Defence Force, let alone having deployed on active service to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is not entitled to any of the three medals that he wears.

As a Protocol Officer in the NSW Police Force, he sets a very bad example by purchasing unearned medals from the internet or Medal Dealers, and fraudulently wearing them on his Police uniform at ceremonial occasions. He lacks credibility and integrity.

Bettison was contacted on two occasions, and offered an opportunity to explain his wearing of Australian Military Awards on his NSW Police uniform. He declined to respond on both occasions.

Bettison has committed offences under the Defence Act 1903, Section 80A -;

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 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.

(2) For the purposes of this section:
(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain;
(b) returned sailor means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Naval Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Naval Forces of any Ally of Great Britain; and
(c) returned airman means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Air Force, air service or flying corps raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire or as a member of the air forces of any Ally of Great Britain.

and 80B -;

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 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: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

However, we are aware that the NSW Police Force is reluctant to pursue these matters through the Courts for some reason. Other States take action where appropriate. Bettison’s recruitment application should be checked to ascertain if any other offences have been committed, prior to his acceptance for service in the NSW Police.

Bettison joins other NSW Police Force colleagues on this website, who have also fraudulently worn un-entitled Australian Military Awards on their Police uniforms..

See -;

anzmi.net/Darrin Hooper - http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/741
anzmi.net/Darryl Kennedy - http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/722-kennedy-1

Surname: Bier
Christian Names: Jan
Country: Australia
State or Province: VIC
City or Town: Echuca
Service #: 324561
Service: Army
Branch: RAAOC
Commencement of service: 20 Jan 82
Completion of service: 29 Aug 86
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Jan Bier was born in Germany on the 23 October, 1964 to Dutch parents. They moved to Australia and Bier enlisted in the Australian Army in January 1982. He was 17 years and four months of age. He had less than 5 year’s full time Army service

Bier is now a resident of Echuca in Victoria and is a current member of the State Emergency Service, Echuca.

Bier is an unscrupulous liar and a fraud who puts himself out there as a Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) War Hero on “Black ops” and also with Falklands War Operational service. This bloke is a clown whose fraudulent deeds need to be exposed to not only all his family and friends in Echuca, but everyone who views this site.

The above photograph depicts “Corporal” Jan Bier (on the left) standing alongside his portly SASR “Captain” mate named “Fat Mick” who we will get to later.

Bier is wearing the following -;

1. He wears a British Army sandy coloured SAS beret with the SAS hat badge.
2. On his left shoulder he wears a light blue British Special Air Service Lanyard.(worn incorrectly)
3. On his left side he wears the Infantry Combat Badge (Australia) with a cloth parachute badge underneath.
4. On his right sleeve he wears Corporal rank insignia and another cloth parachute badge.
5. Around his waist he wears the Australian Army SAS Stable Belt signifying service with the Special Air Service.

The polyester uniform Bier is wearing was withdrawn in the 1990’s as well as the Stable belt. Photograph below.


Bier was photographed (below) on Anzac Day a few years ago in his home town of Echuca with his overweight, unfit “Captain” mate, who is also pretending to be a SASR warrior. On this Anzac Day, they led the Echuca Moama RSL March with a former Naval Petty Officer Andrew Fleming, who is also to appear on this site shortly for his own misconduct.

As you can see by the photograph, all the genuine returned from active service veterans were required to march behind these two pretend SASR boofheads. If only they knew!

It is a disgrace when low life imposters like these two force their way into Anzac Day Marches and place themselves at the forefront of the proceedings, at the expense of more worthy genuine veterans, who are then forced to follow behind them.

The factual military history of 324561 “Corporal” Jan Bier is somewhat different to his stories of courageous active service on “black ops” as a parachuting Sniper in Bougainville and also Falklands War service with the British SAS.

He enlisted in the Australian Army as a 17 year old. Following Recruit Training he was posted as a Private in the RAAOC at Bandiana where he carried out the duties of a Storeman, Warehouse Duties, Ordnance Corps.

He remained in the Army until his requested discharge for personal reasons in August, 1986 as a 21 year old. At the time of his discharge he was still posted as a Private in the RAAOC at Bandiana where he still carried out the duties of a Storeman, Warehouse Duties, Ordnance Corps. A very unremarkable career but remarkable in a sense, in that he was charged on four occasions within his short time for -;

(a) “conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline” on two occasions,
(b) “neglect to obey published orders” and
(c) “Use insubordinate language.”

The Army were glad to get rid of him. They won!!

Bier however claims that following his discharge, he re-enlisted and was selected for SASR training. He carried out "Black Ops" in Bougainville as a Sniper, but of course he is unable to talk about it because it is all a big secret. However, when pressed, he will tell folks on Anzac Days, that as an Australian SASR soldier he was transferred on loan to the British SAS where he was posted to combat duty in the Falklands War.

Ho hum!

One of the problems of this outrageous lie is that the Falklands War finished on the 14 June, 1982. Bier joined the Australian Army as a 17 year old in January, 1982 and was posted as an Ordnance Corps, Storeman, Private to Bandiana, Victoria, where he remained carrying out Warehouse duties for the next four years.

Also Bougainville was never prescribed as a war like area and Bier’s arrogance just typifies his disrespect for those he tells his lies to, and the service of genuine returned veterans. Bier is a false pretender who will bring shame to any organisation that he is associated with. He will be here for evermore.

We are currently having difficulties trying to locate "Captain Fat Mick”, who is depicted in the above photographs with Bier. We are are aware that his name is Michael Woolard from Melbourne. We are certain that this idiot not only has no SASR service, he has no military service whatsoever. We seek the assistance of our readers to locate him to ensure that he also gains his true place in the military history of this Country as well. We know that he rides a Harley Davidson and is presently employed in the mining industry.

These two idiots, who have acquired the names of Dumb and Dumber, are up there with the Hines Brothers from Queensland, who are also knuckleheads that like to fraudulently pose in military garb on Anzac Days.

Welcome to the site Messrs Dumb and Dumber!

 

 

 

Surname: Blackwood
Christian Names: Barry Gregory
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Cairns
Service #: R95816
Service: RAN
Branch: Junior Seaman
Commencement of service: 03 Jan 67
Completion of service: 21 Nov 68
Case Notes:

 

 

Barry Gregory Blackwood received succour from the Judge who heard his criminal charges in the Cairns District Court. The Judge obviously believed that Blackwood suffers from the distress of "fighting in Vietnam".

Blackwood

 

Here is the media report.

Blackwood 1 2017 02 10 3

Blackwood 2 2017 02 10 3

Blackwood 3 2017 02 10 3 

Notice the comments made by the Judge Morzone about Blackwood being a damaged war veteran. The Judge obviously understands the problems that are often faced by genuine Veterans who have served in war zones. Blackwood has dishonestly misled the Court regarding his "trip" to Vietnam to the point we believe he has Perverted the Course of Justice.

The Judge's words would have one believe that Blackwood was a damaged "Battle hardened" Veteran of the Vietnam War. The truth is that Blackwood spent only six hours at anchor in the peaceful Vung Tau Harbour aboard HMAS Parramatta. HMAS Parramatta dropped anchor at 0700 hours on the 9 April 1968 and weighed anchor at 1300 hours on the same day. Like most other days, there was no war like activity, in or around Vung Tau on the 9 April 1968.   Here are extracts from the ship's Report of Proceedings for that day.

 Blackwood 4 2017 02 10 3

The full report dated 3rd May 1968 can be found here:

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/awm78/

Blackwood had a less than illustrious Navy career. He joined as a Junior Seaman in 1967 and was discharged as being unsuitable in 1968. Here is an extract from his Navy Service Record

Blackwood 5 2017 02 10 3

The Vietnam Nominal Roll shows him as being in Vietnam from 5 April 1968 to 17 April 1968. Twelve days. That information is misleading and results from a system invented by the RAN at the time. It is actually the time departing Singapore until returning to Singapore.

Blackwood 6 2017 02 10 3 

 

This system has resulted in hundreds of Navy personnel being wrongly awarded the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. That medal requires One Hundred and Eighty days in Vietnam waters. The ships that were on the Vietnam Gunline are listed as having been in Vietnam for that period, but none of them were, because every now and then they departed the Gunline and sailed off to other countries for leave or repairs. The whole issue is such a shemozzle that neither the RAN nor Honours and Awards are prepared to address the matter.

Blackwood is not a PTSD wracked veteran of the Vietnam war as depicted by the Judge who had obviously been misled. He spent Six hours in the Vung Tau Harbour with no enemy activity whatsoever and would have enjoyed the comforts of HMAS Parramatta.  

The Judge said "You saw and did things which, like so many others, has resulted in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and like so many others in your situation have turned to drinking to cope with the demons that endure from that experience"  In fact Blackwood saw nothing and endured nothing from the Vietnam war, he is a liar, fraud and should not have been given leniency for his behaviour.

Blackwood was an unsatisfactory sailor and, since his discharge, has been an unsatisfactory citizen, with a number of serious convictions. The Veteran community do not want him, and we urge the Cairns Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to charge him for 'Perverting the Course of Justice', with the hope of his serving the full 18 month prison sentence, that he was awarded.

Unfortunately we have not be able to locate a photograph of Blackwood and if any reader can help it will be much appreciated by Veterans of Australia and New Zealand.

In the meantime we sentence him to a place on our website where he will remain for a very long time.

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